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13 Best Hostels in Albania – From Medieval-Era Castles and Ottoman Architectures to Exotic Beaches

Albania is unquestionably the best Balkan country for backpacking. This former Ottoman territory has become one of Europe’s best-kept secrets, touting Europe’s best beaches and landscapes at significantly lower prices. However, with the country’s emergence as the continent’s number one travel hotspot, travel snobs predict that, like its Balkan cousins Croatia and Montenegro, Albania will become crowded and expensive in the coming years, indicating that now is the time to visit!

A country filled with bunkers as a reminder of its turbulent and war-torn past and its distinct blend of religious and ethnic cultures, Albania has so much to offer that a visit any time of year will serve as one of your fondest holidays.

Even better, this tiny country has no shortage of hostels, making it an ideal destination for first-time backpackers. Albania’s hostel scene is very exciting, and there is a hostel for every type of traveler, from party hostels that don’t seem to sleep to sleepy, hilltop alternative hostels overlooking the Adriatic. Hostelgeeks has compiled a list of the best hostels in Albania, from the beaches of Vlore to the artsy capital Tirana, to ensure you have a magical visit to the Adriatic gem—this is your Albanian travel guide simplified.

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This guide is perfect for YOU, when you…

  • are tired of crappy hostels!
  • want a social Hostel to actually meet people
  • are happy to spend $1 to $2 more for a much better experience

Overview: Best Hostels by Traveler Type

⭐ The Best Hostel in Albania: Vanilla Sky Boutique in Tirana
🦸 Solo Traveler: Stone City Hostel in Girokaster
🙎‍♀️ best for Female Solo Traveler: The Art Hostel in Tirana
🥳 Party Hostel:Saranda Backpackers in Saranda
👩‍❤️‍👨 Couple Hostel: Maya Hostel in Berat
👨‍👩‍👦 Family Hostel: Elbasani Backpacker Hostel in Elbasan
🌄 For Nature Lovers: Riverside Komani Lake in Koman
🧘 Cozy Hostel: Mi Casa es Tu Casa in Shkoder

🎁 New to Hostels? Read our guide to staying in a Hostel for the First Time here. We especially recommend reading:

Quick Introduction to Albania

Average price for a bed: Hostels in Albania cost 8€ – 14€ per night for a bed in a dorm. A private room starts from 15€ up to 45€ per night. This is a rough average just to give you an idea.

Prices always depend on season and holidays. Please always check exact rates on Hostelz.com or Hostelworld.com.

Check-In and Check Out: The average check-in time is from 15:00 (3pm), while the Check-Out time is before 11:00 (11am). Hostels usually offer luggage storage in case you arrive earlier or leave later. Make sure you check if luggage storage is free or if there is an extra cost.

How to get around Albania: Albania is the country for you if you have patience and a desire for surprises, as timetables are completely random at times. Because there are no major train systems in the country, most travelers rely on the public bus to get from one city to the next. Fortunately, most towns in Albania are walkable, but buses in rural areas may only run a few times a day in most places, so plan ahead to allow for late, early, or canceled buses.

Bus tickets to other cities are only available at the bus station. Often these bus tickets are under 2,000 LEK. If you can afford to splurge on transportation, rental cars are a great way to see Albania’s hidden sights that cannot be accessed with public transportation. Taxis, of course, are always available, and most hostelers enjoy splitting taxi costs to see nearby areas.

Is tap water safe to drink in Albania? High levels of chlorine make most tap water in Albania unsafe to drink. You won’t die, but the distinct flavor should be enough to convince you to buy your own bottled water. Bottled water is inexpensive in Albania, and is important for staying hydrated in the country’s scorching heat. Drink what the locals drink if you’re in doubt (including raki).

What is the currency in Albania? Albania uses the Albanian LEK.

To keep things simple,

  • 1 USD = 110 LEK
  • 1 EURO = 117 LEK

With so many different bills, the conversion takes some getting used to, but Albania is a budget-friendly country to visit. It’s a good idea to withdraw enough money for the entirety of your trip because ATMs charge a hefty fee and many places in the country only accept cash.

