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Find North Macedonia Travel and Tourist Information with links to official travel and tourism websites and state resources for visitors to North Macedonia.

About North Macedonia

A landlocked country in the Balkan region, the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, or FYROM, is now known as the Northern Republic of Macedonia (North Macedonia); in a bid to join NATO and the European Union, without causing Greece to veto their applications.

North Macedonia

Countries neighbouring North Macedonia are: Albania, Kosovo, Serbia, Bulgaria and Greece.

Map of Macedonia

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Macedonia and Macedonians

The use of the stand-alone name of Macedonia was contested by Greece, when the former Yugoslav republic declared itself an independent nation in 1991, but the United Nations eventually accepted the compromise name of FYRO Macedonia.

Tensions exist in North Macedonia, especially between the ethnic Albanians and the ethnic Macedonian Slav majority, but ethnic cleansing hasn't been carried out.

Macedonian Slavs speak a Slavic language, known within the republic as Macedonian.

Macedonian was proclaimed a language in 1944, although Greece doesn't recognise this name. The language uses the Cyrillic script and is closely related to Bulgarian.

Travel in Macedonia

When visiting North Macedonia be sure to purchase a good map and be aware that signs may be in Cyrrilic.

Main Airports

Skopje (Alexander the Great) is 25km (16 miles) from the city.

To/from the airport:
Taxis are available to the city centre (journey time – 25 to 30 minutes).

Include duty-free shop, bar and restaurant, bank/bureau de change, baggage facilities, post office and car hire.

There is also an airport at Ohrid.

Getting Around By Air

There are no regularly scheduled domestic flights - however, there are occasional flights between Ohrid and Skopje.

Macedonia by Rail

Intercity trains operate between Skopje and Belgrade (Serbia). Trains also run between Skopje and Thessaloniki (Greece).

Getting Around by Rail

All the main internal road and rail services are operating normally, with links from Skopje to Kumanovo in the north, to Stip in the east, to Veles and Gevgelija in the south, and to Prilep and Bitola in the southwest.

Rail Passes

InterRail’s One-Country Pass offers travel for three, four, six or eight days in one month within North Macedonia.

Macedonia by Road

The international bus station in Skopje serves buses destined for Tirana (Albania), Sofia (Bulgaria), Belgrade (Serbia) and Istanbul (Turkey). There are also buses to Germany.

Getting Around by Bus

The bus network in North Macedonia is well developed with frequent services from Skopje to Ohrid and Bitola. Long-distance buses need to be booked well in advance.

Exploring Macedonia:
The official National Tourism Portal of Republic of Macedonia.

Travel 2 Macedonia:
Their aim is to become the number one tourism portal for the Republic of Macedonia.


The capital of North Macedonia is in the north of the country, on the Vardar River.

Skopje, then called Scupi, was the capital of the kingdom of ancient Dardania.

The Serbs and then the Turks came through in the late Middle Ages, and it became an important city in the Ottoman Empire.

An earthquake destroyed most of the city in 1963, including many ancient mosques.

Best Western Hotel Turist: Skopje.
Gjuro Strugar Street 11. Completely renovated and refurbished in 2002, Skopje's Best Western Hotel Turist is an international class hotel with a local ambience.

Its central location, in the very heart of Skopje, makes the Best Western Hotel Turist an ideal base from which to explore all the major sights on foot: shopping malls, the House of Parliament and the birthplace of Mother Teresa are all within easy walking distance.

Holiday Inn: Skopje.
Vasil Agilarski 2.

Official Website:
Holiday Inn Skopje.

With 178 rooms on 9 floors, the Holiday Inn Skopje offers views of Stone Bridge (15th-century bridge over the river Vardar) and Skopje Fortress Kale (sixth century).

Hotel amenities include the Le Grand Casino, gym, sauna, gift shop, 24-hour business centre, Iris Restaurant, Ogniste Restaurant, and Aperitif Bar.

Hotels in Macedonia

Bitola, Gevgelija, Ohrid, Skopje, Struga, Tetovo.


Near Bitola, in the southern part of North Macedonia, are the ruins of the Greek settlement of Heraclea Lyncestis.


Known as The Balkan Jerusalem, Ohrid's ancient past makes it a cultural, spiritual and tourist centre today - a world cultural and natural heritage listed city, under the protection of UNESCO since 1980.

There are a number of interesting art galleries in and around Ohrid.

National Park Galicica

Situated on Mount Galicica, between the Lakes of Ohrid and Prespa, the park is renowned for its exceptional natural beauty and extremely opulent and endemic flora and fauna.

Ohrid Summer Festival

Mid-July to mid-August is the time to enjoy Ohrid at it's artistic best.

Where to Stay in Ohrid:
Selection of Ohrid accommodation, some of it situated around the lake.

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