Thessaloniki Airline Connectivity
Thessaloniki’s Makedonia International airport is the second biggest in Greece. In the summer, it gets quite busy and connects with almost all European countries with direct flights as Thessaloniki and Halkidiki are prime tourist destinations. You will find a selection of legacy and low-cost carriers that fly to a wide range of European cities. Aegean Airlines, Ryanair, Air Berlin and Turkish Airlines are some of the carriers with the highest frequency in Thessaloniki Airport.
Conference Venue Access (new information!)
The resort is located just 110 km (1.5 hours drive – see map) from Macedonia International Airport and 120 km (2 hours drive) from the center of Thessaloniki, the second largest city in Greece and capital of Macedonia with a major cargo port and railway station. It is an easy ride along the coasts and plains of the Halkidiki peninsula.
The Organizing Committee has arranged the transportations from and to the airport during the following dates:
a) From the airport on Saturday 24/9 and Sunday 25/9 and,
b) to the airport on Thursday 29/9 after the closure of the conference (13.00) and Friday 30/9.
For transfers outside of the above mentioned time periods, the conference will provide, upon request, assistance for hiring buses, the cost of which will be covered entirely by the participants.
The final schedule for the transportation, from and to the airport, based on input from participants is the following:
AIRPORT TO CONFERENCE VENUE & OTHER HOTELS
Saturday, Sept. 24th: at 09:30; 12:30; 14:00; 16:15; 18:00; 19.30; 21:30 and at 23:55
Sunday, Sept. 25th: at 09:30; 11:00; 13:00; 14:30; 15:30; 17:30; 21:00 and at 23:30
FROM CONFERENCE VENUE & OTHER HOTELS TO AIRPORT
Thursday, Sept. 29th: at 13:00; 13:45; 15:00 and at 18:00
Friday, Sept. 30th: at 03:00; 04:30; 06:00; 08:15; 10:30; 12:15 and at 18:00
Please do also pay attention to the following items
- The lists containing the names of the participants for each bus will be announced tomorrow.
- The transportation is free for those who have already paid participant or accompanying registration fees. For participants who have not paid yet, there will be a charge of 20 € per person/per transfer. For those who will register on-site, this amount will be refunded from the on-site registration fees.
- The transportation schedule was formulated by taking into account all the completed forms by the participants and all sent late messages (after the deadline) received until today noon 20/9.
We wish to note however that, there is a number of participants who have not replied yet. We regret to announce that any new requests will not be considered for the bus schedule. However, we will do our best to facilitate also the transfer of these non-replying participants, free of charge, but it is quite possible that there, they may face delays.
- Small delays in the departure of busses from the airport to the hotels may occur due to possible delays of the flights. However, the case of significant flight delays will be treated “in situ”.
- Please refrain from sending new messages concerning the transfers. Possible changes concerning the transfer from the hotels to the airport can be requested during the conference.
Other means of transportation
Taxis and public buses are also available for general access to Porto Carras. Taxis can be found outside the airport terminal at all times. The cost of such a taxi ride is approximately 160 Euros (total cost regardless the number of passengers).
Public buses also serve the Halkidiki region. The Halkidiki Bus Station, a short taxi ride from the airport (15 Euros cost with taxi), offers 3 daily departures for Neos Marmaras village. More details can be found in the Chalkidiki Bus Station website.
Passport / VISA
Passport and visa requirements vary from country to country. For details please visit the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Hellenic Republic and the Greek Diplomatic and Consular Missions abroad.
Delegates requiring a letter of invitation in order to attend the conference may write to the conference secretariat specifying the necessary details. Please note that this procedure aims explicitly at assisting delegates who need to obtain a visa or permission to attend the conference. It is not an official invitation covering fees and other expenses and does not imply any financial support from the conference organisers. Delegates can ask for an invitation letter after their abstract has been accepted.
Greece is a Member-State of the European Union and a member of the Eurozone and, as such, uses its uniform currency, the Euro. Its denominations are: 1, 2, 5, 10, 20 and 50 cents and 1 and 2 Euros (coins) and 5, 10, 20, 50, 100, 200 and 500 Euros (banknotes). A currency converter is available here.
Electrical Plug/Outlet and Voltage
- Voltage: 220-240 Volts
- Frequency: 50 Hz
- Primary Socket Type: Europlug, Schuko
Electrical sockets (outlets) in Greece are one of the two European standard electrical socket types: the “Type C” Europlug and the “Type E” and Type F” Schuko. If your appliance’s plug doesn’t match the shape of these sockets, you will need a travel plug adapter in order to plug it in. Travel plug adapters simply change the shape of your appliance’s plug to match whatever type of socket you need to plug it into. If you also require a different voltage, then you need to use a converter, as well.
Greece is in the Eastern European Time Zone. Eastern European Standard Time (EET) is 2 hours ahead of Greenwich Mean Time (GMT+2). Like most states in Europe, Greece observes Daylight Savings Time, so in the summer it is one extra hour ahead (GMT+3).
Greece Telephone Code
The International Access Code for Greece is +30. So, if you want to call a Greek number, you will need to dial +30 and then the 10-digit Greek telephone number (which consists of the area code and the local number). If you want to call abroad from a Greek landline, you will need to dial 00 to “get out” of the country and then the foreign country code and number.
Greece is an ideal place to shop for a wide variety of products, catering to anyone’s tastes and needs. Prices are very reasonable in relation to product quality and visitors will be able to find something for every budget.
Shops are generally open Monday through Friday from 09.00 till 21.00. On Saturdays shops stay open from 09.00 till 15.00, while they are closed on Sundays. During the summer season, however, opening hours are often greatly extended in tourist destinations.
The weather in Halkdiki during September is warm with plenty of sunshine and some rare showers. The average temperature is 20 degrees and a light jacket may be needed in the evening. Sunscreen may still be useful.
You can find detailed information in your preferred weather website:
Neos Marmaras weather on the weather.com, the accuweather.com, the wunderground.com or at the Hellenic National Meteorological Service.
Liability and Insurance
The Local Organizing Committee does not accept any liability for personal injuries, or for loss, or damage to property belonging to conference participants (or their accompanying persons) either during or as a result of the conference. Please, check the validity of your own insurance.
Useful Telephone Numbers, in case of emergency
Like in all the member states of the European Union, you can use, free of charge, the emergency telephone number 112.
The following numbers for the separate services are also used in Greece:
- Police: 100
- Ambulance Service: 166
- SOS Doctors: 1016
- Duty Hospitals and Clinics: 1434
- Pharmacies: 1434
- Poisoning First Aid: 210 77 93 777
Tipping is acceptable in Greece. Although restaurants generally add a service charge directly to your bill, it is still good practice to leave a small tip (1-2 Euro) for the waiter. Equally, porters, chambermaids and other service staff could be tipped, with the exception of taxi drivers who are normally not tipped in Greece.