Do they speak English in Albania? Not only do Albanians in most major cities speak English, but due to mass tourism, many Albanians also speak Italian, Greek, and Spanish! Getting by with a few Albanian words, on the other hand, is sure to make you some new local friends and impress the old ladies at the markets! Here are some useful Albanian words:

  • Hello – Përshëndetje
  • Goodbye – Mirupafshim
  • Beer – Birra
  • Beach – Plazhi
  • Bathroom – Banjo
  • Bus – autobus
  • How much is it? – Sa është kjo?
  • Thank You – Faleminderit

Best Hostels in Tirana

Tirana, the capital of Albania has unironically been dubbed the new Berlin. With a hoarding of bomb shelter museums, quirky cafes, and gentrified bars and eateries, the city’s slightly grungy aesthetic has transformed into one of Europe’s fastest-growing cities, particularly for digital nomads. Many backpackers only stop in Tirana as a pit stop for some reason, but you’d be a fool not to spend a few days immersed in the capital. It is also the best city in the country for nonstop nightlife all year.

Read: full guide to the best hostels in Tirana!

The best hostels in Tirana are:

Vanilla Sky Boutique Hostel, Tirana

Vanilla Sky Boutique is the hostel of choice for those looking to hang out in a modern and trendy space with direct access to Tirana’s entertainment district, Blok, which is home to a variety of bars, nightclubs, and restaurants. Vanilla Sky Boutique Hostel has a variety of rooms to accommodate every guest’s needs, from mixed dormitories and couple rooms to female-only dorms. It is not a party hostel, but it is in an ideal location for those who want to explore Tirana’s nightlife while returning to a clean and well-kept hostel at all hours of the day.

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Vanilla Sky Boutique Hostel Common Space

Vanilla Sky Boutique Hostel Dorm

Vanilla Sky Boutique Hostel Kitchen

Art Hostel, Tirana

The Art Hostel in Tirana is a superb hostel located in a quiet but convenient neighborhood 15 minutes from the center, with easy access to cafes, restaurants, and shops. A large and impressive hostel with many rooms, including privates and a female dorm, this hostel is large enough to have your own space, but it is always filled with people, making it easy to make new friends. The soothing balcony overlooks the neighborhood, providing a colorful, picturesque view. There are plenty of places to read a book or catch up on work—digital nomads will appreciate the hostel’s organization. The ambiance is ideal for solo and coupled travelers. Although it is a short distance from the bus stop, it is still easily accessible by local bus.

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Art Hostel Common Space

Art Hostel Dorm

Art Hostel Terrace

Trip’n’Hostel

Trip’n’Hostel is one of the best hostels in Tirana. This place is a great choice for those that prefer a more homely hostel rather than a super modern type place. Walking in through the doors really is like walking in to someone’s home. The kind of home that is obviously well lived in yet still clean and relaxing. A highlight is the cooked breakfast in the morning 🙂

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Trip’n’Hostel Outside Common Space

Trip’n’Hostel Living Room

Trip’n’Hostel Dorm

Tirana Backpacker Hostel

Tirana Backpacker Hostel is a a colourful, cosy and vibrant hostel, set a short distance from Skanderbeg Square, Former Residence of Enver Hoxha and House of Leaves. It is a very social place, perfect for backpackers.The place offers a very relaxing and confortable stay. The kitchen is moderately equipped but they offer interesting vegetarian dinners in their beautiful backyard garden, with wonderful music! The garden is the most attractive aspect of this place. 

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Tirana Backpacker Hostel Garden

Tirana Backpacker Hostel Room

The Bearded Dad Hostel

The Bearded Dad Hostel is 2-story villa is situated in a tranquil alley, only a few steps from Bulevardi Zogu I. The hostel is very clean and has good terraces and outside area. Each bed has a plug and a light – perfect for charging your things overnight.  Everything is brand new and a sparkling clean in this hostel. It’s a place with it’s own ambience, style and atmosphere. Also you will find a big and friendly dog!

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The Bearded Dad Hostel Dorm

The Bearded Dad Hostel Common Space

Best Hostels in Shkoder

Shkoder is a magical town and one of the highlights of Albania. Many backpackers come for the grand lake-encompassed hike, but (over)stay for the town’s extra promises of camps, forests, and sporadic adventures. Shkoder is the most popular backpacker destination in Albania, with a charming city center and enticing nature on the outskirts.

Renting a bike is a great way to visit the lake, see the Rozafa Fortress, and cross the Mesi Bridge.

