Car Rental in Albania

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Cheapest Car Rental Rates

Tirana Airport
Mini
Hyundai i10 or similar
Hyundai i10
  • 5
  • 1
  • 5
  • A/C
  • Man.
Finalrentals
$11.44 / per day
Saranda Downtown
Economy
Volkswagen Polo or similar
Volkswagen Polo
  • 5
  • 1
  • 5
  • A/C
  • Man.
Surprice
$11.44 / per day
Tirana Airport
Mini Elite
Ford Ka+ or similar
Ford Ka+
  • 5
  • 1
  • 5
  • A/C
  • Man.
CAPITAL CAR RENTAL
$12.41 / per day
Tirana Airport
Compact
Fiat Tipo or similar
Fiat Tipo
  • 5
  • 2
  • 5
  • A/C
  • Man.
Cargini
$15.52 / per day

Most Popular Car Rental Deals

Tirana Airport
Intermediate
Citroen C Elysee or similar
Citroen C Elysee
  • 5
  • 3
  • 4
  • A/C
  • Man.
ABBYCAR
$18.34 / per day
Downtown
Standard
Skoda Superb or similar
Skoda Superb
  • 5
  • 2
  • 4
  • A/C
  • Man.
CITY Rent a Car
$18.65 / per day
Durres Port
Economy Elite
Ford Fiesta or similar
Ford Fiesta
  • 5
  • 1
  • 5
  • A/C
  • Auto.
GreenMotion
$41.19 / per day
Downtown
Compact Elite
Mercedes-Benz C Class or similar
Mercedes-Benz C Class
  • 5
  • 2
  • 4
  • A/C
  • Auto.
Radius Car Rental
$45.77 / per day
The above prices are only approximate and were last updated at 21:45 on 2024-04-17. Prices may vary based on the booking dates, length of rental, and car class.

Travel Information

Languages
Albanian, Greek, Bulgarian
Currency
ALL
Drive on
Right-hand side
Country code
+355
Average car rental price
$22 per day
Average car rental length
7 days
Speed limit within town
40 km/h or 25 mph
Speed limit out of town
80 - 110 km/h or 50 - 68 mph
Acceptable limit of BAC
0.01%
Rating
9.0 / 10

Why rent a car in Albania?

Located in the Balkan region of Southeast Europe, Albania remains something of a mystery to many international travelers, although its status as a tourism destination has been growing steadily over the last decade. Those who visit Albania discover a long and beautiful Adriatic and Ionian coastline, but also a rich culture and some of the most hospitable people anywhere. The country’s mountains, meanwhile, are among the most rugged and wild in Europe.

Albania

One-way Car Rentals in Albania

Here are the most popular one-way rental options for pickup in Albania and drop off in another country:

  • From Albania to Montenegro - 7 offers from $40.83 per day
  • From Albania to Croatia - 21 offers from $53.09 per day
  • From Albania to Kosovo - 4 offers from $44.37 per day

Top ways to enter Albania

  • Tirana Airport: The only international airport in the country, Tirana Mother Teresa Airport handled 3.3 million passengers in 2019. The airport is served by more than 20 airlines, including low-cost carriers like Wizz Air and easyJet, providing connections with the rest of Europe, as well as some destinations in the Middle East. Located some 18km (11 miles) northwest of the city center, the airport can be reached in about 30 minutes.
  • By ship: There is an active ferry service between Albania and many destinations in Italy, as well as the nearby Ionian Islands that belong to Greece. If you arrive in Albania by ship, it is possible to pick up a rental car at the Port of Sarandë in the far south of the country.
  • By land: Most rental car providers do not permit entering or leaving Albania with a rental car (read more about this in the ‘Crossing Borders’ section below). However, you can fly to a neighboring country, go to Albania via public transport and then pick up a rental car after arriving in the country. Some notable international airports within a few hours’ drive of Albania include Thessaloniki Airport in Greece, Skopje Airport in North Macedonia, and Podgorica and Tivat airports in Montenegro.

