How to get from Saranda to Vlore? Taxi, Bus, Car, Ferry, Train

If you are planning to travel from Saranda to Vlore, this blog post is for you. I will discuss the best ways to get from Saranda to Vlore by taxi, by bus, by car, by ferry or by train.

How to get from Saranda to Vlore? You can get from Saranda to Vlore by bus, by taxi or by car. No ferry or train is available. A bus ticket costs 1000 LEK (9.85 EUR), departs at 7:00 AM, 9:00 AM, 10:45 AM, 11:30 AM and 13:00 PM. A taxi from Saranda to Vlore costs 100-130 EUR. A rental car is at least 20-30 EUR per day. 

In this blog post, I will share exactly what you need to know to travel from Saranda to Vlore. I will compare taxi prices for a taxi from Saranda to Vlore. I will discuss bus timetables, bus ticket prices and the locations of the bus stations in Saranda and Vlore. I also have a price comparison of car rentals in Saranda. And I will share different driving routes from Saranda to Vlore, the time it takes to travel and the distance. 

Getting from Saranda to Vlore by taxi, by bus, by car, by ferry or by train

Let me give you a quick summary of the best ways to get from Saranda to Vlore. I will discuss travelling by taxi, by bus and by car. I will also discuss train and ferry travel. Please note that I have more detailed information below. 

Saranda to Vlore taxi (summary)

  • A taxi from Saranda to Vlore costs 100-130 euros depending on which taxi driver you book.
  • I do have a price comparison of what taxi drivers in Saranda charge for a taxi from Saranda to Vlore below.
  • It takes 2.5 or 3 hours by taxi from Saranda to Vlore.

Saranda to Vlore bus (summary)

  • A bus ticket from Saranda to Vlore costs 1000 Leke (9.85 euros) per person. 
  • The bus from Saranda to Vlore departs at 7:00 AM, 9:00 AM, 10:45 AM, 11:30 AM and 13:00 PM. 
  • It will take approximately 2 hours and 45 minutes or 3 hours to travel from Saranda to Vlore by bus.
  • Go to the Trans Dea bus agency in the centre of Saranda the day before you travel or in the early morning to ask for the latest bus timetables. 

Saranda to Vlore car (summary)

  • A rental car in Saranda will cost you at least 20-30 euros per day. 
  • Car rental rates can be much higher in July and August due to the tourist high season. 
  • I do have a price comparison of car rental rates below.
  • Choose from 2 x routes: Saranda -> Qeparo (SH8) -> Qeparo -> Vlore (SH76) is quicker. But Saranda -> Vlore (SH8) coastal road is more beautiful.


Saranda to Vlore ferry (summary)

  • There is no ferry from Saranda to Vlore. 
  • The most popular ferries that are operational on the coastline are Saranda to Corfu (Greek island) and Durres to Bari (in Southern Italy). 

Saranda to Vlore train (summary)

  • There is no train between Saranda and Vlore. 
  • There are no railway tracks between Saranda and Vlore. 
  • Saranda does not have a railway station and there are no trains in operation from and to Vlore.

How much is a taxi from Saranda to Vlore?

A taxi from Saranda to Vlore costs 100-130 euros. I have reached out to a few taxi drivers in Sarnada and requested their rates.

Taxi price from Saranda to Vlore:

  • Taxi Saranda 251 charges 120 euros for a taxi from Saranda to Vlore
  • Taxi Enea Saranda charges 110 euros for a taxi from Saranda to Vlore. 
  • Gerti Taxi Saranda charges 100 euros for a taxi from Saranda to Vlore.
  • Taxi Rayan Saranda charges 100 euros for a taxi from Saranda to Vlore.
  • Saranda Taxi Aldo 24H charges 130 euros for a taxi from Saranda to Vlore.

The route along the coastline between Saranda and Vlore is really pretty. Ask your taxi driver to drive along the coastal road the entire route. There is a newer road from Qeparo to Vlore, but this road does not show you the coastal views. Also, ask your driver if he is willing to make some stops for pictures.

A taxi journey from Saranda to Vlore takes between 2.5 and 3 hours.

How to get from Saranda to Vlore by bus?

You can get from Saranda to Vlore by bus. A bus ticket from Saranda to Vlore costs 1000 Leke (9.85 euros) per person. You are expected to pay cash for your bus ticket, so always carry some cash with you whilst travelling around Albania.

