Travel to Albania and Macedonia from Greece
Replies: 6 - Last Post: Jun 3, 2012 3:25 PM Last Post By: biebdab
Jun 1, 2012 3:09 PM
Travel to Albania and Macedonia from GreeceHello. I'm Pakistan national holding valid Schengen visa in Greece. I'm planning about going to Albania and then to Macedonia.
I guess train is the best option. and also I think holders of schengen visa will get visa on arrival in both the countries. will they give me entry if I go on train or no?
and also, i want to know if trains will change on borders and will we get off at the border for immigration?/
Jun 1, 2012 8:31 PM
Jun 2, 2012 2:13 PM
Jun 3, 2012 3:33 AM
Your plan for proposed visit is as under:
1.Start from Thessaloniki and get a Macedonian train from Thessaloniki Railway Station for Skopje (Capital of Macedonia). Train is not changed on border, same train travel between both the cities.
2. From Skopje you'll get a Bus to Pristina (Capital City of Kosovo).Kosovo is a new state hence its free entry still, you will get a visa on entry. Please read the Foreign Affairs page of Govt of Kosovo
3. From Pristina Bus stand, there are buses which travel from Pristina to Prizren (Kosovo City near Albanian border)
Pristina and Prizren are very well connected by bus. From Prizren to Tirana there are at least two buses daily. You can find more details here:
I am also from Pakistan and have been in these areas for a long time.
4. Visa for Macedonia and Albania will be required by these countries. Macedonians are a little bit harsh towards Pakistanis, in 2004-5, they killed 6 innocent Pakistanis for which Ansar Barni filed a case against their Interior Minister and took back the dead bodies of these people. I was there in those days. May be today's atmosphere would be changed.
Jun 3, 2012 7:28 AM
Jun 3, 2012 1:32 PM
Jun 3, 2012 3:25 PM
6As stated under # 1 and 4, there are ( unfortunately ) no international trains anymore from Greece to any other country ( i.e. Macedonia, Bulgaria, Turkey and beyond ) since early 2011 !
Albania has one a rail link to Montenegro, only used by very rare freight trains, there have never been passenger services so far since construction in the early 90's... ( intentions shelved due to the Yugoslavian civil war but apparently are again being considered for the coming years... ).
Hence in both cases only travelling by bus is an option.
The Albanian railways website http://www.hsh.com.al apparently is not in use... :-/ Any useful information such as timetables are very hard to find, but this is probably the best one available :
http://www.seat61.com/Albania.htm ( scroll down for domestic timetables, but subject to changes ! ).
In addition : as Albania and Macedonia do not belong to the Schengen zone, you will need a visa to these countries !
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