Getting Here

By car

One of the best ways to visit Albania is by car. Thanks to the renewed infrastructure during the last decade, from the north to the south you can easily reach the major cities of Albania by car. Traveling to villages can become more difficult since there are still a lot of inner roads in bad conditions. You can travel to Albania through the terrestrial border crossings points of Montenegro, Kosovo, Macedonia, and Greece.

Border Crossing Albania - Montenegro

The main crossing border with Montenegro is that of Muriqan (Shkodër) - Sukobin (Ulcinj), but you can travel also through Han i Hotit (Malësi e Madhe) - Božaj (Podgorica), or Vermosh (Malësi e Madhe) -  Gusinje (Plav).

Border Crossing Albania - Kosovo

The main border crossing from Kosovo is Morinë (Kukës) - Vërmicë (Prizren), but you can use travel through Qafë Morinë (Tropojë) - Gjakovë; Qafë Prush - Gjakovë; Shishtavec (Kukës) - Dragash; Orgjost (Kukës) - Orqushë (pedestrian only).

Border Crossing Albania - Macedonia

If you're planning to enter in Albania through Macedonia, the main border crossing is Qafë Thanë (Pogradec) - Kafasan (Struga). Other border crossings between Albania and Macedonia include Tushemisht (Pogradec) - Sveti Naum (Ohrid), Bllatë (Dibër) - Spas (Debar), and Goricë (Pustec) - Stenje (Resen).

Border Crossing Albania - Greece

Albania shares international land border also with Greece. The main border crossing between the two countries is Kakavia - Ktismata (Pogoni). Other important crossing borders are those of Kapshticë (Devoll) - Kryestallopigi (Prespes); Tre Urat (Përmet) - Melissopetra (Konitsa), Qafë Botë (Konispol) - Sagiada (Filiates) and other pedestrians only points.

By plane

While there are many ongoing discussions about the opening of new airports, Tirana International Airport Mother Teresa (Nënë Tereza) remains the only airport available to travel to Albania. Located 17km northwest of Tirana, the airport is a 30-minute drive away from the city center. In the airport, you'll find an hourly bus service that operates for 12 hours (from 6 am to 6 pm). For more information about the airport bus click here. There are also different taxi drivers, and usually the price for a single ride various from 2,000 to 2,500 lek during the daytime and 3,000 lek between 21:00 and 07:00.

By ferry

Ferry services from several Italian cities to the ports of Durrës, Shengjin and Vlora operate all year round. Usually, the journey is made during the night, in order to have time to relax or sleep in one of the cabins.  If you want to know more about the prices or check the itinerary of the ferries click here. Flying to Corfu and taking advantage of the regular passenger ferry to Saranda in the south of the country is one of the cheapest ways to reach Southern Albania from Western Europe.  The trip from Corfu to Saranda takes no longer than two hours, and there are some ferries which allows you to bring your car with you. From Saranda you can travel to Tirana following a beautiful road along the coast.

By bus

There are plenty of possibilities to travel in Albania by bus. You should check with your travel agency in your home country and ask about the offers that suit better your interest.

  By train

Until now there aren't interstate train connections available, and the current infrastructure is quite poor. While there is an ongoing construction project about a new train terminal, the current terminal of Tirana is a little bit far away from the city center, in Kashar. Some cities where trains are operative include Shkodra, Durrës, Pogradec and some other destinations.

 

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