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THESSALONIKI CENTER

Transportation

Thessaloniki is very well connected via all sorts of domestic and international transportation.

By Air: Thessaloniki Airport, "Macedonia" (airport code "SKG", information phone number +30.310.473212), is only 15 Km from City Hotel and Thessaloniki’s center. The recently (2000) renovated airport is the main hub for Northern Greece and the second largest airport in Greece, after Athens International Airport "El. Venizelos". There are numerous domestic and international daily flights in and out of Thessaloniki.

By Rail: Thessaloniki has the biggest and busiest train terminal station in Greece. There are numerous domestic and international daily departures and arrivals, connecting Thessaloniki with other Greek and European cities.

Rental Cars, Buses, private automobiles, taxis: There are many international and local car rental companies with presence in the city. You will find links to their websites in our links page. Note also that there are many private companies offering daily bus service from and to Thessaloniki, along with the state-run KTEL organization of public bus service or its Thessaloniki Branch" (Greek only).

By ferry: If you are travelling by ferry from Bari, Ancona, Brindisi, or Venice, you will arrive at the city of Igoumenitsa, on the West coast of Greece. Once in Igoumenitsa, proceed in the direction of the city of Ioannina via the Egnatia Motorway (Egnatia Odos) and continue further towards Thessaloniki. Total traveling distance from Igoumenitsa to Thessaloniki is about 3.5 hours, in mountainous scenery that will leave you mesmerized.

Alternatively, from Italy, you may reach the southern Greek port of Patras, instead of Igoumenitsa. If so, use a map to the following course: From Patras (taking the road to Athens), to Rio, crossing to Antirio (via car ferry), on to Amfissa and then Lamia, where you will join the Athens-Thessaloniki Highway, turning North to Thessaloniki. (The Patras to Thessaloniki drive is 488 Km or about 6 hours, including the ferry time.)

As always, our concierge will happily arrange for a taxi to pick you up from the airport.
All you need to do is ask for it!


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FAQ
Q. HOW FAR IS THE HOTEL FROM THESSALONIKI AIRPORT/TRAIN STATION?
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City Hotel is located in downtown Thessaloniki, right in the heart of the financial, business & commerce district. Thessaloniki’s airport "Macedonia" is 16 Km (10 miles) to the South, or about a 35’ drive (50’ under heavy traffic).
Thessaloniki’s train station is less than 2 Km (1+ mile) away, and under normal circumstances, it’s only a 10’ ride. However, during rush hour, it may take as much as 20’. There are public buses that can take you to (or bring you from) the train station; bus stops are right across the street from the hotel.

Q. CAN I CONNECT TO THE INTERNET FROM MY ROOM?
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Yes you can connect to the Internet through wireless connection. Also there are extra telephone (plain RJ11 POTS and RJ45 ISDN) jacks in your room to connect through dialup from your laptop. However, you should make arrangements with your ISP for roaming capabilities of your dialup account.
If your ISP does not support worldwide roaming, you may either contact one of the various Greek ISPs to obtain a short-term account (you will find some links to their websites on our links page), or just visit any of the numerous internet cafes around the city. There are actually a couple of those within walking distance from the hotel.

Q. WHAT ARE THE REGULAR CHECK-IN AND CHECK-OUT TIMES?
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Check-in is at 14:00 and check-out is at 12:00 noon. However, for guests making their reservations on-line, we will extend the check-out time till 16:00 for their convenience! As always, if you leave Thessaloniki on a late flight, we will be happy to keep your luggage in storage, at no extra charge!
Remember that Greece is on the GMT +2 Hours Time Zone, as is Cairo and Helsinki.

Q. ARE PETS WELCOME IN THE HOTEL?
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Your small friends (under 5 kilos or 11 pounds) are more than welcome to be our guests, as long as they do not disturb other guests during quiet hours and stay in your room when you visit our restaurant or bar.

Q. CAN I EXCHANGE FOREIGN CURRENCY IN THE CONCIERGE?
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Of course. We will be happy to assist you exchanging major currencies and/or traveler’s cheques.

Q. IS CITY HOTEL LOCATED ON A SAFE PART OF THE TOWN?
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All in all, Thessaloniki is a rather safe city, even though-as in any big city-there are areas that need your attention, especially after dark. However, downtown Thessaloniki, where the hotel is located, is considered to be among the safest parts of the town, so safety should not really be your concern, at least for the immediate proximity of the hotel. So, whether you’re a businesswoman traveling alone, an elderly couple or parents traveling with your kids, you will feel very comfortable in the whereabouts of the hotel.

Q. WHAT ARE, IN GENERAL, THE WORKING HOURS IN GREECE?
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It depends. Regular business office hours are either from 9:00 to 17:00 or from 8:00 to 16:00. Government services are open to the public from 8:00 to 13:00, while banks are open from 8:00 to 14:00 (13:30 on Fridays). Most commercial stores follow the Mon-Wed-Sat 9:00-14:00, Tue-Thu-Fri 9:00-14:00 & 17:00-21:00, even though every store is free to make its own business hours.

Q. DOES THE HOTEL OFFER PARKING FACILITIES?
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Yes, we have made special arrangement with private parking garages to accept City Hotel guests at a much-reduced rate than the normal. All these garages are within walking distance of the hotel.

Q. HOW HARD IS TO GET THE INTERNATIONAL PRESS?
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Since City Hotel is in the middle of the business district of Thessaloniki, there are numerous international bookstores within walking distance of the hotel, carrying a wide variety of the international press. As a matter of fact, the oldest international bookstore of Thessaloniki is only 50 meters away!
Alternatively, you may find lots of major international newspapers and magazines in many kiosks that sell tobacco and other small items in the neighborhood of City Hotel.

Q. IS THERE ROOM SERVICE IN THE HOTEL?
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Certainly. Our room service will be happy to accommodate all your needs from 07:00 to 01:00 past midnight.

Q. WHAT AC IS USED IN THESSALONIKI?
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Throughout Greece you will find 220V, 50 Hz AC electric power. We have also included standard electric razor outlets (12V) in the bathrooms of every room for your convenience.


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