You have decided to fly to Halkidiki but do not have organized transportation? Do not worry, we are here to show you in which ways you can get to one of the most beautiful parts of Greece and fully enjoy your vacation even when you are not going through the agency.
Fortunately, Halkidiki is not far from Serbia, which makes it much easier for you to travel to any place in Kassandra, Sithonia or Athos in the following ways:
The airline Belgrade – Thessaloniki regularly operates via Air Serbia and the flight to Thessaloniki takes about 2 hours. Take into account that Air Serbia recently became ‘low cost’ company, so if you want the cheapest ticket, be ready to pack up to 10 kg (which is not so difficult when you go on summer holiday). When you land in Thessaloniki, you can easily reach the main bus station – the Intercity Bus Terminal, which is about 30 minutes drive from the airport and which has regular departures to any smaller place in Halkidiki. Prices may vary depending on when you travel, but we can say broadly that the price is about EUR 150 in one direction.
Of course, the most easiest and most convenient way to get to Halkidiki is with your own car. If you have not already, read our detailed guide to driving to Greece via Macedonia where you will find all the prices of tolls and see where you can rest and where to keep an eye on the road. Basically, if you go on time and if you do not get caught in crowds, this should be a pleasant journey of some 7, 8 hours drive (from Belgrade). Also, in this text you can look at how to make this drive as pleasant as possible if you are traveling with (small) children.
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If you do not have your own car, you can easily share your trip with someone else via the ‘Blablacar’ website and share travel costs. On the website you enter when and where you are going and when you return and you immediately see offers and prices for that date. Prices are mostly for one seat, and good news is that prices cannot be astronomical because the site itself calculates average fuel and toll costs, so you can expect that one place for sharing a transport is about 30 euros in one direction. All drivers (most of them) are rated by the previous passengers, so you can know what is ahead of you and then easily negotiate with the vehicle owner about driving. If you do not find a ride for the desired destination, here again you can easily find a ride to Thessaloniki and from there you can easily get from the main bus station to the desired location in Halkidiki. Also, if you are traveling alone with your own car, here you can offer a ride and share fuel and toll costs but also have great fun if you come to a good company.
Van transportation to Halkidiki generally practices the door-to-door principle and offers discounts on travel with children, which can greatly facilitate your trip, as you do not have to pull the suitcases and you can get an extra discount. This type of trip is also convenient because there is not a large number of passengers in the van so you can easily arrange with the driver if you want to make additional stop somewhere. The only disadvantage of this transport can be waiting for a driver to pick up or divert all passengers to the correct address, the limited departure dates, as well as the place to travel (there are generally no routes for smaller places). Price is around 90 EUR for return trips and 50 EUR in one direction (again, depending on where you are heading) and here we can recommend ‘Terra Travel’, which is a great agency for such a ride. Additionally, in March 2018 they bought a brand new vans for driving. Expected travel time (from Belgrade) is around 9 hours.
If you do not travel through the agency, this does not have to mean that you cannot go with them, because most of the hikers who drive on Halkidiki have extra places on the bus. See which agency goes to your desired destination and easily agree on the date of departure and arrival. The prices generally range around 70 EUR for a return ticket (depending on from where and where to you travel it may be different) and the expected travel time (from Belgrade) is about 14h. Certainly, a lot of time get lost because the bus sometimes stops in a lot of places to accompany passengers and the trip itself can be uncomfortable because the double decker buses that are mostly used for this kind of trips can be quite unpractical. If you have the option of choosing, we certainly recommend you a van transport beforehand.
If you have decided to take a train to Halkidiki, this is generally a rather impractical choice because there are no direct lines. Basically, an express train only runs on Sundays to Thessaloniki, and on weekdays you have to go to Gevgelia, from where you must somehow then transfer by bus to Thessaloniki (as there is no organized transportation anymore). After that, you can get to the desired location on Halkidiki from the main ‘Intecity Bus Terminal’ station, which will probably cost you time and nerves. There are really easier ways to get to Halkidiki so this is not recommended one.
We hope that you have realized that to get to Halkidiki without organized transportation is pretty easy and relatively convenient, so you don’t have to worry if you have to organize trip by yourself. Whatever way of traveling you choose, we want you a happy trip and a good time!