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=== North-West to [[Skopje]] (FYROM) ===
Don t bother to hitch hike to the border!!! There is a free bus from the city center to the border!! Theses buses belong to the casinos you can find at the border just before Gevgelija. You can find theses buses on Tsimiski street. They are easy to recognize (the name of the casino is printed on the bus, and it is written "free shuttle"). I didn t take it but I was picked up by a guy working at a casino
you gave me the information. Another nice information: you can eat and drink for free at the casino!! Apparently you can just show up at the reception , you register, they will give you a card with points and you can use the points to enjoy buffet food and drinks for free!! I did! (You might need not to look like a hitch hiker to much... It was ok for me because I was with the guy working there, but it might not work if it is obvious that you are not a client...) Anne-laure, may 2013"
Take a bus #8 (or #31?) from Egnatias street in the centre to KTEL (last stop). You can also take bus #45 which goes between KTEL Makedonia and KTEL Halkidiki (you want to go to ''Makedonia''). Then switch to bus #81 which you can find on the upper platform. Afterwards, you can do different things. You can get off at a first bus stop after you drive over the highway Athens-Skopje - [http://g.co/maps/3qj6m here]. Be careful, the first big crossing you gonna come to is the crossing with the ring road (you are going to driver underneath it) while only the next on is the one you need (you are going to drive above it). Then you have to walk almost 2km backwards (if you walk fast it takes 20 minutes) and you can hitch on the junction to the highway to Skopje. However, if the bus goes into Agios Athanasios you can better get off and find your way from there (it seems that this bus goes differently depending whether it is #81 or #81A and depending on some external stuff; you can talk to the driver to make sure).
=== North-East to [[Sofia]] ([[Bulgaria|BG]]) ===
Take the bus #27 from the centre to it's final stop, where also other buses stop(you need #85). Then take bus #85(A, B or M) and you're already on your way.
Ask to the driver to drop you off at the junction on the highway to Serres ( before taking the old motorway). From there just walk to the highway, there is turn, a not-so-bad spot, also there is a space on the side of the road where some trucks stop, better ask them. When you ask the locals for the motorway use the word "autobahn" instead of "motorway" ot "highway". The road is E79 and it's not a motorway after the border. These city bus tickets cost only 50 cents (that you don't even have to pay) and take you quite some kilometres out of the city towards all destinations.
=== North to [[Kilkis]] ([[Greece]]) ===