Trip to Sithonia by car
In this text we will describe the road from Belgrade to Nikiti, the capital city of Sithonia, which is the first important location on this glorious peninsula.
We will not describe the road through Serbia much because we assume that this part of the road is well known.
The total price of toll through Serbia in 2020 is 1460 dinars and it’s payable by the ticket which you take on the entrance of the highway and you pay at the exit.
You must obtain green card for your car in order to enter North Macedonia. It is mandatory to drive with your headlights turned on during the day. There are five pay tolls in total, which will cost you 7.5 euros or 380 denars. You can pay in coins, but no less than 50 cents. Also you can pay by paycard.
Also, pay attention to speed limits because there are plenty of traffic patrols, especially during the summer.
The journey through Macedonia is my favorite part of the road because it is the most picturesque, and at the same time it’s not long enough to get bored. Driving through Pčinja valley and the separated highway lanes, then the Vardar valley which now is seenable only from high level of the new highway, vineyards and plantations on both sides of the highway.
If you want to make a break for lunch or even stay overnight, Macedonia is a great choice.
Important information for North Macedonia
- driving without headlights turned on 35€
- phone usage during driving 45€
- unattached seat belt 20€
- passing through the red light 300€
- speeding 30-50€
Fuel - season 2020
- Super 97 - 1.1€
- Diesel - 0,82€
- LPG - 0,40€
At 551km from Belgrade, we reach the border crossing Bogorodica. Here is the first toll station where the toll is 1.80€. On the way to Halkidiki, another new toll, ring road Thessaloniki, is what all travelers should expect from 2020. where fee is 0,50€, that makes overall toll expenses in Greece 2,30€.
There are no many police patrols in Greece, but be sure to pay attention to all the rules and limitations since fines are rigorous!
Here are the most important data:
- headlights are not required
- phone usage during driving 100€
- unattached seat belt 350€
- passing through the red light 700€
- speeding 100-350€
Upon entering Greece, you will encounter a slightly worse main road to Thessaloniki, but quite wide, which many drivers use to pass one another basically in the same lane. At 603km from Belgrade you will encounter the first exit for Thessaloniki, but here you should continue straight, because with this exit you would enter the most crowded part of the city. On the 613th kilometer there is the next exit, there you should continue straight to Thessaloniki, and if you want to go to the Olympic region (Leptokarya, Paralia …) or to the Ionian coast (Corfu, Lefkada, Parga …) you should turn right.
At 625th kilometer, there is an exit for Kavala and Halkidiki on the right. You should continue straight, but be sure to pay attention to signs that are well placed. At 654th km, there is an exit for Halkidiki to the right and immediately after that hold onto the left side as another sharp turn to the right leads to Thessaloniki. From here, follow the signs for Nea Moudania. At 710th km from Belgrade there is the last significant turning point - for Sithonia you go to the right. Since this is the main road, you should pay attention to speed limitations, and also to traffic jam and pedestrians, and after about 30 kilometers from this intersection you arrive at Nikiti.
Fuel - season 2020
- Super 97 - 1.50 - 1.55€
- Diesel - 1,30€
- LPG - 0,85€
P.S. An international driving license for Greece is no longer obligatory, and the green card for Macedonia is still mandatory.
Have a nice trip!
To check out accommodation offers in Sithonia click HERE.