Home to more than half a million inhabitants, Tirana is the capital and largest city of Albania. With an eclectic mix of Western European, Russian and Middle Eastern cultural elements, the city one of Eastern Europe’s real gems. Once a troubled city, Tirana is now considered to be vibrant and cosmopolitan, free from swarms of tourists and with its own unique charm. Being so close to the coast, getting plenty of sun isn’t a problem in the Albanian capital. In actual fact, the weather in Tirana is largely more than simply agreeable. July, the city’s hottest month, sees temperatures of around 30°C, falling into single figures between November and April during the night.
The city is relatively compact and most of its attractions able to reached on foot. If you’re feeling brave enough to get behind the wheel, a sturdy hatchback is the sensible option.
Driving in Tirana
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Important things to note
The condition of Tirana’s roads varies greatly. While some are modern and smooth, others are badly damaged, potentially causing significant damage to vehicles.
Drivers are required to have their headlights switched on at all times. Failure to do so can result in having your vehicle stopped by the police.
Albanians are renowned for their reckless driving habits. Sounding the horn is commonplace, as is failing to adhere to the rules of the road.
Highlights & Hotspots
To gain an insight into the long and fascinating history of Albania, paying a visit to the centrally located National History Museum is strongly recommended. With a wide array of exhibits spread over three floors and a low entrance fee, the museum is the perfect way to spend a couple of hours and broaden your mind.
If you fancy escaping the hustle and bustle of the city, head to the Grand Park. Located in the south of the city, approximately 30 minutes’ walk away from the train station, this green open space boasts a large lake and tree-lined paths and is therefore the ideal place to enjoy a leisurely afternoon stroll or a morning jog. Cafes and ice-cream sellers are nearby.
Arguably Tirana’s most popular attraction, the Dajti Ekspres Cable Car transports visitors up to the top of the nearby Mount Dajti to experience breath-taking views over the city and surrounding area. The 7km journey takes around half an hour and will cost you a reasonable £5. A restaurant serving traditional Albanian food is also located at the top of the mountain if you fancy trying local cuisine.
The city‚Äôs main airport, Tirana International Airport N√´n√´ Tereza, is located 17km northeast of the city and offers flights to several European destinations.
A bus service to the city centre (Skanderberg Square) departs hourly and takes approximately 30 minutes. To access the airport by car, drivers are advised to follow the SH2. The SH1 offers reasonable access, too.