www.holidayfans.com Traveling to Macedonia—Know the Way

Traveling to Macedonia—Know the Way

Macedonia, a scenic tourist destination that shares its land borders with Albania, Bulgaria, Greece, Serbia and parts of Kosovo, is easily accessible and is generally unrestricted.

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Macedonia has four border crossings with Albania—with the two main ones situated on either side of Lake Ohrid: Sveti Naum/Tushëmishti which is 29km south of Ohrid and Kafa San/Qafa e Thanës which is 12 km southwest of Struga. The other two smaller ones are located ones at Blato, about 5 km northwest of Debar and near at Stenje; in proximate distance to the western shores of Lake Prespa. (Image by Untravelled Paths)


The major crossings with Bulgaria are located east of Kriva Palanka (near Sofia and Skopje); in the eastern precincts of Delčevo (about 26km west of Blagoevgrad) and near Novo Selo (between Strumica and Petric)


The crossings are located at Gevgelija (between Thessaloniki and Skopje), Dojran (east of Gevgelija) and Medžitlija .To reach this junction, you may like to hire a taxi from Bitola bus station and then another from the Greek side of the crossing to the reach the nearest town of Florina.

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The prime border crossing is at Blace, which is about 20-minute up north from Skopje. You may choose to reach another crossing point situated close by at Jazince—this is used by transportations coming from Tetovo. (Image by amanda_brody23)


The major crossing point into Serbia is located at Tabanovce—either by train or on the motorway. Another smaller crossing point lies at Pelince—which is situated 25km northeast of Tabanovce.

If you are travelling from Skopje then you can hop to a bus to reach your destination. They travel to Prishtina (87km, six daily), Belgrade (431km, 16 daily), Sofia (222km, six daily) and other Eastern European towns/cities of Sarajevo, Ljubljana and Zagreb too—with most routes passing through smaller places like Ohrid and Bitola.

Car and  Motorcycle

You will come across no particular problems at any of these border crossings. However, you will require  a Green Card that is endorsed for Macedonia for bringing a car into the country.


You may look for trains that head to Belgrade from Skopje via Niš (1209MKD, two daily), Podgorica via Niš (17½ hours, daily), Ljubljana (20½ hours, daily). Prishtina (2½ hours, two daily) and Zagreb (18 hours, daily). If you want more information, then consider looking for timetables showcasing international routes on the portal of Macedonian Railways.


Macedonia boasts of two international airport: Skopje’s Petrovec airport and the comparatively smaller Ohrid airport. Here, there is no departure tax. The various airlines operating to and from the nation are Adria Airways,  Air France , Croatia Airlines, Czech Airlines, Lufthansa, JAT Airways, Malév Hungarian Airlines  and so forth.

The ways of travelling in and around the scenic terrains as well as the towns and cities of Macedonia. If you are planning to drive around then remember to carry your updated international driving license and all the documents related with the car in place. With all possible means of traveling available in an easy and affordable manner, you should have no problems in finding your way around.

All the best!


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