Albania

Capital Tirana

Population 2,886,026

Area 28,748 km2

Key facts

Albania is a country located in Southern Europe. There are 4 countries (Greece, Montenegro, North Macedonia, Serbia) that Albania shares its borders with. The official language of Albania is Albanian. Unfortunately, if you speak English, it might be problematic to communicate fluently unless you know Albanian.

In the EF English Competency Index (EF EPI), which assesses the language proficiency of non-native speaking countries, Albania was ranked 39th out of 100 countries in 2021.

The national currency in Albania is Albanian lek (ALL). The lek (lek) is subdivided into 100 qindarkë.

With today's currency rate, 1 EUR is worth 116.4 ALL and 1 USD is worth 120 ALL.

Albanian
Banknotes

Lek200Lek500Lek1000Lek2000Lek5000

Albanian
Coins

Lek1Lek5Lek10Lek20Lek50Lek100

Check with your bank before your trip to find out if there are any fees for using your card abroad. Some banks do not charge fees when you use a foreign ATM or pay in foreign currency, but others may charge a fixed cost for each transaction or allow a limited number of free withdrawals. The travel card provided by Wise.com, Revolut or Monose might be an excellent option to cut down on transaction fees.

Ookla® Speedtest The average fixed internet speed in Albania is 53.73 Mbps and mobile is 48.74 Mbs.The global average is 139.19 Mbps and 77.74 Mbps respectively.

ATM Density When compared to the world average, Albania has less ATMs.31.42 ATMs per 100,000 people.The global average is 41.24.

SIM Registration In order to purchase a SIM card in Albania, a passport or ID is required as identification.

Socket types

There are 2 socket types used in Albania. Type C is a popular socket type throughout Europe (except the United Kingdom), Russia, and certain Asian countries.

Type C 230 V, 50 Hz  Type F 230 V, 50 Hz  

The sockets' shapes and voltage differ from country to country and a travel plug adapter may be required. Portable devices, such as phones, notebooks or tablets, usually handle the entire range of voltages used across the world (110-240V).

Public holidays

In the year 2022, Albania will celebrate 12 national public holidays. The next one Mother Teresa Day will take place on October 19.

DateHoliday name
January 1, 2022New Year's DayViti i Ri
January 2, 2022New Year's DayViti i Ri
March 14, 2022Summer DayDita e Verës
March 22, 2022NowruzDita e Sulltan Nevruzit
April 24, 2022Moving holidayEaster SundayPashkët Ortodokse
April 25, 2022Moving holidayEaster MondayPashkët Ortodokse
May 1, 2022May DayDita Ndërkombëtare e Punonjësve
October 19, 2022Mother Teresa DayDita e Nënë Terezës
November 28, 2022Independence DayDita e Pavarësisë
November 29, 2022Liberation DayDita e Çlirimit
December 8, 2022Youth DayDita Kombëtare e Rinisë
December 25, 2022Christmas DayKrishtlindjet

Food & Hotels

What hotel chains are present in Albania?

There are no Mariott hotels in Albania.

The Hilton hotel chain operates in Albania.

There are no IHG hotels in Albania.

The Best Western hotel chain operates in Albania.

There are Radisson hotels in Tirana.

The Accor hotel chain operates in Albania.

What fast food chains are present in Albania?

Tavë kosi are some of the most well-known delicacies to come out of Albania. If none of these foods appeal to you, check out the list of fast-food restaurants in Albania below.

The McDonald's chain does not operate in Albania.

The KFC chain operates in Albania.

The Burger King chain does not operate in Albania.

The Subway chain does not operate in Albania.

The Domino's Pizza chain does not operate in Albania.

The Starbucks chain does not operate in Albania.

Weather

Today the sun in Tirana, rises at 6:33 AM and sets at 6:28 PM. The climate of Tirana may be categorized as a Mediterranean (Csa), according to Koppen's classification system.
TodaySep 29ThunderstormLow: 17.3°C (63.14°F)High: 22.8°C (73.04°F)
FridaySep 30OvercastLow: 16.5°C (61.7°F)High: 25.9°C (78.62°F)
SaturdayOct 1Rain showersLow: 16.5°C (61.7°F)High: 23.5°C (74.3°F)
SundayOct 2ThunderstormLow: 17°C (62.6°F)High: 24.7°C (76.46°F)
MondayOct 3FogLow: 15.2°C (59.36°F)High: 25.5°C (77.9°F)
TuesdayOct 4OvercastLow: 12.5°C (54.5°F)High: 23.1°C (73.58°F)

Weather data for Tirana (capital city) by Open-Meteo.com

Transport

Railways There are passenger trains operating between some cities.

Subway Systems There is no subway system in any city.

Taxi Apps Unfortunately neither Uber nor Bolt are available in Albania.

Car Rental Avis , Sixt , Hertz are all available in Albania.

Road Connectivity Index (2016)  With a score of 3.4, Albania is placed 111th out of 129 nations.

Driving Side In Albania traffic is right-handed.

Safety

Theft Occurrence Rate  152.00 thefts per 100,000 people in 2020.The global average is 544.

Road Traffic Casualties 11.70 deaths per 100,000 people in 2019.The global average is 16.71.

Travel Advisory Level (U.S. DoS)  Level 2: Exercise increased caution. 

Emergency phones in Albania

112 Police
112 Ambulance
112 Fire police

Sources

Smoking & Alcohol

Smoking ban Inconsistent or only partially enforced smoke-free laws

Cananbis legality Both recreational and medicinal use of cannabis is prohibited.

The products are only for your own use or consumption, or as a present for members of your household. They may not be imported for commercial purposes under any circumstances.

Alcohol allowance

  • 1L of distilled beverages and spirits of an alcoholic strength by volume exceeding 22% ABV; non-denatured ethyl alcohol of 80% ABV and over
  • 2L of distilled beverages and spirits, and aperitifs with a wine or alcoholic base, tafia, sake‚ or similar beverages, of an alcoholic strength by volume not exceeding 22% ABV; sparkling wines, liqueur wines: two liters, or a proportional assortment of these different products
  • 2L of still wines two liters
  • 10L of beer

Tobacco allowance

  • 200 cigarettes, or 100 cigarillos (cigars of a maximum weight of three grams each), or 50 cigars, or 250 grams of smoking tobacco
  • or a proportional assortment of these different products

Visa

What are visa requirements to enter Albania?

Currently, citizens of 94 countries can enter Albania without obtaining a visa. This figure includes nationals who can acquire a visa on arrival. Please note that you may be needed to get an electronic visa before arriving.

Use the list below to check visa requirements for your country to enter Albania.

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