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Overview

Located in the peninsula of Balkan region, the Republic of Macedonia has amazing archeological sites and provides a landscape of mountains and about fifty lakes.

The Macedonian national railway company is Makedonski Železnici (MŽ) or Macedonian Railways in English. The rail company operates trains on over 925 km of railway tracks. Some of the trains in Macedonia are run by diesel. Other trains are electric. The rail network in Macedonia allows travellers to reach cities such as Skopje, Tetovo, Gostivar, Kicevo, Volkovo, Kumanovo, Tabanovci, Sveti Nikole, Štip, Kocani, Veles, Negotino, Gevgelija, Bogomila, Prilep and Bitola. There are international train which operate between Macedonia and Greece as well as Macedonia and Serbia. The main train station in Macedonia is Skopje railway station.

Cityscape

Arrive in train to Skopje’s, Macedonia’s capital, and wander around the old town with its 15th century bridge, its Ottoman mosques and bathhouses. You can also go to Ohrid if you prefer Byzantine architecture. Take another train to Tetovo and admire the ornate Sarena Mosque. If you prefer historical sites, go south and climb to Treskavec Monastery or go to Bitola to visit the next-door city Roman Heraclea.

Landscape

If you like nature, enjoy sailing around lakes such as the deepest one of Macedonia and Balkan region : lake Ohrid. National parks welcome you to go hiking or skiing, like Mavrovo one, Galicica and Pelister ones.

Take Home

Dawdling on Skopje’s bazaar, buy some aniseed firewater or herbal teas to drink, beaded jewellery as a gift for your mother-in-law, painted wooden boxes for friends, replica Byzantine icons as a souvenir for you… You will be spoiled for choice!

Eat & Drink

Sample Macedonia’s gastronomy tasting the different specialities. Try the grilled meats with ajvar (sweet pepper and aubergine sauce) which is delightful, and drink some Skopsko beer or some Vranec wine to accompany your meal. If you like more kebabs, you will find it very easily.

New Perspective

Climb to Vodno Mountain and enjoy the view over Skopje Valley from there. On Krstovar, the highest peak, you will see the largest cross of the Christian world, the Millennium Cross.


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    Lucerne to Berlin |
    "Absolutely beautiful countryside through the window of the train. Switzerland and Germany in winter is amazing. "

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    "The train departed on time and arrived on time. The conductor was polite and multilingual. The only issue was that someone was sitting in my allocated seat but that did not bother me as there were other seats available that had the same comfort level. "

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    Paris Nord-London St Pancras |
    "Would thoroughly recommend travelling by train from Paris to London. Train was easy to access, comfortable and affordable. The weather conditions delayed departure time however that was unavoidable. First class carriage was very comfortable and the breakfast served was an unexpected delight. Will certainly repeat this experience in the future. "

  • Paris to London First Time |
    "Wonderful experience-highly recommended! "

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    Easy  |
    "Comfortable train, easy booking, check in and boarding process. Travel with rail Europe every time I am in Europe. "

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    Great trip |
    "Excellent service although all the tickets booked through Raileurope we received the worst seats available. Either no windows (the panel seats) and/or facing backwards. W booked early and though we would get better seats. Rest of service was excellent. "

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    Way To Travel |
    "Excellent service although all the tickets booked through Raileurope we received the worst seats available. Either no windows (the panel seats) and/or facing backwards. W booked early and though we would get better seats. Rest of service was excellent. "

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    Train from Rome to Geneva |
    "The train was very comfortable. People were very helpful and the announcements at stations very good. Thanks you "

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    "Convenient, prompt and relaxing trip. "

  • Great Train Trip |
    "The journey by train was fantastic very comfy and no hassles easy to see the country side and very convenient way to travel between cities. Would definitely travel by train again when in Europe. "

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