Tirana, giving a grasp of Ottoman culture to its visitors by the mosque and Turkish bath from the 17th century, is the capital of Albania. Tirana has a small surface area, and a low population ratio. Passengers wanting to visit Tirana use the transportation to the city from Tirana International Airport.
The transportation service provided by public transport in Tirana is very weak. As of 2013, the train line that runs along the coastline of the city has been closed. There is no public transport means except for the bus. Train services are only used for transportation to neighboring cities.
A tourist information office is located in the Rruga Ded Gjo Luli district, north of Skanderbeg Square, known as the city center of Tirana, to make it easier for visitors to use public transport within the city. We recommend that you visit this office. Office staff speaks English, telling you in detail what you need to do through the maps to make your transportation easier. If you do not want to use public transport, it would ease your trip to take a taxi or rent a car.
Other than that, you can also explore the city center on foot. However, as there is often construction going on in the city square, your journey can be halved. In some parts of the city bicycle rental points are located. With the bike you can rent from here you can have a more enjoyable trip.
Options for public transport from Tirana International Airport to the city are quite limited. It will be much easier to get to your destination by renting a car or taking a taxi.
There are buses named Rinas Express which takes you to the Rruga Durres area, a few minutes' walk from Skanderbeg Square. After passing through the exit gates of the airport, you can follow the car park area and find the bus departure point behind the taxi stops. These buses operate between 6 am and 6 pm, with hourly intervals. Moreover, buses are the only means of public transport in the city. The times of departure change frequently, so it is worth checking before you take the bus. Apart from Rinas Express, there is no other bus departing from the airport. So if you are thinking of going to another part of the city, you have to use other bus lines passing through the city center.
Train lines that no longer serve in urban transport are used only for intercity transport, although limited. Using these lines you can travel to Durres, Shkodra, Elbasan Vlore and Librazhd.
It is possible to easily find a taxi from the taxi stop right outside the airport. In addition, there are two taxi stops serving the city transport: MerrTaxi, SpeedTaxi. For our passengers who want to use taxi, we recommend these two. Pirate taxis are often found in the city, but their fees may be higher than the normal taxis. You can come across those who do not use taximeters among these pirate taxis. We recommend you to be careful in this regard for a more comfortable transport.
Car rental is a less preferred alternative to taking a taxi. There are many vehicles in many parts of the city. It is therefore possible to have difficulty parking your vehicle. Also, the asphalt is not well laid out on the road. Driving can also be very challenging because traffic signs are not very well prepared.Last Updated: 08 May 2017
Tirana, the capital of Albania, makes you feel the magic of Ottoman architecture with its mosques and baths dating back to the 1600s. The surface area of Tirana, which is close to Istanbul’s, is a very calm city in terms of population. You need to use Tirana International Airport to visit this city.
It cannot be said that Tirana offer good service in terms of public transport. Until 2013, there were in-city train services that served the city along the shoreline. This line is not used now. The bus is the only means of public transport available for use in urban transport. Train services are now only an option for intercity transportation. A tourist information office is located in the Rruga Ded Gjo Luli district, north of Skanderbeg Square, which forms part of Tirana city center. We recommend you to visit this office to facilitate your access to the city. English speaking office staff can explain you how you can get to where you want to go through the maps.
Passengers who do not want to use public transport can choose to take a taxi or rent a car from the city for a more comfortable ride. The city center is quite small. So, if you have time, you can also visit the city center on foot. It is useful to remind that the frequent construction work done in the center may prevent your walk. It is also possible to rent bicycles in certain areas of the city. Although it is difficult to say that Tirana is a bicycle city, cycling is a pleasant option for short distances.
There are not many alternatives to get to Tirana International Airport from Tirana by public transport. First of all you have to come to Skanderbeg Square from where you are, then you have to transfer. Therefore, we recommend that passengers who wish to travel more comfortably should consider taxi or car rental options.
The Rinas Express, which takes you from the central square to the airport, is the only option for getting to the airport by public transport. Rinas Express is departing from the north of the Skanderbeg Square, near the other bus stops. The departure time of the buses, which operate between 6 am and 6 pm, may be earlier than the scheduled time. For this reason, we advise you to be there at least a few minutes before the departure time.
If the place you are in is located in a more remote part of the city, you have to get on one of the buses to Skanderbeg Square to get to the city center. After you arrive at the airport, you reach the terminal after passing taxi stops and car parking areas.
The train services are not providing access to the city anymore. However, it is possible to use trains, although with limited opportunities, for long distance travel. With these lines it is possible to travel to Durres, Shkodra, Elbasan Vlore and Librazhd.
MerrTaxi and SpeedTaxi are taxi stops used for intra city transportation. We recommend that you use one of these two stops. While it is possible to use a pirate taxis, many of these taxis do not use taximeters, so it is possible that you pay more for them.
You can rent a car from Rent A Car offices located in the city. However, if you are planning to stay in the city before going to the airport, it can be very difficult to find a parking place. Besides, the pavements of the roads in the city are not well. For this reason, driving can be a stress factor.
With the free Wi-Fi connection you can take advantage of at Tirana International Airport, you can use the internet from your devices, and you can spend your time untiringly until your flight. There is also a special area for the passengers who smoke in the Segafredo Bar section of the airport. In the check-in hall there are sweet shops, newspaper dealers, bookstores and jewelers. You can spend time in the Airport Bar and Piazza Restaurant in the arriving passenger area and in Segafredo Bar and Coli's Bar in the departing passenger area. Apart from that, there is also a Business Lounge at the airport.Last Updated: 25 Mar 2017
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