How to get from Tirana to Tirana airport? 2024 UPDATE, bus, taxi, rental car, train

If you are looking for a way to get from Tirana city to Tirana airport, this blog post is for you. I will outline the best ways to get from Tirana city to Tirana airport by bus, by taxi or by car.

How to get from Tirana to Tirana airport? You can get from Tirana to Tirana airport by bus, by taxi or by rental car. The direct shuttle bus from Tirana to Tirana airport departs every 1 hour, 24 hours a day. A ticket costs 400 LEK (3.85 EUR). A taxi from Tirana to Tirana airport costs 12-20 EUR. A rental car costs at least 15-20 EUR a day.

In this blog post, I will discuss the bus timetable from Tirana city to Tirana, bus stations, bus ticket prices and the bus operator. I will also compare taxi prices for a taxi from Tirana to Tirana airport. And I will show you what car rental agencies at the airport charge per day for a basic rental car. 

Get from Tirana to Tirana airport by bus, by taxi or by rental car

You can get from Tirana’s city centre to Tirana airport with a direct bus (operates 24 hours), a taxi or by car. Let me give you a quick overview of your options. You can find more detailed information further down in the blog post.

Tirana to Tirana airport bus (summary)

  • The direct bus from Tirana’s city centre to Tirana airport operated 24 hours a day. 
  • The bus departs from Tirana’s city centre to Tirana airport at 1:00 AM, 2:00 AM, 3:00 AM, 4:00 AM, 5:00 AM, 6:00 AM, 7:00 AM, 8:00 AM, 9:00 AM, 10:00 AM, 11:00 AM, 12:00 PM, 13:00, 14:00, 15:00, 16:00, 17:00, 18:00, 19:00, 20:00, 21:00, 22:00, 23:00 and 24:00.
  • You can board the bus at the bus station behind the Palace of Opera and Ballet.
  • A bus ticket costs 400 Leke (3.85 euros) per person. You must pay in cash.

Tirana to Tirana airport taxi (summary)

  • A taxi from Tirana’s city centre to Tirana airport costs between 12-20 euros on average.
  • Uber Taxi does not exist in Albania. You can reach taxi drivers quickly via WhatsApp. 
  • Below I have a price comparison of what taxi drivers in Tirana charge for a taxi from Tirana city to Tirana airport.

Tirana to Tirana airport rental car (summary)

  • A rental car at Tirana airport costs at least 15-20 euros per day. But can be much more expensive in July and August due to the tourist high season.
  • I recommend you reach out to several car rental agencies before you travel.
  • There is a helpful list of car rental agencies on the website of Tirana International Airport.
  • Driving in Albania can be challenging and daunting for a foreigner.

How do I get from Tirana to Tirana airport by bus?

There is a direct Tirana to Tirana airport bus. The bus departs from the bus station behind the Palace of Opera and Ballet. If you are standing on Skanderbeg Square in the centre of Tirana. You must take the footpath between the Palace of Opera and Ballet and the Et’hem Bey Mosque. The footpath and little park lead to the bus terminal. 

Tirana to Tirana Airport bus timetable

The bus from Tirana’s city centre to Tirana Airport runs 24 hours a day. The bus departs from the bus terminal behind the Palace of Opera and Ballet. Buses depart from Tirana to Tirana airport at 1:00 AM, 2:00 AM, 3:00 AM, 4:00 AM, 5:00 AM, 6:00 AM, 7:00 AM, 8:00 AM, 9:00 AM, 10:00 AM, 11:00 AM, 12:00 PM, 13:00, 14:00, 15:00, 16:00, 17:00, 18:00, 19:00, 20:00, 21:00, 22:00, 23:00 and 24:00.

Tirana to Tirana airport bus ticket price

A bus ticket from Tirana’s city centre to Tirana airport costs 400 Leke (3.85 euros) per person. You must pay for your bus ticket in person in cash to the bus driver. In Albania, you are almost always expected to pay cash for your bus tickets. You cannot book this bus ticket online. You cannot pay for your bus ticket by credit card.

Luna Bus Tirana Airport

The direct shuttle bus from Tirana’s city centre to Tirana airport is operated by Luna Shpk, also known as Luna Travel Albania. 

How much is a taxi from Tirana’s centre to Tirana airport?

A taxi from Tirana’s city centre to Tirana airport costs between 12-20 euros on average. I have reached out to some of the most popular taxi companies in Tirana and requested their rates. You can find a price comparison of taxi prices from Tirana’s city centre to Tirana airport below. 

