Thessaloniki is easily reached by direct international flight connections to about 81 international destinations, including major cities around the world and has 17 daily flights to Athens.
For an overview of cities that have direct flight connections to Thessaloniki, click on the below link:
From Athens there are multiply daily flights by Aegean Airlines and Olympic Air (50 minutes).
Thessaloniki Airport to city centre
Thessaloniki Airport is the second biggest airport in Greece's international airport and is located 14 km outside the city.
A public bus service is available 24 hours a day from the airport to the city centre, bus number 78 or 78N. These bus services operate from the airport approximately every 30 minutes. A ticket costs € 1 one-way (purchased at a point of sale) or € 1,10 (when issued by ticket machines on the bus). It is Valid for up to (4) trips made within 70 minutes from the time of issue. Travel cards of various durations are also available.
To reach the hotel by bus: from the airport to the bus terminal, then take bus 31 to the Porto Palace Hotel (only a few stops). For an up to date time table please visit the official website of OASTH (Thessaloniki's public bus transportation) – http://oasth.gr/
As a rough indication a taxi from the airport to the city centre will cost between € 20–30, depending on the traffic. A taxi ride within the city will cost between € 5-10. A double fare is applicable between midnight and 05:00 am.
Greece is a Member-State of the European Union and has ratified the Schengen Agreement. Citizens traveling inside the E.U. just need to display their police I.D. Card without the need of a passport. However, a passport is necessary for a number of other transactions, such as currency exchange, purchases, etc.
Visas are not required by holders of valid passports from the following non-E.U. countries if they want to visit Greece and remain in the country for up to 3 months (90 days) within a chronological period of 6 months: Andorra, Argentina, Australia, Brazil, Brunei, Canada, Chile, Costa Rica, Croatia, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Israel, Japan, Malaysia, Mexico, Monaco, New Zealand, Nicaragua, Panama, Paraguay, S. Marino, Singapore, South Korea, USA, Uruguay, Vatican, Venezuela (source: www.visitgreece.gr)
Delegates who need a visa should apply directly to the Greek embassy or consulate in their own country. Please note that the organisers cannot contact embassies or consulates; the delegate is sole responsible to apply for the Visa. However the Registration Office will be pleased to provide you with a Letter of Inviation; please see the Registration page for the requirements to apply for such a Letter. Please allow sufficient time for your visa application!