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Introduction

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Though it's not a city renowned for its tourist appeal, Tirana nonetheless has an experience of its own to offer. Set against the stunning backdrop of the Albanian Alps, the city has a natural appeal to it, however the run down roads and decaying buildings leave a stronger impression of a city in ruin. The city has been Albania's capital since 1920.

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Sights and Activities

Mother Albania

Mother Albania watches over Tirana

Mother Albania watches over Tirana

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Mother Albania is a statue of about 12 metres high and is located at the National Martyrs Cemetery of Albania. The statue, erected in 1971, represents the country as a mother guarding over those who gave their lives for her. There are 28,000 graves of Albanian partisans in the cemetery behind the statue, all of whom died during World War II. The massive statue holds a wreath of laurels and a star. The cemetery initially also was the last resting place of former leader Enver Hoxha, but he was given a more humble grave in another public cemetery afther the fall of the Communism and the end of Albania as a closed country as well. It is a concrete statue is a work of the sculptors Kristaq Rama, Muntaz Dhrami and Shaban Hadëri. It stands on top of a 3-metre-high pedestal, on which are engraved the words "Lavdi e perjetshme deshmoreve te Atdheut" (Glory to the martyrs of the homeland forever).

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Weather

The average temperature varies between 6.7 °C in January and 31 °C in July. Annual rainfall is 1,200 mm. The driest months are July and August while the wettest months are November and December.

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Getting There

By Plane

Tirana International Airport (international code TIA, also known as Rinas airport or Mother Teresa airport) is located 25 kilometres northwest of the city. There are regular connections with Italy, Austria, Germany, Greece, Hungary, England, Turkey, Bulgaria and Serbia. Albanian Airlines is the national carrier. Significant upgrades, including a new passenger terminal, were completed in March 2007 and the airport now describes itself as 'meeting international standards'. Taxis can take you to and from the airport for about 2,500 Lek (roughly €20) each way. The journey is 30-45 minutes depending on traffic. Rinas Express operates an hourly bus service between the airport and the national museum in the centre of Tirana. The one-way fare is 200 Lek.[1]

By Train

There is a service to Shkodrar, which lies on the border with Montenegro. However, as the train is very slow and unreliable (taking about 5 hours compared to 2-2.5 hours by bus), most locals use the buses. Trains also go to Durres on the coastline, a relatively short ride and probably one of the most useful ones as the time is about the same compared to taking the bus.

By Bus

Tirana lacks a central bus station. Instead, buses arrive and depart at main road junctions around the city depending on where they arrive from and depart to. Frequent minibuses leave for Shkodra as they fill up. During the day, you rarely need to wait longer than half an hour. Buses to Berat and Durres are also frequent, but rarely have a timetable.

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Sleep

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PropertyAddressTypePopularity
AlbaniantripRrugaApartment-
Hotel BaronRruga Elbasanit SaukHotel85
Bristol HotelStr \"Nikolla Jorga\" , near to the national ExhibHOTEL-
City Hotel TiranaRruga Ismail Qemali Nr.8/1Hotel-
Freddy'sGround Floor 75 Bardhok Biba StreetHOSTEL88
Hotel Haxhiu-TiranaQemal stafa str. 391/1,Hotel-
Hostel Albaniarr. Beqir LugaHostel91
Hotel Airport TiranaTirana International Aiport RinasHotel-
Brilant Antik - TiranaJeronim de Rada, Nr. 79HOTEL-
Hotel NobelUrani Pano Boulevard Zogu IHotel85
Loreni HostelGround Floor, 75 Bardhok Biba StreetGuesthouse91
Mirror Dream/PanoramaRr Zenel Baboci, behind ShkollaApartment-
Oresti HostelCheck in location: Ground Floor 75 Bardhok Biba StreetHostel80
Selvia AppartmentSelvia,Rr. Saracve 8th floorApartment-
Tirana Backpacker HostelRruga Myslym Shyri Vila 7HOSTEL90
Hotel Xheko4 Shkurti, 4 Shkurti,Hotel-
Milingona HostelRruga Riza Cerova,Nr.197/2HOSTEL88
Seven Hotel TiranaKavaja Street, ex Turkish EmbassyHOTEL-
Villa with a StarRr e Dibres, 261GUESTHOUSE-
Hotel ViktoriaRruga e Elbasanit, Sauk, TiranaHOTEL-
Guesthouse BashkimiBarrikada Street Palace 131 Apartament nr.2GUESTHOUSE-
Hotel Restaurant Bujtina e GjelitRr.Don Bosco Nr.28HOTEL-
HostelbookersTEST address TEST TESTHotel87
Rogner Hotel TiranaBulevardi Deshmoret e KombitHOTEL-
Elysee HotelThemistokli Germenji 2/173HOTEL-
Star Hostel TiranaDibra Street, Skanderbeg Square, Nr. 73 Near Tirana International HotelHOSTEL83
Viktoria Hotel – TiranaRruga e Elbasanit, 4 Km, SaukHotel-
Dajti Tower Belvedere HotelCommune Linze Upper station cable car, Dajti MountainHOTEL-
Tirana International Hotel & Conference CenterSkenderbeg Square, Building No. 8, Entrance No. 1HOTEL-
NOA HostelRr. Sotir Peci, Nr. 24 TiraneHOSTEL-
Doro City - TiranaMuhamed Gjollesha, Nd. 38HOTEL-
Golden City - TiranaRruga Him kolli 45/4HOTEL-
Arber - TiranaBardhok Biba 59HOTEL-
Stela Hotel TiranaRruga e DibresHOTEL-
Nov Hotel TiranaGjin Bue Shpata RoadHOTEL-
Tirana PatioRr: Zenel Baboci 16APARTMENT-
Vila Alba TiranaRruga Xhorxhi Martini 10HOTEL-
Hotel ElyseeThemistokli Germenji, 2/713HOTEL-
Villa AndiTefto Tahko StreetGuesthouse-
Salku Serviced RoomsBardhok Biba 75GUESTHOUSE-
Trip'n'HostelRr. Musa Maci 1HOSTEL-
Ferrari Hotel TiranaRr. Don BoskoHOTEL-
One Bedroom Flat TiranaRruga Stavri Themeli, Tirana, AlbaniaAPARTMENT-
Verzaci HotelRinas Airport TiranaHOTEL-
Vila Aeroport TiranaRinas Airport RinasHOTEL-
Relax HotelRr. DurresitHOTEL-
Serenity HotelStreet Bogdani No. 4HOTEL-

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Keep Connected

Internet

Almost every city or town in Albania has public internet access, usually available at an Internet cafe. Some hotels, especially in Tirana, have broadband connections in the guest rooms; a few have Wi-Fi.

Phone

See also: International Telephone Calls

The country calling code to Albania is: 355. To make an international call from Albania, the code is: 00.
Coverage of cell phones is good, except in the most remote, mountainous areas.

Post

Post Ashqiptare is the national postal service of Albania and services have been getting more reliable and faster over the years. Opening times of post offices are mostly between 8:00am and 5:00pm Monday to Friday and on Saturday mornings, although the bigger ones might keep slightly longer hours, while in small towns there might be shorter hours or a lunch break. For sending things other than postcards and letters or anything of value, you might consider using a private company like UPS, TNT, FedEx or DHL.

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Coordinates
  • Latitude: 41.331656
  • Longitude: 19.817223

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