Basic to fluent ENGLISH is spoken especially by the younger generation with the local ALBANIAN language. Some can also speak Italian and Greek.
What Weather to Expect
Albania enjoys FOUR SEASONS throughout the year as follows:
- spring (March to May): Ave. 9°C to 18°C (49°F to 64°F)
- summer (June to August): Ave. 18°C to 28°C (61°F to 83°F)
- autumn (September to November): Ave. 11°C to 20 °C (52°F to 68°F)
- winter (December to February): Ave. 4°C to 11°C (39°F to 51°F)
What kind of clothes to pack?
- November: Umbrella/Raincoat/Rain Bag(Waterproof). Rainfalls due to season change. *Rainiest Month
- March-May: Moderately cold temperatures, bring jackets
- June-August: Bring appropriate sun protection products + sunglasses if necessary, Light cotton clothing
- September-November: Moderately thick clothes/ jackets, jumpers/sweaters, and scarves
- December-February: Wooly Clothes + Boots + Scarves + Gloves
- All Seasons: Comfortable walking shoes.
PREDOMINANTLY ISLAMIC; Others: Catholic, Orthodox, Protestant, etc. With that in mind, tourists have to be mindful and observe respectful behaviors when in monasteries, churches, or other places of worship.
ALBANIAN LEK; Plural LEKË (ALL)
EUR is widely accepted in Albania. However, you will get better value transactions if you are using the official local currency.
Make sure to spend or exchange them within Albania as they are not accepted for exchange outside the country.
Should you bargain?
Haggling and bargaining are perfectly acceptable in markets and common souvenir shops. It is also recommended for long taxi rides.
Should you leave a tip?
Tips are well-appreciated in restaurants and generally expected in fancier establishments.
How much is a day in Albania?
Minimum USD 60 per day or more depending on interest and choice of activity.
Power plugs and socket
Albania uses Type C and F power plugs at 230 Volts and 50 Frequency. Bringing power plug adapters is advisable.
The most common forms of transportation are Buses and Furgons (Shared minibus), trips usually costing anywhere around 40 lekë.
Tourists may use cab-hailing or ride-sharing apps like UPs, Speed Taxi, and Taxi.al.
Albania Travel Guide – The Checklist
Need Internet Everywhere in Tirana?
Tourists will commonly find local sim cards with ready network access at the Rinas International Airport. However, it is more advisable to look for one around town if you’re not in a hurry. This could be cheaper and you will have more choices.
Keep your passport ready when purchasing a local sim card in Albania. Some of the more common options include Vodafone Albania, One Telecommunications, and ALBtelecom. They can cost around 100 ALL (1 USD) to 500 ALL (4.90 USD).
Albania Travel Guide to Bringing Medications
Prepare preferred over-the-counter medicines (Keep in original containers/with labels for easy identification) in small quantities (or as you find necessary) into a simple first aid. i.e. Diarrhea medicines, antacids, antihistamines, motion sickness, cough drops, decongestants, pain and fever relief, mild laxatives, bandages, and small antiseptic solutions. Along with your masks and preferred sanitizer.
Bring a doctor’s prescription for other prescriptions that you may have as needed and check for the allowed amount of quantity depending on your stay.
Now that you’ve read this Albania Travel Guide.
You are officially ready to travel to Albania. Don’t forget that you’re always free to contact your AFC Representative if you have any more concerns before your departure! We wish you safe and happy travels!
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