Useful Information

Transportation

From the Airport to the City Centre/Meeting Venue

By Taxi

For the use of taxi services from Tirana Nënë Tereza Airport to any destination in Tirana area and further, please contact the taxi service ATEx.

The journey from the airport to the city centre takes 20–25 minutes, depending on traffic, and costs about AL 2,500 (EUR 18) one-way.
The taxis park in front of the arrival terminal.

We recommend using only licensed taxis, which are yellow with a red ATEx logo and the airport logo on both sides of the vehicle.

By Bus

The Rinas Express airport bus operates every day between 7:00 and 19:00. It leaves on the hour every hour, both from the arrival terminal at the airport and from the city centre. In town, the pick-up point is beside the National Museum on Skenderbeg Square, at the beginning of Rruga e Durrësit.

It costs AL 250 (EUR 1.80) for a ride, which takes around 30 minutes. The ticket has to be purchased on the bus (unfortunately the service does not have a website).

Tel. +355 (0) 69 209 89 08 or +355 (0) 69 205 40 02


Tirana and Albania

What Lonely Planet says about Albania

Albania has natural beauty in such abundance that you might wonder why it's taken 20 years for the country to take off as a tourist destination since the end of a particularly brutal strain of communism in 1991. So backward was Albania when it emerged blinking into the bright light of freedom that it needed two decades just to catch up with the rest of Eastern Europe.

Now that it arguably has done so, Albania offers a remarkable array of unique attractions, not least due to this very isolation: ancient mountain behaviour codes, forgotten archaeological sites and villages where time seems to have stood still are all on the menu. With its stunning mountain scenery, a thriving capital in Tirana and beaches to rival any elsewhere in the Mediterranean, Albania has become the sleeper hit of the Balkans. But hurry here, as word is well and truly out.

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What Lonely Planet says about Tirana

Lively, colourful Tirana is the beating heart of Albania, where this tiny nation's hopes and dreams coalesce into a vibrant whirl of traffic, brash consumerism and unfettered fun. Having undergone a transformation of extraordinary proportions since it awoke from its communist slumber in the early 1990s, Tirana's centre is now unrecognisable, with its buildings painted in primary colours, and public squares and pedestrianised streets a pleasure to wander.

Trendy Blloku buzzes with the well-heeled and flush hanging out in bars or zipping between boutiques, while the city's grand boulevards are lined with fascinating relics of its Ottoman, Italian and communist past – from delicate minarets to loud socialist murals. Tirana's traffic does daily battle with both itself and pedestrians in a constant scene of unmitigated chaos. Loud, crazy, colourful and dusty – Tirana is never dull.

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Practical information

Currency

The official currency is the Albanian Leke, abbreviated to ALL.

EUR 1 ≈ ALL 138

Time Zone

Tirana and Albania are located in the Central European Time Zone.

Language and Alphabet

The official language is Albanian and it uses Latin alphabet.

Electricity

In Albania the standard voltage is 230 V. The standard frequency is 50 Hz. The power sockets used are type C/F.

Climate

The climate of Albania can be classified as a Mediterranean Climate, with summer temperatures over 25°C and winter temperatures ranging between 15°C and -3°C.

The average temperature in April is 9°C.

Emergency Numbers

Police: 129
Ambulance: 127
Fire: 128

Tourist Information Office

The city tourist information centre is right behind the National Museum.

Address: Rr. Ded Gjo Luli 4, Tirana
Tel: +355 4 222 33 13
Website: http://www.tirana.gov.al
Email: infotourism _at_ tirana.gov _dot_ al

Opening hours: Mon-Fri 11:00-17:00, Sat 09:00-14:00. Closed Sun.

A tourist information kiosk is also located in the airport arrivals hall.
Tel: +355 4 238 49 80
Opening hours: 9:00-19:00 daily.