How to get to Tirana Airport from Tirana? - Albania Tour Guide (2023)

As a tourist in Tirana, you might be wondering: What is the best way to get to Tirana Airport from Tirana. In this blog post, I will discuss how to get to Tirana airport from Tirana by bus, by taxi or by car and what you can expect to pay for the journey.

How to get to Tirana Airport from Tirana? You can get to Tirana Airport from Tirana by bus, by taxi or by car. The bus to Tirana Airport departs behind the Palace of Culture every 1 hour between 7AM and 18PM plus at 20PM and 22PM. A bus ticket costs 300 LEK (2.40 EUR). A taxi costs 10-25 EUR. A rental car starts at 20-25 EUR per day.

In this blog, I will give you all the details of getting to Tirana Airport from Tirana, including the taxi prices of different taxi companies, how and where to get on the bus to Tirana Airport and a price comparison between different car rental companies. I will also discuss Uber, Taxi Apps and trains in Albania. And Covid testing at Tirana Airport.

How to get to Tirana airport from Tirana by bus, by taxi or by car?

I will give you a quick summary of the best ways to get to Tirana Airport from Tirana. And then I have more detailed descriptions below.

Getting to Tirana Airport from Tirana by taxi (quick summary):

  • A taxi to Tirana Airport from Tirana costs between 10 EUR – 25 EUR
  • The cheapest companies are Speed Taxi and City Taxi
  • Full price comparison and list of taxi companies below
  • Journey time is approximately 30 minutes, but allow time for heavy traffic in Tirana

Getting to Tirana Airport from Tirana by bus (quick summary):

  • The bus to Tirana Airport from Tirana departs behind the National Theatre of Opera & Ballet, the building is also called the Palace of Culture.
  • Walk to the central Skanderbeg Square, the Palace of Culture is a gigantic building on Skanderbeg Square and walk to the back of the building to find the bus station.
  • The bus to Tirana airport from Tirana costs 300 Albanian Leke (2.40 euros) for a one-way journey.
  • The bus to Tirana airport from Tirana departs at 7:00 AM, 8:00 AM, 9:00 AM, 10:00 AM, 11:00 AM, 12:00 PM, 13:00 PM, 14:00 PM, 15:00 PM, 16:00 PM, 17:00 PM, 18:00 PM and 20:00 PM and 22:00 PM.

Getting to Tirana Airport from Tirana by rental car (quick summary):

  • A rental car at Tirana Airport starts from 20-25 euros per day.
  • The cheapest car rental companies in Albania are: AB Car Rental, Eurocar Rentals and Albania Airport Rent a Car
  • Detailed price comparison of different car rental companies is below.

What is the price of a taxi to Tirana Airport from Tirana?

A taxi to Tirana airport from Tirana costs between 10 euros – 25 euros. The prices vary greatly between different taxi companies. Therefore, I have made an overview of the taxi prices for the most popular taxi companies in Tirana below.

Price for a taxi to Tirana Airport from Tirana:

  • Tirana Airport taxi charges 20-25 euros for a taxi to Tirana airport from Tirana
  • Merr Taxi charges 18 euros for a taxi to Tirana airport from Tirana
  • UPs Taxi charges 1738 Leke (15 euros) for a taxi to Tirana airport from Tirana
  • Speedtaxi charges 1200 Leke or 10 euros for a taxi to Tirana airport from Tirana
  • City Taxi charges 1200 Leke (10 euros) for a taxi to Tirana airport from Tirana
  • Euro Taxi charges 15 euros for a taxi to Tirana airport from Tirana

The official Tirana Airport Taxi service is operated by Auto Holiday Albania. The Tirana Airport Taxi service charges between 20-25 euros for a trip to Tirana Airport from Tirana. Their pricing is on the high side, but you will have a licensed taxi with a set price. Because Tirana Airport Taxi Service has a set price list on their website -> https://tiataxi.al/travel/

It will take you 30 minutes to travel to Tirana Airport from Tirana. However, I always recommend calculating maybe 45 minutes for the journey. Because traffic in Tirana’s city centre is very heavy. And you may be stuck in traffic before you leave the city centre. Which will make you super stressed if you are catching a flight!

How to get to Tirana airport from Tirana by bus?

You can get to Tirana airport from Tirana by bus.

