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Durrës is an Albanian Adriatic port city. It has ferries to Bari in (Italy). Alternative spellings of the city's name are Durrazzo (Italian), Drač (Драч, Serbo-Croatian) or Dyrrhachion (Δυρράχιον, Greek).

Get in[edit]

By boat[edit]

Durrës panoramic view

... and there are more ferry operators such as Anek, GNV, European Ferries and Ventouris.

By bus[edit]

Buses and furgons usually arrive and depart at the bus terminal with the "DURRES" logo on the outside near the railway station.

  • From Skopje, Macedonia, buses run through Durrës on their way to Tirana. A typical Skopje-Tirana ticket costs around €25 return.
  • From Kumanovo, Macedonia, there is an everyday direct bus line to Durrës. The cost of tickets is around 20 euros.
  • From Pristina, Kosovo, in the summer season there are several buses a day. You should check the timetables at the Pristina bus station, but in 2013 the timetable was as follows; 4.00, 5.00, 6.00 and 6.30 and then at 14.30, 15.00, 15.30, 16.00 and 23.00. There are at least a couple of buses going back at 16.00 and 17.00. Return ticket costs about 12€. The trip takes around 4 to 5,5 hours, depending on whether it goes via Prizren. Buses depart and arrive at the northern end of Rruga Pavaresia street running parallel, and very close, to the beach.

By train[edit]

  • 1 Railway Station, Rruga Adria. Currently no link to Tirana (which has been without a train station for some time), nor international links. Daily trains to Kashdar (a suburb of Tirana, several services), Elbasan (twice), Librazhd, Shkoder and Vlora (all once) through the adventurous Albanian railway system. There is a timetable posted outside of the train station. Durrës Rail Station on Wikipedia Durrës Rail Station (Q5316769) on Wikidata

By car[edit]

There is a road between here and Tirana, the SH2, which takes just over half an hour for the journey. You could fly into Tirana, then drive or get a taxi to Durrës, with the airport connecting to the SH2 by the SH60.

Get around[edit]

Map of Durrës

The city centre where the archaeological sites are located can be toured by foot. Many taxis are available in Durrës. You can find them parked everywhere on the streets with a taxi symbol on the top of their car. There are also Public Buses in orange that can drive you around the city although much slower



  • Shen Lucia Catholic Church (Kisha e Shën Luçia), Rruga Don Nikoll Kacorri (Center). built in 1907
  • Shen Gjergji Orthodox Church. built in the 19th century
  • 1 Saint Asti and Saint Paul Orthodox Church (Katedralja ortodokse e Shën Palit dhe Shën Asti). and the 2001 built


  • 2 Fatih Mosque (Xhamia Fatih), Rruga Xhamia. built in 1503 Fatih Mosque, Durrës on Wikipedia Fatih Mosque, Durrës (Q1398072) on Wikidata
  • 3 Great Mosque of Durres (Xhamia e Madhe e Durresit). Great Mosque of Durrës on Wikipedia Great Mosque in Durrës (Q18888007) on Wikidata
  • New Mosque. built in 1937
  • 4 Vogel Mosque (Xhamia e Vogel).


  • 5 [dead link]Archaeological Museum (Muzeu Arkeologjik), Rruga Taulantia 32. Durrës Archaeological Museum on Wikipedia Durrës Archaeological Museum (Q5316767) on Wikidata
  • 6 Popular Culture Museum, Kavaje village, Rruga Skuraj (S 18 km).
  • 7 Alexander Moissi Museum House (Shtepia e Alexander Mois).
  • World War II Relics Hall.
  • Koloseo Art Gallery. showcases some of the best work of local painters.

Roman monuments[edit]

Durres, Roman Amphitheater
  • 8 Durres Amphitheater, Rruga Kalase. The biggest in the Balkans it also features renovated iconography works. Durrës Amphitheatre on Wikipedia Roman amphitheatre of Durrës (Q779868) on Wikidata
  • 9 Durres Ancient City Wall, Rruga Sotir Noka (Next to the Amphitheater). Medieval Hammam and the Tophane Well located inside and around the wall.
  • 10 Venetian Tower (Rotonda, Kalaja). is a circular tower at the city center built in the 16th century.
  • Shen Mehilli Hill (Kodra e Shen Mehillit). where on 18 October 1801, Byzantine Emperor Alexios I Komnenos confronted Norman adventurer Robert Guiscard. A basilica built in the 6th century AD with a beautiful mosaic is found here.
  • Byzantine Forum (Macellum). built in the 5th century AD and Public Baths around and beneath Alexander Moissi Palace of Culture


