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Central Macedonia

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Introduction

Central Macedonia is one of the thirteen administrative regions of Greece, consisting of the central part of the geographical and historical region of Macedonia. With a population of almost 1.9 million, it is the second most populous in Greece after Attica.

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Geography

The region is based at its capital city of Thessaloniki and is divided into seven regional units (pre-Kallikratis prefectures), Chalkidiki, Imathia, Kilkis, Pella, Pieria, Serres and Thessaloniki. These are further subdivided into 38 municipalities.

Although geographically part of central Macedonia, Mount Athos is not administratively part of the region, but an autonomous self-governing state under the sovereignty of Greece.

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Getting There

By Plane

Thessaloniki International Airport (SKG) is located about 15 kilometres from Thessaloniki's city centre. It is the third biggest airport in the country, after the ones in Athens and Heraklion and is the main gateway to the north of the country. Several dozens of airlines serve destinations mainly throughout Europe and a few outside the continent.

Aegean Airlines flies to/from Athens, Chania, Düsseldorf, Frankfurt, Hanover, Heraklion, Larnaca, Moscow-Domodedovo, Munich, Mytilene, Nuremberg, Rhodes and Stuttgart and seasonally to/from Kos, Milan-Malpensa, Mykonos, Paris-Charles de Gaulle, Saint Petersburg, Santorini and Tel Aviv-Ben Gurion.

The low-cost airline Ryanair offers flights to and from Thessaloniki. Destinations include Bremen, Brussels-Charleroi, Chania, London-Stansted, Milan/Bergamo-Il Caravaggio, Paphos and Rome-Ciampino, and seasonally to/from Bologna, Girona, Hahn, Karlsruhe/Baden-Baden, Oslo-Rygge, Stockholm-Skavsta and Airport Weeze.

It is linked to the city centre by a 24-hour OASTH bus service (78 & 78A during the day and 78N during the night). A Thessaloniki Metro extension to the airport is currently under consideration.

By Bus

The private bus company KTEL drives to and from various destinations in Greece. The buses arrive and depart from the bus terminal (station: Macedonia).

By Train

There are daily regional trains to Veroia-Edessa and Katerini-Larissa, six InterCity (IC) trains and one night-train to Athens via Platy-Katerini-Larissa-Palaiofarsalos-Domokos-Leianokladi(Lamia)-Leivadia-Thiva-Oinoi-SKA-Athens, two trains to Kilkis-Serres-Drama-Xanthi-Komotini-Alexandroupoli and one train to Karditsa-Trikala-Kalampaka.

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