The best hostels in Shkoder are:

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The Wanderers hostel, Shkoder

Every backpacker you meet in Albania will remember Shkoder’s most popular hostel, The Wanderers Hostel. Upon check-in, you’re immediately invited to the hostel’s party, where a bar, music, and a slew of people smiling and laughing greet you for an exciting and hopefully not too hungover stay. This is one of the best party hostels in Albania, without the typical party hostel messiness and disorganization.

Not only is this hostel extremely clean, but the mix of local and foreign staff knows how to put down raki to confirm all of your trips and excursions are booked. Daily activities are planned, and parties and barbeques are always held to congratulate guests after a long hike or excursion day. Book early; during peak season, the hostel is usually booked a week out. The Wanderer’s Hostel is unquestionably the best option in the city center if you want a wild party experience while still seeing all of Shkoder’s best sights.

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The Wanderers Hostel Room

The Wanderers Hostel Garden

Mi casa es tu casa, Shkoder

For those looking for a quieter hostel, Mi Casa es Tu Casa is another highly rated hostel located in the heart of Shkoder’s city center. The hostel staff is friendly and knowledgeable and does their best to recommend activities in and around Shkoder. This hostel allows you to quickly book tours, and the hostel owner even provides breakfast for your trip. While not a party hostel, this popular hostel quickly fills, and there is always someone to talk to in the hostel’s garden and bar.

The cleanliness is exceptional, and you’ll feel right at home in this cozy, family-oriented hostel. The guests are more mature, so come here if you want a good night’s sleep without the boredom that most of the quieter hostels in the area. Another busy hostel, you must book at least a day in advance and notify the staff right away if planning on extending your stay because beds fill up quickly in the summer.

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Mi Casa es Tu Casa Living Room

Mi Casa es Tu Casa Dorm

Best Hostels in Girokaster

Inland from Sirande, Girokaster is an endearing town that will provide insight into traditional Albanian culture away from the typical backpacker routes. Girokaster is best known as the hometown of former Albanian dictator Enver Hoxha, but it is now a hidden gem on the Albanian backpacker trail, complete with Ottoman Empire architecture and friendly locals, as well as a castle overlooking the city. It is well worth a visit for a different perspective on Albania as well as a few simple days of unwinding. The first thing you’ll notice as you enter the city is the Castle of Gjirokaster.

Bring your sneakers and sunscreen because this well-known Albanian landmark is best seen on foot. But first, take a walk through the Old Town, another UNESCO World Heritage site in Albania. This charming Old Town will transport you back in time with its stone-styled architecture and traditional cafes and eateries. Traumatic wars affected this city as well, and the famous Cold War Tunnel was built beneath the Gjirokastra Castle in fear of invasion.

The best hostels in Girokaster are:

Stone City Hostel, Girokaster

Located at the entrance of the bazaar, Stone City Hostel is a Girokaster favorite. Stone City Hostel is a lovely traditional Albanian house with stone accents where you will feel right at home. The beloved international hostel staff attends to all guests’ needs, organizing local trips as well as planning hostel events such as board game nights and walking tours, attracting a diverse range of independent solo travelers.

This more intimate hostel has three dorms and one double room, making it easy to meet new people. Guests enjoy gathering in the living room and sharing meals on the welcoming outdoor patio with views of Girokaster. Breakfast is included, and guests praise the staff’s exceptional service. Stone City Hostel will easily relieve the stress of traveling for a serene experience.

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Stone City Hostel Living Room

Stone City Hostel Dorm

Friends’ Guesthouse & Hostel, Girokaster

This 5-room hostel sleeps 22 people in mixed dorms and private rooms, maintaining a certain level of privacy and comfort for tired travelers. The garden common area offers a nice view of the castle and town. The gorgeous pastel terrace, which overlooks the city and is surrounded by plants and Girokaster’s greenery, is a favorite hangout for guests at all hours of the day. Its location in the Old Town makes it an ideal starting point for sightseeing upon arrival. The hostel serves authentic Albanian meals as well as a cheap breakfast. Friends’ Guesthouse and Hostel is a traditional family-run establishment where guests will feel at ease and refreshed.

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Friends' Hostel Dorm

Friends' Hostel Dining Room

Best Hostels in Berat

Berat is a ravishing hilltop town on the Osum River. This town, located northeast of Vlore, is known for its architecture and rich history. Guests will peacefully explore the Ottoman heritage homes and buildings leading up to the Berat Castle after strolling through the pleasant Gorica quarter of churches and traditional homes. Berat, despite its small-town charm, has more to offer than meets the eye.