King Zog's Villa
  • 11 Municipality (Bashkia), Sheshi Liria, 15.
  • 12 King Zog's Villa (Vila e Zogut), Rruga Kont Urani (located on top of a hill overlooking the city). This arguably used to be the most luxurious crib in all of Albania, but it was looted in the 1997 uprising and isn't open to visitors now. Reportedly prince Leka has plans to renovate the villa "in the near future", but this has been reported for quite some time. Endure the steep climb up the hill for one of the most spectacular views over the city. Royal Villa of Durrës on Wikipedia Royal Villa of Durrës (Q13530086) on Wikidata
  • 13 Kavaja Rock (Shkembi i Kavajes) (SE 5 km). is a historic landmark in Golem where once caravans used to pass along the ancient Via Egnatia. This is where a battle between Pompey and Julius Caesar is said to have taken place.

Further afield[edit]

  • 14 Lalzit Bay Area (N 27 km). Visit Ishem Castle and Rrushkull Nature Reserve (Rezervati Rrushkull)
    • 15 Rodoni Castle (Kalaje e Rodonit) (Cape of Rodon).
    • 1 Scanderbeg Castle (Sebastia s Castle), Rruga e Sebastes, Laç village (N 33km).
    • 16 Shen Ndout Church (Kisha e Shna Ndout), Rruga Kisha e Shna Ndout, Laç.


  • 2 Culture Palace, Bulevardi Dyrrah. Events
  • Evening walk (promenade). Go for an evening walk along the sea front promenade or along the beach where you can see families walking around or even men with bears on a leash or with snakes entwined around their necks!
  • 3 Villa Hill (Kodra e Viles), Rruga Currila. Panoramic view of Durres seaside at Currilat from top of a newly reclaimed hill
  • 4 Seaside Large Steps (Shkallet tek Brryli), Intersection between Rruga Currila and Rruga Taulantia (Brryli area). Sit and admire the sea from up close on these large steps descending into the water
City beach


  • 5 Lalzit Bay Beach (Gjiri i Lalzit), near Hamallaj village (25 km north of Durres). Popular weekend retreat and exclusive wealthy beach area. A small resort can be found here.
  • 6 Portez Beach (Plazhi Portez), Bishti Palles (13 km north of Durres). Nice beach, bar, and wooden bungalows north of Currilat
  • 7 Golem beach (Plazhi Golemit/Mali i Robit), Golem, Mali Robit, Kavaja Rock (Shkembi i Kavajes) (Follow SH4 and enter secondary road at Plepat roundabout (SH56, SH85) or continue along SH4 and exit at Golem/Mali Robit exit). This is the main seaside resort south of Durres with long sandy beaches popular among Albanians and foreigners alike. Tirana inhabitants have their beach houses and villas in the area for weekend and summer retreats.


  • 8 Sea Resort of Golem, Xixa Resort, Rruga Kompleksit (S 7 km), +355 69 378 8696. Take a dip in the Adriatic Sea water in the biggest sea side resort of Golem


  • Take a look at interesting films from around the world at the annual Durres International Film Summer Festival in early September.[1]
  • Visit the yearly Open Port Festival where the Port of Durres opens to the public featuring various exhibits of historic ships and modern inventions coupled with local entertainment.[2]


  • Kokomani Wine
  • Souvernirs


  • Bar Restorant Kajser (near King Zog's Villa). it offers a panoramic view of Durres from above delicious ice cream combinations including baked ice cream (400 Lek), spaghetti, fish and baked lamb.
  • 1 Restaurant Piazza (Restorant Piazza), Rruga Taulantia 1 (near to the Port), +355 52 237601. 8:00-23:00.


  • Venetian Tower (Rotonda) bar (On top of the Venetian Tower). that offers a nice view of Durrës and its coastline.


Go next[edit]

  • Tirana (E 40 km). The capital. Trees and mountains surround the city. Mt. Dajt is a popular tourist site for a great view of the city.
  • 2 Lezhe (Lezha, Lezhë) (N 35  km).  — a small city home to Skanderbeg's Tomb, panoramic Lezhe Castle and several renovated churches
  • Fier — Lively seaside city, and only about 8 kilometres (5.0 mi) away from the ruins of the ancient Illyrian city of Apollonia. Much of this ancient city still remains buried under the hills.
  • Kruje
  • Velipoje (Velipojë, Velipoja) (N 90  km). Coastal town near Ada Bojana south of Shkoder known for its curative beach sand. The beach is long and wide, and a lot of hotels offer nice rooms. However, the beaches are crowded in August. If you prefer quieter beaches, you should go to Southern Albania
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