Getting Around Albania

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  • From Tirana, Albania to Skopje, Macedonia

    by Gjergj Written Jun 17, 2008

    Hello! I have just traveled from Tirana to Skopje. Using a buss is easy. Every day there are several buses from Tirana to Tetovo and vice versa. Buses from Tirana depart every evening at 9.00, from rail station of Tirana. It is situated only 1.2 Km in the north of central square of Tirana. Travel agencies are Drita and Pologu. The name of the bus is Polog. The ticket cost 15 euro one way, 25 two ways. At Tetovo the buss arrive at 5.00 next morning. It is not comfortable at all. You may found yourself in a buss full of farmers. Anyway. As I now, this is the only opportunity. From Tetovo is easy to go to Skopje. At buss station you can wait at maximum half hour for the buss to Skopje. It costs 100 denar, almost 1.5 euro.
    For what I now, using a taxi is not an option. Tickets can be brought directly in the buss.
    On Skopje, in the old Ottoman quarter, who can sleep on small hotels for 20 euro per night. You have to share the toilet with others in this case.
    regards

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    Buses From Tirana-Athens

    by gilpema Written May 21, 2008

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    There are buses from Tirana-Athens or Thesaloniki. Prices are from 25euros -35 euros. There are an lot of Albanian travel agency that they propose this travel.
    They Live From Stadiumi Dinamo(Tirana) and arrives in Metro-train station Syntagma(Athens).

    P.S. Careful, the greek driver will say that you are not allow to smoke in the bus but he's allowed. So don't take seats in the front of the bus.

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  • Round albania

    by Vlora_Ilir Written Mar 25, 2008

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    hi there!
    Yes it is possible.
    I’m not sure about hire a car. You probably can hire one from the airport in Tirana.
    Regarding the border crossing there is only a fee that you need to pay 10-15 euro and no other formalities.The border control is quite relax over them parts of the country.

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  • Raund Albania

    by Vlora_Ilir Written Mar 25, 2008

    If you wish to travel round Albania your best bet is to hire a taxi or use the bus.
    I’m not sure if there is a service in Tirana airport to hire a car. It may be one but you need to be aware of the poor condition on the roads.
    However there are plenty of taxis or you can use the bus service to central Tirana and from there you can get a bus to any city or region in Albania.
    The taxis are the safest bet and you can get one with no much cost provided that you agree to a price before you get in.
    I hope this will help you.

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  • Travel around albania

    by Vlora_Ilir Written Mar 25, 2008

    hi there!
    If you wish to travel round Albania your best bet is to hire a taxi or use the bus.
    I’m not sure if there is a service in Tirana airport to hire a car. It may be one but you need to be aware of the poor condition on the roads.
    However there are plenty of taxis or you can use the bus service to central Tirana and from there you can get a bus to any city or region in Albania.
    The taxis are the safest bet and you can get one with no much cost provided that you agree to a price before you get in.
    I hope this will help you.

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    Tirana to Montenegro

    by noelfava Written Mar 24, 2008

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    Hi I read your answer, I need a car and driver to drive me from Tirana airport to the border near Ulcinj where i have freinds who are driving down from Dubrovnik to meet me. Can you tell me how to find a car and driver at Tirana airport please.

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    Driving from Dubrovnik to Meteoron

    by JLBG Updated Mar 22, 2008

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    >>1. According to Michelin this trip takes 265 km in 4 hours along the E762 ( Shkoder, Tirane ), how realistic is that?

    At first sight, I felt that it was very unrealistic and checked with Michelin. Actually Dubrovnik-Kalampaka is 798 km and 12h08. I am afraid you made a mistake somewhere. If your goal is to drive as fast as possible from Dubrovnik to Meteoron, I feel you can do it in 12 hours. It is a shame not to visit Albania on the way but of course, it depends of your schedule ! If you can’t, you can’t ! I have driven almost the whole way between Dubrovnik and Tirana and the roads are good. Shkoder-Tirana is excellent. I have not driven Tirana-Bitola but as far as I know, the road is good.

    >>2. I´ve read here that you need to pay an insurance when entering the country, is that still up-to-date?

    It depends of your insurance. With my French insurance, I was OK as my Green Card mentioned Albania among the countries where it worked but I know that most visitors have to take an extra insurance.
    Note that you have to pay 10 euro per person at the border, which is a kind of visa.

    >>3. Are the roads in reasonable conditions and is it safe? We have a German plate but the car is a small Dayhatsu :P

    No problem. Last year, we drove from Igoumenitsa to Dubrovnik and visited a lot on the way. Some of the smaller roads were not very good but your itinerary remains on main roads which are usually good. Safety is not a problem at all.

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    Bus

    by JLBG Updated Mar 12, 2008

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    There are regular busses between Tirana and Shkoder. There are also minibuses from Shkoder to Ulcinj. Then, do not worry, you will easily find your way from Tirana airport to Ulcinj. Moreover, if you are ready to hire a car (which will be more expensive, of course), you will have no problem at all.

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  • Train from Tirana to Skhoder, bus to Ulcinj

    by crazydutchboi Written Jul 31, 2007

    If you're going from Tirana towards Montenegro, I highly recommend taking the train!

