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Skopje at Night

Skopje at Night

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Skopje is the capital of Macedonia. The city has a very long history, as it is more than 2,000 years old and has survived many different periods, empires, few earthquakes, was built, destroyed, then rebuilt. Nowadays it is a combination of old and new, with a population of over half a million people. Macedonians are known for their hospitality and openness to visitors from everywhere. Skopje has good connections with plains, trains, buses. Accommodation options vary from the cheapest to the luxurious ones. It is safe place with many restaurants and cafés, as well as museums and getaway in beautiful nature close by.




Skopje has a moderate continental climate with generally warm summers and cold winters. Average temperatures from June to September are between 26 °C and 31 °C, while nights are around 15 °C. Maximum temperatures of 40 °C are possible though. Winters (December to February) are a few degrees above zero during the day and slightly below at night, though lows of -22 °C and even highs of over 20 °C have been recorded during these months. Precipitation is not very high and evenly distributed throughout the year, though late autumn and early winter tend to be a bit wetter. May and September are good months for a visit with neither cold or hot conditions.

Avg Max4 °C8.4 °C13.6 °C18.6 °C23.9 °C27.4 °C29.8 °C30 °C26.1 °C19.5 °C11.2 °C5.3 °C
Avg Min-3.6 °C-1.3 °C1.9 °C5.4 °C10 °C13 °C14.8 °C14.6 °C11.4 °C6.3 °C1.4 °C-2.2 °C
Rainfall36 mm36 mm40 mm40 mm60 mm46 mm34 mm27 mm36 mm42 mm56 mm51 mm
Rain Days109101011107667911



Getting There

By Plane

MAT Macedonian Airlines is the national airline of Macedonia and is based at Skopje Alexander the Great Airport (SKP) near the capital. Destinations include Berlin, Düsseldorf, Hamburg, Istanbul, Rome, Vienna and Zürich. Ljubljana, Sarajevo, Sofia, Tirana, Zagreb, Prague, Cologne, Belgrade and Budapeast are other cities served by mostly their respective national airlines. In summer, charter airlines fly to and from Lake Ohrid directly from a number of European countries.
MAT Macedonian Airlines flies between Skopje and Ohrid.

By Train

There are direct trains between the capital Skopje and the capital of Serbia, Belgrado.
Domestic trains run from Skopje to Bitola and Skopje to Gevgelia. Stip, Veles and Prilep are other major towns served by train.
Check Makedonski Zeleznici for more information about schedules and prices.

By Bus

Buses are abundant and main destinations include Bitola, Tetovo and Ohrid, with many smaller towns being served as well at least daily.





