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'''[http://skp.airports.com.mk/default.aspx?ItemID=345 Skopje Airport]''' ({{IATA|SKP}}) is 24km southeast of the city centre.  
 
'''[http://skp.airports.com.mk/default.aspx?ItemID=345 Skopje Airport]''' ({{IATA|SKP}}) is 24km southeast of the city centre.  
  
Flights operate to/from [[Athens]], [[Barcelona]]- El Prat, [[Eindhoven]], [[Ljubljana]], [[Vienna]], [[Hamburg]] - Luebeck, [[Sofia]] (seasonal), [[Zagreb]], [[Milan]] - Bergamo, [[Bratislava]], [[Brussels]], [[Zurich]], [[Belgrade]], [[Dusseldorf]], [[Istanbul]], [[Venice]] - Treviso, [[Paris]] - Beauvais, [[Malmo]], [[Gothenburg]], [[Dortmund]], [[Memmingen]], [[Cologne]], [[Frankfurt]] - Hahn, [[Basel]] - Mulhouse, [[London]] - Luton, [[Dubai]], [[Nuremberg]], [[Oslo]], [[Stockholm]], [[Friedrichshafen]], [[Turku]].
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Flights operate to/from [[Athens]], [[Barcelona]]- El Prat, [[Eindhoven]], [[Ljubljana]], [[Vienna]], [[Hamburg]] - Luebeck, [[Sofia]] (seasonal), [[Zagreb]], [[Milan]] - Bergamo, [[Bratislava]], [[Brussels]], [[Zurich]], [[Belgrade]], [[Dusseldorf]], [[Istanbul]], [[Venice]] - Treviso, [[Paris]] - Beauvais, [[Malmo]], [[Gothenburg]], [[Dortmund]], [[Memmingen]], [[Cologne]], [[Frankfurt]] - Hahn, [[Basel]] - Mulhouse, [[London]] - Luton, [[Dubai]], [[Nuremberg]], [[Oslo]], [[Stockholm]], [[Friedrichshafen]].
  
 
To travel between the airport and the city centre:
 
To travel between the airport and the city centre:
* [http://skp.airports.com.mk/default.aspx?ItemID=491 Vardar Ekspres] operates buses between the airport and the city center. The journey takes approximately 30 minutes and costs MKD 180. Tickets can be purchased from the booth in the airport (or directly on the bus if you arrive late at night) and must be paid for in local currency, which can be obtained from exchange offices or ATMs in the airport. The bus stops at the International Bus Station (stopping outside the Zegin pharmacy) and the Holiday Inn hotel. Buses are timed with most arrivals/departures, except for the early morning ones. Refer to the website above for current time tables.
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* [http://skp.airports.com.mk/default.aspx?ItemID=491 Vardar Ekspres] operates buses between the airport and the city center. The journey takes approximately 30 minutes and costs MKD 180. Tickets can be purchased from the booth in the airport and must be paid for in local currency, which can be obtained from exchange offices or ATMs in the airport. The bus stops at the International Bus Station (stopping outside the Zegin pharmacy) and the Holiday Inn hotel. Buses are timed with arrivals/departures and leave the airport every day at 01:00; 02:50; 04:30; 09:00; 10:30; 13:30; 15:50; 18:30; and 20:30.  
 
 
 
* '''Taxi''' service is regulated. Airport taxi is the only licensed taxi operator from the airport. The fare to the center is approximately MKD 1,200.
 
* '''Taxi''' service is regulated. Airport taxi is the only licensed taxi operator from the airport. The fare to the center is approximately MKD 1,200.
  
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===By bus===
 
===By bus===
 
[http://www.sas.com.mk/ Skopje Avtobuska Stanica], the bus station, is adjacent to the train station, 2km southeast of the city centre. Left luggage facilities are available.
 
[http://www.sas.com.mk/ Skopje Avtobuska Stanica], the bus station, is adjacent to the train station, 2km southeast of the city centre. Left luggage facilities are available.
Beware that you may have to pay a 50 DEN/1€ tax at the counters prior to access the platform. Tickets are required to access the platform and credit cards are accepted.
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Beware that you may have to pay a 50 DEN/1€ tax at the counters prior to access the platform.
  
Buses operate several times per day to/from [[Ohrid]] (3.5 hours, €7, see below), [[Sofia]] (5.5 hours, €15), and [[Pristina]] (2.5 hours, €5). There are also buses from [[Belgrade]] (6.5 hours, €24), [[Thessaloniki]] (4 hours, €20), [[Istanbul]] (13 hours, €),  [[Zagreb]] (14 hours, €), [[Dubrovnik]] (13 hours, €), [[Tirana]] (7 hours, €20), [[Ksamil]] (via [[Sarandë]], 12/13 hours, night bus every 2 days), [[Sarajevo]] (16 hours, €),  and [[Bar]] (9.5 hours, ) via [[Ohrid]].
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Buses operate several times per day to/from [[Ohrid]] (3 hours, €7), [[Sofia]] (5.5 hours, €15), and [[Pristina]] (2.5 hours, €5). There are also buses from [[Belgrade]] (6.5 hours, €24), [[Thessaloniki]] (4 hours, €20), [[Istanbul]] (13 hours, €),  [[Zagreb]] (14 hours, €), [[Dubrovnik]] (13 hours, €), [[Tirana]] (7 hours, €20), [[Ksamil]] (via [[Sarandë]], 12/13 hours, night bus every 2 days), [[Sarajevo]] (16 hours, €),  and [[Bar]] (9.5 hours, ) via [[Ohrid]].  
 
