As the summer season approaches and Sithonia becomes an increasingly popular destination for tourists around the world, there are more and more questions about how to get to Sithonia from Thessaloniki (or Thessaloniki Airport if you are coming to Greece by plane) if you don’t have your own vehicle to get you to Sithonia – the second leg of Halkidiki peninsula.
Here are a few standard options on how to get from the Thessaloniki airport to Sithonia:
From Thessaloniki to Sithonia by taxi
There are many taxi associations in Thessaloniki that will meet you at the airport and take you to Sithonia. The drive to Sithonia itself is around one and a half hours, so for most taxi associations, it is the standard service in their offer. We will list only some taxi associations and their transport offers from the airport in Thessaloniki to Sithonia:
From Thessaloniki airport to Nikiti 90km 80 minutes from 70€ to 135€ (depends on the type of car)
From Thessaloniki airport to Sarti 136km 120 minutes from 100€ to 160€ (depends on the type of car)
From Thessaloniki airport to Neos Marmaras 132km 120 minutes from 85€ to 135€ (depends on the type of car)
Official website: https://halkidiki.taxi/
From Thessaloniki airport to Nikiti 90km 80 minutes 70€
From Thessaloniki airport to Sarti 136km 120 minutes 115€
Official website: https://liontransfer.com/en/
From Thessaloniki airport to Nikiti 90km 80 minutes around 80€ (depends on the type of car)
From Thessaloniki airport to Sarti 136km 120 minutes around 115€ (depends on the type of car)
From Thessaloniki airport to Neos Marmaras 132km 120 minutes around 95€ (depends on the type of car)
Official website: https://www.hellaschauffeur.com/
From Thessaloniki to Sithonia by bus
Every day, KTEL- the main intercity public transport service- provides many daily buses that travel to Sithonia Halkidiki. It takes approximately 2-3 hours and costs between €12 and €20, depending on your destination. You can see all The KTELbus departures and schedules and easily make a reservation on the official KTEL Halkidiki SA website, here: KTEL bus schedule and tickets
The buses leave from the KTEL Halkidiki bus station, which is located on the 9 kilometer National Road in Thessaloniki, Halkidiki.
How to get from Thessaloniki Airport Macedonia (SKG) to KTEL Halkidiki bus station:
Take the O.A.S.TH. (Thessaloniki public bus transportation) bus number 79 from Macedonia’s airport to the IKEA bus station. Take the O.A.S.TH. number 36 bus from the IKEA bus station to the bus station Ktel Chalkidikis.
The cost of a taxi from the airport to the bus terminal is between €10 and €15.
Getting from Thessaloniki railway station to KTEL Halkidiki bus station:
Take the O.A.S.TH. bus number 45 from Thessaloniki railway station and get off at Ktel Chalkidikis bus station.
Getting from KTEL MACEDONIA bus station to KTEL Halkidiki bus station:
Take the O.A.S.TH. bus number 45 from KTEL MACEDONIA bus station to Ktel Chalkidikis bus station.
Official website: https://ktel-chalkidikis.gr/
From Thessaloniki to Sithonia by rent-a-car
In the Thessaloniki Airport, like every other large international airport, there are dozens of companies that provide rent-a-car services, ranging from budget to luxury vehicles.
Here are just a few of the most well-known car rental companies you can find as soon as you land in Greece:
If you choose this form of transportation, we are pretty sure that you will find just what you need with a few clicks on a Google search. It is also a very good move as you might have the car during your whole stay and really enjoy everything Sithonia has to offer.
How to get to Sithonia with your own vehicle
From Thessaloniki downtown follow the traffic signs to Thessaloniki Airport. You’ll arrive at the airport exclusion via a ring road. Because this is the same road to Halkidiki, traffic signs for Halkidiki will begin to appear. Stay on that two-lane expressway, skip the exit for Thessaloniki Airport, and drive further for about 80 kilometers to the Halkidiki peninsula. On the crossroads before Nea Moudania, one road leads to the Kassandra peninsula “the first leg”, and the second one to Sithonia, “the second leg” on the Halkidiki peninsula. After that, follow the signs for Sithonia and you’ll soon arrive at the beginning of the Sithonia peninsula, Metamorfosi – a lovely tourist and fishing village that is the Sithonia peninsula’s first settlement. After that, choose your destination on the Sithonia peninsula and simply follow the traffic signs.
The route connecting Thessaloniki and Sithonia is in excellent condition. In both directions, it is a two-lane expressway. Speed restrictions have been imposed along the way, and they must be adhered to, primarily for security reasons and also because of the severe penalties in Greece. The road narrows after passing through crossroads to Halkidiki’s first leg (Nea Moudania crossroads), although it is still quite good and clear, and traffic from there is usually significantly less frequent.
The only disadvantage is that there are not enough rest areas along the way, for travelers driving from further destinations.
- Thessaloniki – Metamorfosi : 95,1 km 1:12h by car
- Thessaloniki – Nikiti : 102 km 1:20h by car
- Thessaloniki – Vourvourou : 117 km 1:32h by car
- Thessaloniki – Sarti : 144 km 1:57h by car
- Thessaloniki – Neos Marmaras : 122 km 1:34h by car
- Thessaloniki – Toroni : 141 km 1:55h by car
- Thessaloniki – Porto Carras : 126 km 1:38h by car