Thessaloniki is a beautiful port city in Greece. With a population of over 315 000, it is the second-largest destination in 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.
Popular flights to Thessaloniki
* Please note that the prices are subject to availability and block out dates do apply over peak season.
Why visit Thessaloniki
There are plenty of museums and historic architecture to discover in Thessaloniki. Visit locations like the Rotunda of Galerius, the Thessaloniki Cathedral and the Museum of Byzantine Culture.
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.
Vibrant City Culture
Thessaloniki has one of the largest numbers of restaurants, bars and cafés in Europe! Have a delicious pitogyro or a bourdeto at one of these establishments, some even with outdoor seating.
Essential details you need to know before your trip
1 ZAR = 0.07 EUR
Thessaloniki Airport (SKG)
GMT + 2
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 reaching around 20 mm. This season brings 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
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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, 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.
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You will need a Schengen Visa to visit Thessaloniki. Your passport may not be older than 10 years, must have 2 blank pages and be valid for at least 3 months beyond your date of departure from the Schengen state.
Contact the Greek Embassy in Pretoria (telephone: + 27 12 348 2352) or the Greek 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 is located in Thessaloniki
Address: 51 Tsimiski Street, 546 23 Thessaloniki
Phone: + 30 2310 489386
Fax: + 30 2310 489387
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.