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|Polygyros, Halkidiki, Greece
||How to get to Polygyros
Polygyros Town Hall (Dimarcheion), designed by Xenpohon Paionidis.
There are no trains to Polygyros or anywhere else
on the Halkidiki Peninsula. The nearest railway station
is in Thessaloniki, about 67 km to the northwest.
See How to get to Macedonia, Greece.
A taxi from Thessaloniki to Polygyros costs around 70 Euros.
||By road from
Thessaloniki to Polygyros
|Greek National Road EO16
(Greek, Εθνική Οδός 16, Ethniki Odos 16,
abbreviated as EO16)
The EO16 starts at Thessaloniki's southeastern coastal suburb of Votsi.
Follow signs southeastwards to Thermi. The road heads east and inland, winding up around plains and wooded hills (the highest is the 1165 metre Mount Holomontas) of central Halkidiki, through small towns and villages, including Galatista, Agios Prodromos, Paleochora, Arnaia, Paleohori, Neochora, modern Stageira (not to be confused with ancient Stageira), Stratoniki, then on to Stratoni on the eastern Halkidiki coast, and southwards to Ierissos and the border with Mount Athos at Ouranoupoli.
The turn-off south for Polygyros is 40 km from the start of the road, 9.5 km east of Galatista. The 16A, a good minor road, runs south for 14 km to Polygyros, then continues to the seaside resort of Gerakini.
||Bus from Thessaloniki to Polygyros
|Buses between Thessaloniki and Polygyros
and other places in Halkidiki (except Olympiada)
are operated by the KTEL Chalkidikis bus company.
Buses for Chalkidiki depart from
the KTEL Chalkidikis bus station,
east of Thessaloniki city centre.
You can get to the bus station from Thessaloniki Airport
and other places in the city by local buses run by
OASTH (ΟΑΣΘ, Organization of Urban Transportation
of Thessaloniki). Its website has information about
timetables and routes in Greek and English:
From Thessaloniki airport
Take the OASTH 79 bus to IKEA (large suburban shopping centre),
then change to the 36 bus to the KTEL Chalkidikis bus station.
Journey time: around 20-30 minutes. The local bus fare is 1 Euro.
From Thessaloniki city centre
OASTH bus 45 runs from the KTEL Macedonia inter-city bus station,
5 km west of the centre, to the railway station and through the centre eastwards to the KTEL Chalkidikis bus station.
There is a bus stop for the 45 (also the 45a) on Egnatias Odos Avenue,
at the bus stop just to the west of Aristotelis Square.
The bus destination is "KTEL Halkidikis KOSMOS".
"Kosmos" is a huge suburban shopping centre near the bus station.
from KTEL Macedonia inter-city bus station 1 hour;
from the train station 40 minutes;
from the centre around 30 minutes.
The local bus fare is 1 Euro.
From the airport around 15 Euros.
From the city centre 15-20 Euros.
Further details about getting to and around Thessaloniki
can be found on How to get to Macedonia, Greece.
Buses Thessaloniki - Polygyros
Buses leave around once an hour for the seaside resort of Gerakini,
stopping at Polygyros bus station. Journey time about 1.5 hours.
Polygyros bus station is 10 minutes walk north of the town centre.
Monday - Friday: 6:45, 9:30, 12:45, 14:30, 17:45, 20:00
Saturday: 6:45, 9:30, 12:45, 17:45, 20:00
Sundays and holidays: 9:30, 13:30, 17:45, 20:00
Buses Polygyros - Thessaloniki
Monday - Friday: 8:00, 9:30, 13:00, 14:30, 18:00, 20:15
Saturday: 8:00, 9:30, 13:00, 14:30, 18:00, 20:15
Sundays and holidays: 9:30, 14:30, 18:00, 20:15
Bus fare Thessaloniki - Polygyros: one-way € 6.30
KTEL Chalkidikis bus company
The splendidly simple website
has information about routes, timetables and fares for buses
to and around Halkidiki,
in Greek and English.
Thessaloniki-Polygyros buses can be found in the section
for Sithonia (the middle
"prong" of Halkidiki).
International dialling code
for Greece: +30
2310 316 555
2310 316 565
2310 316 575
23710 22 309
23990 21 048
23730 21 228
23740 22 214
Road sign in Polygyros, showing directions to Thessaloniki (north) and Gerakini (south).
Interactive map of Macedonia and the North Aegean Sea.
See also our interactive map of Greece.
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