Sleeping in Airports

Thessaloniki Airport Guide

Whether you have a layover, overnight sleepover or you are just quickly passing through, our Thessaloniki Airport Guide is a great place to start planning your visit.  Here, you’ll find information on services and facilities available inside the airport – including details about airport lounges, WiFi, mobile charging points, lockers, 24-hour food options, nearby hotels, and everything in between.

After about one hour of sleep I woke up, because I was surrounded by about 10 wild dogs which tried to bite my head off. -Christof

SKG Airport Overview

thessaloniki airport guideTo help you plan your layover or overnight sleepover, here is a quick run-down about what to expect during your time at Thessaloniki Airport Makedonia.

What to Expect

Thessaloniki Airport (code: SKG) has a single terminal that handles domestic and European routes. A second terminal is currently under construction. Amenities include more than a dozen eateries and a small selection of shops, including duty-free, though none are open 24 hours. Free WiFi helps pass the time, but power outlets are limited. Economy class passengers can pay to enter an airport lounge. See Airport Lounges in the guide below for location and access information.

Where to Sleep

Travellers certainly spend the night here, but it isn’t particularly sleep-friendly. Seating is metal but armrest-free, though it is limited in some areas. Otherwise, bring a sleeping bag or travel mat to cozy up on the floor. For uninterrupted sleep, nearby hotels offer free shuttle service. See the Airport Hotels section below for locations or read some traveller airport reviews for more tips.

Covid-19 Update

Due to the current Covid-19 pandemic, all services and times listed below are subject to change. Some services and facilities may remain closed or operate with reduced hours.  Airport tips and suggestions in this guide and elsewhere on the site were written before March 2020 and may no longer be valid. If you are planning to sleep in the public area of the terminal overnight, have a back-up plan! We’ve heard from a few travellers at other airports and they were not permitted to stay overnight. We’re not sure if that will apply to this airport, until a reader lets us know the current situation. We will start updating all of our guides in October 2021.  To help us with this massive update, you can add or update information or write a review and submit photos and airport tips.

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In this guide we may refer to locations as “landside” and “airside”. Landside is the public area of the terminal located in the non-secure zone, before security. Airside is the secure area of the terminal that you must reach by going through security.  For more information on Europe’s Schengen Area, click here.

Airport Hotels

If sleeping in Thessaloniki Airport does not appeal to you, there are hotels near the airport:

  • Athina Airport Hotel – (5 minute drive from the airport) Free airport shuttle.  » Check Rates
  • Iris Hotel – (20 minute walk or 5 minute drive from the airport) A small budget hotel near the airport. No airport shuttle.  » Check Rates
  • Hyatt Regency Thessaloniki Hotel – (8 minutes from the airport) Free hotel shuttle goes to/from the bus parking area at the airport.  » Check Rates
  • Avalon Hotel – (8 minutes from the airport) Free roundtrip airport shuttle, upon request.  » Check Rates

To see more options there is a list of hotels near Thessaloniki Airport on Tripadvisor that can be sorted by price, distance, traveller rating and popularity.

Airport Lounges

Pay-per-use, Single Visit Passes & Lounge Memberships

Regardless of what class of service you are flying, there is a lounge that you can enter by purchasing a lounge pass or through a lounge membership program. Visit the individual lounge page for more details about the lounge itself and to also find out how you can gain lounge access with just an economy class ticket!

Airline Lounges

If you are a First or Business Class traveller you may have access to the lounges listed below. For more information, check the airline’s website.

  • Aegean Business Lounge – Location: Main Terminal, Airside.

Airport WiFi/Internet

Free unlimited WiFi is available at Thessaloniki Airport.

More Services, Facilities & Things To Do On A Layover At The Airport

ATMs / Cash Machines – Need cash? ATMs are available. Machines are operated by five different providers. Fees may apply, so be sure to check your bank’s fee schedule and your daily withdrawal limit if you are travelling internationally. You may also want to notify your bank of your travel plans. Locations: Landside and Airside (Arrivals and Departures).

