Balkan Intercity (Second Class) Pristina to Skopje

The Platform, Pristina Train Station
Railway Reviews

Train: Intercity (IC891)
Route: Pristina to Skopje (one change)
Time: 7:10- 9:52
Duration: 2h42min
Seat& Class: Non-reserved (2nd Class)

(Upper right of the railway map)
Pristina/Prishtinë is the capital of Kosovo (though Serbia denies its independence) and Skopje/Shkup is the capital of North Macedonia.

Pristina Railway Station (Kosovo)

It takes about 20 minutes on foot from the city centre (the bus terminal is closer to the city, five minutes walk from the railway station). If you come here for the first time, you will be surprised at how small the main station is. It is very quiet, whose atmosphere I came to like. ‘Purchase your ticket on the train’. That’s what he said. The train was empty when I took on a winter weekday, but it seems to be crowded on usual weekends.

The entrance for the Pristina Railway Station
Inside the station building
Inside the station building

Pristina to Skopje

You can come and go directly between two cities as the timetable shows, but you are required to change trains once on the way. It is at the border crossing, possibly due to political or technical reasons. Therefore, you need to purchase the fare ticket twice (approximately 3-4 euros each).

In other words, Trainkos/ Kosovo National Railways operates only between Pristina and Hani i Elezit (border zone), and Macedonian Railways between Hani i Elezit (border zone) and Skopje. You can check the fare list here (Kosovo Railways/ Macedonian Railways). Here you can also check the timetable (Kosovo Railways/ Macedonian Railways). These are only available in the local language in part, so I recommend you to use translation service when you do not read them.

From the platform
From the platform (the opposite way)
From the platform (station building)
Trainkos (Kosovo National Railways)
Trainkos (Kosovo National Railways)
Trainkos (Kosovo National Railways)
The front view from the train
The front view and the driver’s seat
The artistic old carriage
The artistic old carriage
The artistic old carriage
The artistic old carriage
It was sad that the window was so dirty that I could not see almost anything outside…

Skopje Railway Station (North Macedonia)

The city of Skopje was severely hit by an earthquake in 1963. An architect, Kenzo Tange who has been known to almost everyone in the city, undertook the reconstruction then. As time goes by, the number of his architecture is becoming less and less along with the recent redevelopment. This is one of a few remaining buildings he worked on since the 1960s.

Macedonian Railways
The view from the platform
The view from the platform
The view from the platform
The view from the platform

North Macedonia, especially its capital, Skopje, is surrounded by mountains. As the railway station has the elevated railway tracks, you are able to have a great view of Alpine- Himalayan belt there. Under the railway station are the bus terminal and the taxi stand.

The view from the platform
The view from the platform
The view from the platform
Inside the railway station
Inside the railway station (departure board)
Inside the railway station (ticket office)
The view of the Skopje Railway Station

Extra Edition

When you walk another 30 minutes from the railway station (10 minutes walk from the city centre), you will find the old railway station. Having reconstructed since the great Skopje Earthquake in 1963, the old railway station is used as the City Museum of Skopje.

The earthquake destroyed 80% of the buildings throughout the city. This City Museum of Skopje (Old Skopje Railway Station) is a place to exhibit local cultural heritage, and at the same time, a memorial place for remembrance. The clock on the wall shows the exact time when the earthquake hit the city of Skopje.