Travel advice - PAOK
Here's our guide for fans travelling to Greece for Thursday's Europa League match against PAOK.
Thessaloniki is the second largest City in Greece. The capital may be Athens, but Thessaloniki is regarded as the cultural centre and very different from the capital City. THFC fans will find a multitude of things to do here including shopping, sight-seeing, bars, restaurants and local history.
One of the main areas where people collect is Aristotle’s Square, which is surrounded by cafes and bars and is a vibrant, bustling area during both day and night. For those wishing to know more about the City and its origins, there are numerous Byzantine Churches and Roman sites.
However, fans will find the City busier than usual as there is a large Trade Fair taking place during the time the Club will be there.
When ready to leave the City for the Stadium, it is suggested that fans make their way to New Town Hall, 1 Vas. Georgiou St, and await shuttle buses to take them to the Stadium. At this point, the local Police will conduct the first of two searches. The Stadium is about 25 minutes from the City Centre and these buses should be available from 5:30pm.
For those who wish to travel independently to the Stadium, you should allow up to an hour for your journey due to the traffic at this time.
There is a local bus service that leaves the city centre from Egnatia Street, Bus no 14 and the stop to disembark near the stadium is Aghia Varvara. Tickets can be purchased on the bus from the ticket machine and a single journey fare is 90 cents.
We do not advise you to make use of the bars within the immediate vicinity of the Stadium as these are strictly for home fans only.
Once at the Stadium, fans should make their way to Gate 8, where a second search will take place, undertaken by Security staff. Items not allowed in include lighters and large amounts of coins – we suggest that fans try to use their coinage in the City centre before departing for the Stadium as we cannot guarantee how or if such coins will be returned.
Welfare facilities inside the section are acceptable with a small catering concession based at the front of the area.
As always, flags and banners with appropriate wording will be welcome at the Stadium and these will be checked prior to entry by Police. It is common policy and normal ground rules at football stadia in the UK and elsewhere in Europe, that flags of an overtly religious/sectarian/political nature will not be permitted and may be confiscated – please respect this request.
As always, there will be a number of THFC Stewards who will be working alongside their colleagues from PAOK. They will be easily identifiable and please feel to approach them if you have any difficulties whilst at the Stadium.
Finally, whilst we fully expect you to enjoy your trip to Thessaloniki and all that it has to offer, we would ask you to respect the Police Authorities at all times and follow their instructions, together with those from PAOK Stewards based at the Stadium and our own THFC staff. Anti-social behaviour, especially drunkenness in the City centre or at the Stadium itself, will not be tolerated and fans risk being arrested if they behave inappropriately.
For more details, follow this link to the travel page of Foreign & Commonwealth Office...