Dajti cable car – Dajti Ekspres Cable Car in Tirana
The Dajti Ekspres Cable Car is my favorite attraction in Tirana and one of the best things to do in Tirana. So I decided to write a helpful blogpost to help you plan your trip to the Dajti Cable Car.
What is the Dajti Ekspres Cable Car? The Dajti Ekspres Cable Car is a touristic attraction near Tirana. You can take a 15-minute ride on the Austrian built cable car, which takes you to the Dajti mountain balcony at a height of 1613 metres above sea level. From the Dajti balcony, you will have spectacular views, several drinking and dining options and outdoor entertainment.
Without a doubt the Dajti Ekspres Cable Car is one of the best things to do in Tirana. Scroll down to find out the opening hours, time table, ticket prices, how to get there and the best things to do at Mount Dajti.
Is it worth taking the Dajti Ekspress Cable Car?
It is definitely worth taking the Dajti Ekspress Cable Car, since it is one of the best things to do in Tirana.
The main attraction of the Dajti Ekspress Cable Car is the spectacular view. First, you will enjoy a 15 minute cable car journey with crosses over the treetops, little farm houses and passes by the mountain cliffs.
Then, when you arrive at the upper station of the Dajti Ekspress Cable Car, you will have an impressive view of the entire city of Tirana. Moreover, one a clear day, you will be able to see the Adriatic Sea and the Port of Durres.
Apart from the spectacular views, the Dajti Ekspress Cable Car is a place to relax and get away from the busy city center. There is a beautiful restaurant on the top of the cliff. In the clifftop restaurant, you can enjoy breakfast, lunch or dinner, whilst taking in the amazing views.
Another option is visiting the rotating bar, which turns 360 degrees, whilst you are enjoying your hot or cold drink.
Furthermore, there are plenty of enjoyable outdoor activities that are organized at Dajti. You can try your hand at horse riding, rifle shooting, mini golf or quad buggies. There are outdoor fitness ares, an adventure park, hiking trails or you can go paragliding.
In summary, the Dajti Ekpress Cable Car is one of the best day activities that you can take from Tirana.
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How much does the Dajti cable car cost?
The Dajti cable car costs 6 euros per adult for a return trip.
If you would only like to book a one-way trip with the cable car, the ticket price is 4 euros for an adult. For children between the ages of 5 and 12 are charged 4 euros for a return trip. And children below the age of 4 can take the Dajti cable car for free.
Dajti Cable car tickets must be purchased at the lower cable car station and cannot be bought through third parties.
What are the opening times for the Dajti cable car?
The Dajti Ekspres Cable Car is open from 9:00 – 18:30 every day, with the exception of Tuesday. On Tuesday, the Dajti Cable Car is closed. The only Tuesdays that the Dajti Ekspress is open, is during a national holiday in Albania.
Although, you can get on the Dajti cable car anytime between 9:00 – 18:30, it is best to arrive between 9:00 – 11:00 on national holidays or snowy winter days. Because on national holidays and snowy winter days, the Dajti cable car is more busy and there can be queues to get on the cable car.
How to get from Tirana’s city center to the Dajti Ekspres cable car?
The Dajti Ekspres Cable Car is located at the edge of Tirana city, and about a 20-30 minute drive from the city center of Tirana. You can get from Tirana to the Dajti Ekspres cable car with the city bus, a taxi or a rental car.
How to get from Tirana’s city center to the Dajti Ekspres cable car by bus?
The city bus to the Dajti Ekspres Cable Car departs from the bus station behind Skanderbeg Square. If you are standing on the central Skanderbeg Square, you must pass between the Clock Tower and the Palace of Culture. Walk toward the tower of the Plaza Hotel. You will see the city bus station.
To get to the Dajti Ekspres Cable Car, you must get on the blue bus to Porcelan (line number 11). The bus to Porcelan departs every 5-20 minutes depending on the time of day. And the bus operates between 5:30AM and 24:00 year round.
You will stay on the bus for 17 stops until the final stop which is for the Dajti Ekspress Cable Car. The bus journey will take you between 20-30 minutes depending on the traffic in the city.