Top cities and places to visit

  • Tirana. The capital of Albania is the country’s main economic, cultural, and entertainment center. Tirana is home to a wealth of beautiful mosques, as well as Catholic and Orthodox churches, and is the location of Albania’s best museums. The mountains that surround it offer panoramic views of the city below. This city is also home to Bunkart 1 and 2, these are bunkers that were transformed into museums which tell the history of communist Albania.
  • Gjirokastër. Located in the southeastern part of the country about a three-hour drive from the capital, the whole town of Gjirokastër is a UNESCO World Heritage site. The area is famous for its well-preserved Ottoman-era architecture best exemplified by Gjirokastër Citadel, an impressive fortress that’s almost 1,000 years old. Other attractions include historic Ottoman manors and the old city bazaar.
  • Vlorë. Located on the way from Tirana and Gjirokastër, Vlorë is one of the most popular coastal towns in the country. Located near the place where the Adriatic and Ionian seas meet, it is known for its splendid beaches, but also the surrounding caves, natural springs, and ancient Illyrian sites.
  • Ksamil. Ksamil is located South of the city of Sarande and it’s home to some of Albania’s most beautiful beaches. From here, you can easily visit Butrint National Park, where you will find ancient Roman ruins, and the Blue Eye, a beautiful water spring.
  • Shkoder. This town in the north of Albania is the gateway to the Accursed Mountains. There might not be so much to do in Shkoder itself, but you can head to beautiful places like Valbona and Theth from here.

Most popular rental car

The most popular rental car in Albania is the Volkswagen Up, although many travelers also go for the Fiat Panda and the Hyundai i10. The most popular rental car types are economy, mini, and compact.

Driver's license requirements

  • Albania normally recognizes foreign driver’s licenses from around the world if they are printed in a Latin alphabet and are not expired. You also need to be a tourist — if you’re a foreigner residing in Albania permanently, you need to acquire the local driver’s license instead.
  • If your driver’s license is printed in a non-Latin alphabet (Cyrillic, Arabic, etc.), you’ll need an International Driving Permit (IDP).
  • Similarly, if your driver’s license doesn’t show your photograph, you might be required to have an IDP instead.
  • You must carry your driver’s license, not a copy, with you at all times. 
  • You need to have had your driver’s license for at least two years.
  • Some rental car providers charge a young driver fee for drivers between the ages of 22 and 25 and a senior driver fee for drivers over the age of 65.
  • There may be additional requirements depending on the car provider and car category, so make sure to check the terms and conditions before booking.

Crossing Borders

Albania has land borders with Montenegro, Kosovo, North Macedonia, and Greece. Although located in Europe, Albania is not a member of the European Union (EU) and, with the exception of Greece, neither are its neighboring countries. People from the EU and most western countries (e.g., the United States, Canada, Australia) do not need a visa for short-term visits to either Albania or any of its neighbors. However, if you come from another part of the world, you might need separate visas to visit one or several of these countries. Do consult your Ministry of Foreign Affairs before your trip.

Since Albania is not a part of the larger border agreement, most car rental suppliers do not permit one-way rentals between the country and any of its neighbors. There are, however, some exceptions — you can find them by entering your car pick-up and drop-off locations on our search. One-way rentals are more expensive as they include an additional fee, but they add flexibility to your trip.

Toll roads

There are no toll roads in Albania. 

The Adriatic-Ionian Motorway, currently under construction, might become a toll road after it is completed. Also known as the Blue Corridor, it will connect Trieste in Italy to Kalamata in Greece. The Adriatic-Ionian Motorway will cross Albania from the border with Montenegro in the north to the border with Greece in the south. 

Top driving routes

  • Albanian Riviera. Incorporating the aforementioned Vlorë, but also much more, the coastal stretch of Albanian Riviera (or simply Bregu, as it is known in Albanian) is one of the nicest road-trips in the country. In addition to idyllic beach towns, you’ll also find the mountain pass of Llogara and the national park of the same name, the tidal Narta Lagoon which is a birdwatcher’s paradise, and many archaeological sites surviving from Ancient Greek and Roman times.
  • Albanian Alps. Also known as the Cursed Mountains due to their historic inaccessibility, this highland range is nowadays one of the truly majestic destinations in Albania. Located in the northeastern part of the country along the borders with Montenegro and Kosovo, they are made up of stunning peaks, deep river canyons, and some of the most impressive driving routes in the country.
  • Lure National Park. Part of the Central Mountain Range to the south of the Albanian Alps, Lure is another great place to visit. The protected nature area is known for its twelve glacial lakes considered among the most beautiful in this part of Europe. The long valleys and wooded hillsides are inhabited by animals such as lynxes, deer, eagles, and capercaillies.

