Arriving in SkopjeBy plane
Some 22 kilometres east of the city, Skopje Alexander the Great Airport is small and easy to use. After disembarking and entering the main terminal building, follow the signs until you reach passport control where you’ll be confronted with a row of booths currently offering four options, namely All Passports, Citizens, MK Citizens and EU Citizens. Once you’ve figured out who you are, passport checks are generally relaxed and friendly. The Arrivals and Departures halls are in the same building and share a range of facilities including ATMs, currency exchange, information desk and a few shops and cafés. Getting to town A taxi to the city centre should cost around 900 den or €15 (payable in either currency) and the journey takes less than 30 minutes. To the right of the exit, the Vardar Ekspres bus leaves approximately eight times a day. The fare is currently 175 den and the bus stops at Capitol Mall, the bus/train station and the Holiday Inn hotel right in the centre of the city.
Arriving in Skopje by car can be stressful and confusing for first timers, especially for those who’ve never experienced the miscellaneous idiosyncrasies of Balkan-style driving. Although major signs are written in both Cyrillic and Latin, there are few visual hints as to what might be the city centre, and the somewhat bewildering system of one-way streets only adds to the pandemonium. The arrival of Sat Nav has drastically improved matters, and if you’re arriving in a rental car it’s worth checking to make sure it’s equipped with one. A couple of highways leading into the city require a small toll fee which can be paid in either local currency or euros. Macedonian toll booths now also accept credit cards.