Ohrid’s St. Paul the Apostle Airport is small and easy to use and is located just 10km north of town centre. Once you’re through Customs the combined Arrivals and Departures hall features ATMs, currency exchange, a small café and little else.
Getting to town
If you’ve arranged to rent a car on arrival, the car rental offices are all located on the far side of the car park facing you as you exit the building. Alternatively, the only other way into town is by taxi, which should cost somewhere in the region of 500den or €8.
Buses arrive from international destinations including Albania, Austria, Bulgaria, Germany, Italy, Montenegro and Slovenia as well as from scores of towns and cities around the country at Ohrid’s rudimentary bus station, which in reality is little more than a car park with a ticket office just north of the main action. Getting to town A kilometre or so northeast of the centre, walking to town is an option in good weather. Alternatively, taxis waiting outside can whisk you to your hotel from between 100den and 250den depending on where you’re staying.
Ohrid is an at times frustratingly slow drive from Skopje that usually takes around three hours, a situation that promises to improve when the new Chinese-built highway from Kičevo is finally completed (don’t hold your breath). It’s also relatively easy to reach Ohrid from Albania, where there are two border crossings to the north and south of Pogradec. Driving in from Greece via Bitola is also a relatively simple affair, with the journey time from the latter taking just over an hour. With the exception of a few hotels with private parking facilities, there’s not much in the way of free parking in the town centre. Parking is controlled by attendants who’ll come and find you as soon as you pull into a space. Expect to pay somewhere in the region of 25den/hour. Pay in advance and pay the man extra if you stay parked longer than planned.
Arriving in Ohrid
As is the case with scores of other Macedonian towns where you’d think there’d be one, no official tourist information centre exists in Ohrid. Fear not however as countless hotels, shops and restaurants throughout the town and beyond stock plenty of information about the almost infinite amount of things to see and do not covered by this guide. Several bookshops in the centre also sell excellent quality maps of the town and region.