 
Buses to [[Ohrid]] operated by Galeb (Галеб) depart at 06:00, 08:00, 10:00, 12:00, 14:00, 16:30, and 18:30 (as of September 2019).
 
  
 
[https://www.eurolines.de/ Eurolines] operates bus service to/from many cities in [[Germany]] and [[Austria]] (26 hours, €).
 
[https://www.eurolines.de/ Eurolines] operates bus service to/from many cities in [[Germany]] and [[Austria]] (26 hours, €).
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===By bus===
 
===By bus===
Skopje has a vast, frequent and efficient bus network.  To ride public buses (red in color, many are Chinese copies of English double-deckers) you need to purchase a 'SKOPSKA' card at any green kiosk, with an initial fee of 150 MKD that includes three rides (or two if you are going to Matka canyon).  Further rides can be loaded onto the card at 35 MKD each.  It is also possible to purchase with a Macedonian SIM card for 40 MKD.  Private buses (all the other colors) cost 25 MKD (you pay the driver directly). The new double deck buses may feature English translations to routes, but it's easier just to stick to the bus numbers. Bus maps can be found on almost all bus station (still in process of putting them up).  Hotels will help with info and the odd taxi fare can be saved!
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Skopje has a vast, frequent and efficient bus network.  To ride public buses (red in color) you need to purchase a 'SKOPSKA' card at any green kiosk, with an initial fee of 150 MKD that includes three rides (or two if you are going to Matka canyon).  Further rides are 35 MKD each.  It is also possible to purchase with a Macedonian SIM card for 40 MKD.  Private buses (all the other colors) cost 25 MKD (you pay the driver directly). The new double deck buses may feature English translations to routes, but it's easier just to stick to the bus numbers. Bus maps can be found on almost all bus station (still in process of putting them up).  Hotels will help with info and the odd taxi fare can be saved!
  
 
===By taxi===
 
===By taxi===
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[[File:Monument of the Defenders of Macedonia.JPG|thumb|Monument of the Defenders of Macedonia]]
 
[[File:Monument of the Defenders of Macedonia.JPG|thumb|Monument of the Defenders of Macedonia]]
 
*<do name="Skopje Free Walking Tours" alt="" address== url="" hours lat="" long=""> Free (tip-based) walking tours around the city guided by the locals.  [http://www.freeskopjewalkingtours.com Free Skopje Walking Tours] departing from Macedonia Square (in front of Czar Samuel statue) at 10am and 3pm (Oct 1-Apr 30) / 5pm (May 1-Sep 30). [http://www.skopjewalks.com Skopje Walks] departing from Memorial House of Mother Teresa at 10am.
 
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* <do name="Do the Skopje City Walk" alt="" address="" directions="" phone="" url="http://www.skopjecitywalk.com" hours="" price="" lat="" long="" email="" fax="">A completely free alternative - explore Skopje in your own time, without a guide. Learn about the sights you see, in your own pace. Skopje City Walk offers two self-guided city walks through Skopje. One guides you through the old town and the other walk goes through the modern part of the city center. Each individual route takes about one a half hour, excluding breaks and museum visits. The brochure also includes a map.</do>
 
  
 
* <do name="Explore Matka Canyon" alt="" address="" directions="Take bus #60 outside Cafe Teresa at Boulevard Goce Deltchev. It will approximately take 30 minutes." phone="" email="" fax="" url="" hours="" price="">Features a lake and a hydrodam. Locals go there in the summer to swim in the river and picnic. Starting from the hydrodam, there is a 6km long walking trail along the canyon that leads you to another dam. Note: the trail now closes after 4 km and the only option is to hike back. Still worth to do it though. Better option is to take the ferry and see the cave first and then decide if you still want to hike.!!! If you go don't miss the restaurant "Bear's Cave" (in Macedonian: Mechkina dupka) near the kayak trail which is built into a cave. Opposite to the restaurant you can rent a kayak (MKD 300/hr) or take the ferry (MKD 400) to visit the '''Vrelo Cave'''.</do>
 
