Transportation from the border to Ohrid
I have reached Macedonia from Albania at Qatë Thanë crossing point. To reach this border I have travelled about 2 km by taxi. Then, I crossed it on foot.
When in Macedonia, there is no public transportation to the nearest city, Struga. Your possibilities are:
1. To take a taxi;
2. To take a ride.
I have travelled using the second possibility. During the trip, the driver noticed me he was a taxi driver. Certainly I have not payed for the taxi service, as he was not working. When in Struga, I invited him for a beer. He is a honest and good person. Then, to reach Ohrid, I have taken the local bus for 40 MKD.
If you are looking for taxi service in the border, or even in Struga, I recommend you this taxi dirver.
Imer Razmani Koroshita
Train to and from Skopje
I travelled from Thessaloniki Greece in 2009 , by train at 0944 am and arrived at 1 pm local time. The watch goes back 1 hour at the border of Macedonia, there is passport and customs check. The journey was pleasant, which is more than can be said about Skopje railway station, i was glad to leave it. The fare was 12 euro 40. I left Skopje at 0741 am for Belgrade, fare 1415 den about £20 this train arrived Belgrade 2 hours late. There are buses from Skopje to Belgrade a little cheaper and slightly quicker. UPDATE in July 2014 There appears to be only one train a day from Thessaloniki at 15-52 arriving 19-50,
Seasonal train Thessaloniki/Skopje for 2012
train stopped running in Sept 2012
Due to Economic circumstances Greece cut all train connections with neighbouring countries.
But the great tourist demand couldn't be ignored so only for 2012 there is very much reduced train connection between Skopje and Saloniki.
This is the timetables:
Macedonia and Greek railways agreed seasonal train service, starting from 14 July.
it will operate only at the weekends.
Skopje every Saturday at 05.05
Saloniki 10.24 (local Greek time which is CET+1 )
Saloniki every Sunday at 20.11 (local time which is CET +1)
Gevgelija 20:46(local time is CET 0)
One way 756.00 MKD denars
return: 1238.00 MKD denars
Service will run till 30 September
Hope this helps to plan future travels.
Safe road trips in Macedonia
if you are driving in Macedonia, here are few handy tel numbers to help you along.
The Up to date road conditions Info: +389 (0)2 15 555 available 24/7
BREAKDOWN ASSISTANCE 196
Skopje Bus station timetables
Skopje is well connected with bus network nationally and internationally. also the train station is very close by and give train connections to Skopje with outside world.
The Bus and train station are about 15 min walk from the center of the city, on the entrance of the Aerodrom neighborhood
Bitola Bus station timetables
EVERY DAY DEPARTURES:
05.00, 06.30, 07.30, 08.30, 11.00, 13.00, 14.30, 16.30, 19.00
04.15, 09.00, 11.00, 13.30, 14.30, 15.00, 17.00, 19.00, 21.00
05.00 (Sunday at 11.00)
PRICES FOR TRAVEL FROM BITOLA Bus Station
One way ticket/ Return Ticket
Bitola-Skopje 440/ 590
Bitola-Veles 340 /540
Bitola-Prilep 110/ 180
Bitola-Resen 120/ 200
Bitola-Ohrid 240/ 390
Bitola-Struga 240/ 390
Bitola-D. Hisar 60/ 100
Bitola-Kicevo 230/ 370
Bitola-Gostivar 320 N/A
Bitola-Tetovo 350 N/A
Bitola-Kvadarci 250/ 420
Bitola-Negotino 290/ 460
Bitola-Demir Kapija 330/ 520
Bitola-Valandovo 360/ 600
Bitola-Strumica 440/ 600
BITOLA-SOFIJA 1365/ 2325
SKOPJE-SOFIJA 990/ 1800
All prices are in MKD denars.
Tetovo Bus station timetables
Best way with public transport to get to Tetovo is by Bus..
Buses are a plenty , very cheap and frequent
BUS STATION - TETOVO
street: Boris Kidrich б.б.
