Kastoria is the fur capital of Greece and a charming town surrounded by the waters of Lake Orestiada. People come here to try the cuisine of Northern Greece, walk along the ancient streets and see historical monuments. Usually the journey starts from Thessaloniki, the city that serves as the starting point for the trip to Kastoria.

Distance from Thessaloniki to Kastoria

Kastoria is located in the northwestern part of Greece, in the periphery of Western Macedonia, on the shores of Lake Orestiada. The distance from Thessaloniki to Kastoria is 190 km.

How to get from Thessaloniki to Kastoria

There is no railway connection between Thessaloniki and Kastoria. But there are several alternative ways to get from one city to another.

The first way is an excursion. Such trips are in demand among tourists, especially if the main goal is to buy a fur coat, and a walk around the city is just an addition. The option is not suitable for those who want to get to know Kastoria in detail, but you can turn to private guides who will show you the "other side" of the city.

The second way is by bus. They depart from the KTEL Makedonia Thessaloniki bus station daily, 7-8 times a day. The earliest one leaves at 8:30, the next at 11:30 (on Sundays there is a flight at 10:30). The last bus to Kastoria leaves Thessaloniki at 21:30. Buses travel approximately 3,5 hours. The price of a one-way ticket is 19,10 euros, and 32 euros in both directions. But when returning to Thessaloniki on the same day, a discount is provided.

Those who travel to Kastoria from Macedonia Airport, first need to get to KTEL Makedonia from the terminal. At the exit from the airport there is a stop from which bus number 78 runs to the bus station.

The third way is by rented car. Thessaloniki and Kastoria are connected by an excellent quality motorway, which can take you to your destination in 2,5-3 hours. It is better to book a car in advance. The cost of renting a car varies depending on the brand: the minimum starts from 30 euros per day. Plus, you need to calculate the cost of gasoline and travel on paid sections of the route. This method is good because along the way you can visit Vergina, Veria, Kozani. The roads will be winding, but you can see the beauty of Greece to the fullest and go where organized tours do not go.