Hotel Stela

3 out of 5 stars3 Stars

Rr. E Dibres, Tirana, Albania
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Value Score Poor Value

Costs 78% more than similarly rated 3 star hotels

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  • Families33
  • Couples75
  • Solo100
  • Business75

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Bus or train to Tirana

by balkanstraveler

We are trying to catch a bus or train from Athens, Greece to Tirana, Albania on a Tuesday or Wednesday in a two weeks--does anyone know how to find the buses in Athens that head into Albania? Any tips at all would be helpful!

Re: Bus or train to Tirana

by MacedonianUK

Take train or Bus to Ioannina than local bus to Kalpaki, at Kalpaki you might find bus/furgon to Gjirokaster..
Also Ioannina you might have regular bus for Gjirocaster...
www.ketel.gr for buses in Greece.
Or it might that you need to come to the crossing west of kalpaki by taxi than cross the border on foot and than take furgon from the Albanian side. Buses or furgons are mode of transport in Albania..
I have crossed from Greece to Albania via Ioannina, but I have done it with my own car.
Hope this helps.
Happy travels
MacedonianUK

Re: Bus or train to Tirana

by cachaseiro

you have direct busses from athens to tirana leaving near omonia square, on the way to the train station.
the last time i was in athens the price was 35 euros from athens to tirana and from what i understood there were several busses a day.

Re: Bus or train to Tirana

by balkanstraveler

Thanks much- Do you happen to know or recall when the buses leave daily? Probably early morning? I assume the bus ride takes a day..

Re: Bus or train to Tirana

by gilpema

Hello,

I got the bus from Athens to Tirana 2 years ago.
The buses they leave from Athens around 8 PM and thy arrive around 10-11AM in Tirana at Stadiumi Dinamo. The departure from Athens is from near to an metro station SYNTAGMA.

You have an lot of buses that they leave around that moment and they go all around of Albania.

The cost is from 25 euros AlbanianInterlines to 35 euros Joy travel. All the drivers (Albanian or greek the don´t speak english, i think you will find some english speakers among the young albanians that they go home).

P.S: I did the round trip with Joy Travel on the way to Tirana there were no problems but on teh way back to Athens The greek drivers are allowed to smoke but not the passengers( i hate smoking) i send an mail to the company but they don´t care.

Travel Tips for Tirana

Main Square

by DPando

Equetrian King Sheshi Skenderbeg sculpture placed almost in the middle of this huge comunist square, the best point to start the visit... its just 10 or 15 minutes on foot from the youth hostel walking north-west.. the vast square is full of people at rush hours and the typical men trying to sell albanian money (green banknotes) that i will never rely on them...lol...
Be careful this is where the car's rule is a fact and dont cross the streets before the locals ...all is a bloody mess !!

Behind the sculpture is place the Et'hem Bey Mosque (1789-1823) maybe one of the most beautiful highlights in this city altogether with the lake, Its one of the most oldest buildings left in Tirana and worth to visit

Hospitality

by agmoose02

The Albanian people are very hospitable and seem willing to go far out of their way to meet the requests of visitors. I have never seen anything quite like it, though I have travelled in a number of places that pride themselves on hospitality. I suggest if you visit, that you not take advantage of this wonderful cultural trait, as it would be a great loss if it were to disappear.

Tirana, popular dances 1

by JLBG

We were lucky that our guide managed to organize for us in the Palace of Culture a show by the state troop of popular dances, the Folklore Ensemble "Tirana". That was not scheduled but several of us asked him and he organized it in a couple of hours.

I have borrowed to their website the following presentation:

The Folklore Ensemble "Tirana", founded in Tirana, in 1978 is composed from the group of dance, orchestra and the group of singers.

The ensemble performs folkloric dances, songs and instrumental melodies, mostly from ethnographic regions of Tirana, but have also pieces from the different ethnographic regions of Albania and Kosovo, always in live music. That makes its performances having a variety of folk costumes of various areas, as well as numerous characteristic musical instruments, which are realized by the famous masters of Albanian ethnography.

On their website, you can listen to samples of traditional music.

Kruje - Day trip

by call_me_rhia

Kruje is a small mountain town 32 kilometres north-west of Tirana and it's a perfect destination for a day trip. "Kruj'" means "spring" and in the past it was famous for its fresh waters. it is also a medieval town rich in history, and the birthplace of the national hero: Gjergj Kastriot Scanderbeg, who fought against the Ottoman invasion. Kruja is therefore the symbol of the popular resistance and freefom.

The citadel is quite impressive, although most of it is in ruins, and the Skenderbeg mausoleum that you can see there is informative and interesting. What I liked best, however, was the tiny ethnographic museum: a small jewel shading a light on how rich families used to live in the past. The original furniture is simply amazing. The bazaay before entering the citadel is full of great handicrafs to be bought.

Bus Tirana-Prishitna

by gilpema

Hello,

There is a Coach that lives from Tirana Center next to the big Hotel of 15 floor.
In Albanian you say "15 kateshi".

They live Tirana at 3 pm and arrive to Prishtina around 1 am. You can get the ticket at the agency that is next to the hotel and the Coach departure.

Have an nice trip!

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