Tirana is the capital of Albania in the central part of the country, along the Tirana River. The city's climate is humid subtropical, temperatures range from +20 C and +30 C during summer and in winter average temperature is about +6 C. The driest months are July and August, other times the rainfall varies little. The city is still partly covered of Soviet-era buildings, but new parks, streets and buildings are built all the time. The city has an active nightlife, good shopping opportunities, and surprisingly little crimes. The city also has a cable lift to the top of Dajtvi mountain, which has good views over the city.
Monthly Weather Conditions
The best time to go to Albania is spring, early summer and early autumn, when you can avoid seasonal extremes and make the mots of walking and cycling trails. However, head to the mountains in winter and youll be greeted with Christmas card scenes, and the opportunity to snow shoe between remote villages for a real glimpse of rural Albanian life.
More information: Tirana forecast and weather conditions monthly
Compared to prices worldwide, Tirana is quite a cheap destination.
On a tight budget, the daily budget is approximately $32.88, which includes hostel accommodation, budget meals and public transportation.
On a moderate budget, the daily budget is approximately $133.45, which includes a moderately priced hotel, meals at moderate priced restaurants and transportation costs.
- Hotel (2 stars): $40.56
- Hotel (3 stars): $45.07
- Hotel (4 stars): $82.12
- Hotel (5 stars): $71.95
- Taxi ride (3 miles): $12.96
- Taxi ride (6 miles): $23.69
- Beer in a restaurant (16 ounces): $1.28
- Meal, McDonalds: $4.37
- Meal, Inexpensive Restaurant: $4.29
Tirana has been classified as quite dangerous with security classification 2/5.
Safety index values (higher is better):
- General: 60.5 (better than United states average 48.3)
- Walking alone during daytime hours: 79.0 (better than United states average 70.0)
- Walking alone at night: 59.0 (better than United states average 42.1)
More information: Tirana safety
Things which affect the renting of the car:
- Driver’s license: In the European Union / Schengen a driver's license from an EU country is sufficient, although for North Americans it is recommended to carry a separate international driving license, in addition to the American driving license.
- Direction of traffic: In Europe the traffic is mainly right-handed. The exception is Great Britain, which is left-handed traffic.
- Insurance: In Western Europe, all rental cars include some kind of insurance, so additional insurance policies are often unnecessary (unless you are going to Russia or Eastern Europe).
- Driving abroad: You can drive a rental car almost everywhere within all countries of the European Union / Schengen territory without additional fees. Eastern European countries and Russia are the exceptions and you should always ask the car rental company in advance about the rules.