When is the Cheapest Time to Fly to Thessaloniki?
Cheap flights to Thessaloniki can be found in the shoulder season months of April, May, June, September and October. The weather is still good at this time, but not as hot and humid as the summer and not nearly as busy. If you travel during July and August, Thessaloniki flight prices will rise significantly.
When is the Best Time to Book your Flight to Thessaloniki?
If you travel during the shoulder season, you are more likely to find cheap flights to Thessaloniki, and there will be more last-minute flights available. Otherwise, book at least three months in advance and remain flexible in your travel dates and routes, so you can get the best deals on Thessaloniki flights.
Flying to Thessaloniki Airport “Makedonia” (SKG)
Thessaloniki Airport (SKG) is 21 kilometres from Thessaloniki. It is the second-busiest airport in Greece and serves about 6 million passengers a year.
From the United Kingdom, there are many direct flights to Thessaloniki. Ryanair offers Thessaloniki flights from London Stansted, while Jet2.com has flights from East Midlands, Edinburgh, Leeds Bradford and Manchester. EasyJet also offers return flights from London Gatwick and Manchester. British Airways offers seasonal flights to Thessaloniki from London Gatwick as does TUI, which flies there from East Midlands, London Gatwick and Manchester. In May 2018, Jet2.com will start Thessaloniki flights from Birmingham, Glasgow, London Stansted and Newcastle, Thomas Cook will also start offering flights from Birmingham and Manchester, while TUI will launch a seasonal route from Newcastle. In June 2018, EasyJet is going to launch return flights to Thessaloniki from London Luton.
On Arrival and Getting Around the Airport
Currently, there is just one terminal at SKG, but there are plans to build a new terminal at the airport and expand the current terminal. The terminal has three floors. The arrivals hall and gates are on the ground floor. There are a number of ATMs available in the terminal, while bureau de change are located in the arrivals hall. Free Wi-Fi is available in the airport. Business lounges are also available as are a number of food and drink shops and duty-free stores.
Getting to the City from Thessaloniki Airport “Makedonia” (SKG)
Visitors have a number of options for making the short journey from SKG to the city centre. Outside the terminal building is a taxi rank, where you can get a metered taxi to the city, a journey that should take about 30 minutes, depending on traffic. Public buses run every 30 minutes and take about 45 minutes to get to the centre. They also connect with the train station and coach terminal. Take buses 78 or 78N (KTEL – Airport). Bus 45 goes to Halkidiki. You can also hire a car at the airport; choose from several companies at the airport.
Why Visit Thessaloniki?
Greece’s second – and hippest – city brings together influences from the east and west. Empires and civilisations – Romans, Macedonians, Ottomans – over the millennia have left their mark on this vibrant city, but it packs in modernity and style. The northern Greek city is reported to have the best nightlife in the country, and its remarkable cuisine, taking in the influences from both the east and west, is a draw to all. If that isn’t enough, it’s renowned for its fashion and style.
No trip to Thessaloniki would be complete without a visit to its most famous structure, the White Tower, one of the best-known remaining Ottoman structures in Greece. From here, you have spectacular views of the city. There are more than 50 churches in the city, such as the Agia Sophia, that are worth exploring. Museums and historic buildings abound and are easily accessible throughout this walk-able city. The beach region of Halkidiki is less than 72.5 km from Thessaloniki for those craving some Greek sun and sand.
Don't Forget Before you Fly
Visas are not required for British citizens travelling to Greece. Your passport only needs to be valid for the length of your stay; it does not need to be valid beyond your proposed duration of your stay in the country. Greece uses the euro. ATMs and currency exchange offices are widely available and accept most international credit cards. In addition to medical and travel insurance, British travellers are entitled to state medical treatment if carrying a European Health Insurance Card (EHIC).