Railway line between Skopje and Thessaloniki opens again

Railway line between Skopje and Thessaloniki opens again

Skopje, May 21, 2014/Independent Balkan News Agency

By Naser Pajaziti

Railway passenger line from Skopje to Athens and vice versa has opened again after three years. But very few passengers have bought tickets in the first days since the reopening of the line.

Natasha Dionisieva, head of passenger transport at “Macedonian Railway” says that the opening of this line will see movements of passengers from both countries.

Dionisieva says that this line has been traditionally functional. “We expect a large number of travelers who will benefit from the railway transport, like they did in the past, where there were more than 50 passengers traveling on this line on a daily basis. Now there’s a smaller number, but the news hasn’t spread out entirely”, declared Dionisieva for IBNA.

Last month, the country’s railway authorities and those of Serbia and Greece signed an agreement to open this line and use a train known as “Hellas”. This train departs from Belgrade, arrives in Skopje and then to Thessaloniki. This line was used by foreign and local tourists of these three countries for tourism and shopping, but also by students and seasonal workers in Greece.

One way ticked costs around 12 Euros (750 denars) while a return ticket costs 20 Euros (1200 denars). Train from Skopje to Thessaloniki departs every day at 5 am, while it departs from Thessaloniki at 4 pm. /ibna/