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Albania is located in southern Europe, the western part of the Balkans and bordering the gorgeous Adriatic Sea with a population of almost up to 3 million. Albania is home to many significant landmarks that present picturesque sceneries in every season of the year. The country is also known for its spectacular beaches, well-preserved natural wonders, and remarkable cultural heritage. Buy your cheap flight ticket to Albania now and be prepared for an unforgettable journey!

You can start your Albania trip with Pegasus' regular direct and connecting flights. The airport where you will land for Albania flights offered by Pegasus Airlines is Tirana International Airport, located in the capital city of Tirana. Tirana flights are operated to Tirana International Airport (TIA), with direct flights departing from Istanbul Sabiha Gökçen International Airport (SAW). The distance between Istanbul-Tirana takes approximately 1 hour and 55 minutes with direct flights. Besides, you can get to Albania - Tiran with connecting flights via Istanbul from airports in different countries worldwide. You can also travel to various destinations in Turkey and many other places of the world from Tirana with connecting flights via Istanbul.

Transportation from Tirana International Airport to Tirana City Centre

Tirana International Airport is the only hub for international flights via Albania. Located in the northwest of Tirana, the airport is 17 kilometres away from the city centre. You can take advantage of bus, taxi, and car rental options to reach the city centre from Tirana Airport.

Bus

In Tirana, only private shuttle buses are available from the airport to go to the city centre. You can go to touristic areas such as Iskender Bey Square and the National Opera and Ballet Theatre in the centre of Tirana with the Rinas Express buses. You can get to the city centre in 30 minutes by Rinas bus, and you can buy your ticket on the bus.

Taxi – Car Rental

The most frequently used transportation option to reach the city centre is taxis. You can reach the city centre and other settlements approximately 20 minutes by taxis that serve 24/7. You can also enjoy travelling around the city with your own vehicle with the car rental options of Pegasus.

Public Transport

The transportation network in Albania is not developed enough. Public transport in Albania is provided by Rinas buses, minibusses, and taxis. Bus routes are written at bus stops. On the other hand, Minibusses serve certain regions and do not have specific hours. If you prefer taxis, it would be useful to negotiate the fare. In addition, you can easily reach many points in Tirana on foot.

What are the service hours of Albania's public transport?

Rinas buses depart from the airport to the city centre between 08.00 a.m. and 11:00 p.m. and from the city centre to the airport every hour between 07.00 a.m. and 10.00 p.m.

Is there a tourist travel card in Albania?

There is no travel card in Albania.

Albania Intercity Transportation

There are bus and train alternatives for intercity transportation in Albania. You can reach many cities such as Durres and Vlore by train in the country. In addition, it is possible to get to other cities from Tirana Airport by express buses operated by Adis Travel and Euro-Albania Travel. For example, after landing at Tirana airport with Pegasus flights, you can travel to Durres and Fier by shuttle buses.

Albania Railway Map

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Albania Highway map

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Where to Stay in Albania?

Albania is a rapidly growing tourism destination and offers a wide range of accommodation options to its visitors, especially in its capital city Tirana.

If you are in Tirana to explore its must-go attractions thoroughly and engage with the everyday hassle of the city, it is recommended for you to stay in hotels located around Skanderbeg Square. There are many significant landmarks and museums around the square that are a walking distance away from each other; such as the Ethem Bey Mosque, Resurrection of Christ Orthodox Cathedral, or National History Museum.

If you are planning to enjoy Albania’s renowned coastline and gorgeous beaches along the Adriatic Sea, you can stay in great hotels located in Durrës.

We would love to help you organize your trip to Albania and you can book a hotel easily through our website.


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Top things to do in Albania

Albania is a thriving tourism destination with a lot to offer. The country is home to phenomenal natural sceneries as well as many significant historical landmarks and museums. We listed some of these things you can do in Albania below and if you would like to know more about the country, you can check our detailed Albania Travel Guide.

  • Explore Skanderbeg Square: Skanderbeg Square is the main square of Tirana and is surrounded by many significant landmarks all around such as National Theatre of Opera and Ballet of Albania, the National History Museum, the Ethem Bey Mosque, and the National Library. The square named after the Albanian national hero Skanderbeg whose magnificent statue situated at the center of the square. There are also many local restaurants, cafés, and shops located around Skanderbeg Square.
  • Visit the National Museum of History: National Museum of History is located next to the Skanderbeg Square and is the largest museum of Albania with countless artifacts ranging from prehistory to the communist era.
  • See Ethem Bey Mosque: Ethem Bey Mosque is one of Tirana’s most well-known landmarks and was completed in 1823. The mosque has fascinating frescos depicting various natural sceneries such as waterfalls and trees. Tours of the mosque are given daily only except for during prayer times.
  • Discover Dajti Mountain National Park: Dajti Mountain National Park is an amazing national park to discover with its lovely hiking routes, peaceful lakes, and spectacular views of Tirana as well. Although if you are a regular hiker it is possible for you to reach the peak without any rides, you can also get to the highest point of Dajti mountain with a breath-taking 15-minute cable car ride.
  • Marvel at Bunk’Art: Bunk’Art is one of the most unusual attractions you can visit in Tirana since it is an actual bunker that was constructed in the 1970s to protect Albania’s prominent politicians. Today, the five-story bunker is in use as a museum and contemporary art gallery.
  • The Resurrection of Christ Orthodox Cathedral: The Resurrection Cathedral is one of the largest Orthodox cathedrals in the Balkans and was completed in 2014. The cathedral is located in Tirana city center, a short walking distance away from Skanderbeg Square.

You can visit our detailed Tirana Travel Guide to learn more about Tirana and its spectacular attractions.

Car Rental in Albania

You can also rent a car with Pegasus privileges if you want to consider a more comfortable option for city transportation when you arrive in Albania for business or leisure.


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Airports in Albania

We use Rinas International Airport for our flights in Albania. 

Rinas International Airport

Rinas International Airport (TIA) is located 16 kilometers away from Tirana city center. You can get to the city center from Rinas International Airport with direct bus, taxi, and rental car. Direct buses are available from 07:00 to 23:00 with one-hour intervals and the trip to Tirana city center approximately takes 30 minutes.

We listed some useful side notes about Albania for you right below.

Things to Know Before Visiting Albania

  • Albanian is the only official and most commonly spoken language in the country. Many locals in Albania can also speak English and Italian as well.
  • Albania uses Albanian lek as its currency and there are many exchange vendors around the country.
  • Albania is one of the most budget-friendly destinations of Europe with many affordable sightseeing, dining and accommodation options.
  • Some shops, restaurants, and cafés do not accept payments with credit or debit cards so it can be useful for you to have some local currency in cash.
  • Public transport is not as convenient as most of the other European destinations and most visitors prefer to enjoy the country with a rental car.
  • Albania is a safe country to visit with low petty and violent crime rates but it is recommended for you to be cautious about pickpocketing in crowded areas and public transport.
  • Tap water is not drinkable in most parts of the country.

Essential Numbers

Country Code: +355

Rinas International Airport Number: +355 4 238 1600

Official Tourism Information Number for Tirana: +355 4 238 1600

Police Emergency: 129

Police Information: 122

Ambulance: 127

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