TRAVELING TO TIRANA

You can come in Tirana:

BY PLANE

Tirana’s Nënë Tereza (Mother Teresa) airport,17km northwest of Tirana, is a 30 minute drive from the city Centre.
For all the tourists who come in Tirana for first time, there is a tourist information center, where everyone can find useful information where and how to go. Beside the baggage carousel in arrivals there are ATMs, an exchange office with so rates, and a tourist information desk. Buy a local SIM card at the mobile phone shops. Ignore any taxi drivers harassing new arrivals, but take an official yellow airport taxi to the centre for 2,500 lek, 3,000 lek between 21:00-07:00. Alternatively, hop on the Rinas Express airport bus (250 lek) to Skanderbeg Square, departing every hour between 07:00 and 18:00.

BY BUS/ CAR

You can come with bus from all neighboring countries: Kosovo, Montenegro, Macedonia and Greece. Every city of Albania also has a direct bus to Tirana, the capital. The bus terminal is just 1.8km from the city center and you can reach it by walk ~22min, or you can take a Taxi or Urban Bus for just some cents.

You can also come by car through those countries.

Coming from:

MNE/ALB border  Muriqan* to Tirana, it’s 106km, 90min’s.

KOS/ALB border Morinë* to Tirana it’s 162km,  2h 19min.

GRE/ALB border Kapshticë* to Tirana it’s 182km. 3h 22min.

Kakavia* to Tirana it’s 256km, 3h 59min

MAC/ALB border Qafë Thanë* to Tirana it’s 104km 1h 56min

 

BY FERRY

You can come from different cities in Italy to  Durrës port. Fir routes visit: http://www.apdurres.com.al/

And after arriving in Durrës, you’ll need to get a bus to Tirana. The ticket it will cost 130 Albanian Lekë, and it takes 30minutes to arrive in Tirana.

 

Accomodation

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Tirana Guide

Lively, colourful Tirana is the beating heart of Albania, where this tiny nation’s hopes and dreams coalesce into a vibrant whirl of traffic, brash consumerism and unfettered fun. Having undergone a transformation of extraordinary proportions since it awoke from its communist slumber in the early 1990s, Tirana’s centre is now unrecognisable, with its buildings painted in primary colours, and public squares and pedestrianised streets a pleasure to wander. Trendy Blloku buzzes with the well-heeled and flush hanging out in bars or zipping between boutiques, while the city’s grand boulevards are lined with fascinating relics of its Ottoman, Italian and communist past – from delicate minarets to loud socialist murals. Tirana’s traffic does daily battle with both itself and pedestrians in a constant scene of unmitigated chaos. Loud, crazy, colourful and dusty – Tirana is never dull.

Climate

Albania has a Mediterranean climate, with hot, dry summers and cool, wet winters in the lowlands. In the highlands, snow can fall from November until March; mountain towns are very cold at this time of year. Currency Albanian lekë (ALL) is the official currency, though the euro is widely accepted,you’ll get a better deal for things in general if you use lekë. Accommodation is generally quoted in euros but can be paid in either currency. ATMs can be found in all but the most rural of Albania’s towns, and often dispense cash in either currency.

Albanian banknotes come in denominations of 100, 200, 500, 1000, 2000 and 5000 lekë. There are five, 10, 20, 50 and 100 lekë coins. Albanian lekë can’t be exchanged outside the country, so exchange them or spend them before you leave. Credit cards are accepted only in the larger hotels, shops and travel agencies, and few of these are outside Tirana. It’s polite to leave your change as a tip. 1€= 140 Albanian Lek –Check the current exanche rate (http://www.xe.com/currencyconverter/#).

Important Numbers

State Police 129

Fire Emergency 128

Ambulance 127