We choose to introduce the hosting city of Thessaloniki by its brand phrase: “many stories, one heart”
A compact human-scale city, influenced in its 3000 year of history by its focal point in the region and its waterfront location, is a vibrant city of multicultural identity both in the past (Roman, Byzantine, Ottoman) and the present, a youthful destination due to its academic community as an educational hub, and a unique city break often preferred for its food and entertainment culture, being ranked by National Geographic Travel in the top 10 Nightlife Cities.
To discover EARLI2023 host city, here is some information!
Welcome to Thessaloniki!
Transit bus service is provided between the Airport and the city of Thessaloniki, with connections to the Central Railway Station and the “Makedonia” Regional Coach Terminal (KTEL).
Taxi companies operate 24-hour call centers, ready to receive your order or make an advance booking for you. A taxi to the airport will cost between 20 – 30 Euros. Check the special FREE NOW voucher for all EARLI2023 participants HERE https://earli2023.gr/while-in-thessaloniki/conference-services-experiences
The conference area is easy to reach by public transportation. Buses run frequently throughout the day. Check the Thessaloniki Urban Transport Organization website (https://oasth.gr) for more information.
REGULAR FARE – SINGLE TRIP TICKETS: 0,90 €
Bus service from the city center to Aristotle University of Thessaloniki (AUTH) & University of Macedonia (UOM):
01X: AIRPORT - INTERCITY BUS TERMINAL (VIA CITY CENTRE)
02K: A.S.IKEA-KTEL MAKEDONIA
07: AG. IOANNIS - PANEPISTIMIO
10: CHARILAOU - N.S.STATHMOS
17: TRIANDRIA - N.S.STATHMOS
24: PL. ELEFTHERIAS - CHILIA DENDRA
27: STAVROUPOLI - PANEPISTIMIO
28: T.S. EFKARPIAS – SKLABENITIS – PANEPISTIMIA
31: VOULGARI - KTEL
Bus service from the city center to "Ioannis Vellidis" Convention Centre:
11: PILEA – N.S. STATHMOS
12: KTEL - KATO TOUMPA
39: KIFISIA – DIKASTIRIA
BUS STOP NAMES
For Aristotle University Ceremony Hall --> AHEPA
For "Ioannis Vellidis" Congress Center --> Mouseia
For University of Macedonia, Dissemination Center, Tower Building --> Agia Fotini, Panepistimio
SPECIAL TAXI SERVICE for EARLI2023 delegates by FREENOW
FREENOW offers to all EARLI2023 delegates two vouchers (2 X 5€) for their transportation in Thessaloniki!
Download the FREENOW app on your phone (if not already a user). By inserting the code EARLIRIDE23 in the section Vouchers and credits of the app, passengers will receive 2 vouchers of 5€ for rides from 19/08/23 08:00 am until 27/08/23 23:59 pm. The vouchers will be valid with in-app payment.
(important note: taxi services in Greece are relatively cheap compared to other European countries, with an
average city center ride being from 5 to 7€ )
You can discover Thessaloniki from another perspective and navigate through the city and its most important sightseeing by bike, always being cautious of the cars drivers around you! Thessaloniki offers a bicycle network of approximately 12 km, mainly in the seafront. There are numerous bike rentals in Thessaloniki, a Google search will help you locate them. One of the is BikeIT rental shop at 2 Leof. Meg. Alexandrou where you can find bikes for adults or for groups, from 10:00am to 22:00pm.
For more information visit the website:
For anyone requiring parking next to the conference venues, EARLI delegates can use the parking space next to the Tower Building, accessed from the 3rd Septemvriou str. Please contact the Welcome Desk for more information.
The closest post office is located next to the Ceremony Hall of Aristotle University. The working hours are Monday through Friday, 7:30-14:45.
The closest 24-hour ATM is located just outside the University of Macedonia (next to the main entrance). A Google search will help you find more spots.