Art-Hostel RiversideAnte Hadzimitkov 5Hostel84
Duvet Hotel27th Mart No. 5,Hotel-
Hostel-HostelOgnjan Prica 18 (Anton Popov 18)Hostel-
Hotel MHCKej Dimitar Vlahov bb Sava Kovacevic 204Hotel-
Hotel Ani5 Borka Talevski StreetHotel-
Hotel Bristol SkopjeMarsala Tita BBHotel-
Hotel Continental - SkopjeBul. Aleksandar Makedonski bbHotel-
Jadran Hotel27 Mart bbHostel-
Hotel KapistecSt. Mile Pop Jordanov #3Hotel80
Hotel KarposSekspirova b.b.Hotel-
Hotel LuxorKacanicki Pat 43Hotel-
Residence Inn HotelKole Nedelkovski Str 6HOTEL-
Hotel Square SkopjeStr. Nikola Vapcarov 2/4-6Hotel78
Hotel Tims ApartmentsOrce Nikolov 120Hotel-
Hotel Victoria Skopjestreet Slave Delovski 18 1000 Skopje street Slave Delovski 18 1000 SkopjeHotel-
Hotel Vila Silia30 Vostanicka StreetHotel81
Hotel VodnoVodno Mountain Near SkopjeHotel-
Laki HotelLeninova Street No:79 SkopjeHotel-
The Hunter Lodge KamnikKamnik b.b.Hotel-
City HostelSt. Tome Arsovski nu.6 Address 2 :Hostel83
Aristokrat Palace HotelElisie Popovski 59Hotel-
Hotel Aristocrat PalaceElisie Popovski Marko 59HOTEL-
Imperial HotelBlagoja Gojan 24Hotel-
Ambasador HotelPirinska 38HOTEL-
Hotel Royal SkopjeVasil Glavinov Str 32Hotel-
Boutique Imperial HotelBlagoja Gojan Str 41Hotel-
Hotel PineStr. Mile Pop Jordanov No.1BGuesthouse-
Villa DoMarijaAnton Chehov 26HOTEL83
VIP HotelSt.163 No.117Hotel-
Nice Hostel - Skopje11 Oktomvri 23-2-8Hostel-
Hotel Skopjeul.Andon Dukov 27HOTEL-
Shanti-HostelRade Jovcevski Korcagin 11HOSTEL92
Hostel AtlantikUl. Anton Popov br.18bHOSTEL90
Skopje Crniche ApartmentCrniche 35APARTMENT-
Tomce Sofka HotelJordan Hadzikonstantiniv Dzinot br.14HOTEL-
Hotel VukMmile Pop JordanovHOTEL-
Urban Hostel & ApartmentsMother Teresa 22HOSTEL90
Guesthouse AnjaSt. Kej 13 Noemivri bbGUESTHOUSE-
Hi Skopje HostelCrniche 15HOSTEL86
Olimpia SL HotelStreet 18 BBHOTEL-
Shanti Hostel 2Prespanska 18HOSTEL89
Pension BiankoVasil Gologanov bbGUESTHOUSE82
Iguana Hostel SkopjeStr. Vardarska No. 5HOSTEL-
BSV HostelBansko Street 5HOSTEL-
Duvet Boutique HotelShumadiska br. 1HOTEL-
Vila Ani Skopjestr. Salvatore Aljende 55 (area Vodno)HOTEL-
Duvet Center HotelNaum Naumovski Borce 40HOTEL-
Hotel City 5Mitropolit Teodosij Gologanov 61HOTEL-
Orange Inn Hotel SkopjeTodor Panica 2HOTEL-
Premier Hotel SkopjeJosif Josifovski Svestarot 36HOTEL-
Super 8 hotel57 Krste MisirkovHOTEL-
Royal Hostel SkopjeMetodija Andonov Chento nu.1HOSTEL-
BH Hotel HamburgBlvd. Krste Misirkov 61HOTEL-
Hotel AleksandarVostanicka 24HOTEL-
Hotel PortaVladimir Komarov bbHOTEL-
Rekord HostelDimitrija Chupovski 7/1-1HOSTEL82
Le Village HotelUl.1 br.48a TrubarevoHOTEL-
Motel Le VillageRade Jovcevski Korcagin 37HOTEL-
Sirma's Mount Vodno HostelBansko 29HOSTEL84
UNITY Hostel SkopjeIlindenska No.1HOSTEL-



Keep Connected


Internet access is widely available throughout the country. Internet cafés are available in most cities and in some villages. Almost all hotels provide internet access, either free or paid. Local coffee shops usually offer free Wi-Fi access, as many other public places do. Feel free to ask for the password, if the network is locked.


See also: International Telephone Calls

Macedonia's internetional telpehone code is 389.

Mobile phones are widely spread and the coverage is excellent. There are 3 mobile networks (T-mobile, One and VIP), all using the GSM/3G standard. You can buy a pre-paid SIM card from T-mobile for MKD295 (€5) with MKD250 free talk time, from ONE for MKD190 (€3) with MKD250 free talk time, and from VIP for MKD300 (€5) with MKD300 free talk time. You may need to show your ID card or passport when buying.

If you want to use your home cellphone for internet service, buy a local SIM card or otherwise switch off data roaming and use wifi only. Prices per MB are still extremely high otherwise.


Macedonia's National Postal Service offers fairly reliable and affordable services, though it might take a while for your letter or postcard to arrive. At least 3-5 days within Europe, but more like 10 days for destinations outside Europe. Major post offices keep fairly long opening times, from 8:30am to 7:30pm Monday to Saturday and even on Sunday mornings in some places like Skopje. Smaller towns and rural areas have (much) shorter opening times. If you want to send a package internationally, use courier services like FedEx, UPS, TNT or DHL, as they are fast,. reliable and competitively priced.


Quick Facts


  • Latitude: 42.002411
  • Longitude: 21.436097


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