Venue: Holiday Inn, website
Address: Filip Vtori Makedonski 5, Skopje, 1000, North Macedonia
Located by the Vardar river, our venue is in the heart of Skopje – a walking-friendly space with numerous bike paths. Surrounded by plentiful monuments, bridges, buildings and the old bazaar, this area depicts the rich history of the city.
HOW TO GET TO SKOPJE
Skopje is the capital and the largest city of North Macedonia, located on the upper course of the Vardar River and a major north-south Balkan route between Belgrade and Athens. The city is located in the North of the country and is accessible by air and by land. The venue is located in the very city centre and easily reachable from the bus, train station and the airport.
Travel document: Please, check with the respective embassy of North Macedonia whether you need a passport to enter the country.
Visa: EU citizens do not need a visa for traveling to North Macedonia. Non-EU citizens should check if they need a visa at the MFA website:
For EU mobile providers users: high roaming fees apply in North Macedonia. Therefore, you will not be able to use your mobile data upon arrival. There is no public WiFi network available in the city. We advise you to download all necessary information and maps in advance.
Delegates: EGP provides reimbursement of accommodation and travel costs only if the delegation is gender-balanced. A 50% + 1 quota applies to delegations of more than one person. This means that at least half of the delegation should be women*. The reimbursement rules and travel-related information will be communicated via email.
TRAVEL TO SKOPJE BY LAND
All the Council attendees are highly encouraged to choose the most environmentally friendly means of transport available. It is recommended to use the travel mode that creates the least carbon footprint - e.g. train/boat/bus/bicycle/foot.
Feel free to get in touch with the EGP office if you have a question or you need a consultation regarding the most sustainable travel option.
Delegates: Please note that only 2nd class tickets are reimbursed. In order to be reimbursed the travel tickets should be purchased a minimum three weeks in advance of the Council unless otherwise negotiated with the EGP Secretariat. Reimbursement for travel distance less than 500 km is only provided for travel by train and/or bus.
Following the change in reimbursement rules adopted in Tampere, travel costs for all delegates as listed in the allocation list are reimbursed. A detailed explanation of how to book your tickets directly via EGP will be shared via email.
Skopje is very well connected by direct bus lines with the following countries:
Albania (Tirana), Austria (Vienna), Bulgaria (Sofia), Croatia (Zagreb, Split), Germany (Freiburg, Stuttgart, Munich), Kosovo (Pristina), Serbia (Belgrade, Nis), Slovenia (Ljubljana), Switzerland (Zurich).
Skopje is poorly connected by train. Direct lines to Belgrade and Thessaloniki are operating only from June 15. The central Skopje train station is located here. The Macedonian Railways website in Macedonian and Albanian is here. Tickets can be bought at the train station.
From the bus station to the venue:
Important: CASH in local currency is the only payment option for purchasing public transport tickets. Exchange offices and banks are available at the bus and train stations as well as at the airport. The local currency in Northern Macedonia is Macedonian Denar (1 EUR = 62 MKD)
FLYING TO SKOPJE
Skopje Airport is 23 km away from the city center. It takes 20-30 min by car from the airport to the centre of Skopje. Once you land, it is possible to have two official transportation options:
1. Airport shuttle: one-way ticket costs 180 MKD (about 3 EUR). Bus tickets can be bought on the counter of Manora LM or at the Shuttle bus from the driver and only in the domestic currency or with a credit/debit card.
The starting point is the Skopje Airport. Shuttle bus stops right in front of the venue – the last stop, Holiday Inn. You can check the shuttle schedule here.
2. Taxi: In the case of the unavailability of the shuttle bus at your arrival time, the only alternative is a taxi. Normally, these taxis are licensed and operated by the same company and all have the same fixed rate of 20 EUR (1240 MKD). Ask for the price and check with the driver if they can provide you with a receipt before the start of the ride. Taxi drivers might accept payments in cash in EUR.
Ohrid Airport is 107 km from Skopje. There is no public transport from the airport, so the only way is to take a taxi to the Ohrid bus station and from there you can take a bus to Skopje. The bus takes about 3h and the bus station is located here. Take a look at the schedule and tickets here.
LOCAL TRANSPORT IN SKOPJE
Local transport in Skopje consists of mostly red double-decker buses run by the public company JSP and private company Sloboda Prevoz.
Tickets: you can get a bus pass at a kiosk (locations available here) or the main bus station and put credit on it. Tickets can also be bought on a bus, from the driver. There are no automated machines for tickets.
A bus pass costs 150 MKD. A ride within the city is 30 or 35 MKD if the ticket is bought on the bus. 10 tickets cost 250 MKD.
The local population often uses taxi instead of public transport due to relatively low prices. Start costs 50 MKD (about 90 EUR cents), while each kilometre is charged 20 MKD (about 35 EUR cents).
Card payments are not so common, so make sure you have cash in local currency on you.
For directions, Google Maps are reliable. Bus schedules in local languages are available here.
Skopje offers a wide array of accommodation options in several price ranges within a walking distance or by public transport to Holiday Inn. Recommendations for hotels close to the venue will be provided soon. Meantime, you can check more options at Booking.com.
Delegates: EGP provides reimbursement of accommodation and travel costs only if the delegation is gender-balanced. A 50% + 1 quota applies to delegations of more than one person. This means that at least half of the delegation should be women*. The reimbursement rules depend on the category of each member party:
Delegates from the countries with a median net income less or equal to EUR 15 000 (Annex K): Accommodation in a twin room is arranged by EGP. Accommodation in a single room is possible for an extra charge. Member Parties from this group should inform EGP as soon as possible on the names of their delegates and their arrival and departure times in case they want EGP to book their accommodation. We should receive this information as soon as possible and the latest by 13 May.
Delegates from the countries with a median net income above EUR 15 000 (Annex K): EGP will not book the accommodation but will reimburse the hotel rate in a twin room per delegate. In Skopje, EGP will reimburse 60€ per night and per delegate (based on the cost of a twin room).
In this document you can find all the information regarding the reimbursement rules for each Member Party:
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