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The city

Thessaloniki is the second largest city in Greece with a history spanning more than two and a half millennia. Being a large city throughout its long history, Thessaloniki has always been on the cultural and commercial crossroads between East and West. This is reflected to the city's architectural character and its people's mentality. Remnants of Roman, Byzantine or Ottoman public buildings are scattered all over the city.

The venue

The Congress will take place at Nikolaos Germanos Congress Centre, located at Pavilion 8 of the Thessaloniki International Exhibition Centre, in the centre of the city.

The Congress venue is served by several bus lines and is easily accessible from any part of the city.


The official travel agency of the XIX CBGA Congress is Charioteer Travel and Tours, which has ensured special reduced prices for CBGA 2010 participants. As CBGA 2010 will not directly undertake any accommodation and travel arrangements for the participants, the latter should contact directly Charioteer Travel and Tours for hotel bookings, air travel and any other arrangements. Since September is a quite busy time for Thessaloniki, the participants are strongly advised to arrange their accommodation well in advance. Flights and other travel arrangements to and within Greece can also be arranged.

To book a hotel with special CBGA 2010 prices, fill in Form B and send it to Charioteer Tours of Greece. Deadline for reduced price hotel reservations is July 31, 2010 (NEW DATE). Note that reservations will be accepted on a first come first served basis and would recommend sending the necessary reservation as far in advance as possible. If accommodation at specified hotels is not available, alternative accommodation will be offered at similar hotels of the same category.  


Citizens of certain countries are required to hold a valid visa for entering Greece and other countries applying the Schengen acquis in full. Detailed info on the procedures can be found here.

CBGA 2010 attendees requiring a visa should contact CBGA Secretariat well in advance in order to avoid last-minute hassle.


By Air

Thessaloniki is connected by air to important destinations in Greece and Europe. It has one international airport, the Makedonia International Airport, which is located 16 km away from the city. Both domestic and international flights, as well as chartered flights, land and take off from this airport. The Makedonia International Airport ranks among the safest of European airports. The two runways of this airport are not large enough to accommodate Trans-Atlantic flights. For this purpose, one of the runways is currently being extended to the Thermaic Gulf.

Thessaloniki's airport services flights to and from Athens, Ioannina, Heraklion, Hania, Lesvos, Lemnos, Skiathos, Rhodes and several European cities.

Thessaloniki airport is easily accessible from the city centre. There are buses, taxis and car rental services between the airport and the city centre and the journey takes about 20 minutes. Bus No. 78, which stops at both the train station and the Aristotelous Square, is an ideal route. It runs between 6.00 a.m. and 11.00 p.m.

By Bus

Long distance buses connect Thessaloniki to every major Greek city and several cities abroad. The journey from Athens to Thessaloniki takes around six hours, with a 20-minute halt at a wayside restaurant with cloakroom facilities.

Buses operated by The Thessaloniki Urban Transport Organisation (OASTH) are great for getting around in Thessaloniki. They are cheap, air-conditioned and their routes cover almost every corner of the city.

By Car

There are highways connecting Thessaloniki with Athens, Serres, Skopje and Sofia.

Thessaloniki highway connections

Athens to Thessaloniki - GR - 1/E75

Serres and Sofia to Thessaloniki - GR - 4; GR - 2/E90 (via Egnatia); GR - 12/E85

Thessaloniki bypass

The city bypass connects the western quarter of the city, or the industrial belt, to its south-eastern part and then heads towards Halkidiki and Thermi. Today, Thessaloniki highways are modern and well connected with many junctions. The most recent was the connection with Egnatia in the north-western part of Thessaloniki.

By Train

Thessaloniki is well connected by rail to all important destinations in Greece and Europe. The railway station is in Odos Monastiriou, the extension of Odos Egnatia, which lies to the west of Vardari Square. Thessaloniki trains connect to Macedonia, Thrace and Athens. Suburban rail services link Thessaloniki to Pieria and Litochoro and the journey between these two points takes about three quarters of an hour to 50 minutes. Thessaloniki is linked to Western and Central Europe via FYROM and Serbia, with the east of Europe via Bulgaria, and to the countries in the Middle East by the line passing through Turkey. It is also a major railway junction in the Balkan region and is directly connected to Skopje, Sofia, Moscow, Belgrade, Budapest, Vienna, Istanbul and Bucharest. Check the Hellenic Railways Organization web site for timetables and destinations.

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