Ah, the city of many statutes! Of all shapes and sizes. Each one trying to tell a different story. I’ve never seen so many in one place before! Traumatised by years of war and later a catastrophic earthquake, as much as 80% of the city has been destroyed. While it might be still poor and developing, it’s certainly trying to reinvent and show its real potential. Nonetheless, it still lacks the attention from the tourists... which is exactly why you should get there, before everyone else does!
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Getting to Skopje
I caught a direct flight to Skopje. There is an airport shuttle bus Vardar Express that offers transport between the airport and the city centre. Allegedly, the bus timetable is coordinated with the flight arrival times, but I’ve had to wait about an hour for the bus. The bus fare costs around 175MKD (approx. €3) and takes only half an hour. I got off at the international bus station to catch a bus to Ohrid.
From Skopje to Other Destinations
In the city centre, there’s a main bus station, which is adjacent to the train station. Skopje is perfectly located in terms of international links to other foreign cities including Belgrade, Istanbul, Thessaloniki, Pristina and many more! You can catch a bus to some of these destinations – the timetable available here. There is also a train, including a night train, and for the time details you can have a peak here. The prices vary depending on where you want to get. However as everything else in the Balkans, the prices tend to be relatively low and therefore affordable to go on a trip abroad.
I’ve decided to explore more of Macedonia. So, as soon as I got to Skopje, I jumped on the bus and head down South to a small town called Ohrid. If you love small, serene places this is the place for you. I absolutely fell for this little gem. I talk all about it in my other blog post “Discover Ohrid - Hidden Gem of the Balkans”. If you would like to visit Ohrid, or perhaps other cities in Macedonia, here’s the best website for all the bus and timetable information.
I got back to Skopje and did some sightseeing before catching my next bus to Pristina in Kosovo. If you’re interested in finding out more about my stay there, you can read about it on my blog post “Day Trip to Kosovo - the World's Second Youngest Country”.
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