Nature lovers will enjoy hiking the Osumi Canyon, Osumi River, and its Bogove Waterfall, while museums will keep visitors occupied in the afternoons. Berat, Albania’s true countryside paradise, is an excellent way to get off the beaten path and immerse yourself in the country’s rich heritage.

The best hostels in Berat are:

Ana Rest House Hostel Berat, Berat

Ana Rest House Hostel is a peaceful hostel in Berat’s Gorica neighborhood with a classic 18th-century house and an eye-dropping mountain view. Guests can unwind in the garden and terrace areas of the hostel, which offer stunning views of the Osun River and the Mangalam quarter. This tranquil hostel is located 15 minutes on foot from both Valabisht and Partizani. Guests praise the owner’s hospitality, as well as the hostel’s consistent cleaning and preparation of packed breakfasts. In Berat, a quiet Albanian town of relaxation, Ana Rest House certainly lives up to its name.

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Ana Rest House Hostel Berat Dorm

Ana Rest House Hostel Berat Living Room

Maya Hostel Berat, Berat

Maya Hostel, located on the Osun River in the Old Town, is a comfortable and quiet hostel that promises guests an undisturbed stay. Its convenient location next to the Gorica Bridge is ideal for exploring the area and returning to a peaceful and clean living space. While not a party hostel, the hostel has a social atmosphere. The gracious staff does everything possible to bring guests together, such as hostel group tours and hikes, and common areas such as the hostel’s decorative garden serve as a chill place to hang out with a few hostel-ordered beers and magnificent views of the Mangalemi Castle. All reservations include a complimentary breakfast, and couples enjoy the zen atmosphere of this hostel.

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Maya Hostel Berat Dorm

Maya Hostel Berat Balcony

Best Hostels in Himare

Himare is a peaceful, hippie town that lacks the craziness of its busier neighbor, Sarande. While the town has its fair share of resorts and tourist traps, staying in Himare is a breath of fresh air that you will want to stay even longer. Even in the height of summer, you’ll be surprised to discover that obnoxious umbrellas and chairs aren’t clogging the beach, and that both locals and tourists are much more unhurried than in other cities. The beach is one of the most cherished in Albania, with the shore stretching across Himare to Vlore. Tours range from cove boat tours to secret beaches along Albania’s coast. Himare is a wonderful place to unwind after long hikes and slow transportation.

Best hostel in Himare is:

Himara Downtown Hostel, Himäre

Himara Downtown Hostel is one of the best social hostels in Himara. Located in the city center, where evenings are filled with pubs, restaurants, and lounges, guests will undoubtedly credit not only Himare, but also this spectacular hostel, for their Albanian trip. Staying at this hostel guarantees perfect Albanian afternoons spent sunbathing on the town’s pristine beaches just minutes away. With a slight Bohemian feel that matches its decor and indoor and outdoor communal spaces for hanging out, this hostel attracts several fun-loving and experienced travelers who want to avoid the typical party crowd. The hostel is especially popular in Himare during the high season, and regardless of the number of guests staying, the hostel is always clean and well-kept all year long.

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Himara Downtown Hostel Common Space

Himara Downtown Hostel Dorm

Best Hostels in Saranda

Sarande is an excellent place to begin or end your Albanian adventure. Whether arriving by ferry from Greece or driving south from Tirana, a stop in Sarande will be a welcome diversion on your Albanian adventure. Tourists will find plenty to do in Sarande, as evidenced by the crowded city center and a plethora of tours along the umbrella-filled beach. You can visit the Blue Eye cave, which is surrounded by a truly blue lagoon, or take the local bus to Ksamil, a slightly less crowded beach town with even better, though private, beaches. We recommend spending a day or two in Sarande to do the tours before departing.

The best hostel in Saranda is:

Saranda (SR) Backpackers

Saranda Backpackers is a lively hostel a short walk downhill from the city’s main bus station, with plenty of hostel events to deliver you a good time with new friends. With seafood nights, karaoke, and beach BBQs, as well as the hostel’s central location with quick access to the beach and city center, a stay at Saranda Backpackers will be a significant part of your time in the city. Guests absolutely love hostel owners Tomi and Rino for their friendliness and willingness to help in any situation.

