When I look back at the Balkans, I feel like I was actually born there. I deeply felt myself in the Balkan region of Europe. looking back at my journey from Serbia to Macedonia by road keeps me motivated to do such travels more which makes me alive every single day. I’m dead from inside, but this travel thing keeps me alive.
Visa to Macedonia
The five years multiple entry visa I obtained from the US consulate in Karachi in April 2016 opened many doors for me. I searched and found that I can visit almost the entire Balkan region without a visa. that include, Serbia, Macedonia, Albania and Montenegro (now Bosnia as well). If you have a valid US visa on your passport then you can visit these countries without a visa, regardless of your citizenship (as of Jan 2018).
On the border, it took a little bit longer for the immigration officers to clear me because I was coming from the red list countries (Pakistan). but after 40 minutes hassle, they let me go. and I was on my way to the beautiful capital of Macedonia called Skopje, actually pronounced as “Skopya“.
Accommodation in Skopje
I came to Skopje by road from Serbia, the bus fare was $26, and it was a 7 hours journey which I’ve documented in another post. I had booked my hostel online using Agoda.com which only cost me $10 per day. the hostel owners were a nice couple who give me so much respect and facilities in that little price.
My hostel was located a few hundred meters away from the bus station, so I walked down there and found the hostel. it was located in the city center, and from there I could easily visit the important tourist attractions.
I always use Agoda.com for booking my hotel rooms and hostels, which makes my life much easier. and since, I had heard that Europe is expensive, so I went for bed space in a hostel which was much cheaper under $10 a day. In fact, Macedonia turned out to be the most cheapest destination I’ve ever visited in my travel journey.
Transportation in Skopje
I used only Taxi a few times, and that cost as little as $5 USD for a few KM ride. I saw buses running in the city all the time. and that should cost very little, but I didn’t use that. However, if you stay near city center then most of the attractions are within walking distance.
Food in Skopje
I found a buffet restaurant at a mall in the city center and did my lunch there. it cost me only $3 and same I did for dinner. the Macedonia currency is called “Denar” and $1 USD is equal to 52 Denar (as of December 2017). I think, all kind of cuisines can be found in Skopje, and food is generally not expensive.
Top attractions in Skopje
Seriously man, Skopje is a city of “Statues“. You’ll find statues almost everywhere in the city center. but it’s awesome to see too many statues in a small city like that. most of the attractions are located within walking distance in the city center. and I visited the following places in Skopje which I recommend to everyone while in town.
- Mother Teresa Museum
- Old Bazar, Skopje
- Stone Bridge
- Skopje Fortress
- Museum of Macedonian Struggle
- The Macedonian Parliament
And for the rest of the attractions, please use Google which is always your best friend in travel. 🙂
And don’t forget to watch my travel vlog on Skopje here:
The Bottom Line
I stayed in Macedonia only for two days, and then I moved to Albania, I traveled to Albania by road which I’ll write in my next post. Macedonia cost me only $15 per day which is crazy and I was shocked myself. let’s be honest, it was a low season in October 2017 when I visited Skopje, so that might be the reason for so cheap travel. but I’d love to know your experience if you’ve ever been to Skopje? write that in the comments. Happy Travels!