- related to: Pristina
Pristina (UK: / ˈ p r iː ʃ t ɪ n ə, p r ɪ ʃ ˈ t iː n ə /, US: / ˈ p r ɪ ʃ ˈ t ɪ n ɑː /) is the capital of Kosovo and seat of the eponymous municipality and district.It is predominantly populated by Albanian-speaking peoples, constituting the second-largest capital city in Europe, after Tirana.
- 652 m (2,139 ft)
Pristina Tourism: Tripadvisor has 11,505 reviews of Pristina Hotels, Attractions, and Restaurants making it your best Pristina resource.
Things to Do in Pristina, Kosovo: See Tripadvisor's 11,505 traveler reviews and photos of Pristina tourist attractions. Find what to do today, this weekend, or in November. We have reviews of the best places to see in Pristina. Visit top-rated & must-see attractions.
People also ask
Is there a way to get to Pristina from Germany?
Which is the best place to stay in Pristina?
How long has the area around Pristina been inhabited?
What can you do with the Pristina font family?
The main language you will hear in the street is Albanian. English is widely spoken. Most of people from Kosovo, especially young people, speak at least a little English so you can more than likely get by. Navigating around the city is easy - the city centre is small and walkable. Serbian is Kosovo's other official language, but it is seldom heard on the streets in the capital. German is easily the next most widely spoken language. Ties between the Kosovo Albanian diaspora in Germany and Switzerland and Kosovo are very strong; many older Kosovo Albanians have worked there as guest workers in the past.
If you arrive at Pristina airport - small, haphazard but recently modernized and efficient in a Balkan kind of way - you should get from the plane to the outside world within 15 minutes. The city itself is about 25 minutes away by car. The many taxi drivers outside the airport will quote you 25-30 for the trip but 15 is what you really should pay. Insist on the price and walk away if the driver won't agree. You can also call a local taxi dispatch agency beforehand, and have a driver waiting for you for 15 (plus the price of the phone call). If you pretend to be waiting for a lift from someone else they'll compete with each other down as far as 5 Euros, but it hardly seems fair. There is a not very frequent shuttle service from the nearby Skopje Airport leaving the airport at 13:15 on Sun, Mon and Thu (as of Aug 2013). Price is 10 one way. Look for the sabagroup minibus in the parking lot. To confirm the timetable visit their website  The Prishtina bus station is quite a safe place to await sunrise (I was there on a Sunday morning). The bus station is not far away from the city center and can easily reached by foot, but if you want to take a taxi, the trip should cost you 1,5-3 (minimum charge is 1,5). The drivers near the bus station will quote you 5 but that is a ripoff. Walk a bit further away from the station and take one of the taxis there - and make sure the meter is on. If you are planning to travel from Kosovo to Serbia: WARNING: The serbian government doesnt recognize Kosovo as an independent country but still as a Serbian territory. If you entered Kosovo from Albania, Macedonia or Montenegro, then you will be denied entry in Serbia at the Kosovos border because you didnt enter Serbia legally, this is only happening if you are using your passport which will not have a Serbian entry ctamp. In this case, you will need to exit Kosovo through Albania, Montenegro or Macedonia (the easiest) and enter Serbians border directly, not from Kosovo. In order to cross the border from kosovo to Serbia you need either to have entered Kosovo from Serbia with your passport (in this case you would have a valid Serbian entry stamp) OR to use an ID card accepted by Serbia - ie from a \\"Yugoslav\\" or EU country or Switzerland (as this doesn't need to be stamped by Serbia in the first place). Adio Turs run two buses daily from the main bus station in Niš at 7:00 and 18:00. A one-way ticket costs 870 dinars. Ask for the bus to Gračanica (a Serb-majority town near Prishtina) and ask the bus driver to stop at Prishtina (otherwise, the bus will go straight past!). There are twice daily mini-buses from Niš, they cost 600 dinars (about $10) and the guys at Niš Hostel (http://www.hostelnis.rs/) will help you get in contact with organizers, even if you aren't sleeping there, as it is necessary to book in advance (information dates from October 2009). If entering direct from Serbia, be aware that you need to leave by the same way that you came in so that you get Serbian entry/exit stamps (see note under Kosovo). Accommodation can be very expensive in Pristina, as everything is tailored for internationals on expense accounts and hefty per diems. If you look around you should be able to find fliers offering accommodation. If you can find these place(s), go there as the cost is usually 10-15 per night.
