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Florina is in West Macedonia, northern in Greece. It is a useful staging post from North Macedonia into Greece.


Sakoulevas river
Neoclassical houses at Sakoulevas river.

While in Greece, to avoid hostility, be careful to refer to North Macedonia as such (previously as "FYROM" or even "Skopje") or just say the name of the town you have travelled from, as the use of the term "Macedonia" to describe the neighbouring country is a sensitive subject for Greeks.


The weather in Florina is quite unstable during the whole season, especially during the winter. Florina is the city with the most snowfalls of all Greece that lasts from December to March. During the winter, the most of the time, the temperature is below zero degrees of Celsius, so be prepared.

Get in[edit]

By train[edit]

There are three trains each day between Thessaloniki and Florina. Travel lasts about 2 hr 30 min. Trains between Thessaloniki and Florina stop at Edessa and Veroia also.

By bus[edit]

There are frequent buses. Valid information can be found on [1] (Update: 14/01/2012)

By taxi[edit]

Florina can be reached by taxi from Ohrid or Bitola in North Macedonia. There is no public transport.

From Bitola it is about 30 km, and takes a little over an hour by taxi. Taxi drivers from North Macedonia require a special permit to operate in Greece, and they might use this fact to quote you a fare of up to €40. You should be able to knock them down to €25 or less. If they don't have a permit, they might offer to take you to the border for just a few euros, but you then have to walk between the border posts (800 m) and hope to find a Greek taxi. Alternatively, they might take you all the way but pretend that they are a private car once in Greece.

Get around[edit]

You can easily get around by foot. It is a nice way to see beautiful neoclassical houses and explore the city of Florina.


First of all, see the city of Florina. The way that the old and the new city are split by Sakouleva river is unique.

Also, make a visit at Nimphaio village, where you can find the Αrcturos organisation.

If you visit Florina during winter, you should also pay a visit at the ski resort (Vigla) which is near the town (20 minutes by car). It has very nice slopes to try if you like skiing or snowboarding, have a ride with a snowmobile or you can just have a coffee at the chalet near the slopes. The prices are €12 during weekdays and €15 during weekend for the daily pass and you can rent the equipment you need.


The most famous event of the city is the fires that the citizens start on the streets of the city during Christmas Eve (at midnight of the 23rd of December).



Florina is known for the big red peppers (Florinis) which are in most cases sweet and in rare cases a little bit spicy. The most common ways to taste them are roasted, blended with tomato as a sauce, stuffed with feta cheese or stuffed with minced meat and rice (gemista). Florina also has a good variety of sweets, the most famous is karidato. You can also find one of the best, if not the best, variety of beans coming from the villages around Prespes lakes (called Prespon king bean or fasolia gigantes Prespon). For street food, Florina has big sandwiches called Glossa.


You shoud try sour water (ksino nero) which is natural sparkling water from the village of Florina. You can also try a very good variety of refreshments with fresh juice and sour water such as orangeade, lemonade, gazoza (lime), sour cherry, soda water, cola, strawberry, kiwi, rokino (mixed fruit), apple, gazoza (pear) and tonic water.

You can also try a wide variety of wines produced at a village near Florina called Amyntaio. The most common variety is xinomavro.



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