You will pay 40 Leke (0.30 euro) in cash for the bus ticket for a one-way trip.
You can tell the bus driver that you would like to go to the Dajti Ekspress (or in Albanian: Teleferik). Then from the bus stop, you must walk uphill for about 5 minutes to reach ticket office of the Dajti Ekspress. There is signage along the road, which will point you in the right direction.
How much is a taxi from Tirana’s city center to the Dajti Ekspres cable car?
A taxi from Tirana’s city center to the Dajti Ekspres Cable Car will cost you between 700 – 1000 leke (6 – 8 euros) for a one-way trip. Obviously, the prices of the metered taxis will vary slightly depending on the traffic. As an alternative, you can negotiate a fixed price before you get into the taxi.
Dajti Ekspress has a negotiated rate with Merr Taxi, which charge 650 leke (5.30 euros) for a one way trip from the city center of Tirana. You can contact Merr Taxi on this website: https://merrtaxi.com/.
Things to do at the Dajti Ekspres Cable Car
1. Dajti Mountain restaurant
One of the best places to visit on the upper station of the Dajti Cable Car is the Restaurant Ballkoni Dajtit. The restaurant is situated on the top of the cliff and has floor to ceiling windows overlooking Tirana.
The restaurant was built like a traditional log cabin with beautiful wooden finishes, like you would expect in Scandinavia or a Ski Resort. The restaurant serves a combination of traditional Albanian, European and Mediterranean dishes, so there is something for everyone. Moreover, the restaurant has a lovely selection of fine wines, perfect for a relaxing day out.
It is also possible to go paragliding from the Dajti balcony. A professional paragliding instructor can take you in tandem from the balcony to the bottom of the mountain. Bear in mind that the balcony is at a height of 1613 meters above sea level, so the paragliding activity will for sure get your adrenaline flowing.
3. Dajti adventure park
The Dajti Adventure park is an outdoor, obstacle course on the Dajti Mountain. The adventure park is located a short walk from the Dajti Ekspress Cable Car’s upper station.
Within the Dajti adventure park you can climb through a range of obstacle courses, including nets, robes and zip lines. There are a variety of course, which suit both adults and children above the age of 5 years old.
The Dajti adventure park is an outdoor course, surrounded by forest and nature.
The park’s entry fee includes the ticket price for the Dajti cable car, since the cable car is the easiest way to get to the park.
Children between 5-7 years pay 8 euros entry fee and anyone above 8 years pays 11 euros entry fee.
4. Hike to the Tujani Peak
From the upper station of the Dajti Cable Car, you can start a hike to the top. The trail leads to the peak of Tujani, which is 1580 meters high. The peak of Tujani is the highest point that can be reached by foot.
The trail leads through the Cherry Pass, which connects the Dajti Peak with the Tujani Peak. From the trail, you will have beautiful views of the western lowlands of Albania and the Adriatic coast. The trail is marked with red and white flag markers, which are painted on the trees and rocks.
Once you reach the Tujani peak, you will have a panoramic view of the beautiful Bovilla Lake between the mountains. The hike takes about 1.5 hour.
5. Dajti Mini Golf
There is an 18-hole minigolf course on the Dajti balcony. The course is located just outside the upper station of the Dajti Ekspres Cable Car.
Minigolf is a perfect game to play with friends and family. The course is also lit in the evening, which allows you to finish your game even after sunset.
The Dajti mini golf course costs 10 euros per adult, or 7 euros for child between 5-11 years old.
6. Outdoor activities organized on the Dajti balcony
At the upper station of the Dajti Cable Car, you can participate in a variety of outdoor activities. You can try your hand at air rifle shooting, horse riding, quad buggies, roller skating, karting and visit the bee hive. There is also a variety of playgrounds for kids and an outdoor fitness area.
7. Rotating bar at the Dajti Tower Belvedere Hotel
Once you arrive at the upper station with the Dajti Cable Car, you will immediately see the Dajti Tower Belvedere Hotel.
On the 7th floor of the Dajti Tower hotel, you can visit the rotating bar. The turns 360 degrees and completes a full rotation every 45 minutes. So you can order a hot or cold drink and enjoy the constantly changing views.
