The airport is served by buses from Tirana city centre and other Albanian cities.
If you are heading to Albania with the aim of travelling around the country, renting a car will definitely be the most convenient way if you want to catch as many things as possible and not be dependent on the very specific and lengthy intercity bus transport.
There are a large number of car rental companies operating at Tirana Airport, ranging from local to large multinational companies.
Prices vary considerably depending on the season. In summer you can pay 73 eur per day , while in the rest of the year from 29 eur.
If you are travelling for urban tourism or want to get around Albania by local transport, only use buses to/from the airport.
The station for all buses is located about 150 metres from the arrivals hall exit. You pass the KFC on your right and walk steadily along the car park to the end, where several buses or vans are always facing you, usually with a sign with the name of the destination behind the windscreen.
To the centre of Tirana
Buses to the centre run once an hour at XX:00. The bus line is not marked with any number, only with a sign saying "Airport" or "Tirana". There is a boarding stop in the centre at the back of the Opera House. For the exact location of the bus stop, see google.com/maps.
Timetables can be found on the website luna.al.
The ticket costs 400 all and is bought from the conductor on the bus. Calmly board a standing bus, you will always be directed to the one that goes first. Once the bus starts, the conductor walks through the bus and collects the money. You can pay in cash in Albanian Lek (400), in Euros (4€) or by card.
The ticket can also be bought online on the website book.distribusion.com at 4 eur.
- Travel time: 30 minutes
- Frequency: every hour, always at xx:00
- First and last connection: buses run 24/7 in both directions
- Price: 400 all
Interval and times are the same on weekdays and weekends. The bus from the airport to the centre runs without stopping at other stops.
Directly from the airport you can also reach the largest seaside city of Albania called Durrës.
However, buses run only 7 times a day, from the airport at 8:00, 9:30, 11:00, 13:00, 15:00, 17:00, 19:00. From Durrës to the airport they run at 10:00, 12:00, 14:00, 15:30, 17:00, 19:00, 21:00. The ticket costs 600 all.
There are direct buses/microbuses to Albania's largest resort 6 times a day (detailed times on the airport website). The ticket costs 1 000 all and the journey takes about 2 and a quarter hours.
Taxis are the most convenient mode of transport unless you are staying right in the centre, as the airport bus doesn't stop anywhere along the way.
There are no shared taxi services like Uber or Bolt in Tirana, but regular taxis are plentiful at the airport and in the city. The journey to Tirana city centre should cost around 2 500 all.
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