without any special problem (may 2002),from malaga to heraklion through barcelona-marseille-nice-genova-trieste-rijeka-zadar-split-sarajevo-dubrovnik-podgorica-skodra-tirana-pogradec-kastoria-athinai-heraklion.
albania:the worst european roads....but,sometimes,nearly the best ones!(maybe,then used as field airport strip,as near korce?)
when in albania,secure parking is important!
at night,better for vehicles to be locked up in a compound (hotel,for instance)
our car:peugeot 307 unleaded
passport+visas/car insurances at bosnia-herzegovina,montenegro and albanian (10$/person) borders.
One of the easiest ways for tourists to enter Albania is by ferry from Corfu Town, Greece to Sarande: There are two types of ferry service available.
1) The first one is the Flying Dolphin, which takes about 25 minutes, and operates during the regular tourist season a few days a week ferrying mostly tourists on day package tours to Butrint, Albania. Tickets for this can be bought on Corfu at Petrakis, across the street from the main port.
2) In addition, two Albanian companies provide daily ferry service from Corfu to Sarande (and back) taking about 1.5 hours and ferry mostly Albanian workers. Not recommended for those who get seasick easily... the boats are old and rock a great deal. The tickets issued by these two companies are NOT interchangeable, so if you buy a ticket with one service you cannot use it for the return portion on the other service so ensure that you have the correct return time. Tickets can be purchased in the Corfu Town port right next to Greek Customs.
Bus service to Tirana, Albania is also available from Athens, via Gjirokaster, Albania, and from Thessaloniki, Greece via Korce, Albania. Some info on this is available on the internet. Be prepared for EXTENSIVE delays getting back into Greece from Albania if you go on the Tirana to Thessaloniki bus. Greek customs is in no hurry to process people at the Kapshtice, Albania - Kristalopigi, Greece border crossing.
Driving a car into Albania is not recommended.
Private Taxis, guided bus tours, intercity buses, and 'mini-taxis' are available. Albanian mini taxis are mini-vans that take people from town to town and are ridiculously inexpensive! In Sarande, Albania the bus and mini-taxi 'depot' is located outdoors a couple of blocks up the hill from the sea past one of the hotels in the southern part of town.
total:447 km (none electrified)
standard gauge:447 km 1.435-m gauge (1995)
unpaved:12,600 km (1996 est.)
Waterways: 43 km plus Albanian sections of Lake Scutari, Lake Ohrid, and Lake Prespa (1990)
Pipelines: crude oil 145 km; petroleum products 55 km; natural gas 64 km (1991)
Ports and harbors: Durres, Sarande, Shengjin, Vlore
total:8 cargo ships (1,000 GRT or over) totaling 28,394 GRT/41,429 DWT (1998 est.)
Airports: 9 (1998 est.)
Airports: with paved runways:
2,438 to 3,047 m:3 (1998 est.)
Airports: with unpaved runways:
over 3,047 m:1
1,524 to 2,437 m:1
914 to 1,523 m:2
under 914 m:2 (1998 est.)
Heliports: 1 (1998 est.)
Italy is not a good flight gateway as Alitalia charges business class fares for one-way tickets. Malév Hungarian Airlines offers a cheap service from Budapest to Tirana. You can fly from many European capitals, and Athens is among those offering the best value. The simplest bus route is from Ioannina, Greece to Kakavija on the Albanian border, and there are regular services between Tirana and Sofia in Bulgaria. Land crossings were possible from Yugoslavia before the current round of hostilities in Kosovo, but you can still cross by land from Macedonia. The ferry takes from nine to 25 hours, depending on where you leave from Italy, and there is another ferry between Koper, Slovenia and Durës. Departure tax from Albania is US$10.
Most Albanians travel the country in private minibuses or state-owned buses, and they are frequent, cheap and comfortable. The roads are generally poor and badly maintained, and if you want to travel by car be warned that petrol stations are available in the cities but are few and far between in the countryside. A limited railway network operates, with daily passenger trains leaving Tirana for Shkodra, Fier, Ballsh, Vlora and Pogradec. Cycling is not unheard of, but it is preferable to do it in groups of two or more for security.
Fly if you can afford it, the bus from Athens can take up to 20 hours, I think the best is to take the ferry from Corfu.
Buses takes you almost everywhere, if you are in a group renting a car with a driver is a good choice
You can still find in the streets and roads old trucks like this running. If I ever do hitchhiking in Albania, I'd love to be picked up by one of these trucks :-)))
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