Car Rental Prices

  • Station wagons - from $16 per day
  • Large cars - from $18 per day
  • Medium cars - from $14 per day
  • Vans - from $49 per day
  • Premium cars - from $56 per day
  • Small cars - from $11 per day
  • SUVs - from $18 per day

How can I save money on my rental car?

There are several good methods to find a cheaper rental car:

  • Compare the rates of different rental car providers
  • Book your rental car well in advance
  • Plan your route before you go
  • Know your fuel and mileage requirements
  • Visit during the month when the rental prices are the cheapest. According to our data, visiting Albania is the cheapest in March when renting a car is about 74% cheaper than the yearly average and a whole 89% cheaper than renting a car in September.
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Map of Car Rental Locations

What is the cheapest month to rent a car in Albania?

The cost of renting a car in Albania varies by season. This graph compares prices from month to month in order to help you find the best time of year.
Average rental costs per day in Albania
$16.39
January
$15.91
February
$16.17
March
$21.28
April
$32.60
May
$46.21
June
$65.96
July
$72.45
August
$51.60
September
$25.60
October
$20.61
November
$17.26
December
The cheapest month of the year to rent a car in Albania is February — when rental costs average $15.91 per day. This is 53% cheaper than the yearly average and 78% cheaper than renting a car in August (when prices average $72.45 per day).

This information can help you identify the low season. But these are only average numbers. How much your car rental will cost will depend on the type of vehicle you rent, how long you’ll rent it for, and how far ahead you book. Simply enter your dates in the form at the top of the page to see the exact prices.

What’s the average rental length in Albania?

How long renters typically keep their vehicle sometimes varies depending on the time of year. Travelers tend to keep their rental cars longer in July — an average of 9 days. They tend to keep them for a shorter time in January — an average of 5 days.
Average number of rental days in Albania
5
January
5
February
5
March
6
April
8
May
8
June
9
July
8
August
8
September
7
October
5
November
6
December

What's the most popular month to rent a car in Albania?

Based on how many customers search for a car in Albania, the most popular month is July, while the least popular is January.
Monthly searches in Albania by pick-up date relative to the average
37%
January
54%
February
94%
March
107%
April
88%
May
146%
June
201%
July
162%
August
140%
September
78%
October
43%
November
50%
December

Car Rental Information

Car rental locations 16
Airport locations 2
Popular suppliers Sicily By Car, Surprice, Zezgo, OTOQ, CarQ
Popular car categories Small cars, Medium cars, SUVs, Large cars
Lowest price $11 per day
Cheapest supplier Finalrentals

Most Popular Car Models of Rental Suppliers

Rental Supplier Model Doors Luggage Type
Sicily By Car Opel Karl 4 2 Small cars
Surprice Volkswagen Polo 5 1 Small cars
EXER Hyundai i10 4 1 Small cars
Autounion Mitsubishi Space Star 5 1 Small cars
ABBYCAR Citroen C3 4 2 Small cars
CarQ Citroen C3 5 2 Small cars
Zezgo Hyundai i10 5 1 Small cars
ABBYCAR Citroen C3 5 2 Small cars
Ace Rent a car Peugeot 208 4 1 Small cars
Zezgo Volkswagen Polo 5 3 Small cars

Our Customers' Reviews

Because we want to make sure each review listed here is left by a real customer, we don’t have an option to post a review here. Instead, we ask each and every customer to leave a review after they return their rental car. This way, you know that all reviews are authentic, verified, and trustworthy.

