Travel Information for International Attendees
Tirana is the capital city of Albania. Located 30 km east of the Adriatic Sea and only minutes from Tirana International Airport, Tirana is a dynamic and vibrant metropolis where one can find a bit of everything. Being the economic, social and cultural epicenter of modern Albania, Tirana offers various accommodation, recreation and heritage sites. All of these are easily accessible on foot, bike, car or public transportation. Learn more about Tirana here.
There are two international airports operating in Albania. The main airport is ‘’Tirana International Airport’’ approximately 30 minutes far by car from the city center of Tirana. The other airport is located north of Albania, ‘’Kukës International Airport Zayed-North Wings’’: approximately 3 hours from Tirana. Please check the respective website to get the necessary information about the leading flying companies carrying their activities in Albania.
Tirana International Airport: https://www.tirana-airport.com
Kukës International Airport Zayed-North Wings: https://kuiport.al
*To arrange your transport to and from the airport, two options are available:
- You can use the Airport Shuttle Bus, which leaves on the hour from 6.00 am to 6.00 pm from the airport and the city center and costs 250 Albanian Lek one way (about $2.5).
- You can hire a taxi. All taxis charge a fixed rate of 2,000 Albanian Lek (about $20) between the airport and any destination in the city center and are very safe to use.
- Taxis charge fixed rates of $4-6 for travel within Tirana.
To download a tourist map of Tirana, click here.
Additional tourist information in English on Tirana can be found on the City’s website.
*This information is valid only for Tirana International Airport
Visa and Passports
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Albania generally exhibits a spirit of cooperation with the vast majority of countries. This attitude is mainly dedicated to the fact that Albania has been the only European country that was, for a long time, isolated from the international community until fall of communism in 1991.
Albanians know first-hand what it means to be excluded from international collaborations. Hence, every democratically elected Albanian government throughout the years has undertaken actions towards further facilitating border crossing to Albania for foreign visitors.
Detailed information regarding specific cases is found in the official announcements of the Albanian Ministry for Europe and Foreign Affairs below: