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Tirana travel tips

Tirana: lively capital in south-eastern Europe

Tirana has been developing quickly in recent years, making the city a blend of tradition and modernity. The small capital of Albania exudes a vibrant energy, especially at night, and visitors can enjoy its numerous parks, museums and cafés.

Main Tirana events and holidays

While summers in Tirana are hot and dry, winters can be cool and wet, with some snow. The best period to visit the city is therefore between the spring and autumn, from April to October. June is perfect to enjoy empty beaches and August is a good time to discover the surrounding mountains. In terms of holidays, Orthodox Easter is celebrated around March-April, up to five weeks after the Northern European Easter. As for cultural events, the Albanian capital hosts the Tirana Film Festival in December, and the Tirana International Jazz Festival in July along with many other events.

Important facts about Tirana

British citizens do not need a visa for visits under 90 days, but their passport has to be valid for at least 6 months when entering the country. Routine vaccinations should be up-to-date and shots against Hepatitis A, as well as Hepatitis B and rabies for longer stays, are recommended. Tap water may not always be safe to drink, so travellers need to take adequate measures during their visit. The cost of living in Tirana is about 60% lower than in London. For instance, the price of a cheap meal is around 700 lek, while you can enjoy street food such as sufllaqe or a gjiro for approximately 200 lek.

Getting to Tirana

Tirana International Airport is located about 17km from central Tirana and visitors can take a taxi in front of the terminal. The ride is about 25 minutes and costs around 2,500 lek. Otherwise, the Rinas Express Bus runs every hour from 1am to 6pm, and tickets are ca. 250 lek. Another option is to take the shuttle service to Durres port for about 500 lek. Accommodation ranges from budget shared rooms for around 1400 LEK to mid-range hotels for about 4000 lek per night. A tax of 1000 lek applies on all hotels. Public transportation includes buses, with single tickets costing approx. 30 lek, but they are slow. Metered taxis have a flat rate of about 250 lek during the day and about 50 lek more at night. If travelling around the city centre, it is better to walk.