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Albania travel tip

  1. DOCUMENTS

  2. MONEY

  3. GENERAL TIPS

  4. BUS SCHEDULES

  5. TRAIN SCHEDULE TO/ FROM TIRANA


DOCUMENTS

EU citiziens can get (and pay 10 euro) a VISA directly at the airport.

 

MONEY

The currency is the new Lek (1 new lek= 10 lek). Beware that in several places prices are written in Lek (old ones), hence should be divided by ten. Nobody never tried to cheat me in such sense even thay had the chance. In fact many times I wrongly paid ten times more, but I always got the change back.

 

IN GENERAL

  Watch out the open sewers in the towns, even in Tirana; I seriously risked to break my leg

  On the long bus (or furgon) journeys try to take a seat near an opening window, since likely the stink of vomit will make the air quite unbreathable

     Beware, taxis are very very expensive compared to the cost of life in Albania (10 euro per 10 km)

 

BUS SCHEDULES

Since I didn't found many info in the guides about the frequency of the means of transport between the town, I think the following could turn out useful:

Itinerary Departure
Saranda- Gjrokastra- Berat 8.00 am- 14.00 , everyday (6h)
Saranda- Tirana 5.00- 6.30- 8.30- 9.30- 10.30 am, everyday (8h)
Saranda- Fieri 5.30 am, everyday
Korca- Permet 13.00, 17.30 every day (5,5h)
Korca- Gjrokastra 6.00 am, 3 times/week (7h)
From Berat (all the destinations)

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Beside the buses the furgons get almost everywhere and they are scheduless since they leave when full. Of course there are vey few long distance furgons (forget Saranda- Tirana by furgon!!)

 

 

TRAIN SCHEDULES

The Albanian railway system looks quite medioeval; don't miss the train station in Tirana!

Train schedule to/ from Tirana

 

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