Travel to Bajram Curri in Albania. Bajram Curri is the largest town in the Tropoja District of northern Albania, near the border with Kosovo. It is an important gateway to the spectacular Valbona valley and the breathtaking ferry ride across Lake Koman.

The town is named for the national hero of the same name, Bajram Curri, a freedom fighter who fought for ethnic northern Albanian interests, first against the Ottoman Empire and later against the new Albanian government. He shot himself near the town in order to avoid capture, and the town was renamed after him.Due to its physical and cultural proximity to Kosovo, the area was adversely affected by the conflict in Kosovo, with many of its residents involved either directly in combat or in assisting and housing refugees from Kosovo.

The Tropoja area is culturally and historically closer to Kosovo than to southern Albania.

Bajram Curri is an important hub for the traveller, as you are likely to change minibuses (furgons) here from 3 directions. They all tend to depart around the same times, so with luck you can transfer straight from one to anotherº :-Minibuses/furgons leave Gjakova and Prizren in Kosovo for Bajram Curri in the morning (º¬2,50 from Gjakova). Like the rest of Albania their schedules depend on demand.Minibuses from Shkodra use the scenic ferry across Lake Koman (400 lek). They leave Shkodra at about 0600 – 0700 and Tirana at about 0500. Two ferries depart Koman for Fierze (near Bajram Curri) in summer (June to September) at about 0900 and 1000, with only one ferry in winter. The ferry costs 400 lek per passenger.From Tirana, minibuses using the ferry leave at about 0500. Other minibuses go by the new highway which goes through Gjakova.From the drop-off point for the ferry from Koman, take a minibus or join a private car to Bajram Curri for about 200 lek, if you are not using the minibus that goes on the car ferry.The town is small enough to walk. There are taxis below the town square for people to travel throughout the town and villages. Minibuses/furgons are located in parts of the town that take people to specific places of the Tropoja District with tickets costing from a range of 50 Lek to 200 Lek.There is a bazaar located in the town square of Bajram Curri. Products range from traditional food, souvenirs, traditional clothing from the town, and other apparel. The bazaar is a vital part of the city as many citizens of Bajram Curri depend on this market for many basic things such as food and clothing. In addition, the bazaar serves as a job market for many, as citizens are able to sell their products in order to make a profit. There are internet cafes around the town for 60 lek an hour or so. It is also possible to tap into one of the many unsecured Wifi networks near the town centre.The Tropoja area has an undeserved reputation as a wild lawless region beyond the control of the government and ruled by the Albanian mafia. Unexploded ordnance from the Kosovo conflict is also an issue when wandering off the beaten path. Note that the UK, Australia and Canada have travel advisories in place advising against travel to the northeast region of Albania, including Tropoja district and Bajram Curri.That said, the law and order situation has improved greatly and travellers are likely to meet nothing other than friendly and generous locals.

Airport: Travel to Capital City Tirana (Tirane) Cities in Albania

Country: Albania