Lake Koman Ferry

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Trageti i Komanit
Lake Komani
Locale Fierze, Albania; Koman, Albania
Waterway Koman Reservoir
Transit type Passenger ferry
Operator SAHHILBA/Alpin, Mario Molla, Vellezerit Marku (Berisha/Dragobia), Rozafa
Began operation 1984
No. of lines 4
No. of vessels ~10
No. of terminals 2

Lake Koman Ferry (Albanian: Trageti i Komanit) is a passenger ferry service operated by several local companies along the Koman Reservoir (also known as Koman Lake) in Northern Albania. The line operates between Koman near the Koman Hydroelectric Power Station, and Fierzë near the Fierza Hydroelectric Power Station. The line is known for its breath taking views of the mountain gorges, unscheduled stops along the way for serving locals, and the peculiar atmosphere of both locals, foreigners, and even animals being fitted on board up to full capacity. According to Bradt Travel guides, the journey is described as "one of the world's great boat trips" only comparable to the Scandinavian fjords.[1]

History[edit]

Following the construction of the dam and inundation of the area, a ferry service was established to serve the local population. Since the 2000s, the area has become a growing tourist destination. As a result, the old car ferry ship Dardania underwent a complete makeover and began regular trips in May 2015 with the new name Alpin Ferry.[2] Between June 2012 and April 2014 the Jezerca X car ferry was no longer running. The new A1 highway connecting the Albanian coast with Kukes and Kosovo made it redundant and allowed for the Dardania ship makeover. Presently, several private companies offer custom tours packages with acceptable vessels.

Also there is the Dragobia Boat, which has been operating in the lake since 1994. Now they also have the Berisha Ferry, which can carry up to 5 cars.

Bus-boat ferry

Schedule[edit]

As of May 2015, the revamped car ferry ship was re-introduced running every day with a new timetable.

The car ferry departs everyday from Fierza usually at 12:00 (noon) and arrives in Komani at around 14:00. At 9:00 in the morning it departs from Komani and arrives in Fierza at 11:00. Other ferry services such as Berisha have an inverted schedule. Schedule changes in the winter season to accommodate lower ridership.

Transportation[edit]

Furgons (minibuses) serve the area and are usually located at the ferry docking stations. Furgons depart from Shkoder at about 06:00 in the morning near Hotel Rozafa on Democracy Square (Sheshi Demokracia).

Gallery[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

http://www.komanilake-explore.com/

External links[edit]

Ferry Operators[edit]

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