Thessaloniki to Halkidiki – Halkidiki Bus Station

It’s very easy to get from Thessaloniki to Halkidiki with public transportation. It just takes a little bit of planning. The Halkidiki bus station is just to the east of town. Thessaloniki city buses from town can take you there quickly, as can a taxi.

There’s also convenient bus that connects Thessaloniki Airport with the Halkidiki bus station if you would like to go there directly from the airport.

Halkidiki is Northern Greece’s premier destination for outstanding beaches, culture, socializing, and entertainment. Here’s a complete Halkidiki Travel Guide, covering the best beaches, sights, and charming villages.

Since Halkidiki is so close to Thessaloniki, it’s really worth combining your beach holiday with a city break. Thessaloniki -famous for culture and nightlife is a great place to taste the best of urban Mediterranean lifestyle.

Related post: Best Things to do in Thessaloniki – Sights, Activities, and Cultural Experiences

How to Get from Thessaloniki to Halkidiki

It’s very easy to get from Thessaloniki to Halkidiki. Many locals drive, but it’s also very convenient to take a bus – or “KTEL” – from Thessaloniki to the Halkidiki beaches.

There’s a separate KTEL Halkidiki Bus Station that services all of Halkidiki – this is not the main KTEL Makedonia Bus Station. The distance from Thessaloniki to Halkidiki varies, depending on where you want to go.

Thessaloniki to Halkidiki Bus

All buses for Halkidiki leave from the Halkidiki Bus Station, in the east of the city.

The bus 45 connects the Thessaloniki central bus station – “KTEL Makedonia – Halkidiki Bus Station – “KTEL Halkidiki.” This buses run through the center of town. It stops at the Train Station, then makes selected stops along Egnatia Street, including Kolombo, Antigonidon, Aristotle Square, and Kamara. For more information, please see here.

The buses may say “Mediterranean Cosmos” – the shopping center just after the Halkidiki Bus Station. Confirm with the driver that the bus goes to KTEL Halkidiki as you board.

Thessaloniki Airport to Halkidiki

The bus stop is directly outside the arrivals area. With the airport terminal at your back, you’ll see the bus stop at the right-hand end of the arrivals pick up area.

Several buses stop here. The 79A and the 79B take you to the KTEL Halkidiki bus station.

How to Get a Ticket for the Bus at the Thessaloniki Airport

Thessaloniki airport to Halkidiki - You can buy a bus ticket from the booth at the arrivals area
You can buy a bus ticket from the booth at the arrivals area

There is a ticket booth right by the bus stop. Alternatively, you can also get your ticket on board the bus from a ticket machine.

Note that the ticket machines on board accept only coins – no paper money – and that they do not give change. The fare for the 79A or 79B is €0,90. You can only buy one ticket at a time.

Thessaloniki Airport Buses – the 79A, the 79B, the 01X, and the 1N

Thessaloniki Airport to Halkidiki - The ticket booth outside of the arrivals area
The ticket booth outside of the arrivals area

Four OASTH buses stop at the arrivals area of the Thessaloniki airport. To get from the Thessaloniki Airport to Halkidiki, you take the bus 79A. The 79A and the 79B make a loop connecting IKEA – a central hub for changing buses – and the KTEL Halkidiki Bus Station. The 79A goes from IKEA to Thessaloniki Makedonia Airport to the KTEL Halkidiki Bus Station. The 79B goes from the KTEL Halkidikis to the Airport and then to IKEA.

The Express Thessaloniki Airport Bus

The 01X and the 1N are express buses linking the Thessaloniki Makedonia Airport with the KTEL Makedonia Bus Station to the west of the city, via the city center. The 01X and the 1N buses do not serve to the KTEL Halkidiki station.

From the KTEL Makedonia bus station, you can catch buses to nearly everywhere in Greece except Halkidiki – like Alexandroupoli, Athens, Volos. There are even buses that go to island destinations- like Evia, Lefkada, Chania (you pay for the ferry separately).

Here’s more detailed information about the Airport Express buses.

The Schedule for the 79A and 79B Airport Buses

The 79 A and the 79 B run approximately every 30 minutes throughout the day, beginning at 6 am, with the last bus departing shortly after 21:30. For detailed information please check here.

This is not a problem, because the KTEL Halkidiki buses stop running earlier in the evening than that. Some leave as late as 21:00. But for other destinations, the last departure can be as early as the middle of the day.

Please note: it may look like there is a queue, but as soon as the bus arrives everyone will just crowd on.

The KTEL Halkidiki (Chalkidiki) Bus Station

The KTEL Halkidiki (Chalkidiki) services all three areas of the Halkidiki peninsula: Kassandra- the first leg, Sithonia- the middle leg, and Ouranoupoli- the area above the Mount Athos peninsula.

Find complete KTEL Halkidiki schedules and fare information here.

Especially in the high season, buses can fill up quickly. You can buy a ticket in advance using this link.

Thessaloniki Airport to Halkidiki -Nea Potidea is less than an hour from the KTEL Halkidiki station
Nea Potidea is less than an hour from the KTEL Halkidiki station

Amber Charmei
Amber Charmei
Hi, I'm Amber Charmei - I left Manhattan, my hometown, about 20 years ago to live in a city with a much longer backstory and a prime location in the Mediterranean. Thessaloniki is is one of my favorite cities in Europe. Roman ruins, Byzantine glories, Belle-Époque mansions, and plenty of mid-century style set a compelling urban stage for contemporary life. Thessaloniki's multi-cultural heritage gives it an international quality, a zesty cuisine, and a peerless nightlife. I love the museums and the beaches, the Rebetiko and the chaotic public markets, and everything else. Thanks for stopping by - I hope I can help you discover what you're looking for, and fall a little in love with the city, too.

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  1. Dear sir/madam
    Please can you advise if it is possible for me to travel by bus from halkidiki bus station to kassandra on a SUNDAY.? I am not able to understand the bus schedule online. It will be sunday evening.
    Thank u in advance. Fiona Day


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