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Getting Around North Macedonia (FYR Macedonia)

Air

There are no regularly scheduled domestic flights.

Road

Road conditions are variable and driving standards aren't always great. Some motorways have tolls, which you can pay in cash (Macedonian denars or Euros) or by credit card.

Side of the road

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Car Hire

Available from international and local firms.

Taxi

Taxis are a cheap way of getting around cities and a good-value way of travelling between cities if you're in a group.

Bike

Cycling can be a great way of exploring the countryside, but watch out for careless drivers.

Coach

Buses connect Skopje with other towns and cities in North Macedonia (FYR Macedonia).

Regulations

Seatbelts are compulsory. You must drive with dipped headlights at all times, including during the day. Speed limits are 130kph (81mph) on motorways, 110kph (68mph) on major highways, 90kph (56mph) on other non-urban roads and 50kph (31mph) in built-up areas. You must use winter tyres between 15 November and 15 March.

Documentation

A valid national driving licence or International Driving Permit is required. If bringing you own car, you must carry the car registration/ownership documents and an insurance policy valid in North Macedonia (FYR Macedonia).

Rail

Makedonski Zeleznici (tel: +389 2 511 7782; http://mztransportad.com.mk) operates rail links from Skopje to Kumanovo in the north, to Stip in the east, to Veles and Gevgelija in the south, and to Prilep and Bitola in the southwest.

Rail Passes

InterRail One-Country Pass: offers travel for three, four, six or eight days in one month within North Macedonia (FYR Macedonia). Travel is not allowed in the passenger's country of residence. Travellers under 26 years receive a reduction. Children under 12 travel free when accompanied by an adult using an Adult Pass. Supplements are required for some high-speed services, seat reservations and couchettes. Available from Voyages-sncf.com (tel: +44 844 848 5848, in the UK; www.voyages-sncf.com).