Baggage Carts – Need a hand with your luggage? Baggage carts are available.

Children’s Play Area – When you want to ensure your kids burn off all their energy before their flight, take them to the children’s play area. Location: unknown.

Currency Exchange – One Exchange provides currency services. Location: Arrivals and Departures (Landside). Hours: Unknown.

Duty Free & Shopping – Hellenic Duty Free shopping is available. A small selection of shops selling mostly jewelry and accessories are also available. Hours: unknown.

Food & Drinks – At the time of this update, it is not known if there are any 24 hour concessions. The airport offers 15 restaurants (both Landside and Airside).

Information Desk – Need help finding your way? An information desk can be found in the International Arrivals area, on the ground floor.

Luggage Storage & Lockers – Not available.

Luggage Wrapping – Protect your bags from theft and damage by having your bags wrapped in plastic. Location: Landside, Departures Hall B, 1st Floor.

Medical Services – There is a First-Aid station available, ask for assistance at the Information Desk.

Mobile Charging – Power outlets for charging your mobile device are scattered sporadically throughout the airport. 5 or 6 outlets can be found Landside (Check-in) and a few others can be found Airside (Gate A3 and the family washroom have been mentioned). You may want to bring a portable charger with you.  If you know of more locations, click here to update this airport guide.

Post Office – Available.

Rest Zones – There are no dedicated sleeping areas, quiet areas or rest zones. If this information has changed, click here to update this guide.

Showers – Not available.

Airport Hours

The airport is open 24 hours.


Thessaloniki airport is served by the following airlines: Aegean AirlinesAeroflot • Air Baltic • Air France • Air Mediterranean • Air Serbia • Alba Start • Alitalia • Arkia Israeli Airlines • Astra Airlines • Austrian Airlines • Avanti Air • Belavia Belarusian Airlines • Blue Air • British AirwaysBrussels Airlines • Condor • Corendon Airlines • EasyJet • European Air Transport • Ellinair • Enter Air • Eurowings • flydubai • Israir • • Neos • Olympic Air • Qatar Airways • Ryanair • SAS • Sky Express • Smartwings • Sundair • Swiftair • SWISS • TAROM • Transavia • TUI Airways • Turkish Airlines • Tus Airways • UTair • Vueling • Wizz Air.

Airport Transportation: Getting To/From The Airport


The airport is served by at least 4 local buses delivering travellers to a variety of destinations. Buses run every 30 minutes and cost 2,00€ (one way). For more information, visit the Thessaloniki Airport website.

From a reader: Airport bus 78 has been replaced by bus 01X (daytime) and 01N (night). They removed lot of suburb stops, it won’t stop anymore to IKEA bus terminal. Cost 2€ for one ride, no transfer to other city bus. Alternatively, bus 79 made a short trip from the airport to the IKEA city bus terminal where we can take other bus toward Thessaloniki or toward Peraia and Epanomi area. Use regular bus ticket to ride Bus 79 cost 1€ (you can buy inside the bus, but this ticket doesn’t include transfer with other bus) or if you transfer with another bus take the 2 journey tickets at 1.20€ available at the bus kiosk (the guy will try hard to sell you the 2€ airport bus ticket instead, say clearly what you want).

Car Rentals

The following car rental agencies are located onsite: Avance • Avis/Budget • Hertz/Thrifty • Sixt.

Hotel Shuttles

Several area hotels provide airport transportation service as a courtesy to their guests. Here are a few hotels offering airport shuttle service:


There is a taxi rank outside of the Arrivals Hall of the passenger terminal.

Last updated: 2020-06-17

This guide is for informational purposes only to assist with your planning.  All information, including rates and hours, are subject to change at any time without notice.   The information in this airport guide is based on information collected and/or received from the airports, lounges, hotels, transportation providers and their web sites. We are not representatives of any of the above mentioned service providers. To report errors or to add/update any items mentioned in the guide: update the airport guide or  write a review.