Tirana to Tirana airport taxi fare:

  • City Taxi Tirana charges 1200 Leke (11.50 Euros) for a taxi from Tirana to Tirana Airport. 
  • Green Taxi Tirana charges 1200 Leke (11.50 Euros) for a taxi from Tirana to Tirana Airport. 
  • Speed Taxi Tirana charges 15 euros or 1500 Leke for a taxi from Tirana to Tirana Airport. 
  • Smart Taxi Tirana charges 1200 Leke (11.50 Euros) for a taxi from Tirana to Tirana Airport. 
  • Ciao Taxi Tirana charges 1500 Leke (14.50 Euros) for a taxi from Tirana to Tirana Airport. 
  • Tirana Taxi Company charges 20 euros for a taxi from Tirana to Tirana Airport. 
  • Tirana Airport Taxi Service charges 23-28 euros for a taxi from Tirana to Tirana Airport. 

The Tirana Airport taxi service is the official Tirana Airport service. These are the taxis that are stationed in front of the Arrivals Hall at the airport.

How much does it cost to rent a car at Tirana airport?

It costs at least 15-20 euros per day to rent a car at Tirana airport. Bear in mind that that would be the cheapest rental car available. Moreover, renting a car can be pricy in July and August, due to the tourist high season. 

I highly recommend you reach out to car rental agencies before you fly to Albania. There is a helpful list of car rental companies on the website of Tirana airport. The list has mobile numbers and email addresses of all the rental offices that you will find at the airport. 

To give you an insight into what it would cost to rent a basic rental car, I did reach out to several car rental companies at Tirana Airport.

Tirana Airport car rental prices (starting from):

  • Albania Airport Rent a Car charges 20 euros per day for a manual Skoda Fabia from 2018.
  • Avis Rent a Car Tirana Airport charges 20 euros per day for a manual Opel Corsa or 25 euros per day for an automatic Opel Corsa. 
  • Pepa Rent a Car Tirana Airport charges 20 euros per day for an economy car, like a Skoda.
  • RCA Rent a Car in Albania Tirana Airport charges 15 euros per day for a small manual car, like a Mitsubishi Spacestar or Citroen C1 or Peugeot 108.
  • Green Motion Rent Car Tirana Airport charges 15 euros per day for the economy category. It can be an Opel Corsa or Dacia Sandero or Skoda Fabia.
  • Viaggia Rent Tirana Airport charges 18 euros per day for a manual Fiat Panda from 2023.
  • ARA Auto Rental Tirana Airport charges 17 euros per day for a small manual car or 20 euros per day for an automatic car. Brands like Citroen or Peugeot are available.
  • G Rentals Tirana Airport charges 20 euros per day for a Dacia Stepway.
  • Sixt Car Rental Tirana Airport charges 15 euros per day for a Mitsubishi Space Star. 

Of course, it is important to bear in mind that car rental rates can be a lot higher in the tourist high season. The summer months like July and August are the top of the high season, so car rental can be a lot pricier. Especially, since the basic or cheap rental car may not be available anymore and only a more luxurious and expensive car is available. 

Do reach out to several car rental companies before you travel. I have spoken to tourists who paid 50-70 euros a day for a rental car. So it is best to do your research before you travel.

IMPORTANT! Driving in Albania can be challenging for a foreigner. The Albanian drivers do have a chaotic and sometimes aggressive style of driving. So if you have any doubts about driving, do not do it! Hire a taxi, book a tour or travel by bus instead. Safety comes first.

Is there a train from Tirana to Tirana airport?

There is no train from Tirana city to Tirana airport. Tirana city does not have a railway station, as the old railway station was demolished in 2013. It is currently 2024, and no new railway station has been built. So Tirana does not have a railway station. 

Tirana airport does not have a railway station either. There are plans to refurbish the old railway between Tirana city and Durres beach. And to add an extension to Tirana airport. So in the future, it might be possible to take a train from Tirana airport to Tirana or from Tirana airport to Durres. However, as of right now, there is no railway and no railway station at Tirana Airport. 

According to HSH Hekurudha Shqiptare (in English: Albanian Railways) there are plans to refurbish the railway between Tirana and Durres. And to construct a new railway connecting Tirana Airport to Tirana and Durres. However, this is currently only a plan, not a reality (yet).

“The development of safe and sustainable railway transport is one of the strategic priorities of the Albanian Government. In this context, the Albanian Government has enabled the public company “Hekurudha Shqiptare” with necessary financing with loans and grants from the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) and the Investment Fund in the Western Balkans for the rehabilitation of the Tirana-Durrës railway section and the construction of a railway connection with Rinas Airport.” Quote from HSH Hekurudha Shqiptare (in English: Albanian Railways)

How do I get to Tirana airport early in the morning?

