How To Get From Thessaloniki To Halkidiki (& Halkidiki To Thessaloniki)

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Sarah-Jane has lived in Croatia for 10+ years. SJ, as she is known, has been traveling the Balkans & beyond since 2000. She now shares her passion for traveling with her husband & kids.

This detailed transportation guide tells you how to get from Halkidiki to Thessaloniki and how to travel from Thessaloniki to Halkidiki, Greece. 

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All areas of Greece are amazing. In fact, there isn’t one part of this magnificent country that isn’t worth visiting. If you’re staying in Thessaloniki, you’ll know that there’s plenty to see and do.

This port city is located on the glittering Thermaic Gulf, lapped by the warm waters of the Aegean. Here, you can see architecture that dates back centuries, including Ottoman, Byzantine, and Roman examples. Be sure to check out the ruins of the 4th-century palace belonging to Galerius as one place on your visit list, but the modern center of town is certainly a spot for entertainment.

Thessaloniki gives you plenty of shopping, entertainment, and beach fun, but what if you want to venture further?

In that case, Halkidiki is the spot! This is one of the most popular places in Greece, and it is famous for its amazing beaches, history, and nightlife. Kassandra is the place most people head to during the summer months, and you can expect crowds during this time. But it’s worth it!

So, how do you get from Thessaloniki to Halkidiki or from Halkidiki to Thessaloniki? Here, let us show you.

Thessaloniki To Halkidiki By Car

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The most convenient and quickest way to get from Thessaloniki to Halkidiki, and of course, from Halkidiki to Thessaloniki, is to drive. The roads in this part of Greece are well-developed, and it’s not particularly difficult to drive. However, as you get close to the coastline in Halkidiki, the roads can be a little bendy, so that’s just something to bear in mind if you’re a nervous driver.

The distance between the two locations is 70km, and it will take you around 1.5 hours, yet, during the summer months, you can expect traffic, which will slow you down. Simply follow the A/D Thessalonikis Neon Moudanion road, and to head back to Thessaloniki, reverse the directions.

Thessaloniki To Halkidiki By Bus

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If you’re not into driving, you could take the bus. Head to the Halkidiki Bus Station in Thessaloniki, which is located in the eastern part of the city center. This is where buses for Halkidiki leave from. You will take the number 45 bus, which goes through the center of the city and then stops at the train station and a few other places before heading to Halkidiki directly from the city itself.

Buses are run by KTEL, and you simply need to double-check with the driver if you’re not sure as you get on.

You can book your ticket online (below), or you can buy it directly from the bus station. However, do be aware that during the summer months, especially at weekends, many locals head to Halkidiki for a few days’ break. For that reason, booking your ticket ahead of time is a good idea.

The second option is to take the bus from Thessaloniki Airport to Halkidiki. This is particularly useful if you’re going straight to Halkidiki after landing. The bus leaves from directly outside the arrivals hall, and you should look for 79A and 79B. These go directly to Halkidiki and are also run by KTEL. There are machines in the arrivals hall to buy a ticket.

To head back to Thessaloniki from Halkidiki, you will need to head to KTEL Halkidiki Bus Station and look for the same bus that took you on your first journey. Here it is recommended to book your ticket ahead of time, as the bus back to Thessaloniki does get very busy most of the time.

Now that you know to get from Halkidiki to Thessaloniki and how to travel from Thessaloniki to Halkidiki, we wish you a pleasant vacation in Greece.

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