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About Thessaloniki

Thessaloniki is a beautiful port city in Greece. With a population of over 315 000, it is the second largest destination of the country. Thessaloniki offers you a vibrant culture and a wealth of history. The top attractions of this city include the White Tower of Thessaloniki, the Museum of Byzantine Culture, and Aristotelous Square.

Seize the chance to explore this picturesque destination, because cheap flights to Thessaloniki are now available for a limited time! Thessaloniki is the home of Thessaloniki Airport (SKG), which is a 25-minute drive from the city centre. Thessaloniki Airport serves a number of airlines, such as Turkish Airlines, Olympic Air, Aegean Airlines, and Eurowings. Popular connecting flights from Johannesburg to Thessaloniki are now available. The flight duration is approximately 13 hours and 25 minutes.

Why visit Thessaloniki

Thessaloniki Cathedral Historic Sites

Historic Sites

There are plenty of historic architecture and museums to discover in Thessaloniki. Visit locations like the Rotunda of Galerius, the Thessaloniki Cathedral, and the Museum of Byzantine Culture.

Garonne River Toulouse

Scenic Setting

You are guaranteed breath-taking river views, especially during sunrise and sunset. Enjoy these sights either from land or out on the water with a rental boat.

Aristotelous Square Thessaloniki

Vibrant City Culture

Thessaloniki has a huge number of restaurants, bars and cafés in Europe! Have a delicious pitogyro or a bourdeto at one of these establishments, some even with outdoor seating.

General information

Essential details you need to know before your trip

Country Greece
Currency Euro
Exchange Rate 1 ZAR = 0.07 EUR
Language Greek
Hub Airport Thessaloniki Airport (SKG)
Airline Turkish Airlines / Olympic Air / Aegean Airlines / Eurowing
Time Zone GMT + 2
Travel Adaptor Type C / F

Best time to visit Thessaloniki

June to August (summer) is the most popular time to visit Thessaloniki, due to temperatures that reach the low 30s and rainfall that go around 20 mm. This season will bring the most tourists, meaning crowded attractions, higher hotel rates and less availability. Skip all these inconveniences by visiting from mid- to late spring (April – May) and early to mid-autumn (September – October). The temperatures are warm around these times while the rainfall volumes only increase to around 50 mm.

Weather & Climate in Thessaloniki

Average temperature (°C) & rainfall (mm) per month

Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Low °C 2°C 2°C 5°C 8°C 12°C 17°C 19°C 19°C 15°C 11°C 7°C 3°C
High °C 9°C 10°C 14°C 19°C 24°C 29°C 31°C 30°C 27°C 21°C 14°C 10°C
Rainfall (mm) 30 60 50 50 40 30 30 20 20 50 80 50


The port city of Thessaloniki gives you one more reason to visit the gorgeous country of Greece! This European destination includes a buzzing nightlife, exciting shopping opportunities, fine dining and a plethora of cultural events.

Explore a charming scene that features cobbled streets, the Eptapyrgio Fortress, and the Byzantine Citadel, Bey Hamam (a Turkish bathhouse) and Ottoman Poorhouse. Alternatively, peruse all the fresh meats, vegetables and fruits, as well as shoes, clothes, herbs and spices at the central market. You’ll be pleased to know that this Greek city offers a stunning selection of cafés and bars, arguably more than any other European destination!

Discover this incredible combination of historic and modern attractions in the beautiful city of Thessaloniki.

Visa & Customs

You will need a Schengen Visa to visit Thessaloniki. Contact the Greece Embassy in Pretoria (telephone: + 27 12 348 2352) or the Greece Consulates in Johannesburg (telephone: + 27 11 214 2300) and Cape Town (telephone: + 27 21 424 8160) for more information.

The South African Honorary Consulate-General in Thessaloniki

Address: THERMI AE 9th km Thessaloniki, Thermi, 51 Tsimiski Street, 546 23 Thessaloniki

Phone: + 30 2310 489386 Fax: + 30 2310 489387

Health & Safety

While Thessaloniki is one of the safest cities in Greece, keep track of your valuables and make sure they are in a secure spot and out of sight when you’re in public.

Make sure you get all the routine vaccinations before your trip to Thessaloniki. You may need additional vaccines and medicines for other diseases, depending on where you go and what you do in the city. These diseases include hepatitis A, hepatitis B, and rabies.

Cost of Living

Meal inexpensive restaurant R 100.00 R 100.00 R 146.24
Domestic Beer (0.5 litre draught) R 25.00 R 25.00 R 51.18
Cappuccino (regular) R 22.33 R 22.34 R 44.89
Taxi 1km (Normal Tariff) R 10.00 R 10.00 R 10.24
Pack of cigarettes (Marlboro) R 37.50 R 37.50 R 58.49
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