Even better, if you’re on the fence about taking that much-talked-about day trip to Corfu, the hostel is only a minute’s walk from the ferry to the Greek island. The atmosphere at Saranda Backpackers is always upbeat and guests will enjoy waking up every morning with a terrace view of the sea.

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Saranda Backpackers Dorm

Best Hostels in Vlore

Vlore, Albania’s first capital city, is frequently overlooked on the country’s southern coast in favor of more popular backpacker routes Sarande and Himare; however, the town itself is not to be missed if you want to maximize your time near the water and some of the country’s best beaches. Vlore is a popular destination for Albanians from other parts of the country during the summer months, and the nightlife is plenty in this typically sleepy country. Climb the Kanine Castle, savor Vlore’s seaside cuisine, and take a boat trip to the old military island base Sazan Island; Vlore will keep you busy in the afternoons!

Best hostel in Vlore is:

Vlora Backpackers Hostel Seaside, Vlore

Vlora Backpackers Hostel Seaside is a pleasant hostel for solo travelers in a traditional Albanian townhouse a few blocks from the main beach. It is one of the few hostels in Vlore open all year. Run by a lovely Albanian family, visitors will feel right at home. The on-site bar and hostel BBQs keep guests entertained when the weather permits. The Independence Monument and the Kuzum Baba, a hilly, sea-carved terrace offering spectacular views of the town, are half an hour’s walk north. The cozy atmosphere of the hostel and surrounding areas will make for a laid-back stay in Vlore.

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Vlora Backpackers Hostel Seaside Dorm

Vlora Backpackers Hostel Seaside Kitchen

Best Hostels in Elbasan

Sitting in the very center of the country, few people visit Elbasan. However, an authentic stay in one of Albania’s most populated inland cities will not leave you disappointed. Its geographical location puts the town close to mountains and rivers to admire, as well as ancient architecture that transports you back to Albania’s fascinating past. Admire the well-preserved Elbasan Castle, and don’t miss the pagan Summer Day festival in March, which celebrates the end of winter.

The best hostel in Elbasan is:

Elbasani Backpacker Hostel, Elbasan

Elbasani Backpacker Hostel, Elbasan’s first hostel, will appeal to both experienced solo travelers and couples. Travelers seeking solitude and a family atmosphere will enjoy staying at this hostel, which is adjacent to the hostel owners’ homes and offers excellent guest service on an intimate level. A 7-minute walk from the city center in what appears to be an enchanted forest, Elbasani Backpacker Hostel will provide you with one of the most unique experiences you will have in Albania, and you will leave feeling completely immersed in the country’s culture.

A complimentary eco-friendly breakfast is served every morning, with all ingredients grown in the hostel garden. The hostel also has its own restaurant and bar. The grounds of the hostel are ideal for camping and spending time outdoors. Waking up to chickens and adorable goats in this secluded sanctuary away from the center’s noise will undoubtedly be one of the most memorable hostel experiences in the country.

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Elbasani Backpackers Hostel Garden

Elbasani Bacackpackers Hostel Dorm

Best Hostels in Koman

Koman and its surrounding areas, possibly one of the most beautiful areas in Albania, will provide you with some of the most breathtaking views in Albania, if not the entire Balkans region. The Koman reservoir has been dubbed the “Thailand of Albania” because of its lush green hills and turquoise waters. While most visitors come to Shkoder for day trips to Lake Koman and the Shala Rivers, staying here is the best way to fully appreciate the region’s beauty. Regardless of where you are coming from, you must take the Koman Ferry, with many tour companies in the surrounding cities offering shuttles to and from. The trip is worthwhile, however, because it is one of Albania’s top destinations.

The best hostel in Koman is:

Riverside Komani lake, Koman

Riverside Komani Lake, a beautiful hostel located on Koman Lake, is the ideal couples retreat—or a getaway for anyone looking to bask in one of Albania’s most astonishing regions. Enjoy magical boat rides right from the steps of your room; the hostel’s location makes it easy to enjoy all of Koman Lake and the Shala River’s best water activities. You’ll have to travel by boat to get here, but the ride to and from the hostel will be one of the most calming parts of your trip—just make sure to ask the hostel staff for the arrival and departure timetables. A stay at Riverside Komani will provide the ultimate escape for rest, relaxation, and breathtaking views. Enjoy fresh fish at the hostel’s restaurant and the hostel’s many amenities, including its spa and private beach.