You can get to Tirana airport early in the morning with the 24-hour shuttle bus that departs from the city centre of Tirana and drives to Tirana airport. Of course, it is also possible to take a taxi. 

The shuttle bus departs from the station behind the Palace of Culture / National Theatre of Opera and Ballet. When you are standing on central Skanderbeg Square, take the footpath between the Palace of Culture and the Et’hem Bey Mosque which leads to the bus station.

The bus departs from Tirana’s city centre 24 hours a day. There is a bus at 1:00 AM, 2:00 AM, 3:00 AM, 4:00 AM, 5:00 AM, 6:00 AM, 7:00 AM, 8:00 AM, 9:00 AM, 10:00 AM, 11:00 AM, 12:00 PM, 13:00, 14:00, 15:00, 16:00, 17:00, 18:00, 19:00, 20:00, 21:00, 22:00, 23:00 and 24:00. 

A bus ticket from Tirana’s city centre to Tirana airport costs 400 Leke (3.85 euros) per person. A taxi from Tirana’s city centre to Tirana airport will cost you approximately 12-20 euros.

Tirana airport bus to the city

There is a direct shuttle bus from Tirana airport to the city centre of Tirana. The bus departs from Tirana airport every 1 hour, for 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. The bus departs from the Parking Area at Tirana Airport and you will be dropped off at the bus station behind the Palace of Opera and Ballet near Skanderbeg Square in the centre of Tirana.

Tirana airport to Tirana bus timetable

The bus departs from Tirana airport to Tirana city at 1:00 AM, 2:00 AM, 3:00 AM, 4:00 AM, 5:00 AM, 6:00 AM, 7:00 AM, 8:00 AM, 9:00 AM, 10:00 AM, 11:00 AM, 12:00 PM, 13:00, 14:00, 15:00, 16:00, 17:00, 18:00, 19:00, 20:00, 21:00, 22:00, 23:00 and 24:00. 

How much is the bus from Tirana airport to the city centre?

The bus from Tirana airport to the city centre costs 400 Leke (3.85 euros) per person. You must pay for your bus ticket in cash with the driver of the bus. It is not possible to book and pay online. 

Tirana Airport to City taxi price

A taxi from Tirana airport to the city costs between 12-20 euros on average. The official Tirana Airport Taxi Service stationed in front of the Arrivals Hall at Tirana Airport charges 23-28 euros. Of course, the advantage is that these are licensed taxis with airport logos that are always waiting at the airport. You can see the price comparison of taxi rates above in this blog post.

Related Questions

How to get from Durres to Tirana airport? You can get from Durres to Tirana airport with the airport shuttle bus, by taxi or by car. The shuttle bus departs from the Durres Bus Terminal at 08:00, 09:30, 11:00, 13:00, 15:00, 17:00 and 19:00. A bus ticket costs 600 Leke (5.80 euros). A taxi from Durres to Tirana airport costs approximately 28 euros.

Tirana airport shuttle bus – There are shuttle buses from Tirana airport to Tirana, Durres, Fier, Vlore and Shkoder. 

Tirana airport to Tirana shuttle bus – Departs at 1:00 AM, 2:00 AM, 3:00 AM, 4:00 AM, 5:00 AM, 6:00 AM, 7:00 AM, 8:00 AM, 9:00 AM, 10:00 AM, 11:00 AM, 12:00 PM, 13:00, 14:00, 15:00, 16:00, 17:00, 18:00, 19:00, 20:00, 21:00, 22:00, 23:00 and 24:00. Price: 400 Leke (3.85 euros) per person.

Tirana airport to Durres shuttle bus – Departs at 10:00, 12:00, 14:00, 15:30, 17:00, 19:00 and 21:00. Price: 600 Leke (5.80 euros) per person.

Tirana airport to Fier shuttle bus – Departs at 09:00, 10:30, 11:30, 13:00, 16:30, 17:30, 19:00, 21:00 and 23:00. Price: 1000 Leke (9.65 euros) per person. 

Tirana airport to Vlore shuttle bus – Departs at 00:45, 03:30, 11:00, 12:30, 14:00, 16:00, 18:00, 20:00 and 22:15. Price: 1200 Leke (11.60 euros) per person.

Tirana airport to Shkoder shuttle bus – Departs at 11:15, 12:45, 17:30 and 20:10. Price: 1000 Leke (9.65 euros) per person. 

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