T R A V E L

Location and Airport Transfers

The PORTO CARRAS Grand Resort is located¬† only 2.8 Km away from the “Neos Marmaras” town in the SITHONIA peninsula of HALKIDIKI.

The nearest airport to Halkidiki is the International Airport of Thessaloniki, which is directly connected with all of Europe and many other destinations e.g. Qatar.

The EANN/AIAI 2020 conference will hire buses that will transfer the conference participants from Thessaloniki Airport to the venue FOR FREE on the 4th of June (all day) and on the 5th of June till 12:30 Greek time and from Porto Carras Resort to the airport only on the 8th of June (all day). The departure times will be arranged based on a DOODLE SYSTEM where the participants will input the dates and times of their traveling.

However for those who wish to arrive in between days you can travel to the PORTO CARRAS GRAND RESORT very cheap by bus, that you can take from the HALKIDIKI KTEL Bus Station. You must buy a bus ticket for NEOS MARMARAS-PORTO CARRAS bus stop. You can reach the “Halkidiki KTEL” bus station from the Thessaloniki airport by taxi (it takes only 15 minutes and around 10-12 Euros). The bus to Neos Marmaras costs 14.30 Euros.

Details on departure Days and hours from HALKIDIKI KTEL BUS STATION to Neos Marmaras  and vice versa can be found at:

http://www.ktel-chalkidikis.gr/index.php?act=viewCat&catId=1038

Moreover since this is a virgin exotic area with the best beaches in Greece and of course with many sites, it would be nice if you could rent a car and travel all around Halkidiki. You will be offered special prices (for the conference) for car Rental from the airport.

We will announce more details very soon. The Porto Carras Grand Resort is 1 hour (more or less) distance from the airport of Thessaloniki (SKG).

Public Transportation

Transportation in Halkidiki is made mainly by car or by bus. The public means of transport connect all tourist places serving thousands of passengers every summer.

Bus

There are local buses to transfer visitors to most tourist places in Halkidiki. There are central bus stations in Polygyros, Nea Moudania, Neos Marmaras, while there is also a central bus station near the airport of Thessaloniki.

Taxi

A special arrangement has been made with a local taxi company, Taxithess, regarding airport transfers. As an AIAI participant you will be able to contact them and coordinate your transfers from and to the airport. You will be met at the airport, after customs formalities by English speaking drivers qualified in accordance with the legislation. Transfer will be performed in new, high quality Mercedes cars The price from SKG Airport to any hotel in Thessaloniki centre is 25 euros. This price is inclusive of all taxes, it is applicable 24 hours/7 days in a week, and is valid for up to 3 persons with luggage at no extra cost.

Car

The car is a necessary and convenient means to travel around a large region like Halkidiki. Participants will have the chance to follow some beautiful roads leading to traditional villages and gorgeous beaches. Many tourists come to Halkidiki with their private car, but there are also many car and motorbike rental agencies in the most tourist places of Halkidiki. Many visitors also rent a car upon their arrival in Thessaloniki and then drive to Halkidiki. The road network is good and asphalt paved.

Boats

There are excursion boats from Ouranoupolis and Vourvourou to Mount Athos.

Suggested Sights

  • Mount Athos, Ouranoupolis
  • Prosforio Tower, Ouranoupolis
  • Aristotle Park, Ierissos
  • Lighthouse, Possidi
  • Archaeological Museum of Olynthos, Olynthos