Getting around in Tirana: info, costs and advice

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Capital of Albania known for the architecture of the Ottoman, Fascist and Soviet eras, Tirana is a perfect town to visit in a weekend. Although it has not always enjoyed an excellent reputation in the past, things have changed in recent times and with its pastel-colored palaces and buildings, squares and museums it has become a center of Albanian culture and entertainment. Despite the chaos of the streets and the traffic, the city lends itself very well to being visited on foot, thus capturing all its charm!

Here is a guide on how to get around Tirana: info, costs and advice!



Index

  1. Useful Tips
  2. How to get from the airport to the center of Tirana
  3. How to get around on foot
  4. Con i mezzi pubblici
  5. By car
  6. User questions and comments

Useful Tips

Tirana can be safely explored by walking. For a first approach to the city, the advice is to take a guided walking tour in Italian, which allows you to settle in, identify the main landmarks with a guide and discover all the main attractions.

As for the means of transport, the city only has buses, with a network that is not exactly widespread but highly functional! In this case, the Tirana Public Transport (TPT) APP can come in handy. Unluckily, there are no cards or day passes, the only subscription available is the monthly one.

The alternative is to getting around by taxi or by Furgon, definitely cheap. A taxi ride into the city costs on average 400,00 LEK (€ 3,20) and all official taxis have a meter. The Vans are private 8-seater vans that stop in the main squares such as Sheshi Skenderbej. Active 5: 00-22: 30, they have no fixed stops but you can go up and down on request. The ticket is paid to the driver and is 25,00 LEK (€ 0,20).



  • Recommended solutions and means: on foot, by bus, taxi and van
  • Solutions and means not recommended: cars and bikes
  • City cards and season tickets recommended: monthly subscription 1.400,00 LEK (€ 11,20)

How to get from the airport to the center of Tirana

L'Tirana International Airport, dedicated to Mother Teresa of Calcutta, is about 20 km from the city center and welcomes flights from major European countries. Upon exiting the airport you will find numerous taxi and a link bus to the center (active 7: 30-18: 30, departures every 30 min).

Tirana International Airport

  • Distance from the center: 20 km / travel time: 30 min;
  • By taxi: average cost 2.480,00 LEK (€ 20,00) / travel time: 30 min
  • By bus: average cost 250,00 LEK (€ 2,00) / Rinas Express line

How to get around on foot

The best way to get around Tirana is on foot. In this way you can admire the beauty of the city and meet sunny people who are always willing to help tourists. Most of the young Albanians speak Italian and Tirana is a real cultural ferment: you won't find it hard to meet people who speak English and want to chat with you.

Furthermore, the historic center has many pedestrian areas and even in the avenues open to traffic there is always a walkway reserved for pedestrians.
For a first approach to the city, the advice is to take a guided walking tour in Italian, which allows you to settle in, identify the main landmarks with a guide and discover all the main attractions.

For the itineraries on foot, download our Smart Guide for visiting tirana for free.



Con i mezzi pubblici

Tirana's public transport network is characterized only by city buses and there is no metro, tram or trolleybus in the city. Despite these shortcomings, the buses they cover the center and the first periphery very well. Alternatively, you can use taxis and vans.

Bus

City buses are theonly public transport in Tirana. They are a bit outdated and without air conditioning, but with quite high frequencies, every 3-5 min.

There are around 20 operated lines from different companies, that's why you will see buses different in type and color. Those marked with Unaze on the front go around the center of Tirana. The Qender ones, on the other hand, are the buses that leave from the center (Clock Tower or Skandeberg Square). There are, then, lines that they serve the suburban area and shopping malls: Citypark, Casa Italia, QTU.

Tickets can be bought on board from the driver, there are no passes for tourists except monthly. For payment, make sure you have the right cash.


  • Downloadable map: official site
  • by 6: 00 22 to: 00
  • Ticket / single ride cost: 40,00 LEK ALL (€ 0,30)
  • Cost of ticket booklet / season ticket: monthly 1.400,00 LEK (€ 11,20)

By car

Getting around Tirana by car is extremely not recommended due to traffic and limited parking. If you have a car with you, the advice is to leave it in the hotel car park or in a secure garage.

Furthermore, the center is pedestrianized so the only way to get around it is on foot. So, besides being not recommended, it is not necessary at all! If you need to reach an area not covered by buses, you can easily take advantage of taxis and vans, really very cheap! A taxi ride (make sure you only get on the official ones, equipped with a taximeter) costs an average of 400,00 LEK (€ 3,20), while vans cost only 25,00 LEK per person (€ 0,20) ).


ZTL

The pedestrian street of Tirana is called Pedonalja, cars are not allowed access and it is possible to pass only on foot or by bike. The area includes the Tirana Castle, the Academy of Sciences of Albania, the ancient National Library of Albania and the Tanner Bridge, as well as the National Experimental Theater and the National Art Gallery.

Stops and parking

There is an underground public car park on Skënderbej Square with over 300 seats, safe and in service 24 hours a day. The cost is 24 LEK (€ 200,00) up to 1,61 hours, 3 LEK (€ 500,00) from 4,00 to 3 hours, 8 LEK (€ 800,00) from 6,45 to 8 hours and 12 ALL (€ 1.000,00) from 8,00 to 12 hours of parking.

Wherever you can find street parking, indicated with a P, you should know that the parking is allowed only upon payment at the parking meters; the cost from Monday to Friday 7: 30-20: 00 varies according to the area, from 20,00 LEK (€ 0,16) to 100,00 LEK (€ 0,81). However, be careful to leave your car in these car parks unattended, especially in the evening.


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