Read: Best Beach Hostels in Europe

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Riverside Komani lake Dorm

Riverside Komani lake - view across the road

What about the cheapest hostels in Albania?

Of course, there are always cheap hostels. But how do you actually find them? When you are traveling on a shoe-string budget and you want to save every dollar, there are ways to find the cheapest places in Albania.

  1. Open Hostelz.com with a full list of all hostels in Albania
  2. add your dates
  3. Order the listings by price

Simple as that.

Hostelz.com is a price comparison site for hostels. They list every single one in the world and tells you exactly which website is cheaper to use.

Another smart Tip: Check what is actually included, and what is excluded. Take a closer look at the location, too. A further location might mean more costs in transport.

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We recommend booking your hostel as early as possible! All of Albania best hostels are popular; especially in high-season. To make sure you end up in those stylish and good hostels, secure your room/ bed as soon as you have your travel dates fix.

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Our Favorite Hostels in Albania put on a map + sights

How about we put all hostels that we just mentioned on a map? Of course, we did this for you.

Below you find our handmade map with all hostels, our secret tips, and so much more.

Personally, we love to plan our trips with a map having all sights and potential hostels on it. We thought this map will help you with planning your trip too.

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FAQs

Here we share with you the most asked question:

Where are the best hostels in Albania?

Hostels are all over Albania, but Tirana has the most options for those seeking a more personalized hostel experience. The capital has hostels for every budget, style, and vibe, and you won't have to worry about them closing during the off-season, so you'll have a great time regardless of the year.

How to book hostels in Albania?

The majority of hostels can be booked through popular platforms such as Hostelworld.com and Booking.com, but some smaller hostels can only be found through word-of-mouth from other travelers. During the summer months, booking hostels in advance is a must if you want to secure a spot in your preferred hostel. Popular hostels in coastal cities and Shkoder are especially busy and should be reserved at least three days prior.

Do they speak English in Albania?

Not only do Albanians in most major cities speak English, but due to mass tourism, many Albanians also speak Italian, Greek, and Spanish! Getting by with a few Albanian words, on the other hand, is sure to make you some new local friends and impress the old ladies at the markets! Here are some useful Albanian words:

Hello - Përshëndetje
Goodbye - Mirupafshim
Beer - Birra
Beach - Plazhi
Bathroom - Banjo
Bus - autobus
How much is it? - Sa është kjo?
Thank You - Faleminderit

What is the currency in Albania?

Albania uses the Albanian LEK.

To keep things simple,
1 USD = 110 LEK
1 EURO = 117 LEK

With so many different bills, the conversion takes some getting used to, but Albania is a budget-friendly country to visit. It's a good idea to withdraw enough money for the entirety of your trip because ATMs charge a hefty fee and many places in the country only accept cash.

Is Albania safe?

Despite its reputation, Albania is a safe place to visit. Keep an eye on your belongings as you would in any other tourist city in Europe to avoid pickpockets. Petty theft is common, and gangs of children and adults are frequently stationed in major tourist destinations to rob tourists, but they are never violent. Avoid walking around alone in secluded areas and talking about politics, and use common sense, just as you would in any other country. Female solo travelers in Albania should not be concerned either; despite a few catcalls here and there, Albanian locals are friendly and eager to show women Albanian hospitality and respect.

How to get around Albania?

Albania is the country for you if you have patience and a desire for surprises, as timetables are completely random at times. Because there are no major train systems in the country, most travelers rely on the public bus to get from one city to the next. Fortunately, most towns in Albania are walkable, but buses in rural areas may only run a few times a day in most places, so plan ahead to allow for late, early, or canceled buses.

Bus tickets to other cities are only available at the bus station. Often these bus tickets are under 2,000 LEK. If you can afford to splurge on transportation, rental cars are a great way to see Albania's hidden sights that cannot be accessed with public transportation. Taxis, of course, are always available, and most hostelers enjoy splitting taxi costs to see nearby areas.

Is tap water safe to drink in Albania?

High levels of chlorine make most tap water in Albania unsafe to drink. You won't die, but the distinct flavor should be enough to convince you to buy your own bottled water. Bottled water is inexpensive in Albania, and is important for staying hydrated in the country's scorching heat. Drink what the locals drink if you're in doubt (including raki).

Flights to Albania?

Some airlines fly direct to Albania. You’ll most likely fly non-stop to Tirana, to Tirana International Airport.

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