The bus to Tirana airport from Tirana departs behind the National Theatre of Opera and Ballet. To get to the bus station, you must walk from your hotel to central Skanderbeg Square. The National Theatre of Opera and Ballet is located inside the Palace of Culture.

The Palace of Culture is a gigantic building, so you won’t miss it if you are standing on Skanderbeg Square. Walk to the backside of the National Theatre of Opera and Ballet to get on the bus to Tirana Airport. There is a small park that you must pass through and then you will see a bus station with many different city busses.

You can see the location of the bus station to Tirana Airport from Tirana on a Google Map here: https://goo.gl/maps/enxkXip45kZCX9Kw5 The bus to Tirana Airport from Tirana is operated by LUNA Travel. So you need to look for signage indicating “Tirana Airport bus operated by LUNA Travel”.

The bus to Tirana airport from Tirana costs 300 Albanian Leke (2.40 euros) for a one-way journey. You must bring some cash money to pay for your bus ticket to Tirana Airport.

The bus to Tirana airport from Tirana departs at 7:00 AM, 8:00 AM, 9:00 AM, 10:00 AM, 11:00 AM, 12:00 PM, 13:00 PM, 14:00 PM, 15:00 PM, 16:00 PM, 17:00 PM, 18:00 PM and 20:00 PM and 22:00 PM.

Tirana bus station to airport

The bus station in Tirana to go to Tirana airport is located behind the National Theatre of Opera and Ballet.

The National Theatre of Opera and Ballet is located on the central Skanderbeg Square in Tirana. There are two very large buildings on Skanderbeg Square, one is the National History Museum and the other is the Palace of Culture. The National Theatre of Opera and Ballet is located inside the Palace of Culture.

Take the path in between the Palace of Culture and the Et’hem Bey Mosque. There is a small park, walk through the park and at the end of the park you will find the bus station to Tirana Airport.

You can see the location of the bus station to Tirana Airport from Tirana on a Google Map here: https://goo.gl/maps/enxkXip45kZCX9Kw5 The bus to Tirana Airport from Tirana is operated by LUNA Travel. So you need to look for signage indicating “Tirana Airport bus operated by LUNA Travel”.

Tirana airport bus schedule

This is the Tirana airport bus schedule:

The shuttle bus from Tirana airport to the city centre of Tirana departs at 8:00 AM, 9:00 AM, 10:00 AM, 11:00 AM, 12:00 PM, 13:00 PM, 14:00 PM, 15:00 PM, 16:00 PM, 17:00 PM, 18:00 PM, 19:00 PM and 21:00 PM and 23:00 PM.

The bus to Tirana airport from Tirana departs at 7:00 AM, 8:00 AM, 9:00 AM, 10:00 AM, 11:00 AM, 12:00 PM, 13:00 PM, 14:00 PM, 15:00 PM, 16:00 PM, 17:00 PM, 18:00 PM and 20:00 PM and 22:00 PM.

You can always double-check the latest Tirana airport bus schedule on the airport website here: https://www.tirana-airport.com/en/transport-and-directions/15/By-Bus

What does a rental car at Tirana Airport cost?

A rental car at Tirana Airport starts from 20-25 euros per day. On top of the rental car, you will pay an additional 10-20 euros for full insurance coverage. And you need 200-500 euros on your debit card or credit card for the deposit of your rental car.

To give you a good idea of what it costs to rent a car at Tirana airport, I have reached out to 15 different car rental companies in Tirana. Below I have written down the quoted car rental prices from each company. So that you can compare the prices from each company and decide which company you would like to contact for your car rental.

It is important to contact a car rental company before you travel to Albania. Because car rental prices can be higher at the desk at the airport. And especially, in the high season, you may be charged a lot more if you did not reserve a car beforehand. I have spoken to tourists who were charged between 50-70 euros per day for a rental car.

