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.

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

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.




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