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Airport of arrival: Skopje Alexander the Great Airport
Flight time from Istanbul to Skopje: 1 hour 30 minutes

Skopje, the capital of Macedonia, is the country's economic, cultural and tourism center. The city, which has hosted many civilizations throughout its history, has valuable historical buildings. Built on the Vardar River, the city is a peaceful city where people from different cultures live in harmony. Recently, many bridges have been built on the Vardar River and its streets and squares have been decorated with sculptures. The city, which was flourished with these structural changes, was called the city of sculptures. Skopje, which has made a breakthrough in tourism in recent years, welcomes tourists from different parts of the world during the year. There are many flights to Skopje and it is very easy to find flight tickets at affordable prices.

Skopje is one of the most developed cities in Northern Europe in terms of tourism and there are many direct flights to Skopje departing from Istanbul Sabiha Gokcen Airport which is connected through various domestic flights to different cities within Turkey and different cities all over the world. You can book your ticket in advance plan a holiday and find cheap flights from Istanbul Sabiha Gokcen Airport to Skopje Alexander the Great Airport.

You can book your ticket in advance to benefit from seasonal promotions offered by Pegasus Airlines.

About the Airport

Skopje Alexander the Great Airport is the busiest international airport in the country and is located 23 km east of Skopje city center.

Skopje Alexander the Great International Airport

Built-in 1928, Skopje Alexander the Great Airport has undergone many changes to this day. The airport, which developed rapidly after the 2000s, has taken its place among the important international airports of Eastern Europe with its 2 million passenger capacity. There are information desks, tourism offices, and facilities to meet the needs of passengers at the airport.

Transport from Skopje Alexander the Great Airport to the City Center

From the airport, you can go to the city center by bus or taxi.

Buses Vardar Express runs 24 hours between the airport and the city center. Buses that reach the city center in about 15 minutes also pass by cross-country train and bus stations. The bus fare is 175 Macedonian Dinars.

At the airport, you can find a taxi at any time of the day. You can reach the city center in 10 to 15 minutes by taxi. The taxi fare between the airport and the city center is fixed and is 1220 Macedonian Dinar.

If you would like to find a more comfortable and faster option, you can book a taxi or consider car rental services offered by Pegasus Airlines.

Public Transport

City transport in Skopje is provided by buses and taxis. There are no metro or tram lines in the city.

Skopje has recently renewed municipal buses with its investments in public transport, and red-decker double-decker buses have started to serve in urban transportation. With these buses, you can easily go to many points in the city. You can get bus tickets at ticket offices or from bus drivers but tickets that the drivers sell are more expensive. Bus ticket prices vary from 30 to 60 Macedonian Dinars, depending on the route that you would go.

Taxi prices in Skopje are quite cheap. You can travel around the city in short distances with taxis that can be found around the clock.

Bicycles, which are frequently used by local people, are among the most popular means of transportation in the city. There are many rent-a-bike shops in the city.

There are many accommodation options in Skopje, from luxury hotels to budget hostels. Most hotels are concentrated in the center of the city. Transportation in the city is quite convenient, regardless of the area you stay in Skopje 'you can easily go to the tourist attractions. Macedonia Square and the Old Town are very close to historical buildings and there are many accommodation options.

With Pegasus Airlines you can browse the available accommodation options and book your hotel in Skopje at affordable prices months in advance.

Macedonian cuisine has many delicious dishes inspired by Turkish cuisine. Onions, garlic and pepper are often used in most dishes. Moussaka, Sarma, and Ajvar are among the famous dishes.

You can have a look at What to Eat in Skopje page for more suggestions about all the local delicacies.

We have compiled some information you need to know to make your trip to Skopje more enjoyable and comfortable:

About Visa

North Macedonia has a visa agreement with many countries. If your country of residence is on this list, you can obtain a visa with your passport upon arrival. Visa applicants from countries outside the list are required to provide their passport with documents showing hotel reservations, round-trip tickets, and travel insurance and financial status. You can visit this website for information about the visa for North Macedonia.

Neighboring Cities

There are many beautiful places located within a short distance from Skopje.

  • Pristina, Kosovo (77 km)
  • Tirana, Albania (153 km)
  • Sofia, Bulgaria (173 km)
  • Thessaloniki, Greece (196 km)



Macedonia has a subtropical climate. In Skopje, the winter months are cold and humid, while the summer months are hot and humid. In summer, the average temperature can go above 40 degrees.

Essential Numbers

  • Country Code: +389
  • Skopje Area Code: 2
  • Airport Contact: +389 2 314 8333
  • English Language Emergency Line: 112
  • Airport Shuttle Service: +389 2 311 8263

Skopje is home to many civilizations throughout its history. Its culturally rich structure is reflected in the city architecture. It has been home to many valuable historical monuments and structures from the time of Alexander the Great to the present day.

You can start your tour of the city from Macedonia Square. Macedonia Square, the most populous part of the city, has many cafes, restaurants and shopping spots. From Macedonia Square, you can easily reach the historical and touristic spots in the city.

Stone bridge, Skopje castle, Mustafa Pasa Mosque, Saint Dimitrija Solunski Church and Bey Tower are among the important historical buildings. Skopje City Museum and Museum of the Macedonian Struggle are also important museums in the city where you can learn the history of the city.

To learn more about Skopje, you can have a look at the Skopje Travel Guide page that Pegasus Airlines prepared for you.


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