Shkodra

View of the city and Albanian Alps from Rozafa Fortress

Shkodra is the fourth largest city in Albania. Recently, it has experienced a face lift as streets and buildings were renovated, a promenade opened and a new swing bridge built over Buna River.

Understand

Visitor information

History

Queen Teuta' Illryan kingdom was based here in the 3rd century BCE. The Ottomans seiged it in 1473 and 1479, and lost 14,000 and 30,000 men in these raids, respectively. Shkodra changed hands with Montenegro numerous times during World War I. Shkodra was badly damaged in a 1979 earthquake.

Get in

As in whole Albania there is no bus station per se. Instead there are a few gathering points for buses/furgons scattered around the city.

By bus

To Montenegro

From Ulcinj (Montenegro), buses cost €5 (plus €1 if you have baggage) and leave at 06:00, 07:00, 12:30 and 16:30. If not available, you can take a taxi to the border at Muriquani (€10) and after crossing the border, take another taxi to Ulcinj (€8). However return ticket from Shkodra to Ulcinj costs €5 and buses leave at 0900 and 1600 from the city center fountain.

From Podgorica, take public buses to Tuzi, then hire a taxi either to the border or to Shkodra.

Minibuses to/from Hani i Hotit (the Montenegro border on the way to Podgorica ) run around 300 Lek. Taxis for this journey cost €15.

To Kosovo

Buses from Gjakova go at 6 AM directly to Shkodra via the highway from Prizren.

Get around

Finding your way round Shkodra is complicated by the fact that recently ALL roads have been renamed, and some of the old names have even been re-used in different places! All roads have got new road signs. Since all the maps and guides (including this one) give the old names, finding your way round is a bit like being in a parallel universe.

There are some public buses running inside city. There is also infrequent bus to nearby village of Shiroke.

By bike

Shkodra is the bike capital of Albania, because it's flat. This is a heritage from the Hoxha-era.

See

Rozafa Fortress
Interior of Ebu Beker Mosque

Religious buildings

Do

Buy

Eat

Restaurants

Lots of dining options available on the main pedestrian street - Rruga Kolë Idromeno. Also there are some nice restaurants and pizzerias on the promenade near Buna River Old Bridge (Rruga e Molos street).

Cafes

Shkodra is famous for its numerous patisseries where you can eat delicious sweets, and it's possible to come to Shkodra for this alone.

Drink

Local beers "Korça" or "Tirana" and the famous Albanian spirit called Raki.

Sleep

Budget

Mid Range

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