Practical information

Here you'll find useful information for preparing your trip to Thessaloniki.


Emergency numbers to call and rescue service

Emergency: 112

Ambulance Service: 166

Fire department: 199

Police: 100

Tourist police: +30 2310 554871

Duty Hospitals and Clinics: 1434

Poisoning First Aid: +30 210 7793777

General Info

Capital of Greece : Athens

Official language: Greek

Language: Most people understand and speak English well.

The currency: Euro(€)

Climate: Mediterranean

Population: 11.306.183 (2010 estimate)

The country is a Presidential Parliamentary Democracy 

Calling code: The international calling code of Greece is +30 or 0030

Religion: Eastern Orthodoxy

Time Zone: Greece is situated in the Easter European Time zone (CET), which is GMT +2

Climate and weather in Thessaloniki
Embassies and consulates in Greece
Passports and Visas
Health and Safety
Banks / Payment


From Monday to Thursday 08:00 - 14:30, Friday 08:00 - 14:00. Closed on Saturdays and Sundays.

Credit cards

Visa, Eurocard, MasterCard, Diners Club and American Express are widely accepted cards in Thessaloniki.

Travellers’ cheques

Travellers’ cheques should be bought before departure. Travellers’ cheques are generally not accepted in stores.


There are many ATMs in the streets in Thessaloniki. You will also find them at the airport, in train station and in Intercity Bus station.

Drinking water
Essential phrases
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