Travel to Albania

Flying to Albania

The national airline Albanian Airlines is no longer in operation. British Airways (BA) (www.ba.com) has a year-round direct service from London Gatwick.

Flight times:

From London to Tirana is 3 hours on a direct flight.

Departure tax:

US$10 is levied on all foreign nationals. Nationals of Albania pay Lek1,000.

Other airports in Albania

Tirana International Airport

Airport Code: TIA. Location: The airport is 25km (16 miles) from the capital. Website: http://www.tirana-airport.com. Public transport description: An hourly bus service runs into the city centre between 0700 and 1900 (journey time - 30 minutes if traffic is light). Taxis are also available.

Rail:

Travel by rail

There are no international passenger services at present.

Driving to Albania

Drivers bringing their own car into Albania pay a nominal circulation tax, which is valid for 60 days. Guarded parking is essential; mid-range hotels (and better) usually provide this to guests.

Getting to Albania by boat

By water:

Durrësi, Vlora and Shëngjini.

Ferry operators:

Durrësi has connections to Bari (journey time - 9 hours), to Ancona (journey time - 18 hours) and to Trieste (journey time - 24 hours) in Italy (www.cemar.it/dest/traghetti_albania.htm). It is also possible to travel from Durrësi to Bari via catamaran (journey time - 3 hours) (www.venezialines.com).Vlora has ferry connections to Brindisi (journey time - 6-8 hours) (www.agoudimos-lines.com and www.skenderbeglines.com).Saranda has a hydrofoil service (journey time - 30 minutes) and a ferry service (journey time - 90 minutes) to Corfu. The ferry companies Finikas and Albkorfuz have ticket-offices in Corfu town.

Edited by Jane Duru
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