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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.

Sleeping in Thessaloniki Airport

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 traveller airport reviews for more tips.

To help us keep this guide up-to-date, you can add or update information or write a review to submit airport tips and photos. You can also visit the airport’s website for current information.  For more airport information, continue scrolling down to explore more in our Thessaloniki Airport Guide.

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 Hours

The airport is open 24 hours.

Airport Hotels

If sleeping in the airport sounds like a nightmare, there are hotels near Thessaloniki Airport:

  • Iris Hotel –  No airport shuttle.  » Check Rates
  • Athina Airport Hotel – Free airport shuttle is available.  » Check Rates
  • Hyatt Regency Thessaloniki Hotel – No airport shuttle.  » Check Rates
  • City Gate Hotel Airport Thessaloniki – No airport shuttle.  » Check Rates
  • Avalon Hotel – Free airport shuttle is available upon request.  » Check Rates

For more options, visit Tripadvisor to see a list of hotels in Thessaloniki, search for deals and read traveller reviews.

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 learn how to gain access with just an economy class ticket!

  • Skyserv Manolis Andronikos Lounge – Location: Main Terminal, Airside, next to Gate A3.
  • The Lounge Thessaloniki – Location: Airside, International Departures Hall, 2nd Floor.

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.

Related Pages: Thessaloniki Airport Lounges

Rest & Relaxation Zones

No dedicated sleeping areas, quiet areas or rest zones exist. If this information has changed, click here to update this guide.

More Airport Information

More Services, Facilities & Things To Do On A Layover

ATMs / Cash Machines – Need cash? ATMs are available. Machines are operated by five different providers. Fees may apply, so check your bank’s fee schedule and 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.

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

Drinking Water – Information is unavailable. Does the airport have water fountains or water bottle refill stations? Click here to update this guide.

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 unknown if there are any 24-hour concessions. The airport offers 11 restaurants (both Landside and Airside).

Information Desk – Need help finding your way? An information desk is located on the ground floor of the International Arrivals area, on the ground floor.

Luggage Storage & Lockers – Not available.

Medical Services – A First-Aid station is available; ask for assistance at the Information Desk.

Mobile Charging – Power outlets for charging your mobile device are scattered sporadically throughout the airport. Five or six 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.

Showers – Not available.

WiFi/Internet – Free unlimited Wi-Fi is available at Thessaloniki Airport.

Thessaloniki Airport is served by the following airlines: Aegean Airlines • Air Baltic • Air France • Air Serbia • Air Moldova • British Airways • Corendon Airlines • Cyprus Airways • EasyJet • European Air Transport • Enter Air • flyr • Israir • ITA Airways • • Lufthansa • Norwegian • Olympic Air • Qatar Airways • Ryanair • SAS • Sky Express • Smartwings • TAROM • Trade Air • Volotea • Wizz Air.
Airport Transportation: Getting To/From The Airport


At least four local buses serve the airport, 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 a lot of suburb stops and won’t stop anymore at the IKEA bus terminal. It costs 2€ for one ride, and there is no transfer to another city bus. Alternatively, bus 79 made a short trip from the airport to the IKEA city bus terminal, where we can take another bus toward Thessaloniki or Peraia and the Epanomi area. Using a regular bus ticket to ride Bus 79 costs 1€ (you can buy inside the bus, but this ticket doesn’t include transfer with another bus) or if you transfer with another bus, take the two 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 on-site: Avance • Avis/Budget • Hertz/Thrifty • Sixt.

Hotel Shuttles

A few area hotels provide airport shuttles: Athina Airport Hotel • Avalon Hotel.

See also Airport Hotels above.


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

Last updated: 2024-01-30

This guide is for informational purposes only to assist with your planning.  All information, including rates and hours, is 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 websites. 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.