Kosovo: Pushing off to Prishtina

photograph courtesy of  Koreland!
photograph courtesy of Koreland!

Despite the fact that a final political status for Kosovo is not yet in sight, travel to the territory appears to be picking up. One low-cost carrier and several other standard airlines now fly to Prishtina, Kosovo‘s capital.

We checked with four competitors to see how much it would cost to fly to Prishtina from various points in Europe during the last week of April, returning the first week of May.

Germanwings has flights ranging from €99 to €139 each way from Hamburg, Stuttgart, and Cologne-Bonn to Prishtina. With taxes (€25 to €35 per journey leg), the Germanwings round-trip fare is between €280 and €295.

We found the Club Air Web site to be completely user-unfriendly. The airline claimed to offer flights to Prishtina on Saturdays, yet we could not find one Saturday in April or May with an available flight.

Air Prishtina offers flights between Prishtina and more cities than any of the other three carriers (namely Stuttgart, Dusseldorf, Cologne, Geneva, Munich, and Zurich). Flight frequency is low, however, and despite advance booking each leg began at €109, sailing up to €340. Verdict: A bit steep for our Cheapo tastes.

The big fare surprise was delivered by British Airways, an airline hardly known as a low-cost carrier. But we found round-trip tickets between London and Prishtina for around €200 Euros, taxes included! This fare makes British Airways the least expensive option to Prishtina.

About the author

In order to keep a promise she and her brother had made to their grandmother (and to simultaneously fulfill one of her own dreams) Kaymaria left her beloved hometown of Oakland, California and headed to Athens in time for the 2004 Olympics. Today, she continues to work and play in the Greek capital, where you may find her writing atop Lykavittos, road-tripping with overseas guests, enjoying Athens cafés with friends, dancing to Greek hip-hop music, or reading Greek subtitles in an outdoor cinema. The daughter of two life-long educators and enthusiastic travelers, Kaymaria has explored North America, Mexico, and Europe. It was not until she spent a year as an exchange student at The University of York in England, however, that she discovered that she does not actually speak English.
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