Some recognize this city by it's eccentric display of statues, others may have never heard of this under-the-radar capital. Skopje lies in the heart of the Balkan peninsula and over the years has been part of several empires. Because of this, the city is divided by the Vardar river: a modern Skopje on the west and the old town of Skopje on the east. Skopje is a city of contrasts that has a lot to offer.
In Skopje, you'll find all four seasons. July is the hottest month with an average temperature of 24°C (75°F) and the coldest is January at 1°C (34°F).
There's a couple providers to choose from, but VIP offers fast speeds and plenty of data options. Upon your arrival at the airport, you will be able to find a kiosk to purchase from at the exit.
If you're on a budget and don't mind a service that's not the best, but also not the worst, Lycamobile offers a decent 30-day plan for around 3 USD.
If you are from the EU, keep in mind that your rates will not be covered as Macedonia is not part of the European Union. It is recommended that you buy a local SIM card if you want to use your phone outside of a Wi-Fi connection.
Skopje isn't always the first destination people think of when it comes to working online, but there are quite a few spots popping up all over town worth checking out. Here's some of our favorites:
Being vegan in Skopje is easy. In fact, the national dish Tavce Gravce is completely vegan. There is also an abundance of vegetables and fruit markets around the city with affordable prices.
You will find taxis all around Skopje. The starting price is about 50 MKD, which is valid for the first 2 kilometers. Each kilometer after that is 20 MKD. As always, make sure you hop into a taxi who uses a meter system if you're not using an app to locate one.Bus
Upon your arrival, you'll probably notice the abundance of red double-decker buses driving around. Naturally, you'd avoid these as they're quite expensive in any other city. Not in Skopje, feel free to use them as much as you please as a ride costs only 50 MKD. You won't be able to pay with cash though, so make sure if you want to hop on that you buy a bus pass to use. You can purchase them at kiosks located around the city. Here's a helpful map indicating the locations with a blue marker.
The affordable cost of living in Skopje attracts many travelers and expats from all around the world. One night out can help you get acquainted with others easily, as the drinking scene is very much alive. If that's not your style, there's also networks you can join in to meet others.
Macedonia offers visa-free travel to citizens of North American countries, Australia, the United Kingdom, and other European Union countries for stays up to 90 days. Citizens of other countries may need a visa to enter. You can view if your country belongs to that list here.