The cheapest car rental companies in Albania are:
1. AB Car Rental
2. Eurocar Rentals
3. Albania Airport Rent a Car

  • AB Car Rental offered a Citroen for 20 euros per day.
  • Eurocar Rentals Albania offered a Volkswagen Polo with manual gearbox for 21.70 euros per day with basic insurance or for 41.70 euros with full risk insurance.
  • Albania Airport Rent a Car offered a Skoda Fabia 2018 for 25 euros per day, which includes 100% covered Casco Insurance for Albania and Kosovo.
  • Eurocar Rentals Albania offered a Volkswagen Polo with automatic gearbox for 29.15 euros per day with basic insurance or for 49.15 euros with full risk insurance.
  • Eurocar Rentals Albania offered a Kia Rio with manual gearbox for 30 euros per day with basic insurance or for 55 euros with full risk insurance.
  • Enterprise Rent a Car Albania offered a Volkswagen Golf VII 2019 with manual gearbox for 35 euros per day.
  • Eurocar Rentals Albania offered a Kia Rio with automatic gearbox for 35 euros per day with basic insurance or for 60 euros with full risk insurance.
  • Avis Albania offered a Opel Astra Manual for 37 euros per day or Opel Astra Automatic for 40 euros per day. For full insurance, the price is 10 euro/day.
  • Hertz Albania stated that their cheapest available car is an Open Corsa for 40 euros per day.
  • Hertz Albania stated that a Volkswagen Golf 7 with manual transmission will cost you 47 euros per day. Plus full coverage will cost 13 euros per day.
  • Rent Point Albania stated that a Volkswagen Golf costs 50 euros per day. If you want to add full insurance,we apply a fee of 10 euros per day,and security deposit 500 euros.
  • Eurocar Rentals Albania offered a Kia Stonic with automatic gearbox for 50.40 euros per day with basic insurance or for 80.40 euros with full risk insurance.
  • Eurocar Rentals Albania offered a Volkswagen Golf VII with automatic gearbox for 51.70 euros per day with basic insurance or for 81.70 euros with full risk insurance.
  • Eurocar Rentals Albania offered a Kia XCeed with automatic gearbox for 55 euros per day with basic insurance or for 85 euros with full risk insurance.
  • Albarent offered a Skoda Octavia for 60 euros per day including insurance.
  • Eurocar Rentals Albania offered a Kia Sportage with automatic gearbox for 90 euros per day with basic insurance or for 125 euros with full risk insurance.

Is there a train to Tirana Airport from Tirana?

There is no train to Tirana airport from Tirana. Unfortunately, Tirana airport is not connected to any rail network.

Does Tirana have Uber?

Tirana does not have UBER. Uber does not exist in Albania. Although Uber did announce in the past that they would come to Albania, Uber never launched in Albania.

However, there are some Albanian taxi apps that you can use instead of Uber.

Albania taxi apps

There are 3 x popular taxi apps, that you can use to request a taxi in Albania. These 3 x apps are alternatives to Uber, which does not exist in Albania.

Popular Albania taxi apps
1. UPs Taxi App
2. Speed Taxi App
3. Taxi.al App

The UPs taxi app is similar to UBER. Because it will connect you to a taxi owner near your location. If you request a taxi through UPs taxi, it is always a licenced taxi.

Speed Taxi is a branded taxi company, who has their own taxi app. So if you request a taxi through the app, you will get a branded taxi and the driver is an employee of the Speed taxi company. Which is a bit different from UBER.

The Taxi.al App is very similar to Uber. Because drivers register on their website and these are private drivers with their own cars. You will most likely pay for your taxi in cash.

Tirana airport covid test

You can do a Covid test at Tirana airport before you get on your flight. The Covid tests conducted at Tirana airport are all PCR tests.

There is a Covid testing centre at Tirana airport, which is operated by the ALNET American Laboratory Network. You must come to Tirana Airport three hours before your flight departs.

You will take the PCR test and get your results in 90 minutes. The PCR test at Tirana Airport costs 35 euros. You will get the results of your PCR test in the English language. The covid testing centre at Tirana airport is open 24 hours a day.

You cannot take an antibody test or antigen test at Tirana airport. The Tirana Airport covid testing centre offers only PCR testing.

The Covid testing centre at Tirana Airport is located outside the Arrivals Hall. The test is done at the airport, the laboratory is at the airport and you will get your PCR test results at the airport.

You can find more information about Covid testing and PCR testing in Albania on my blog post here -> https://albaniatourguide.com/albania-covid-travel-restrictions-pcr-testing-and-coronavirus/

How to get from Tirana airport to the city centre?

You can get from Tirana airport to the city centre by bus, by taxi or by rental car.