From Albania, there are several daily direct bus connections to Pristina, from Tirana ( 15), and Durres ( 16). In Tirana the bus office and stop is right behind the Hotel Internation. As of Dec 2011, there are two busses daily, at 06:00 and 15:00, and a ride takes approximately 6 hrs. There is no formal bus station in Tirana. There are also direct bus links from most cities in Germany, Switzerland, Belgium, Turkey, Macedonia, Bosnia, and Montenegro.
(As of 15th July 2012) From Podgorica in Montenegro there is a daily night bus at 9:30PM that runs via Peja and arrives in Pristina at 5AM - 16.
There is also a bus service from Sarajevo (via Novi Pazar; Buy ticket to Novi Pazar on 10PM bus, the bus continues to Prishtina, tickets available onboard,i.e. the ticket Novi Pazar-Prishtina have to be bought on the bus, but after Novi Pazar; it is possible to buy the ticket Novi Pazar-Prishtina on the bus Sarajevo-Novi Pazar, it is the same bus that then continues to Prishtina; you can pay in euro, serbian dinar or bosnian mark); so from Sarajevo to Novi Pazar you buy the ticket for that trip (15 euro one way and 22 euros return - return has to be within a month)and after Novi Pazar you buy the ticket to Kosovo (7euros to Prishtina one way). You arrive in Novi Pazar at around 5.30. At 5.45 there is one bus that heads towards Skopje (Macedonia)with stops in Mitrovica and Prishtina as well as sometimes along the road (7/8 Euros is the ticket to Prishtina - the bus will stop on the road outside of the main bus station). It passes at the EULEX patrolled border post in North Kosovo, which might be quicker and more preferable. At 6.am there is a bus from Benko tours that leaves Novi Pazar direction Kosovo (final destination is Prizren). The bus used to pass through North Kosovo (only Serbian border post) - there are no security issues,even after July 25,2011, but when there is heavy snow the bus will not be able to the trip. In that case, you have to do the alternative route (if the weather permits) over Rozaje pass in Montenegro and Pec/Peja - bus to Rozaje from Novi Pazar at 9.30a.m. (4,50) and then with taxi to Peja/Pec bus station (taxi will cost around 30 euros), in Peja/Pec every 20 minutes buses to Pristina (4). Overall the trip Sarajevo-Novi Pazar-Prishtina over Mitrovica lasts around 11 hours and costs around 22 (one way - return is a bit cheaper.) The bus should be in Prishtina around 9 a.m. and continues to Prizren. Advantage of passing through North Kosovo (non Eulex border) is that you enter Kosovo via Serbia, which might save you trouble if you exit Kosovo via Serbia. Whether this is important very much depends on the political climate and on the agreements between Belgrade and Prishtina. Alternatively,if you pass through Montenegro,you can ask Kosovo police not to stamp the Kosovo entry stamp in the passport as you have to exit via Serbia. Even better,though,is if you use your ID cards when travelling to and from Kosovo. There are trains which travel from Macedonia and Serbia to Pristina. These take long to get there. See Kosovo#By train
The roads in Pristina (and in general throughout Kosovo) are pretty bad, but the government is doing a lot in improving that. A lot of times you will be stuck in traffic due to road repairs. This is a result of a number of factors such as: they were never especially good, Yugoslav tank treads and UCK mortars fired at those tanks did nothing to help the situation, and NATO sealed the deal in '99 with its stealth bombings and armoured convoys. Since then, UNMIK and the Provisional Institutions of Self-Government (PISG, Kosovo's nascent government) have simply not had the money to invest in infrastructure. Two or three of the main roads that make up the major road network have been repaved. Some roads have have disintegrated to the point that they are pretty much just dirt and gravel.
There are a variety of restaurants with something for everyone's taste. For lunch, hit Te Komiteti on Qamil Hoxha street and have the gazpacho and chicken sandwich.
Every taxi driver knows the location of most major restaurants frequented by internationals. Try a traditional qebabtore (you can find one anywhere), or a Turkish doner shop (best ones around the corner from Payton Place, near UNDP) for a real taste of the local food and great value. If you are a foreigner you may have to do a fair bit of pointing to order, but it should be worth it.
Cafes and bars are especially crowded on Friday and Saturday nights. Clubs open up and close down on an almost seasonal basis, but there are some reliable standouts, and neighbourhoods where something good is bound to present itself. In cafes, a good cup of coffee can be bought for under 1.
According to the U.S. Department of State, Pristina is classified as a high-threat location for crime.. It is also the headquarters of the Albanian mafia, the world's most violent mafia. While the destination received high remarks from travelers, it is highly advised to stay aware and be cautious at all times.
Pristina is a fast-changing city that feels full of optimism and potential, even if its traffic-clogged streets and mismatched architectural styles don't make it an obviously attractive place.