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How to get from Tirana International Airport to Tirana City Centre

Tirana, Albania’s economic, political and cultural centre and the capital city, is a beautiful town to visit. Located at the heart of the country, Tirana holds many hidden gems unknown to most travellers. A city where traditional and modern cultures combine, Tirana is a capital awaiting discovery.

When travelling to this fascinating town, you will be landing at Tirana International Airport. You have two different transportation options to get to the city; you can take a taxi or a bus. Taking a Tirana airport taxi or private transfer is the easiest and most reliable way to travel as they are available 24/7 and provide door-to-door services, taking you to your Tirana hotel in 20 minutes. Alternatively, for a more cost-savvy travel option, you can take the airport shuttle bus, Rina Express, which takes you to Skanderberg Square (Tirana’s central square) in 30 minutes. 

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Comparison of the options

PRICE FOR 2PASSENGERS
OPTION PRICE DURATION AVAILABILITY
Taxi €20 20min 24/7
Bus €6.60 30min 07:00–02:00

How to get from Tirana airport to city centre by taxi

Taking a Tirana airport taxi or private transfer to Tirana city centre is a great way to travel. Taxis are fast, reliable and a perfect way to avoid the hassle of Tirana public transportation. What is more, taxis are available 24/7 and take a quick 20 minutes to reach your hotel Downtown.

Taxi fare from Tirana airport to the city centre

Tirana cabs calculate their fares using a taximeter based on the time and distance travelled to your exact location. A trip from Tirana airport to the city centre costs around €20 (LEK 2,394), traffic dependant. Please note that there is no price difference for day, night and weekend trips.

Nonetheless, if you would prefer to travel at a fixed rate and with a local English-speaking driver, it is highly recommended to pre-book your Tirana airport transfer with Welcome Pickups.

Cost

€20 (LEK 2,394)

Trip Duration

20 Min.

*Rates do not vary depending on the time of day.

Convenience
Safety
Value for Money

Taxis are available 24/7 at Tirana International Airport

Where do I get a taxi from?

You can find TIA’s official taxi ranks straight outside the airport’s arrivals hall. Licensed taxis at Tirana airport are operated by “Taxi Tirana Airport by Holiday Albania” – the vehicles are yellow and have the airport logo on the side.

Convenience

Taking a Tirana airport taxi from TIA to Downtown is the perfect way to travel. Taxis provide safe, reliable, 24/7 door-to-door services in the comfort of a private vehicle whilst taking care of you and your loved ones.

Editor’s Note

Licensed taxis at Tirana airport are operated by "Taxi Tirana Airport by Holiday Albania"; they have yellow vehicles with the airport logo on the side.

Useful Tips

Tipping your Tirana taxi driver is not common, although it is always appreciated. Most travellers round up their end fare or leave a 10% tip.
Please note that some taxis accept card payments, whilst others do not. It is advised to ask your driver beforehand.
Make sure that the taximeter has been turned on and reset before starting your journey.

How to get from Tirana airport to the city centre by bus

A great cost-savvy alternative for travellers on a budget would be to take Tirana’s airport bus. The bus, operated by LU-NA SH.P.K, runs from Tirana airport to Skanderbeg Square at the heart of Tirana, taking 30 minutes.

How much is a ticket on the airport shuttle bus?

A one-way ticket on Tirana’s airport shuttle bus costs €3.30 (LEK 400). You can purchase your bus tickets directly from the driver in LEK, Albania’s local currency or Euros.

Cost

€3.30 (LEK 400)

Trip Duration

30 Min.

The airport shuttle leaves the airport every hour.

Convenience
Safety
Value for Money

The Rinas Express shuttle operates daily from 07:00 to 02:00.

Where do I get the bus from?

You can find the Rinas Express shuttle bus outside Tirana airport. As you leave the arrivals hall, walk straight ahead for about 50 metres, where you will find the dark silver minibus.

Convenience

Taking the airport shuttle bus is a great way to get to Downtown Tirana for travellers on a budget. The bus runs daily, provides luggage storage and takes you to the city centre in 30 minutes.

Nonetheless, if you arrive late at night or early in the morning, you will have to find an alternative travel solution.

Editor’s Note

You can purchase your bus tickets directly from the driver in local currency or Euros.

Useful Tips

Please note that the bus's operating times differ when travelling from Tirana city centre to the airport. In this case, the bus operates from 06:00 to 00:00.
The Rinas Express shuttle bus provides excellent luggage storage.

Frequently asked questions

How can I get from Tirana airport to the city?

There are two transportation options when travelling from Tirana airport to the city centre; you can take a taxi which takes 20 minutes, or the Rinas Express shuttle bus, taking 30 minutes to reach Downtown.

How much is a taxi from Tirana airport to the city centre?

Taxis in Tirana calculate their fares using a taximeter, with no price differences for day, night or weekend trips. A 20-minute journey from TIA to Downtown costs around €20, traffic dependant.

Is there a bus from Tirana airport to the city?

Yes, the Rinas Express shuttle bus operates daily from 07:00 to 02:00, taking you from Tirana airport to the city centre in 30 minutes.

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