North Macedonia by Train

Trains - Tickets - Routes

A Travel Guide For Train Travel In North Macedonia.

Here you will find information for North Macedonia about trains, routes, tours, connections, where to buy train tickets, and more.

Useful Information

Population: 2.1 million

Currency: Macedonian Denar

Language: Macedonian, Albanian

Capital: Skopje

Country Code: +389

Time Zone: Central European Time

Train Companies

The trains in North Macedonia are operated by Macedonian Railways.

Train Tickets

Buy your tickets for North Macedonia at the train station; however, if you are buying tickets to go from Serbia to North Macedonia, use the official Serbian Railway page.

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Buy your train tickets online at OMIO and compare trains, buses & flights.

Rail Passes

Interrail / Eurail Pass

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Balkan Flexi Pass

With the Balkan Flexi Pass, you can travel by train through 8 countries in Eastern Europe. This pass allows you to travel by train in Bosnia & Herzegovina, Serbia, Montenegro, Macedonia, Greece, Bulgaria, Turkey, and Romania.

TrAIN tYPES

The major rail network in North Macedonia is composed of the following trains:

MZ Regional (R)

MZ Regional Express (RX)

InterCity (IC) links major cities in North Macedonia to Serbian Railways and Greece as well as connects Skopje to Kosovo

  • No reservations required

InterCity (IC) links major cities in North Macedonia to Serbian Railways and Greece as well as connects Skopje to Kosovo

  • No reservations required

Hellas Express

Routes: Belgrade, Serbia – Skopje, North Macedonia – Thessaloniki, Greece*

  • Reservations required
  • Couchette Carriage:
    • 6 berth couchette available
    • Bathrooms are located in the coach carriage
    • Bedding is provided

* route from Skopje, North Macedonia to Thessaloniki is by bus 

Routes

Frequently Travelled Routes In North Macedonia

National

 
From > To
Duration (h) Changes Transport
Skopje to Gostivar 1:25 Direct Train
Skopje to Ohrid 4:19 1 Train & Bus
Skopje to Bitola 3:22 Direct Train
Skopje to Prilep 2:40 Direct Train

International

 
From > To
Duration (h) Changes Transport
Skopje to Belgrade, Serbia 9:35 Direct Train
Skopje to Pristina, Kosovo 3:00 Direct Train
Skopje to Durrës, Albania 6:49 1 Train & Bus
Skopje to Thessaloniki, Greece 4:48 Direct Train
Ohrid to Durrës, Albania 3:20 Direct Bus

 

North Macedonia travel routes

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Main Train Stations

  • Skopje
  • Gostivar
  • Prilep

Good to know

Best Time To Travel To North Macedonia

We recommend visiting North Macedonia anytime from April to June, or from September to October, other months are also favorable but we find these to be the best outside of the peak tourist season with great weather. May and June offer views of lush landscapes. November through March offers snow in the mountainous regions of the country and further south offers a Mediterranean climate.

For the adventurers out there, spring and summer (March-August) are best for trekking in the Šar Mountains, Matka Canyon, Mount Jasen, as well as the Mavrovo National Park.

For the more cultural side of the country, head to Ohrid to enjoy the ruins, medieval churches, and monasteries, or attend the Ohrid Summer Festival to see concerts, traditional dress, and dances. The capital of Skopje also has a summer festival, which is worth a visit. If not visiting during the summertime, note that Skopje can be quite smoggy from November to February.

Check out the 12th century Old Bazaar in Skopje, visit the monastery of St. Naum, or look through the Bay of Bones in Ohrid. For a small country, it sure has plenty of highlights, and it won’t leave you hungry. Before leaving, make sure to get your tummy’s fill of tavče gravče, gevrek, ajvar, and rakija!

 

High Season: June – August
Low Season: November – February

 

Accommodation In North Macedonia

Booking

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Hostelworld

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Guidebooks For North Macedonia

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Travel Insurance

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