Buses from Saranda to Vlore are operated by the Trans Dea bus agency. So what I recommend is that you visit the Trans Dea office the day before your trip or in the early morning to check the latest bus timetables

Trans Dea is located in the centre of Saranda. The agency is in Rruga Flamurit (Flamurit Street), which is the street between Friendship Park and the archaeological ruins of the Synagogue-Basilica. You can see the location of Trans Dea on Google Maps here: https://maps.app.goo.gl/2Y9kRyWQSUX98AHz9 

The bus from Saranda to Vlore departs at 7:00 AM, 9:00 AM, 10:45 AM, 11:30 AM and 13:00 PM. It will take approximately 2 hours and 45 minutes to travel from Saranda to Vlore by bus.

How to get from Saranda to Vlore by car?

It will cost you at least 20-30 euros per day to rent a car in Saranda, plus the petrol to drive to Vlore. 

I have reached out to several car rental companies in Saranda and requested their car rental rates. Now bear in mind I asked for the cheapest car rental available. 

Car rental prices in Saranda:

  • Leka Tours & Rent a Car Sarande charges 20 euros per day for a Citroen C1 or 25 euros per day for a Suzuki Swift.
  • Saranda Holiday Rent a Car charges 200 euros per week, so approximately 28.50 euros per day, for a Fiat Panda or a Toyota Yaris.
  • Moto Adventure Cars and Motercycle Rental charge 140 euros per week, so 20 euros per day, for a Toyota Yaris.
  • Centrum Rent a Car Saranda charges 25 euros per day for a Suzuki Swift, Chevrolet Spark or Volkswagen Polo. 
  • Brilliant Car Rental Sarande charges 20 euros per day for a Toyota Yaris.
  • Saranda Center Scooter and Car Rental charges 200 euros per week, so approximately 28.50 euros per day, for a Toyota Yarris 1.4 Diesel.
  • Iri’s Car Rental charges 20 euros per day for a Nisan Note.

It is important to note that car rental rates can be much higher in July and August. Since July and August are the tourist high season there will be a high demand for rental cars. Especially in a big coastal hot spot like Saranda. Cheaper rental cars may not be available anymore, and you may only be able to rent a much more expensive car. 

I recommend you reach out to several car rental companies before you travel online, via WhatsApp or Email. So that you won’t be surprised by the car rental rates upon arrival.

There are two different routes you can drive from Saranda to Vlore

  • Route 1: From Saranda to Qeparo (SH8 coastal road) and then SH76 inland road to Vlore.
  • Route 2: From Saranda to Vlore via the SH8 coastal road the entire journey. 

So the quicker route is taking the SH8 coastal road until Qeparo and then switching onto the SH76 inland road. However, I recommend you drive the SH8 coastal road to Vlore because it is a beautiful route!

The coastal road between Vlore and Saranda turns and twists alongside the coastline. There are many beautiful viewpoints and little picturesque villages that you will drive through! Plan extra time, so that you can make stops for sightseeing, pictures and food along your journey. Consider stopping at beautiful spots, like the Bay of Porto Palermo, Himare beach, Jale beach, Dhermi beach, the Llogara Pass and Zvernec island.

It will take you approximately 3 hours to drive from Saranda to Vlore. Google Maps suggests 2 hours and 15 minutes, but I would say that you need 3 hours to drive this journey safely and responsibly. 

How to get from Saranda to Vlore by ferry?

You cannot get from Saranda to Vlore by ferry. There are no ferries in operation between Saranda and Vlore. 

The most popular ferries that are in operation are between Saranda and Corfu island (Greek island). And there are regular ferries between Durres and Bari (Italy). These are the most popular ferry routes to get to Albania from Greece or Italy. 

Within Albania’s borders, there is a ferry on Lake Koman, which is a sightseeing ferry where you see the beautiful views of Lake Koman. 

How to get from Saranda to Vlore by train?

You cannot get from Saranda to Vlore by train. Because there is no railway between Saranda and Vlore. And Saranda does not have a train station. 

When you drive or travel through Albania you may come across some of the old railway tracks. I am sorry to say that most of these railway tracks are currently not in use. 

These railways and trains were constructed for the first time during the communist regime (end of the Second World War until 1992). But after the fall of communism in 1992, there has been little interest and little investment in the trains and railways. 

As a result, as little as 2-3 trains are in operation in the entire country per week. Usually, there is a train 2 x times a week between Durres and Elbasan. And there is a 1 x time a week train between Shkoder and Lac. There used to be trains to Tirana, Pogradec and Vlore, but these are not in operation now. 

How many kilometres from Saranda to Vlore?

It is 117 kilometres from Saranda to Vlore if you drive via the SH8 and SH76 roads. Or it is 129 kilometres from Saranda to Vlore if you drive via the SH8 coastal road only. Let me explain. 

Of course, there are different routes you can take from Saranda to Vlore. The quicker route is if you drive from Saranda to Qeparo along the SH8 coastal road, and then in Qeparo, you take the SH76 inland road to Vlore. This is 117 kilometers. 

