In this text, we will describe the journey by car from Belgrade to Nea Mudanya, practically the first place on the Kassandra peninsula.

We will not linger much on the road through Serbia as we assume that everyone is familiar with that part of the journey.

We will take the finished highway all the way to the border. The total toll fee for this section in Serbia is 2450,00 dinars, and it is paid based on the ticket received at the entrance to the highway until the exit. You can calculate the exact toll from the place where you join on the website here.

For entering North Macedonia, a personal ID card is sufficient, but a green card for the car is necessary. Daytime driving with headlights on is mandatory. There are five toll booths ahead. The toll fees in North Macedonia amount to 380 denars for a one-way trip. Our suggestion is to buy a card or use last year’s card, which can be topped up at the first toll booth with 760 denars. You can pass through any toll booth (cash, mcard, mtag), and behind the booth, there is an orange machine where you gently place the card and it shows the remaining balance. Read a detailed description on how to pay with the TAG device HERE. They also accept metal coins, but not smaller than 50 cents, and payment can be made with a card. Our advice is to bring denars for toll payment as it is more cost-effective.

Also, pay attention to speed limits as there are many traffic patrols, especially during the summer. For more detailed traffic regulations, see HERE.

The journey through North Macedonia is my favorite part of the trip because it is the most picturesque, yet not so long as to become boring. Driving through the Pcinja Valley and the divided lanes of the highway, then the Vardar Valley, vineyards, and plantations on both sides of the highway, with impressive mountains visible in the distance, make this ride very rich and interesting :-)

It is difficult to miss the road through North Macedonia because there are no turnoffs, you just go straight, or as it seems to me - downhill :-) If you want to take a break for lunch or even stay overnight, Macedonia is an excellent choice for that. Hotel Pamela is located in Negotino, very close to the road, so it is an excellent choice for accommodation or a meal. For more information about this hotel, see this link.

At 551km from Belgrade, you reach the border crossing Bogorodica. About 500 meters from the Evzoni border crossing, there is the first toll booth where the toll fee is 2.40€. Those who are vacationing in Halkidiki will pay an additional toll fee at the new toll station on the bypass near Thessaloniki, in the amount of 0.55€, which amounts to a total of 2.95€.

The police in Greece is not such a common sight, but still, pay attention to all rules and restrictions as the fines are strict!
Here are the most important data:

  • Lights are not obligatory.
  • Using a phone while driving - 100€.
  • Not wearing a seatbelt - 350€.
  • Running a red light - 700€.
  • Speeding - 100-350€.

Upon entering Greece, you can expect a slightly worse main road to Thessaloniki, but quite wide, which many use for overtaking in practically the same lane. At 603km from Belgrade, you come across the first exit for Thessaloniki, but here you should continue straight ahead, as this exit would take you more into the city and traffic. At kilometer 613, the next exit awaits, and you continue straight ahead for Thessaloniki, while to the right, you go towards the Olympic region (Leptokarya, Paralia…) or the Ionian coast (Corfu, Lefkada, Parga…).
At kilometer 625, there is a right turnoff for Kavala and Halkidiki. From here, you just continue straight ahead, but pay attention to the well-placed signs. At kilometer 654, there is another right turnoff for Halkidiki, and immediately after that, stay on the left side as another sharp right turn leads to Thessaloniki. From here, follow the sign for Nea Moudania (at 710km from Belgrade), where, upon arrival, you will come across a sign to the right for Sithonia, but you continue straight ahead and follow the signs for the place you are interested in on Kassandra.

P.S. An international driver’s license is no longer required for Greece, but a green card for North Macedonia is still necessary.

For the latest information on toll booths and travel costs to Greece, see our article HERE.

Check out a wide selection of accommodations on Kassandra by clicking HERE.

Bon voyage!