The shuttle bus from Tirana airport to the city centre of Tirana departs at 8:00 AM, 9:00 AM, 10:00 AM, 11:00 AM, 12:00 PM, 13:00 PM, 14:00 PM, 15:00 PM, 16:00 PM, 17:00 PM, 18:00 PM, 19:00 PM and 21:00 PM and 23:00 PM. The bus from Tirana airport to the city centre is operated by LUNA travel.

A bus ticket for the bus from Tirana airport to the city centre costs 300 Albanian Leke (2.40 euros) for a one-way journey.

The bus station is located near the car park at Tirana Airport. After you get off the aeroplane, you pass through the passport control and the luggage collection areas to the Arrivals Hall. From the Arrivals Hall, take the exit on your left and the bus station will be right in front of you.

A taxi from Tirana Airport to the city centre of Tirana costs between 10 euros and 25 euros. The official Tirana Airport taxi service charges 20 – 25 euros. The officially licenced taxis are parked right in front of the Arrivals Hall. If you want a cheaper rate, you can contact companies like Speed Taxi, City Taxi, Euro Taxi and UPs Taxi and ask them to pick you up from Tirana Airport.

You can find a comparison of the different car rental companies above.

How to get from Tirana airport to the city by bus?

You can get from Tirana airport to the city by bus. The bus from Tirana Airport to the city costs 300 Albanian Leke (2.40 euros) for a one-way journey. The bus is operated by LUNA Travel. The bus from Tirana airport to the city departs at 8:00 AM, 9:00 AM, 10:00 AM, 11:00 AM, 12:00 PM, 13:00 PM, 14:00 PM, 15:00 PM, 16:00 PM, 17:00 PM, 18:00 PM, 19:00 PM and 21:00 PM and 23:00 PM.

How much is a taxi from Tirana airport to the city centre?

A taxi from Tirana Airport to the city centre costs between 10-25 euros. Below I have a quick overview of the taxi prices by company.

Price for a taxi from Tirana Airport to the city centre of Tirana:

  • Tirana Airport taxi charges 20-25 euros for a taxi from Tirana Airport to the city centre of Tirana
  • Merr Taxi charges 18 euros for a taxi from Tirana Airport to the city centre of Tirana
  • UPs Taxi charges 1738 Leke (15 euros) for a taxi from Tirana Airport to the city centre of Tirana
  • Speedtaxi charges 1200 Leke or 10 euros for a taxi from Tirana Airport to the city centre of Tirana
  • City Taxi charges 1200 Leke (10 euros) for a taxi from Tirana Airport to the city centre of Tirana
  • Euro Taxi charges 15 euros for a taxi from Tirana Airport to the city centre of Tirana

How to get from Tirana airport to Durres?

You can get from Tirana airport to Durres by taxi, by bus or by rental car.

A taxi from Tirana airport to Durres will cost you between 21 euros – 30 euros.

Price for a taxi from Tirana Airport to Durres

  • Tirana Airport taxi charges 25-30 euros for a taxi from Tirana airport to Durres
  • Merr Taxi charges 23 euros for a taxi from Tirana airport to Durres
  • UPs Taxi charges 2603 ALL (21.50 euros) for a taxi from Tirana airport to Durres
  • Speedtaxi charges 2500 Leke or 21 euros for a taxi from Tirana airport to Durres
  • City Taxi charges 3000 Leke (25 euros) for a taxi from Tirana airport to Durres
  • Euro Taxi charges 30 euros for a taxi from Tirana airport to Durres

The bus from Tirana Airport to Durres is operated by Adis. A bus ticket from Tirana airport to Durres costs 1000 Albanian Leke (8 euros). The bus from Tirana airport to Durres departs at 10:00 AM, 12:00 PM, 15:30 PM, 17:00 PM and 22:00 PM.

A rental car at Tirana airport starts from 20 – 25 euros per day. I highly recommend you reach out to car rental companies before travelling so that you can get a good deal.

FAQs

How to get to Tirana Center from airport? ›

There are two transportation options when travelling from Tirana airport to the city centre; you can take a taxi which takes 20 minutes, or the Rinas Express shuttle bus, taking 30 minutes to reach Downtown.

How much is a taxi from Tirana airport to Tirana? ›

Travel to and from TIA by Taxi

The journey from Tirana International Airport to Tirana's center takes 20–25 minutes, depending on traffic, and costs about 2500 Leke (20 EUR) one way.

