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Getting Around in Macedonia
 
 
 

By Air

There are no regularly scheduled domestic flights; however, there are occasional flights between Ohrid and Skopje.

By Rail

National trains are slow, but they are nonetheless a nice alternative to hot, crowded buses in the summer. The main train line runs from Skopje to Bitola and Skopje to Gevgelia; no trains run to Ohrid. The Skopje-Bitola line is worth taking for the sightseeing, especially for the breathtaking landscapes. Do make reservations well in advance.

By Road

Roads are in surprisingly good condition for this region. There are many toll highways around Skopje, and Highway E-75 runs from Skopje to Thessaloniki. Make sure to have cash at hand to pay for the highway toll. Between Tetovo and Skopje, you'll have to pay a number of times, on the way to the airport from Skopje just once.

Driving around Macedonia is relatively fast and easy. Western-standard highways, reasonable signposting in both the Cyrillic and Latin alphabets, and petrol is slightly cheaper than in Western Europe. Bringing a detailed map is always a good idea.


Bus

The bus network in Macedonia is well developed with frequent services from Skopje to Ohrid and Bitola. Long distance buses need to be booked well in advance. Tickets can only be purchased at the bus station, where nearly all bus companies have ticket offices.

Car Rental

Most of the main car rental agencies have their presence in Skopje. Car rental in Macedonia is cheap and reliable.

Documentation: A valid International Driving Permit is required.

Urban Transportation

Skopje's public transport system is composed entirely of old buses which have colour-coded roofs. The ones with red roofs are state-owned JSP buses, while the white-roofed ones are the slightly cheaper private buses (ignore whatever colours are on the sides). Day and evening services run approximately 5 am – 11 pm with a limited service throughout the night on all of the major routes. Tickets are based on a zone system, with the city centre as Zone 1. There is no public transport information centre, though the kiosks at the end of the lines have the schedules posted.

Taxis are perhaps the most common mode of transport in Macedonia amongst tourists. Skopje's taxis are regulated by the city council, and with the exception of the occasional scallywag, the capital's cabbies are the most honest in the world – a startling and delightful fact that only adds to the pleasure and mystique of the city.

Taxis are available from the airports and within cities with rates that start at 50 MKD for the first mile/km and 20 MKD for every mile/km thereafter.

 

 
 


 



 


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