A guide to public transport in Pristina, Kosovo

April 30, 2019 16 Comments

This post shall serve as a guide to using public transport in Pristina, Kosovo. I know how important, frustrating, and yet necessary it is to know how to get around in a new city or country. I was once misled into using private transport from an officer at a tourist information desk at an airport which should never happen to anyone anywhere. This is why this post saves you money when traveling to, in, and outside Pristina.

Pristina is not known for a perfect public transport, but it’s not that bad either. Many tourists end up spending money in taxi services (which of course are faster and more comfortable) while they can take a bus and reach their destination for much cheaper.

Public transport to Pristina (from the airport)

Starting on May 1, 2019, there will be a regular bus line of public transport connection Pristina International Airport with the city of Pristina. The first bus (both directions) will leave at 3:00 and there will be an hourly bus. The bus departs from the Bus Station in Pristina and picks up passengers by Mother Teresa Cathedral (Street George Bush) and the Youth Palace (or by the Newborn monument).

Taxi services from/to the Airport

Passengers can also take a taxi to move between Pristina and the airport. It should cost between 10-15 Euros and all of them (I believe) have a free toll number starting with 0800. I mainly use Taxi Roberti (0800 111 99); however, they should all have about the same prices.

Public transport in Pristina

Inter-city public transport in Pristina is not very well developed yet; however, it covers most of the city areas and for sure the touristy ones. Tourists coming to Pristina bus station can reach the city via local bus no. 7 which they can hop op at the entry of the bus station. This bus line comes from the bus station towards the city center (or Mother Teresa Boulevard). The ticket costs 0.40 EURO one-way and you pay it to the bus conductor. Unfortunately, there are no day, three-day, five-day, or one-week tickets as most of the public transport lines are privately owned; however, the Municipality of Pristina is working towards having an integrated public transport (I’ll update this part as things progress).

More information is provided in the Prishtina Buses. Just click in the colored line and it will show you the bus line and also the frequency.

public transport in Pristina

The mobile app Transporti Publik (Android and iOS) is also helpful while in Pristina as you can see the buses location in real time (currently only the bus lines 1 and 4).

Public transportation outside Pristina

The bus station website shows the international lines. There are buses that connect Kosovo with Austria, Belgium, Serbia, Germany, Slovenia, Montenegro, Albania, Macedonia, Sweden, Croatia, and Switzerland. Nevertheless, there’s more information needed (and in English) to make tourists’ planning easier.

That’s why I propose you to check GjirafaThe only downside (not really a downside) of this website is that it only operates in the Albanian language. Knowing that it started as a substitute for Google for the Albanian speaking people I don’t blame Gjirafa for that. In addition, if Google is your friend, you can use it to check the names of cities in Albanian or just ask a local (we’re friendly) and search all you need to know at Gjirafa.

If you follow this link, it will send you to Gjirafa.com bus lines page. There you can write your destination and after you click “search” you can pick the date for your travel. It will give you a number of options (depending on the line). For instance, if I want to go to Peja on June 21st, this is the information I’d get. From this list, you can see the timing it takes to go from point A to point B and also how much it will cost and the operator.public transport in Pristina

Gjirafa is also handy if you have to go to other cities or the neighboring countries by using public transport. The same process goes for finding out the schedule of buses. However, always check with the company.

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16 Comments

  • Hi!
    Do you know the timetable of the bus 7 or where i can find it. I am arriving to bus station at 5AM and want to check is i can travel to city centro by bus at that time or need to wait.

    Many thanks!!!

    • Hi Santiago,

      I believe the bus number 7 starts operating at 6 30am only so you can’t catch it. However, depending on which part of the city you have to go you can either walk or take a taxi (metered ones start at 1.50 EUR).

      I hope this helps.

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  • Thanks for the website. I have looked on gjirafa but I dont know if I am reading it correctly. I want to travel from Pristina to Skopje in October 2019. Can I book a journey in advance or buy a ticket when I am there. Any help would be good. Thank you.

    • Hi Iris,

      You don’t need to buy the ticket in advance (not sure if you can even do that yet). You just go to the bus station 20-30 minutes prior to the departure time, get your ticket there, and hop on a bus. There are no seats assigned so you can get a better seat if you are there early. Enjoy the Balkans 🙂

  • Thank you for this very useful overview. I regularly travel to Kosovo and I was never happy with the fact that I have to take a taxi to the city instead of having the possibility to take a bus. Finally they install a bus service 🙂

    • Thanks, Chris. Yes, it’s unfortunate there wasn’t public transport until now. There’s the culture of dropping off/picking up family members to/from the airport which probably will still go on despite the bus and Kosovo only lately has become more touristy. I can’t wait to use the bus myself when I go back home (of course, if my family lets me do it LOL)

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