Car Hire from Tirana Airport
Albania is a country that has only been discovered by tourists in recent years. Visitors who hire a car from Tirana Airport will find themselves within easy reach of old Communist cities, ancient medieval towns and a beautiful Adriatic coastline.
Where to hire a car at Tirana Airport
If you decide to hire a car from Tirana Airport, you’ll find a number of companies to choose from. Avis, Hertz, Sixt, Europcar, Enterprise, Albania Airport Rent A Car and ARA Auto Rental all have offices based inside the terminal building. Some are located by the exit in the arrivals area and some are located by the exit in the central hall.
Petrol Stations near Tirana Airport
The closest petrol station to Tirana Airport is located on the outskirts of Tirana city centre. It’s a Kastrati service station, 17 minutes’ drive from the airport on route SH2, just after the Rruga Teodor Keko intersection.
Driving around Tirana Airport
SH60 is the main road running to and from the airport. Southbound it connects to the SH2, which travels towards Tirana city centre in one direction and towards Durres in the other. Northbound, the SH60 joins the SH52 which travels to Fushe Kruje and provides connections to another major route, the E762, which heads towards Lezhe District and Shkoder.
Driving around Tirana Airport, and around Albania in general, can be a bit of an adventure. Roads are often in a poor condition and a 4WD would come in handy if you’re planning to travel to remote or rural areas. Road lighting can be weak or non-existent so you’ll need to take care when travelling at night.
Drivers from the UK will need an International Driving Permit in order to drive in Albania. This is different to your standard international driving license and you’ll need to apply to either the RAC, the AA or at a large post office to get one.
Getting to your destination
When you hire a car from Tirana Airport, there are lots of exciting destinations close by. Here are a few of them:
Tirana is Albania’s capital city. Since the end of the Communist era in the 1990s, Tirana has undergone a process of transformation. Nowadays, visitors can admire brightly painted buildings, public squares and pretty pedestrianised streets. There are some great museums where you can learn about the city’s history as well as cosmopolitan restaurants, bars and clubs.
It takes around 22 minutes to drive from Tirana Airport to Tirana city centre. The quickest route takes the SH60 south to pick up the SH2. Streets around the city centre are winding and there is a complicated one way system so a good map or a satellite navigation system would be very useful.
Parking in the city can be a little chaotic too. If you manage to find a space or a designated car park, it’s likely to cost between 100lek and 200lek depending on the car park’s location and how long you choose to stay.
Durres is a port town on the Adriatic coast. It’s home to a pretty waterfront promenade and some incredible ancient architecture. The Archaeological Museum is a good stop if you want to learn more about Durres’ past and there are various beach resorts close by too.
It takes around 30 minutes to drive from Tirana Airport to Durres, taking the SH60 south and then the SH2 west. The newer part of the city is laid out over a rough grid system whilst the old town streets are meandering and difficult to navigate so parking in the new town is a less stressful option.
Berat is a small laid-back town south of Tirana city. It’s most famous for its ancient old town which houses an impressive citadel, quaint cobbled streets and churches dating as far back as the 13th century.
Berat is just under two hours’ drive from Tirana Airport, taking the SH2 to Durres before heading south on the SH4. The winding old town streets make parking up and exploring on foot a good option.