* <do name="Explore Matka Canyon" alt="" address="" directions="Take bus #60 outside Cafe Teresa at Boulevard Goce Deltchev. It will approximately take 30 minutes." phone="" email="" fax="" url="" hours="" price="">Features a lake and a hydrodam. Locals go there in the summer to swim in the river and picnic. Starting from the hydrodam, there is a 6km long walking trail along the canyon that leads you to another dam. Note: the trail now closes after 4 km and the only option is to hike back. Still worth to do it though. Better option is to take the ferry and see the cave first and then decide if you still want to hike.!!! If you go don't miss the restaurant "Bear's Cave" (in Macedonian: Mechkina dupka) near the kayak trail which is built into a cave. Opposite to the restaurant you can rent a kayak (MKD 300/hr) or take the ferry (MKD 400) to visit the '''Vrelo Cave'''.</do>
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* <do name="Climb Vodno Mountain" alt="" address="" directions="the largest mountain to the south of Skopje" phone="" email="" fax="" url="" hours="" price="">Climbing this mountain will give the best views of the city and the valley which Skopje is in.  You will also be able to see close up and possibly also climb the Millenium Cross, the largest Christian cross in the world, built to celebrate 2000 years of Christianity. You will also be able to see a monument dedicated to the Macedonian partisan fighters who defeated Axis forces that were stationed on Vodno, which allowed the liberation of Skopje to begin. There is a public bus (#25) going to the middle of the mountain and from there a cable car (MKD 100 adults, 50 kids) goes all the way to the top of the mountain.</do>
 
* <do name="Climb Vodno Mountain" alt="" address="" directions="the largest mountain to the south of Skopje" phone="" email="" fax="" url="" hours="" price="">Climbing this mountain will give the best views of the city and the valley which Skopje is in.  You will also be able to see close up and possibly also climb the Millenium Cross, the largest Christian cross in the world, built to celebrate 2000 years of Christianity. You will also be able to see a monument dedicated to the Macedonian partisan fighters who defeated Axis forces that were stationed on Vodno, which allowed the liberation of Skopje to begin. There is a public bus (#25) going to the middle of the mountain and from there a cable car (MKD 100 adults, 50 kids) goes all the way to the top of the mountain.</do>
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* <do name="Do the Skopje City Walk" alt="" address="" directions="" phone="" url="http://www.skopjecitywalk.com" hours="" price="" lat="" long="" email="" fax="">Explore Skopje in your own time, without a guide. Learn about the sights you see, in your own pace. Skopje City Walk offers two self-guided city walks through Skopje. One guides you through the old town and the other walk goes through the modern part of the city center. Each individual route takes about one a half hour, excluding breaks and museum visits. The brochure also includes a map.</do>
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*<do name="Skopje Walking Tour" alt="" address== url="www.skopjewalkingtour.com" hours lat="" long="3 hours long">Walking Tour Around Skopje. The first and the best walking tour in Skopje, don't need to arrange just show up at 11:00. Join the show discover the many hidden places in Skopje with a local from Skopje with fluent English, Dec Jan Feb Sunday and Thursday off </do>
  
 
* '''Open gallery “The city is beautiful”''' located in the GTC - City Shopping Centre (Gradski Trgovski Centar). The open gallery “The city is beautiful” is the first of its kind in Skopje.
 
* '''Open gallery “The city is beautiful”''' located in the GTC - City Shopping Centre (Gradski Trgovski Centar). The open gallery “The city is beautiful” is the first of its kind in Skopje.
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*'''Marko's Castle''' - An Early Byzantine fortress, heavily fortified with 40 towers. It was the site of the medival town of Crnce.
 
*'''Marko's Castle''' - An Early Byzantine fortress, heavily fortified with 40 towers. It was the site of the medival town of Crnce.
  
*'''Matka''' - A gorge in which a rich complex of medival monasteries and remnants of a fortress remain. You can take a city bus to the entrance of the canyon, see the getting around section.
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*'''Matka''' - A gorge in which a rich complex of medival monasteries and remnants of a fortress remain.
  
 
*'''Skupi''' - the ancient city of Skupi is almost not worth the effort to reach. There is almost nothing left except for part of a street, a bath, and a basilica. After the city was ruined by the earthquake of 518, all the building material was used in the building of Justinijana Prima (one can see almost all of the seats of the Roman theatre incorporated in Kale Fortress). It is interesting that even though the earthquake was very strong and completely ruined Skupi there were almost no casualties. The inhabitants fled the city just two days before fearing from Avar attacks and settled in the small fortresses they had built on Vodno and in Matka.
 
*'''Skupi''' - the ancient city of Skupi is almost not worth the effort to reach. There is almost nothing left except for part of a street, a bath, and a basilica. After the city was ruined by the earthquake of 518, all the building material was used in the building of Justinijana Prima (one can see almost all of the seats of the Roman theatre incorporated in Kale Fortress). It is interesting that even though the earthquake was very strong and completely ruined Skupi there were almost no casualties. The inhabitants fled the city just two days before fearing from Avar attacks and settled in the small fortresses they had built on Vodno and in Matka.

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