How much is a taxi from Tirana city centre to airport? ›

How much is a taxi from Tirana airport to city center? A taxi from Tirana airport to the city center costs 20 – 25 euros for a one-way trip. The airport taxis are the fastest way to get to the city center. As a taxi journey will take only 20 – 25 minutes depending on the traffic.

How do you move around in Tirana? ›

The main form of public transportation in Tirana are buses with trips usually costing around 40 LEK. There are a number of inter-city uses marked “Unaza” which travel in a loop around the city center. There isn't a central bus station in the city, there are various bus stop locations in the city.

Are there Ubers in Tirana? ›

No, There is no Uber Tirana. Uber does not exist in Albania, however, there are several reliable and safe alternatives such as Speed Taxi App and Ups Taxi App.

Do taxis in Tirana take credit cards? ›

Major credit and debit cards are accepted in most banks, large supermarkets and international hotels. Smaller businesses and taxis often only accept cash. There are numerous ATMs in Tirana and the main towns, as well as bureaux de change where Sterling, US Dollars and Euros are widely accepted.

Do you tip taxi drivers in Albania? ›

Taxi Drivers: Should I tip? Tipping taxi drivers in Albania is not a common practice. However, rounding up the fare to the nearest hundred lek and leaving the change is a wonderful gesture.

How much does it cost to send a package from USA to Albania? ›

How To Get The Cheapest Shipping From The USA To Albania?
Shipping Methods0.5 kg, 25×18×10 cm4.5 kg, 50×25×18 cm
USPS: Express$42.54$68.46
*FedEx: International Economy$43.28$68.94
*FedEx: International Priority$63.37$73.01
*DHL: Express Worldwide$49.29$93.17
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What is the best transportation in Albania? ›

Bus travel in Albania

Buses are the country's primary mode of transport, with routes connecting most towns and cities. It is easy to locate them because there are bus terminals in each main city, easily accesible. For most of the destinations there are several buses departing from Tirana each day.

Is Uber cheaper than private taxi? ›

Is Uber cheaper than a taxi? Uber is usually a little bit cheaper than taking a traditional taxi. In most cases, Uber fares can be up to 40% cheaper than traditional taxi fares. In some cases, though, Uber fares can be almost double what they are for taxis, when you factor in extra costs.

Can I use euros in Albania? ›

Albania uses a currency called lek. Although the euro is widely accepted, you'll get a better deal on purchases in general if you use lek. Hotels, apartments, and other accommodation are generally quoted in euros but can be paid in either currency.

What is the best area to stay in Tirana? ›

  • Best Areas to Stay in Tirana.
  • Tregu Cam: Best Place To Stay in Tirana for Your First Time.
  • Blloku: Best Area in Tirana for Nightlife.
  • Zona 1: Coolest Place to Stay in Tirana.
  • Komuna e Parisit: Best for Families.
  • 21 Djetori: Where to Stay in Tirana on a Budget.
  • FAQs About the Best Areas to Stay in Tirana.
  • In Conclusion.
Mar 13, 2023

Is it safe to walk around Tirana at night? ›

Crime. Public security is generally good, particularly in Tirana, and Albanians are very hospitable to visitors. Crime and violence does occur in some areas, but reports of crime specifically targeting foreigners are rare.

What areas to avoid in Tirana? ›

Most Albanian cities have certain neighborhoods where you should be extra careful. In Tirana, try to avoid Rruga Ura, Paskuqan, and Babrru.

How many days are enough for Tirana? ›

You should spend 1.5 days in Tirana to go sightseeing in the capital. You should spend half a day on a walking tour of the city centre, half a day at the Bunk'Art bunker museum and half a day at the Dajti Express Cable Car. Any extra time in Tirana can be spent on day trips to Kruja and Berat.

How do I get from Tirana airport to city center at night? ›

You can get from Tirana airport to the city center by bus, by taxi or by rental car. The bus departs every hour between 7 AM and 2 AM. A bus ticket costs 400 LEK (3.50 EUR). A taxi from Tirana airport to the city center costs between 11-20 EUR.

Is Tirana a walkable city? ›

Tirana is a super walkable city, which we loved, so if you base yourself in the Blloku area you will definitely save money on transport.

Can i fly to Albania without a COVID test? ›

Are COVID-19 tests required to travel to Albania? COVID test is not required when arriving in Albania.

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