There are National tametables:
06:00 GOSTIVAR ZAS BUS - GOSTIVAR local sat and sun not working
06:15 STRUGA VAKCARE - 2 - STRUGA pass trough regular
06:15 SKOPJE RULE - TOURS regular regular
06:20 GOSTIVAR IDO TOURS - TETOVO local sat and sun not working
06:45 SKOPJE EKO TOURS - TETOVO regular sat and sun not working
07:00 SKOPJE EKO TOURS - TETOVO regular regular
07:25 GOSTIVAR IDO TOURS - TETOVO local sun not working
07:31 SKOPJE SIMEKS - KICEVO pass trough sun not working
07:40 GOSTIVAR ZAS BUS - GOSTIVAR local regular
08:05 SKOPJE ZAS BUS - GOSTIVAR pass trough regular
08:20 SKOPJE TRANSKOP - BITOLA pass trough sun not working
08:20 SKOPJE VAKCARE - 2 - STRUGA pass trough regular
08:40 SKOPJE RULE - TOURS regular sat and sun not working
08:50 GOSTIVAR IDO TOURS - TETOVO local sun not working
09:10 GOSTIVAR ZAS BUS - GOSTIVAR local regular
09:35 SKOPJE ZAS BUS - GOSTIVAR pass trough regular
09:50 SKOPJE RULE - TOURS regular sat and sun not working
10:25 GOSTIVAR IDO TOURS - TETOVO local sun not working
10:35 SKOPJE SIMEKS - KICEVO pass trough regular
10:40 GOSTIVAR ZAS BUS - GOSTIVAR local regular
11:05 SKOPJE ZAS BUS - GOSTIVAR pass trough regular
11:29 SKOPJE VAKCARE - 2 - STRUGA pass trough regular
11:55 GOSTIVAR IDO TOURS - TETOVO local sun not working
12:10 SKOPJE RULE - TOURS regular regular
12:15 GOSTIVAR ZAS BUS - GOSTIVAR local regular
12:30 GOSTIVAR IDO TOURS - TETOVO local sat and sun not working
12:35 SKOPJE ZAS BUS - GOSTIVAR pass trough regular
13:10 SKOPJE RULE - TOURS regular sat and sun not working
13:20 STRUGA VAKCARE - 2 - STRUGA pass trough regular
13:29 SKOPJE VAKCARE - 2 - STRUGA pass trough regular
13:35 SKOPJE ZAS BUS - GOSTIVAR pass trough sun not working
13:45 SKOPJE RULE - TOURS pass trough sat and sun not working
13:45 GOSTIVAR IDO TOURS - TETOVO local sun not working
14:00 GOSTIVAR ZAS BUS - GOSTIVAR local regular
14:01 SKOPJE TRANSKOP - BITOLA regular only sun
14:15 KUMANOVO FIKRET - TOURISM regular sun not working
14:25 SKOPJE EKO TOURS - TETOVO regular regular
14:50 SKOPJE ZAS BUS - GOSTIVAR pass trough regular
15:00 SKOPJE RULE - TOURS regular regular
15:10 GOSTIVAR IDO TOURS - TETOVO local sun not working
15:20 STRUGA VAKCARE - 2 - STRUGA pass trough regular
15:30 GOSTIVAR ZAS BUS - GOSTIVAR local regular
15:55 SKOPJE RULE - TOURS regular sat and sun not working
16:05 SKOPJE ZAS BUS - GOSTIVAR pass trough regular
16:20 GOSTIVAR IDO TOURS - TETOVO pass trough sun not working
16:20 BITOLA TRANSKOP - BITOLA regular regular
16:40 GOSTIVAR ZAS BUS - GOSTIVAR local regular
17:04 KICEVO SIMEKS - KICEVO pass trough regular
17:10 SKOPJE RULE - TOURS regular regular
17:35 SKOPJE ZAS BUS - GOSTIVAR pass trough regular
17:55 GOSTIVAR IDO TOURS - TETOVO local sun not working
18:10 GOSTIVAR ZAS BUS - GOSTIVAR local regular
18:15 KUMANOVO FIKRET - TOURISM regular sun not working
18:15 STRUGA VAKCARE - 2 - STRUGA pass trough regular
19:30 SKOPJE RULE - TOURS regular regular
19:40 GOSTIVAR IDO TOURS - TETOVO local sun not working
20:00 GOSTIVAR ZAS BUS - GOSTIVAR local regular
20:10 SKOPJE ZAS BUS - GOSTIVAR regular regular
07:00 DORTMUND BASHKIM TOURS pass trough wed and sat
07:15 WELS EURO BUS - STRUGA pass trough sun
08:00 KOPENHAGEN BESA - TRANS regular wed and sat
08:15 FREIBURG EURO BUS - STRUGA pass trough sat
08:30 BERN HABIB TOURISM - GOSTIVAR pass trough wed and sat
08:30 HAMBURG NASIR TOURS pass trough tue
09:15 ST.GALEN EURO BUS - STRUGA pass trough wed and sat
09:30 HAMBURG NASIR TOURS pass trough sat
10:30 DUESSELDORF HABIB TOURISM - GOSTIVAR regular wed and sat
11:15 BERN RAJZE BIRO SULEJMANI pass trough sat
13:30 ANZBA EUROPE TOURS pass trough sat
14:00 ST.GALEN EURO TOURIST - GOSTIVAR pass trough wed and sat
14:00 LJUBLJANA D.R.D. pass trough regular
15:45 ZAGREB HISAR - TOURISM pass trough regular
15:45 KOPER HISAR - TOURISM pass trough regular
15:45 PULA RULE - TOURS pass trough sun, mon, tue not working
19:00 SARAEVO STEP - TOURS pass trough wed and sun
19:45 HERCEG NOVI AD GALEB - OHRID pass trough tue and thu not working
19:45 HERCEG NOVI AUTOBOKA - KOTOR pass trough sat
20:00 BELGRADE BAKCARE - STRUGA pass trough regular
20:15 TIRANA TATESH TOURS pass trough working odd dates
20:15 TIRANA EURO BUS - TIRANA pass trough working even dates
22:30 TIRANA DRITA regular regular
NOTE: this information is from March 2012
Skopje to Tirana by Bus
There are two daily buses that go to Tirana from Skopje, the first one at 6:00 and the second in 19:00.
