Posted: October 4 2019
How to get to and from Tirana International Airport Nënë Tereza | Albania Luna Travel / Rinas Express
There is no public transportation per se but Luna Travel runs the Rinas Express from downtown Tirana to the Tirana International Airport Nënë Tereza. Yes, it's named after Mother Teresa who is Albanian although born in Skopje, now North Macedonia.
This is a backpacker blog so it deals only with the cheap options. Any one can take a taxi. Which was 20€. Day time price is 13€.
The stop for the bus at the airport is on your left when you exit the arrivals terminal.
The bus from the airport to the city runs from 8am until midnight and from the city to the airport from 7am until 11pm.
The stop in Tirana is behind the National Theatre of Opera and Ballet next to Skanderbeg Square The stop is linked here on Google maps.
Ticket price is 300LEK, cash only and you pay the driver. But they also accept Euros. The journey takes about 30 minutes.
There was a bit of drama coming into Tirana. There was a massive storm directly above the city. We were forced to circle for 90 minutes and somehow we got down at 9pm. The rain was lashing down. There was 6 inches of water to step into as we came down the steps and on to the bus.
There is only one money changer in the arrivals hall and this was not open. There are plenty of ATMs though but I did not want to use. The next bus into the city was at 10pm. The guys would take Euros but the rain was coming down like in an Indian monsoon.
I made the decision to stay in one of the airport hotels across the road. I chose the cheaper looking of the 3, the Jurgen Hotel.
I messaged the Sombra Hostel to let them know the situation.
The storm abated at 3am.
Back to the airport at 7.30am, went straight to the money changer. Still closed.
There was a guy there.
'Are you open?'
'No. We are having some problems'
Tirana, the capital of Albania has only one money changer. WTH.
So I took the 8am Rinas Express. The price in Euros is 3€
My single 40€ a night room at the Hotel Jurgen across the road from the Tirana International Airport
Jurgen Hotel photo taken the next day
And when I got into Tirana I went straight to the Sombra Hostel and was told that I should have my breakfast. I met 3 others who had flown in from Roma. They were scheduled to land at 11pm. They were forced to return to Brindisi on the Italian coast and finally got to Tirana airport at 3am. Taxi price, 25€. They spent the whole day trying to get their shoes dry as the street where they were dropped, was nearly a foot under water.