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 highway leads to Grdelica gorge, which is also the hardest segment of your journey. At the exit from the gorge only a short part of the road around Vranje is not completed. The total price of toll through Serbia in 2017 is 1090 dinars.
You must obtain green card for your car in order to enter Macedonia. It is mandatory to drive with your headlights turned on during the day. There are three pay tolls in total, which will cost you 4.5 euros or 200 denars. You can pay in coins, but no less than 50 cents. Our advice is to pay in denars because it is much more profitable.
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, vineyards and plantations on both sides of the highway, with impressive mountains seen in the distance make this ride very interesting :-) Through Macedonia you can hardly miss the road because you have to drive only straight, or how it seems to me - downhill :-) If you want to make a break for lunch or even stay overnight, Macedonia is a great choice. Hotel Pamela is located in Negotino, very close to the road and is an excellent choice for lodging or lunch. For more information about this hotel, see this link.
The 20km long highway (from Negotino to Demir Kapija) is currently being reconstructed (2017) and vehicles are being redirected to the poor quality main road.
Important information for 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 2017
- Super 97 1.06 €
- Diesel 0,82 €
- LPG 0,40 €
At 551st km from Belgrade, we reach the Bogorodica border crossing. At about 500m from the border there is a new toll station where the toll is charged 1.80 euros. 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 km, 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 2017
- 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!