We start our journey to Halkidiki from Belgrade, driving on the E75 highway, through Niš. The trip through Serbia is 385 km long and takes around 5 hours (inclusive of two 20-minute breaks).
One-way tolls amount to 1.090 RSD, out of which 800 RSD is paid for using the highway to Niš, 210 RSD is paid at Doljevac and 80 RSD is paid at Preševo (prices need to be checked at Auto Association of Serbia). Travellers exit Serbia at the Preševo border crossing and enter Macedonia at the Tabanovce border crossing.
Trip through Macedonia lasts around 2 hours through Kumanovo, past Skopje, Veles, Negotin and Djevdjelija. Total road length through Macedonia is 180 km, mostly by highway and there are three toll collection gates (60 den + 80 den + 60 den, totalling 200 denars in one way, i.e. around 3,3€). To enter Macedonia by car, the following is required: passport and ID card, green card, licence for operating other person’s car abroad. To exit Macedonia, go to Bogorodica border crossing, and to enter Greece go to the Evzoni border crossing.
Once you have entered Greece, you need to follow driving directions to Thessaloniki. Our recommendation is not to take the first exit leading through industrial zone, but take the second one which is 10 km farther. On this crossroad drive straight on the overpass towards Thessaloniki; the road on the right will take you to Paralia, Corfu, Lefkada etc. This route is around 20 km longer, but much simpler for drivers because it avoids the industrial zone and major traffic jams in Thessaloniki. Enter highway and after about 10 kilometers take the exit on the right to get to the road towards Halkidiki. You will come across the exit for Nea Moudania and if you continue driving straight you will reach the Kassandra peninsula; however, when you reach the crossroad past the overpass, immediately on the right you will see a sign showing exit towards Sithonia and Athos. Distance from Thessaloniki to Hanioti (Kassandra) is 90 km, to Neos Marmaras (Sithonia) 115 km, and to Ouranopolis (Athos) around 120 km.
On your way back
Pay attention because there are many exits! Follow the sign Athens-Edessa-Evzoni. When taking exit towards Serbia and Macedonia, the road sign Skopje is not always easily noticeable so you need to pay attention because you need to take the exit to Edessa on the right (the road sign says Evzoni below Edessa). Greek time is 1 hour ahead of Serbian time.
The quickest way to get to Halkidiki is by plane. The Thessaloniki airport Macedonia is connected with the biggest Greek and European cities to which many airliners fly. During season, air charters are also introduced. Arrivals and departures information can be obtained by calling the airport contact centre +30 2310 473212.
On the airport you can either take a taxi or bus No. 79a to get to the bus station to Halkidiki (KTEL) which is about 10 km away from the airport, and from there you can reach any destination on Halkidiki. Be careful if you decide to take a taxi since the service can be grossly overcharged. You can check all necessary information on the Thessaloniki airport website: http://www.thessalonikiairport.com/
Halkidiki does not have a railway network so travelling by train is not an option. Passengers from other parts of Greece and foreign countries can come to main railway station in Thessaloniki. From there they can go by bus or taxi to bus station (KTEL), where they can take a tourist bus and reach any destination on Halkidiki.
Passenger train “Hellas” on Belgrade – Skopje – Thessaloniki route again regularly operates from 09th May 2014. Serbian railways, in cooperation with Macedonian and Greek railways, has reintroduced this international line in scheduled traffic. Departure from Belgrade is scheduled for 18:45 whereas arrival in Thessaloniki is planned for 11:10 the following day. On the way back, train departs from Thessaloniki at 15:52 and arrives in Belgrade railway station at 5:33. This international train carries sitting carriages, a sleeping car and wagons for transport of cars.
HAVE A NICE TRIP!