A guide to public transport in Pristina, Kosovo
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)
The website of the bus station in Pristina, which unfortunately is only in the Albanian language, gives the schedules to all national and international lines. It currently shows there is one line that has two connections to the Prishtina International Airport. However, I’ve come to understand that this only serves airport employees, unfortunately.
Until this changes, namely a passengers bus line comes into place, you’ll have to take a taxi to come to the city. 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 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 Gjirafa. The 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.
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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