But sometimes bus lines can get canceled around new years, so I think its best for you to contact the travel agency responsible for this line few days before arrival. You can write them at firstname.lastname@example.org or call them at +38922402002 or +38970256436.
As for the taxi ride from the airport to the bus station, I always recommend Lotus Taxi company, as they are most professional and reliable taxi company in Skopje, and you can book your ride online at their website
or even better without registering just by sending email at email@example.com (they will want info for you flight like departure time and location and expected time of arrival). the price is 800 den (about 13 eur)
DRIVING IN MACEDONIA
A Few street smarts from DAO.
Macedonia is very rural with some fast roads and very few Police. Outside of built up areas you can probably go as fast as you want to. Major highways are toll roads, but many of the tolls are less than 50 US cents. Other drivers here are ok. Not great, but better than most. Experienced drivers will not have an issue except that you really have to pay attention to road signs. They are not many of them. You miss one and you will be going off in the wrong direction. The following information is designed for you to use this tip to plan BEFORE you go.
• An International Driving Permit (not licence) in addition to your full licence is required. They cost less than $10 from the AAA (AA, RAC in the UK).
• Your lights must always be on or you get a fine
• Fines are on-the-spot in cash
• The alcohol limit is just 0.05mg – less than 1 large glass of wine!
• It is illegal to use mobile phones when driving
• Parking is a free-for-all. 99.99% free across the country. Don't get blocked in
• You must be 25 to rent a car
• Winter tyres and/or snow chains are needed between 15 November - 15 March
• All tolls are in cash. Great way to change large notes
• It's illegal to even possess radar detection equipment
• Police will waive you down with small lights at night if they want you to stop
• Speed limit signs are hard to find. Watch other cars and keep it slow in built up areas
• Never speed too much in a village/town at night – it’s where the Police set-up checkpoints
• Watch for potholes, even on highways
• Front seat passengers must be sober too!
• Under 12’s must be in a rear seat.
• Many fuel stations take cards – but do not plan on this being true. Have cash
•Urban: 50kmh (31mph)
•Rural: 80kmh (49mph)
•Dual Carriageway: 110kmh (68mph) – 2 lanes, but not a full highway
•Highway: 130kmh (80mph)
If you are in the middle of nowhere on a sunny day – get going. Otherwise take it easy. Roads are sometimes banked incorrectly on curves, surfaces vary and you may get an animal in the road (although rare). The Police are from the Communist authority school of no messing around. You will only see them in built-up areas so be careful, polite and don’t drink.
Have a great time. I did.Related to:
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Getting to Macedonia by train
There are several trains from and to Skopje in Macedonia.
One daily overnight train runs to Belgrade (Serbia) and another to Thessaloniki (Greece)
At the moment the hp of the railways company is not yet working
I have added an unofficial link.Related to:
- Budget Travel
MAT -- Macedonian Airlines
MAT has service to a number of European cities, including Dusseldorf, Zurich and Rome. They use Boeing 737s -- a vast improvement over the old Soviet planes that were flown by Avioimpex [now a charter company] -- on my last flights to and from Skopje I flew MAT. I would rate it as a very decent carrier. They "team" with KLM out of Chicago, which is very convenient for me. This picture was taken at the gate in Amsterdam. The tail design is from the Macedonian flag.
Take the "gull" to Ohrid ...
The best way to get around Macedonia without a car are the buses. The bus station in Skopje is now near the Old Stone Bridge on the carsija side, but they are in the process of building a new bus station near the new train station [new = post-1963 earthquake]
This bus is the Galeb [gull] one that goes to Ohrid.
I have no idea how recent the schedules are on the website listed below.
Border Crossings from Serbia & Kosova
SEE THE SERBIAN MINISTRY OF FOREIGN AFFAIRS LINK
OR CLICK ON THE PICTURE HERE TO SEE ALL BORDER
CROSSINGS BY TRAIN AND BY ROAD.
Also the 2nd picture to see Border crossings
from Hungary into Serbia.Related to:
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Travel from Macedonia to Greece
There is a daily train between Skopje and Thessaloniki - www.bahn.co.uk for details.
If the time is unsuitable then following some advice from people on this website (thank you all) I can confirm that the following is achievable:-\
Bus from Skopje to Bitola - journey time 3 hours, cost 510 MKF
Taxi from Bitola to the Greek border - journey time 10 - 15 mins, cost 6 euro
Wakl across the border and ask at the cafe on the left hand side about a taxi to Florina. 10 minutes later a taxi was there for me and 15 minutes later I was at Florina bus station. Cost of taxi - 15 Euros
Bus from Florina to Thessaloniki - I got the bus at 18:00 Greek time (1 hour ahead of Makedonia time). 3 hour journey to Thessaloniki, cost 14 euro.
I don't know whether or not to be reassured by the 'No guns' sign at Bitola bus station.
Website of the Skopje bus station
Including contact info, time tables and prices.
Website of the bus company:
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