Flying is a great option for anyone who wants to visit Macedonia's lively capital. With flights to Skopje departing from UK airports every day, and a flight time under three hours, getting there won't be a problem, opening up plenty of city break holidays and nature escapes.
All flights from the UK to Skopje will arrive at Alexander the Great International Airport. Named after Macedonia's most famous son, the airport is around nine miles from the centre of town, and getting there won't be tough. Buses offer a cost effective option, departing throughout the day and taking about 30 minutes. But car rental and taxis are also possibilities.
There's only really one airline to consider when flying from the UK to Skopje. Budget carrier Wizz Air flies a regular schedule from London Luton, taking between three hours and three hours 15 minutes to complete the journey. Indirect flights may also be available from Austrian Airlines, Turkish Airlines, Aegean or Croatia Airlines.
Flying is easily the most convenient way to travel to Skopje. For starters, it's far faster than taking the train or long-distance buses. Ground transport will take over 24 hours from UK cities, while flights touch down three hours after taking off. Most travellers in the UK will find it easy to reach London Luton, which has excellent rail and bus connections. And they will also find plenty of low-cost fares to Skopje, with Wizz Air providing discounts all year-round. Finally, regular buses and affordable taxis ensure that arrivals should be stress-free.
Skopje is a fairly large city in population terms, but isn't too large to require a car or extensive bus journeys. Walking is often the best way to see the sights, and there's a lot to get through. Highlights include the National Gallery, which is housed in a magnificent Turkish bath building. The Old Town (Čaršija) is a wonderful place to wander around, and a lively spot for evening entertainment. And it's next to the Tvrdina Kale fort, which offers great views and is a fascinating historical site in its own right. But day trips are worth considering, too. Matka Canyon and the Vrelo Caves are popular destinations, offering unforgettable boat trips in beautiful surroundings.