    Buses are faster, but generally leave really early in the morning, while the train goes every day at 13.00. It costs just 1 euro, and takes about 3 1/2 hours to get to Skhoder. It is a bit of an old rickety diesel-affair with run down compartments, but I think that just adds to the experience.

    You'll probably be the only non-albanian on the train and find people ever-friendly and trying to talk to you, even if it's using just hand & feet language :) The scenery is great along the way, and you'll get plenty of opportunity to take photos from the ever-open train windows.

    In Skhoder, it's about a 20-minute walk to the center (walk to the end of the gravel road form the station, take a right till you get to the big roundabout) I stayed at the Kaduku hotel, just behind the Rofaza hotel (can't miss that one), which was a nice enough family run place with 20 euros a night for a double room. There's an internet cafe a few minutes on the left past the Coloseo Hotel.

    A minibus to Ulcinj leaves just in front of the Rozafa hotel at 9 every morning and takes about 2 hours (depending how long you have to wait at the border), and costs 500 lekes.

    Ciao!

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    Corfu to Albania Hydrofoil

    by coopersg Written Jul 21, 2007

    The hydrofoil to Saranda in Albania runs from the new harbour in Corfu town in Corfu. It's a very amateur setup and the service is actually run by Ionain Ferries. I had to buy the ticket from a shipping agent who was wandering about in the terminal as there doesn't appear to be a manned office in the terminal at Corfu. He carried the tickets (and a wad of many hundreds of euros) in his pocket.
    The boat runs twice a day, leaving Corfu at 0930, returning at 1245 Albanian time (BEWARE - 1 hour behind Corfu time) and another run in the afternoon. The trip takes 30 minutes.
    The hydrofoil has a permanent list to port of about 5 degrees, which I found to be very disconcerting and uncomfortable. There was a power failure when I was waiting to leave and the departure was delayed by over an hour. They said they couldn't print the tickets because there was no power for the computer. The tickets aren't computer generated and the passenger manifest is hand-written on-board in triplicate using carbon paper, so where the computer fitted in I'm not sure.
    When you get on the boat they take your passport. The Albanians get theirs returned before they disembark. Non-Albanians get theirs back at the terminal in Saranda. However, I was asked for my passport as I disembarked from the boat. I shouted to the girl on the boat that the grunt on the quay wanted my passport and a brilliant argument between them started up.
    You must buy your return ticket at the ticket office OUTSIDE the terminal on the other side of the road next door to the post office. This, in spite of being told I could buy it on the boat, upstairs in the terminal, etc, etc.
    I made this trip quickly and with the prime purpose of adding Albania to my list of visited countries. It is cheap, there is lots of construction and I never felt threatened although I felt 'watched'. The Unesco sponsored archeological site and amphi-theatre at Butrint is a short taxi ride from Saranda and is worth a visit.

    The ferry terminal as seen from the beach
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    Tirana's new airport

    by AlbaniaLover Updated Jul 21, 2007

    This was the first time that we had used the new airport as we had driven here. We were quite impressed with the building and it reminded us of Stansted airport in the UK!! There were a few shops to look round and a couple of places to have a drink. Once through passport control there was a tiny duty free shop!!! and nothing else to do but sit and have a drink at the only cafe! I think there was some internet access also? The airport is a step up from the old one!!

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    Driving in Albania

    by george5b Written Jan 15, 2007

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    The roads in Albania ARE as bad as people say they are. Even if you are used to driving in Eastern Europe, you're in for a surprise ! It took me 12 hours to get from Shkoder to the Kosovo border. On the upside : the scenery is really great.

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    Ferry from Italy to Albania

    by frockland Updated Oct 30, 2006

    The procedure in Trieste is similar than in Durres: Before entering the ferry its important to get the "White Card” with a boarding number. This card will be issued in the ferry line´s office near the vessel. It will be collected together with your passport while boarding and returned to you when the ferry reaches Durres. You also will get a sheet of paper with a number for your vehicle. You need this for the customs in Albania!

    Arriving in Durres you leave the ferry and will be checked by the customs. On the right side of the check point are a few offices where you have to show the sheet of paper with your car number. If you don´t have a "Green Card" then this is the place to obtain a temporary insurance. You will receive another paper, which you need to return when leaving the country. Don´t lose it!
    Next will be the entrance fee of 10 €. Somebody will show up and collect it. Last step will be a passport check at the gate. This is all no problem. The officers are friendly but do not speak English or German.

    Waiting for embarkation On deck of the
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    Tepelene transport

    by AlbaniaLover Written Sep 2, 2006

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    The best place to get the bus or mini buses is from the area where the road goes through the town on the way to Tirana and the other way Gjirokaster. This is near to the monument of Ali Pasha and the big hotel in Tepelene. Just over on the other side of the road from here near to a garage and little old looking shop is where the taxi's wait to pick people up.

    Catch the bus just to the right of this hotel

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    Gjirokaster transport

    by AlbaniaLover Written Sep 2, 2006

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    There are two places in the town where you can get a bus/mini bus or a taxi. One place is at the bottom of the town on the main road that goes through near to the petrol station and the other place further into the town you can get taxi's from the bit next to the park and football pitch. This is the best place for a taxi as whenever i have been there they are parked and waiting for people.

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    Satisfaction: Average

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