From the rotating bar you will have panoramic views of Tirana city, the Dajti balcony and the Mount Dajti national park.
8. Viewing platform at the Dajti Tower hotel
On the top of the Dajti Tower Belvedere Hotel, you can visit the viewing platform. The viewing platform offers an unobstructed panoramic view of the Dajti Balcony and Tirana city. The open-air viewing platform is an excellent place for pictures!
Tips for visiting the Dajti cable car
Here are some tips for making the most out of your visit to the Dajti Ekspres Cable Car:
Tip 1: Visit in the winter and experience the snow
One of the best activities to do in the winter, Christmas and New Year’s season in Tirana, is taking the Dajti Ekspres Cable Car. Since the upper balcony of the Dajti Cable Car is located at a height of 1613 above sea level, it is several degrees colder.
As a result, it is possible to experience snow on the Dajti upper balcony! Therefore, the locals usually like to visit in the winter, to get the best of a day of snow. And afterward, descend back to the snowless Tirana city.
Tip 2: Visit Dajti on a clear day
The highlight of the Dajti Ekspress cable car and the upper station are the excellent views. Although, you will always be able to see Tirana city. On the clear days, you can see as far as the Adriatic Sea and the Port of Durres.
Tip 3: Bring extra layers of clothes
It is very important to bring extra layers of clothes for your trip to the Dajti mountain. Because the upper station is 1613 meters above sea level, it is always several degrees colder at the upper station of the Dajti Ekspress.
Moreover, it can be windy and the weather can change rapidly. And in winter, it is even possible there is snow on the Dajti mountain, even if it is sunny and snowless in Tirana. Bottom line: Be sure to bring some warmer clothes for your trip.
Tip 4: Go early to have breakfast at the Restaurant Ballkoni Dajtit
The Ballkoni Dajtit restaurant is a cliff top restaurant on the Dajti Balcony. It is great to take the first cable car of the day and enjoy a lovely breakfast with a spectacular view in the early morning.
Tip 5: Time your trip to see the sunset
If you prefer to travel with the Dajti Cable car in the afternoon, you can time your visit according to the sunset. From the balcony, you can see the sunset over the Adriatic Sea. Whilst enjoying a lovely coffee and a great dinner. Moreover, it is also beautiful to travel back down with the cable car, whilst Tirana is full of evening city lights.
Tip 6: Bring a picnic in the summer
Above all, a visit to the Dajti Balcony is an outdoor experience. There are plenty of outdoor activities and playground on the balcony. Therefore, it is a great place for a summer picnic!
Things to do in Tirana near Dajti Ekspres Cable Car
If you plan on visiting the Dajti Ekspres Cable Car, you can combine your trip with a visit to the Bunk’Art 1 Museum. Because the Bunk’Art 1 Museum is just five minutes from the lower station of the Dajti Cable Car.
Moreover, the Bunk’Art 1 Museum is the most innovative and impressive museum in Tirana, so you will get to visit two of the best things to do in Tirana in one day.
Bunk’Art 1 Museum
The Bunk’Art 1 Museum is the most innovative and impressive museum in Tirana. The museum is set in a massive bunker, which was constructed by the former communist dictator Enver Hoxha.
Enver Hoxha was Albania’s dictator from 1944 until 1985. During his rule, he constucted thousands of bunkers accross Albania. Because he was paranoid and planning for a foreign (nuclear) attack. The foreign attack never took place, but until today Albania has many bunkers accross the country.
The large bunker constucted in the mountain cliff near Mount Dajti, was meant to accommodate Enver Hoxha and the political elite in the case of a foreign attack.
The massive, multi-room bunker has now been converted into a very interesting museum about Albania’s history. Within the museum, you can learn about the communism regime and hear the dictator speak.
There are displays of the fences that were built around the country to keep the Albanian people from leaving. And you will see TV footage and pictures of the dictator in action.
The Bunk’Art 1 Museum is fascinating and definitely leaves an impression. Although, walking through the dark bunker is also a little creepy…
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