How to Get to the Shala River in Albania?

Shala River is known for its crystal-clear turquoise waters and  steep cliffs  with greenery , getting there requires some planning since it is only accessible by boat. Here’s a comprehensive guide on how to reach the Shala River and what to expect during your journey. A visit to the Shala River is a journey into one of Albania’s most beautiful and remote natural areas. Accessible only by boat and speed boat , the river offers a unique blend of adventure and tranquility. Whether you choose to swim in its crystal-clear waters, hike the surrounding trails, or simply relax and enjoy the scenery,

How to Get to Shala River?

By Boat

Shala River can be reached by boat from Koman Terminal. Departing from Komani at 09:30 am, you will arrive at the Shala River by 10:45 am, allowing around four hours to soak in the fresh air, swim, explore the surroundings, and capture unforgettable memories. The return journey is scheduled daily at 14:00, with an arrival back at Koman at 15:30

You can always book one of our tours in Shala River, we can offer you a daily tour or a 2 days tour, with accommodations and food included. ( for childrens under 6 years, the tour is free of charge ).The journey offers breathtaking scenery along the way, showcasing the untouched beauty of this hidden gem.

By Speed Boat

If you prefer a faster and more thrilling way to reach the Shala River, a speed boat tour is available. For a shared experience with fellow adventure seekers, our group Speedboat Tour is an exciting opportunity. Join like-minded individuals as you explore the stunning Komani Lake together. Check-in begins at 9:00 am, with the tour starting at 9:30 am. You will enjoy a scenic tour of Komani Lake and a visit to the captivating Shala River, offering a chance to meet and connect with fellow travelers.

How to Get to Shala River from Shkoder or Tirana?

From Tirana

  1. Direct bus line to Komani Lake: These minibuses leave Tirana at 05:30 am from Gazheli fuel station. ( return to Tirana is at the same place ) You may need to book in advance for the bus/tour.
  2. Public Transport: Travel from Tirana to Shkodra first, there are fixed public transport lines  with minibuses departing early in the morning,  in “Bus Terminal of the South & North”. then you have to switch buses and travel from Shkoder to Koman. Make sure to arrive in Koman before 9:00 am.
bus station from tirana to shala river
Bus station from Tirana to Shala River

From Shkoder

  1. Day Trip: The van, marked with the ‘Ferry Berisha’ logo, departs from Hotel Rozafa at 6:45 am and arrives at Shala River between 10:45 am and 11:00 am 
  2. From Valbona & Fierza: If you’re in Valbona or coming from Kosovo, you will need to head to the Fierza Port. For a better experience it is better to start from Fierze at 06:00am with Boat Dragobia. 

Things to Do

  1. Swimming and Relaxation: Enjoy the crystal-clear waters and relax on the riverbanks surrounded by stunning natural scenery.
  2. Kayak Rentals: Explore the river and its surroundings by renting a kayak.
  3. Hiking: The hiking trail from Shala River to Theth is the newest trail on a centuries-old path in Albania and offers one of the most panoramic mountain trails in the region and is a relatively difficult path, so it is not suggested for everyone.

Nature and Landscapes

From towering chestnut groves to calm slopes and deep gorges, the natural beauty is unparalleled. The river flows through the Shoshi valley, dividing it in the middle and creating a scenic route that descends from the mountains.

Enjoy your adventure to this hidden gem!

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