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Skopje & Macedonia Travel FAQs: Your Essential Questions Answered

Skopje

  1. Is Skopje safe?
    Explore Skopje and Macedonia with peace of mind, as these locations are considered generally safe for travel and daily life.

  2. Is the tap water in Skopje safe to drink?
    Yes, the tap water in Skopje is safe and you can drink it. The tap water is drinkable in the whole country. 

  3. What are some famous landmarks or Must-See Tourist Attractions in Skopje?
    You must see the Old Bazaar, Stone Bridge, Fortress, Memorial House of Mother Teresa, Matka Canyon, Vodno Mountain, Old Railway Station, and Aqueduct.

  4. What languages are mostly spoken in Skopje?
    The most spoken language in Skopje is Macedonian, but many residents also speak Albanian and Serbian. 

  5. Where can I buy tickets for events?
    The most popular ticket platforms in Macedonia are KupiKartiZaSe and MKTickets

  6. Where to order food?
    The most commonly used food delivery services in Skopje include KlikniJadi and Korpa

  7. What about groceries?
    Paket and e-tinex (not working as of July) are well-developed services for groceries delivery. Paket delivers more things apart from groceries, such as products from pharmacies, bookstores, etc. Meanwhile, e-tinex is a service of the big chain of supermarkets Tinex.

  8. What's the deal with the air pollution?
    The air in Skopje during the winter can become extremely polluted, and it can last for days on end. In recent years, Skopje was on the list of the most polluted cities in the world. To monitor the state of air pollution, we recommend the application Moj Vozduh (Air Care (Playstore/App Store). In case of heavy pollution, follow the instructions of the authorities and try to be as little exposed as possible. 

  9. How's the weather in Skopje?
    Skopje has a humid subtropical and cold semi-arid climate. The average annual temperature is 13.5°C. Summers are relatively dry and hot, while winters are relatively cold and wet but without heavy snowfall. The hottest month is August, and the coldest is January.

  10. Are there any car-sharing groups in Macedonia?
    If you're in Skopje and need a ride to another city or vice versa, consider joining a Facebook group for car sharing. These groups connect riders with drivers already making the same trip, allowing you to split expenses. Some of them are Skopje-Ohrid, Skopje-Bitola, Skopje-Prilep, Skopje-Kochani, Skopje-Veles, Skopje-Shtip, Skopje-Struga, Skopje-Kavadarci.

  11. What are some popular festivals or events in Skopje?
    Skopje hosts several popular festivals and events throughout the year like the Skopje Summer Festival, Skopje Jazz Festival, Vinoskop, May Opera Evenings, Skopje Fashion Week, and Skopje Film Festival.

  12. Are there any public toilets in Skopje?
    There are three public toilets in the city, one under the bridge "Goce Delchev" and two in the City Park, however, they are in bad condition. Have in mind that, all the bigger shopping centers in Skopje have restrooms.

  13. Is Skopje a walkable city?
    Skopje is not some massive city and can be considered generally a walkable city, particularly in the downtown area. Nonetheless, heavy traffic can create obstacles, such as frequent jams and illegally parked cars.

  14. What is the population of Skopje?
    According to the last census, 526,502 citizens live in Skopje, although this number is considered much higher due to several factors.

  15. Where to find books on English in Skopje?
    A huge selection of books in English can be found in the Akademska kniga bookstore, near Soborna Crkva, and The English Center, close to the Ramstore Mall. Also, you may want to check the Literatura bookstores, TRI bookstores, IKONA, and Matica.

Macedonia

  1. What currency you can pay with in Macedonia?
    The official currency in Macedonia is the Macedonian Denar, but most places accept payment via credit/debit cards.

  2. Do people speak English in Macedonia?
    Generally yes. You should have no problem getting by in English in the more urban areas of the country. 

  3. What are some of the traditional dishes?
    Some of the traditional Macedonian dishes include Tavche Gravche (Baked Beans), Sarma (Stuffed Cabbage Rolls), Musaka, and Ajvar (Pepper Spread). 

  4. What is some general info for Macedonia?
    Stay connected and informed in Macedonia with its country calling code of +389, right-side driving, and type F power plugs and sockets.

  5. Problems with the supply of water or electricity?
    Water supply and electricity supply outages are usually rare. Planned water supply outages can be seen at this LINK, while the list of planned power outages can be seen on this LINK. 

  6. Tobacco consumption and catering facilities?
    Macedonia is ranked among the countries that have the highest annual use of cigarettes per person aged 15 or older. Cigarette smoking is widespread, and so are vapes, and IQOS devices. Keep in mind that smoking cigarettes is not allowed inside the catering facilities. It is only allowed to smoke on the terraces of the facilities.

  7. Where to watch Macedonian TV online?
    A1 WebTV and ZULTV are two great resources to watch numerous Macedonian TV channels. Have in mind that A1 WebTV only works with an IP address from Macedonia.

  8. And what about Macedonian radios?
    Listen to Macedonian radios online on Off net and MakedonijaFM.

  9. What is the internet speed in Macedonia?
    According to the service Speedtest, the median download speed on mobile internet is 77.66 Mbps with 23.13 Mbps on upload, ranked 26th in the world. Meanwhile, the fixed broadband showed a result of 37.88 Mbps on download and 19.48 Mbps on upload, i.e. ranked on 106th place.

  10. What's the tipping culture in Macedonia?
    Tipping isn't a common practice in Macedonia, but in the service industry, it's becoming more common to leave a small tip of around 5-10% for good service.

  11. Minimal and average salary?
    The minimum salary in Macedonia is 20,175 Denars, which is equivalent to around 327 Euros, while the average monthly net wage is 39,998 Denars, or approximately 649 Euros.

  12. What type of government does Macedonia have?
    Macedonia has a parliamentary democracy as a form of government.

  13. Where to find electric vehicle charging stations?
    There are around 15-20 electric vehicle charging stations around Skopje. Also, at least one charging station in each major city in the country. The map can be seen on this LINK.

  14. What is the emergency number in Macedonia?
    The emergency number in Macedonia is 112 - used to contact the police, ambulance, and fire department.

  15. What is the main religion in Macedonia?
    In Macedonia the main religion is Orthodox Christianity, followed by Islam.

  16. What is the time zone in Macedonia?
    Macedonia is in the Central European Time (CET) time zone - UTC+1. But, during daylight saving time, Macedonia observes Central European Summer Time (CEST) - UTC+2.

  17. Which days are non-working in Macedonia?
    Sunday is a non-working day in Macedonia. It is allowed to work in tourist places in the country, such as Skopje, Ohrid and some others. However, most businesses and services remain closed, except for some places such as restaurants, coffee shops and larger markets. It is best to check the opening hours of specific businesses and services before planning a visit. The situation is generally the same on holidays.

  18. How much money in cash can I carry upon entrance in Macedonia?
    Non-residents can bring effective foreign currencies and cheques denominated in foreign currencies, with a tootal aggregate value to up to 10.000 euros. When it comes to larger amounts, the amount should be declared to the customs authorities when crossing the border. Check for more information HERE.

  19. What are the biggest cities in Macedonia?
    The five biggest cities in Macedonia are Skopje, Bitola, Kumanovo, Prilep and Tetovo.

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