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National Street Durres, Kavaje, Durres, Albania

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The bar seen from the ground.The bar seen from the ground.

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Albanian Resistance Monument, DurresAlbanian Resistance Monument, Durres

Forum Posts

From Durres to Athens

by eeeec

Hi,
I would be most greatful to know if there is a bus or train service that runs between Durres and Athens.
Many Thanks
eeeec

Re: From Durres to Athens

by mnybondas

I did some travelling in Albania last summer. I took a bus from the Macedonia to Durres. I then left Durres with a ferry to Bari, Italy.

I know that there is a bus connection from Tirana to Kakavija on the Greece border. From Kakavija there are buses to Ioannina on the Greek side. From Ioannina it should be no problem to continue with another bus to Athens. I am not sure if the bus from Tirana to Kakavija drives through Durres. You can check that when you get to Durres. If there is no direct connection from Durres to the Greek border, you need to go to Tirana first. So as a summary it should be no problem to get from Durres to Athens overland. It is just going to take some time and effort, but on the other hand it is cheaper than flying ...

Re: Re: From Durres to Athens

by eeeec

Wonderful - Many thanks, Cheap is definatly the flavour of this trip. I'm only short so I don't mind buses!

Re: From Durres to Athens

by bebi27

there is a bus from tirana in athens every day,i'm not sure from durres,if you want to get a bus from tirana,it only takes 25 min to get from durres in tirana.

Re: From Durres to Athens

by vasara

could you give more details abou the buses going from Tirana to Athens every day?

Travel Tips for Durres

2nd Century Roman Coliseum in Durres

by Greatwalk0

An amazingly in-tact Roman coliseum exists in Durres, Albania - 30 KM west of Tirana, situated on Albania's Adriatic cost. The coliseum contains an expansive network of tunnels where gladiators and lions alike were confined prior to their battles. If walls could speak ... The 2nd century coliseum sat 30,000 people in its hayday and one can feel what it must have been like to have been an ill-fated gladiator two thousand years ago.

There is no admission fee into the coliseum and, in fact, the coliseum is not a formal attraction. One simply walks into the coliseum ruins and walks out. No postcards, no t-shirts, just a great experience!

Take a furrgon (shared minibus) from Tirana to visit Durres. They leave regularly (when full) and the cost is minimal (200 lek).

Partizan Monument

by antistar

On the sea front is a monument to partizans of World War 2 in the heroic realism style favoured by so many East European dictators. There's nothing particularly special about it, but it looks pretty cool. It also features in the photo section of Lonely Planet's (slightly rubbish) guide to the Western Balkans, so it must be worth a look!

Durrësi, Fathi Djami

by JLBG

Fathi Djami (Mosque of the Conqueror) was built in 1502 as a hommage to sultan Mehmet II. It was built in a place where was a Byzantine church. In 1979, it was damaged by an earthquake while it was no longer in use. It has now been repaired and is in excellent condition.

Durrësi, the main harbor in Albania

by JLBG

Durrësi is one of the oldest cities of Albania. It was founded by Epidamnos, king of the Taulants, an Illyrian tribe. He gave the city his name. In 627 BC, Illyrian invaders from Corynth and Corfu took control of the region and rebuilt the city as Durrakhion. In 229 BC, the Romans took control and changed the name to Dyrrachium which gave later the name of Durrazzo in Italian, Durrës in Albanian and Drač in Croat.

For the Romans, Dyrrachium was highly strategic: it was the cross road between the marine route from Brindidi and the inland route that led to Thessaloniki and Byzance, the Via Egnatia. The city kept its strategic importance along the centuries. It explains why it is very difficult to dig for ancient buildings: the ancient city is underneath the modern town.

Durrësi is 33 km from the capital, Tirana. It is the first harbor and the second most important city in the country. It has now more than 200,000 inhabitants.

I had built a Durrësi page from my 1988 travel in Albania. Instead of mixing 1988 and 2007, I have preferred to build a new 2007 page. I have transferred my 1988 page to Rrethi i Durrësit.

This is an entirely new page!

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