Getting to Albania has never been this easy, with affordable links over land, sea and air. Once you're here, keep in mind that as long as you are on the ground it’s going to be a bumpy ride, whether you take a taxi, bus, car or train.
Click on the links to the left for all the arrival and transport information you need. To see the flight, bus and train schedules, download the free PDF version of our Tirana guide.
Airlines in Tirana
- Adria Airways
- Albanian Airlines
- Austrian Airlines
- Belle Air
- British Airways
- Olympic Airways
- Turkish Airlines
Airport of TiranaA taxi to the airport costs about €20. The official yellow cabs of Airport Express Taxi (ATE, tel. +355 4 222 21 22, +355 66 208 01 91, www.atex.al) charge 2500 lek, 20% more between 21:00-07:00. A trip to the airport usually takes 30 minutes. Dropping off passengers is free, parking costs 150 lek for the first hour, 720 for a day, 3,000 lek for a week.
The Rinas Express airport bus (tel. 069 209 89 08, 069 205 40 02) departs every hour between 07:00 and 19:00 from beside the National Museum on Skenderbeg Square; tickets cost 250 lek and the trip takes 30-45 minutes. Buses from the airport to the centre depart every hour between 06:00 and 18:00.
Arriving in Tirana
Tirana's modern Nënë Tereza (Mother Teresa) airport, 17km northwest of Tirana, is a 30 minute drive from the city centre.
For a map of the airport, click here.
For a map of the train station, click
Arriving by bus
Despite the popularity of intercity bus travel in Albania, Tirana remains the last city in the universe without a bus station. Buses drop off passengers at various points around the city; you may need a taxi or city bus to get to the centre.
For a map of the Durres and Shkodra bus departure points, click here.
Arriving by car
Driving to Albania is an option now that roads and safety have greatly improved - but don’t expect to get there quickly. Coming from Greece, expect long queues and grinding bureaucracy.
From Kosovo, you can quickly cross over at Qafë Morina and Qafë Prush,
Arriving by ferry
There are ferry lines from several Italian cities to the ports of Durrës, Shengjin and Vlora. Flying to Corfu and using the daily passenger ferry to Saranda (see www.ionian-cruises.com) is often the cheapest way to reach South Albania from Western Europe
Driving & Car rental
Cycling in TiranaA few years ago in the Mercedes days, only fearless old men and complete fools cycled around Tirana. But with better asphalt and more traffic jams, locals are realising that two wheels get you around this flat city much quicker, and the number of bikes is on the rise. There are even a few token bike paths, though most pedestrians yet have to grasp the idea. Apart from the Ecovolis bike sharing scheme, the Tirana Backpacker Hostel also rents out bikes (mountain bikes, €15 per day). The Tirana Backpacker Hostel and Outdoor Albania also offer guided bike day trips to Mount Dajti.
Minibuses (furgons) depart
Furgons heading southeast for Elbasan, Pogradec and Korça will most likely depart from
To see the flight, bus and train schedules, download the free PDF version of our Tirana guide.
A very useful online furgon and bus schedule with departures from Tirana can be found at http://www.matinic.us/albania/furgon.php.
Public transportTirana has a few bus lines, marked on the map printed in our guidebook. A ticket costs
Tourist Information in Tirana
Trains in AlbaniaTirana's train station has closed as the old building makes way for a modern station. Until it's finished there are no trains to or from Tirana. Other services by Albanian Railways, Hekurudha Shqiptare, are running as usual; shuttle buses run between Tirana and the closest operational station, at Vore.
The slow, second hand Western trains run to various destinations in the country, though there are no services beyond the borders. Great for train fans, but if you need comfort and speed, consider taking a bus instead. The short run from Tirana to Durrës is perfectly bearable - once the train service is back on its tracks.
Travel agentsTirana's travel agents can arrange everything from plane tickets to hotel bookings, car rental and tours.
- Albania Experience
- Albania Holidays
- Gulliver OK
- Juicy Tours
- Magic Tours
- Outdoor Albania