However, you can also choose to drive the entire route via the coastal road (SH8) and stay on this road in Qeparo. The coastal road between Saranda and Vlore is stunning. It has many beautiful viewpoints and sightseeing spots. So although this is slightly longer, it is very beautiful. 

Alongside the coastal road, you could make stops at the Castle of Ali Pasha in the Bay of Porto Palermo. You could have a coffee at Himare beach or at Jale Beach (very beautiful water!). And the Llogara Pass is the highest point on the coastal road, which offers beautiful views towards the Ionian Sea. There is a restaurant at the pass, which is great for lunch or a coffee. Zvernec island is a little island near Vlore, which is also worth a short detour!

Plan extra time for your road trip along the Albanian Riviera, so that you can make stops and relax and take in the breathtaking views without having to rush onwards.

How long does it take to get from Saranda to Vlore?

It does take approximately 3 hours to get from Saranda to Vlore. If you drive from Saranda to Vlore via the SH8 and take the SH76 in Qeparo this is slightly shorter perhaps around 2.5 hours. If you drive via the SH8 coastal road to Vlore, it is roughly 3 hours. 

However, I do recommend you plan 1 day for your road trip from Saranda to Vlore. So that you can make stops and go swimming along the Albanian Riviera. You can visit the Castle of Ali Pasha in the Bay of Porto Palermo. Go for a swim in Himare beach or Jale beach. Explore the trendy Dhermi Beach. Have a meal at the Llogara Pass viewpoint. And visit the very picturesque Zvernec island just before you get to Vlore. 

Do not rush the Albanian Riviera! Plan extra time, you won’t regret it!

Vlore to Saranda bus timetable

The buses from Vlore to Saranda depart at 7:00 AM, 8:00 AM, 11:30 AM, 13:00 PM and 14:30 PM. A bus ticket from Vlore to Saranda costs 1000 Leke (9.85 euros) per person. 

Buses from Vlore to Saranda are operated by Interbuz Vlora. The bus agency is located on the Rruga Demokracia (Demokracia Street). You can see the location of the bus agency on Google Maps here: https://maps.app.goo.gl/cjLHUZo54vPbwFCt8 

Buses depart alongside the Demokracia Street. It is not a bus terminal, more of a bus stop alongside the street, where the minibuses come and go. 

I recommend you go to the Interbuz Vlora bus agency in the early morning. Bus timetables can change and it is best to get there early and ask around in person for the best chance of getting on an early bus to Saranda. 

Where do buses leave Vlore?

The buses leave Vlore from Demokracia Street, in the Albanian language “Rruga Demokracia”. There is a bus agency called “Interbuz Vlora” alongside the Rruga Demokracia. This bus agency operates buses from Vlore to Saranda, Tirana, Berat, Elbasan, Librazhd, Himare, Gjirokaster, Shkoder, Korce, Skrapar, Lushnje and Kucove. 

Related Questions

Saranda to Ksamil bus timetable – The bus from Saranda to Ksamil departs at 6:30 AM, 7:00 AM, 7:30 AM, 8:00 AM, 8:30 AM, 9:00 AM, 9:30 AM, 10:00 AM, 10:30 AM, 11:00 AM, 11:30 AM, 12:00 PM, 12:30 PM, 13:30 PM, 14:30 PM, 15:30 PM, 16:30 PM, 17:00 PM, 17:30 PM, 18:00 PM, 18:30 PM, 19:00 PM and 21:30 PM. A bus ticket from Saranda to Ksamil costs 150 Leke (1.30 euros) per person for a one-way journey. Buses depart from the Port of Saranda and near SOS Bar and Friendship Park.

Vlore to Tirana bus – The bus from Vlore to Tirana costs 6 euros per person. The bus from Vlore to Tirana departs at 5:30 AM, 6:00 AM, 6:20 AM, 6:30 AM, 7:00 AM, 7:30 AM, 8:00 AM, 8:30 AM, 9:00 AM, 9:30 AM, 10:00 AM, 10:30 AM, 11:00 AM, 11:30 AM, 12:00 PM, 12:13 PM, 12:30 PM, 13:00 PM, 13:30 PM, 14:00 PM, 14:30 PM, 15:00 PM, 15:30 PM and 16:00 PM. 

Saranda to Tirana bus The Saranda to Tirana bus departs at 5:00 AM, 5:30 AM, 8:30 AM, 9:30 AM, 10:30 AM, 14:00 PM and 22:00 PM. A bus ticket from Saranda to Tirana costs 15.50 euros p.p. The journey takes app. 5 hours. Busses depart next to Friendship Park in Saranda’s city centre.

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