India
Renault Megane
March 12, 2024
It was a great trip
France
Hyundai i10
February 23, 2024
It was great Surely will come again
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Belgium
Audi Q5
February 13, 2024
Albania as a place beautiful
Germany
Fiat Tipo
October 29, 2023
Roadtrip in Albania - recommendation for everyone who ist looking for nice nature, super kind people and a bit of adventure.
United Kingdom
Volkswagen Touran
October 16, 2023
The trip around Albania was awesome and the car was in very good condition.
United States of America (USA)
Suzuki Swift
October 11, 2023
We stuck to the mountains and avoided the beaches and cities over much of the Balkans. Beautiful scenery and friendly people (once we were out of the car).
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United Arab Emirates
Volkswagen Golf
September 24, 2023
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Spain
Volkswagen Polo
August 16, 2023
The rest everything good. The mountains. The coast, very nice
Italy
Opel Karl
August 3, 2023
Beautiful beaches on the coast from Vlore to Ksamil, excellent food.
Australia
Volkswagen Polo
July 28, 2023
Driving around Albania, Macedonia and Kosovo was easy. Roads were better than expected. Many great places to see.
Netherlands
Fiat 500
July 26, 2023
We went from Tirana to Ksamil an Saranda. Also to the Blue Eye, Gjirokaster and more places.
Malaysia
Mitsubishi Pajero
July 15, 2023
Hiking in Theth and the sights in Berat and Duress
Australia
Citroen C3
July 7, 2023
Our trip around Albania was fantastic.
United Kingdom
Peugeot 207
June 11, 2023
Theth mountain were amazing but please stop building in the national park
Italy
Citroen C Elysee
April 26, 2023
It was a family trip.
United Arab Emirates
Citroen C3 Aircross
April 7, 2023
NICE MOUNTAINS, DID SOME HIKING
Italy
Volkswagen Up
February 11, 2023
Nature
United Kingdom
Opel Karl
December 10, 2022
We had a wonderful time in Albania, but be very careful of all the unattached dogs. I was badly biten by a dog on a beach who raced toward me and bit me. No one taking responsibility for the dog.
Israel
Renault Megane
October 13, 2022
Most exciting experience was the trail from Theth to Valbona
Canada
Citroen C3
October 13, 2022
Had a great road trip through Albania, North Macedonia and a little bit of Greece. Wrote about it in detail on Routinely Nomadic.
United States of America (USA)
VW Polo
September 25, 2022
Albania is gorgeous and the way to travel it is by car!
Netherlands
Opel Mokka
September 2, 2022
Albania is a great country, we visited several places. There are very nice beaches, cultural cities and nature is beautiful, we even went horse riding, people are all very friendly, most young people speak english. Food is good everywhere, hotels were all very clean.
Latvia
Hyundai i20
June 19, 2022
We drove all over Albania. Definitely worth renting a car!
United Arab Emirates
Citroen C3
July 30, 2021
Bovilla lake, blue eye water, telefrik, zipline
Ukraine
Citroen C1
July 30, 2021
I defenetly reccoment the company for the rental car, its cheaper than other services.
Poland
Citroen C Elysee
July 5, 2021
Be ready for narrow passes on Albanian roads :)
Ukraine
Dacia Duster
May 16, 2021
Renting Dacia Duster in Albania was my best decision – the roads aren't good at all and if we rented a small non-4x4 car, it definitely would be a mistake which might result in additional spend of time and absence of the ability to visit some of the sights and natural beauties that everyone wants to experience in Albania! Duster is a very reliable and rigid small off-road car that helped make our journey across Albania truly unforgettable! Thanks to Keddy for providing it to us and for the good service!
Netherlands
Peugeot 308 Sw
February 14, 2020
Beautiful country, very underestimated. Lots of potential, great espresso.
Belgium
Dacia Duster
September 24, 2019
Driving in Tirana itself is very chaotic and difficult. Other drivers really don't respect rules. Outside the capital the roads are very quite and is driving a lot easier.
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Car Rental Statistics

Highest rated company
OTOQ
9.5 / 10
)
Lowest rated company
Ecovia
5.6 / 10
)
Total number of reviews
85
Total rental companies
47
Average daily price
$21.84
Lowest daily price
$11.44
Total cars available
1449

