We have read about Philippi for many years in the Bible and were thrilled to actually visit. We stayed in Thessaloniki and used a rental car to make a day visit to Philippi.
The location was easily found due to the adequate signage along the route. The ruins actually consist of: a large bus and car parking lot (free), a gift shop and restaurant complex, the ruins, and a museum.
To enter the ruins requires a ticket (3 Euro/4 Euro for the ruins and museum) that is bought at the entrance beside the restaurant/gift shop.
Once inside, we spent about two hours touring about 2/3 of the complex. We did not hike up to the acropolis nor did we visit the Second Basilica but could see both plainly from the main areas.
The ruins are amazing and have Greek/English signs explaining the significance of each area.
The museum was well worth the extra Euro: among its treasures was a burial vault unearthed in 2006 that contained the remains of a woman and numerous relics buried with her. It was amazing that things like this are still being discovered at the ruins.
After our visit to the ruins, we stopped at the restaurant for a delicious lunch and coffee. This proved an ideal venue to discuss many of the sights.More