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Flying to Pristina

Air Prishtina and Germania operate direct flights to Pristina from the UK. For the best deals, book well ahead and avoid school holidays. There are no direct flights from the USA.

Flight times

From London - 3 hours; New York - 12 hours 30 minutes (including stopover); Los Angeles - 14 hours 30 minutes (including stopover); Toronto - 13 hours 30 minutes (including stopovers); Sydney - 25 hours (including stopovers).

Travel by road

Roads around Pristina are generally in fair condition although you need to be cautious of potholes in Pristina’s urban area. Traffic drives on the right and the minimum driving age is 17. The general speed limit in Pristina is 50kph (31mph). An International Driving Permit, vehicle registration/ownership documents and a locally valid insurance policy are required.

The European Green Card is not valid, so you must buy third-party insurance at the border when travelling to Kosovo.

Emergency breakdown services

Police (tel: 92, or 192 from mobile phones, in Kosovo only). Car hire agencies have their own local arrangements in case of breakdown.

Routes

Entering Pristina from the airport is straightforward. Join Bill Clinton Boulevard into the southwestern suburbs before this main road intersects with Nënë Tereza, delivering drivers into the centre. Pristina Bus Station is located just off Bill Clinton Boulevard several kilometres from the city centre.

Coaches

A host of private companies, including Adio Tours (tel: +381 38 522 422) and Vector (tel: +381 38 610 416; www.vectortours.de), run international services to and from neighbouring countries. Domestic routes include Prizren (90 minutes) and Peja (2 hours).

Time to city

From Skopje - 1 hour 35 minutes; Tirana - 3 hours 15 minutes.

Travel by Rail

Services

Kosovo’s poor rail network operates a threadbare service. Fushë Kosovo Station is Pristina’s main terminus located 7km (4.3 miles) west of the city centre. Few services call by the smaller yet more centrally located Pristina Station.

Operators

Trainkos (tel: +381 38 534 821; www.trainkos.com) is the main rail operator in Pristina. The only current international arrival operating is the daily service from Skopje in neighbouring Macedonia (journey times – 2 hours 30 minutes). The limited internal network includes daily services from Peja to Pristina (journey time – 2 hours).

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Guesthouse Velania

Run by a professor, this guest house is a real cheapie in a three-storey building located in Velania's leafy neighbourhood. It exudes a homey ambience. Breakfast not included.

Hotel Ambasador

Small and boutique in size, Hotel Ambasador's contemporary rooms represent one of Pristina's classiest options. Winter chill is kept at bay by indoors saunas and a roaring log fire in the dining room.

Hotel Victory

There's an air of triumphalism about Hotel Victory with its palatial exterior and rooftop Statue of Liberty. Comfortable if chintzy rooms with excellent highway access making it popular with business clientele.

Hotel Afa

Perched on a quiet hillside location with views over the city centre, Afa's large airy rooms are extremely popular with internationals and NGOs. Discounts are available to citizens from countries recognising Kosovo.

Hotel Begolli

Boxy outside appearance with brightly furnished no-thrills rooms. Excellent value for the budget-conscious and close by the old Ottoman quarter and market.

Hotel Luxor

Despite being a few kilometres outside the city centre, the USP of this modest friendly hotel is its close proximity to Pristina's green lungs - the wonderful Gërmia Park.