Top 47 Suppliers in Albania in 2024

OTOQ
OTOQ
Exceptional 9.5 / 266 reviews
1 location
$18 - $49
Viaggiare
Viaggiare
Exceptional 9.3 / 54 reviews
1 location
$14 - $18
WheeGo
WheeGo
Exceptional 9.1 / 81 reviews
2 locations
$19 - $273
Europcar
Europcar
Exceptional 9 / 30 reviews
1 location
drive365
drive365
Exceptional 9 / 11 reviews
1 location
$15 - $36
Select Rent a Car
Select Rent a Car
Very good 8.9 / 45 reviews
5 locations
$26 - $141
SIXT
SIXT
Very good 8.9 / 38 reviews
2 locations
$28 - $159
CAPITAL CAR RENTAL
CAPITAL CAR RENTAL
Very good 8.9 / 15 reviews
2 locations
$12 - $69
Sicily By Car
Sicily By Car
Very good 8.8 / 415 reviews
2 locations
$21 - $200
Alamo
Alamo
Very good 8.7 / 141 reviews
2 locations
$19 - $142
RightCars
RightCars
Very good 8.6 / 36 reviews
1 location
$29 - $51
Keddy
Keddy
Very good 8.4 / 141 reviews
2 locations
$56 - $170
Autounion
Autounion
Very good 8.3 / 198 reviews
4 locations
$16 - $381
Optimo Rent
Optimo Rent
Very good 8.3 / 131 reviews
3 locations
$18 - $119
Ecorent
Ecorent
Very good 8.3 / 16 reviews
2 locations
$15 - $172
Enterprise
Enterprise
Very good 8.2 / 84 reviews
6 locations
$20 - $153
Rent Point Albania
Rent Point Albania
Very good 8.1 / 11 reviews
3 locations
$21 - $135
Alma Car Hire
Alma Car Hire
Very good 8.1 / 6 reviews
2 locations
$15 - $99
Surprice
Surprice
Very good 8 / 331 reviews
14 locations
$11 - $246
Ok Mobility
Ok Mobility
Good 7.9 / 84 reviews
1 location
$20 - $110
Avis
Avis
Good 7.8 / 9 reviews
3 locations
$35 - $136
Budget
Budget
Good 7.8
2 locations
$35 - $95
Sharr Express
Sharr Express
Good 7.8
1 location
$114 - $143
Ace Rent a car
Ace Rent a car
Good 7.7 / 194 reviews
1 location
$13 - $61
Autowill
Autowill
Good 7.7 / 1 review
1 location
$14 - $38
Hertz
Hertz
Good 7.7
1 location
National
National
Good 7.7
1 location
EUROCAR Rentals
EUROCAR Rentals
Good 7.6 / 172 reviews
2 locations
$32 - $131
Radius Car Rental
Radius Car Rental
Good 7.6 / 1 review
2 locations
$22 - $94
Street Rent A Car
Street Rent A Car
Good 7.6
2 locations
$30 - $72
CarQ
CarQ
Good 7.5 / 140 reviews
2 locations
$16 - $76
GreenMotion
GreenMotion
Good 7.5 / 89 reviews
5 locations
$15 - $154
Flexways
Flexways
Good 7.5
1 location
$27 - $43
Routes Car Rental
Routes Car Rental
Good 7.4 / 1 review
2 locations
$15 - $147
ABBYCAR
ABBYCAR
Good 7.2 / 308 reviews
1 location
$12 - $66
Finalrentals
Finalrentals
Good 7.2 / 12 reviews
2 locations
$11 - $116
ACARENT
ACARENT
Good 7.1 / 120 reviews
1 location
$19 - $107
CITY Rent a Car
CITY Rent a Car
Good 7.1 / 97 reviews
2 locations
$18 - $115
EXER
EXER
Good 7.1 / 74 reviews
2 locations
$24 - $118
Cargini
Cargini
Good 7.1 / 20 reviews
1 location
$13 - $86
Autovia
Autovia
Satisfactory 6.9 / 32 reviews
2 locations
$22 - $29
United Rent A Car
United Rent A Car
Satisfactory 6.6 / 12 reviews
2 locations
$19 - $66
AddCar
AddCar
Satisfactory 6.4 / 92 reviews
5 locations
$21 - $85
Carwiz
Carwiz
Satisfactory 6.2 / 172 reviews
5 locations
$13 - $56
Zezgo
Zezgo
Satisfactory 6.1 / 158 reviews
1 location
$12 - $169
Target Rent
Target Rent
Satisfactory 6.1 / 35 reviews
1 location
Ecovia
Ecovia
Poor 5.6 / 43 reviews
2 locations
$22 - $30
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