Getting from Belgrade to Pristina couldn’t be easier but each bus trip I took across the Balkans had at least one little quirk. This post is for people looking for a little more information on what to expect, particularly solo travellers needing a little reassurance. (Yes, I felt safe solo travelling the Balkans by bus!)
By the way,
Check online or with your accommodation to be sure of up to date bus times. Apparently the schedules can change! 🙂
BUYING YOUR BUS TICKET
You can buy your ticket from Belgrade to Pristina easily at the bus station or if you prefer buy it online beforehand.
You can go to bus4me to check bus times and book your ticket. When you select the time of departure, you will be relocated to the website of the local company to actually purchase the ticket. I was sent to a website called ‘Polazak’. The website wasn’t in English but it was very straightforward to know where to input card details.
Ask a local at your accommodation to help you buy your ticket if you’re not sure.
Be sure to enter your email correctly as they send the ticket by email! You have to print the ticket if the bus company is ADIO. It clearly marks it on your e-ticket if it has to be printed. My hostel receptionist printed this for me without question.
Make sure you can access a printer before buying an e-ticket that needs to be printed – if not, just go to the bus station.
At the bus station:
Get there 30 minutes early and ask at the ticket office for a ticket to Pristina. Easy peasy. Even with limited English, all bus stations I went to in the Balkans would understand the location names and the time in English.
On the bus:
I didn’t realise beforehand but you can also buy the ticket on the bus, a single or return. I’m not sure whether the cost was different, but I did see someone paying with euros.
(Update: I later bought my bus tickets across Kosovo and North Macedonia on the bus without a problem!)
THE BUS STATION / BUYING AN EXIT TICKET
When you arrive at the bus station, you walk through a corridor which has cafes on one side and the platforms on the other.
You will see the ticket office directly opposite the exit for the platforms.
Even if you bought a ticket online, you have to buy an exit ticket to the platform! This costs 190 Serbian dinar and you can’t enter the platform without it. This is a bit annoying if you’re not expecting it.
I went to booth 12 in the ticket office which had a small sign with Serbian writing and ‘190’ to ask about it.
I had no currency so I had to go to the atm just outside the ticket office and withdraw the minimum amount of 500. Then I went back to the ticket office and bought my exit ticket, before then being allowed on to the platform.
It wasn’t clear to me what platform to go to so I asked at the exit gate. On this day it was platform 10.
I was 30 minutes early and 2 buses came and went from this platform before my bus to Pristina. The location is clearly labelled on the front of the bus. Also, the bus company logo was on the side of the bus (ADIO).
The bus pulled in just past 1145 at which point I stowed my luggage and took my seat
THE ADIO BUS (BELGRADE TO PRISTINA)
The Adio bus was modern and comfortable. We departed the bus station at 1200 on the dot.
Within 20 minutes they had checked tickets and also taken our ID.
It was a smooth journey and I don’t have much to say haha. At one point there was a 15-minute stop where there was a cafe and small shop. People also get on and off the bus several times throughout the journey, usually for a smoking break.
We got to the border crossing at 530pm and it took around the 25 mins. Border crossings throughout the Balkans is very easy for us bus passengers. Just sit there as they check your passport haha.
Did I mention how easy the Belgrade to Pristina route would be? 🙂
ARRIVING IN PRISTINA
The bus arrived in Pristina at 1830. The front of the bus said arrival at 1800 but there was a little traffic. (Also on the website it says expected arrival is at 1730, but I think it is really meant to be 1800.)
Probably the best way to get to your accommodation is by taxi, though there is a bus as well. You can also walk if you prefer.
There are taxis waiting outside the bus station. I showed them a screenshot of my hostel address. It cost 3 euros. Walk 30 seconds to just outside the bus station to get your taxi – there will also be taxis waiting directly outside your bus, but they charge more.
Overall another easy journey across the Balkans. Safe journey guys!
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