Guide to Driving In Albania - Drive Safe in Albania

With our Drive Smart guide you're fully prepared to hire a car in Albania and stay safe on unfamiliar roads.


40 kph

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80 kph

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motorway speed limit

90-110 kph

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Drink Drive Limit


drink and drive limit
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You drive in Albania on the Right side  
The currency in Albania is ALL
To rent a car is  21 years and to drive is 18 years of age
Current fuel price in Albania 1.17 €/Ltr

Driving Laws in Albania

Driving in Albania
Pocket guide to driving in Albania
Driving in Albania
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Speed limit in Albania
Rush hour in Albania
Speed cameras in Albania
Fuel prices in Albania
Drive RIGHT in Albania
Min driving age in Albania
Blood alcohol content
Drink driving in Albania
Emergency phone number in Albania
Driving documents in Albania
Hands free only
Mobile phone driving in Albania
Seat belt in Albania
See here for current child seats law in Albania

Are there any special requirements for driving or hiring a car in Albania?

Much like most of mainland Europe and 69% of all countries, driving is on the right in Albania. Driving in Albania has a reputation for being a little risky and we’re often asked if it’s wise to drive in Albania at all. The reality can be quite different to what you might read online, whilst driving in Albania may present some challenges, so would driving in any foreign country. The local drivers can appear aggressive and will sound their horn if they overtake you, however this is customary to advise the driver being passed and not a sign of aggression. Roads in Tirana can be somewhat chaotic, so take care when driving in Albania.

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We advise taking a defensive approach to driving in Albania and to follow road signs / speed limits and not necessarily how the locals are driving. Rental cars in Albania are easily spotted by traffic police and seen as an easy target if you flaunt the speed limits, no matter what speed the locals around you might be doing. Don’t be afraid to rent a car in Albania, it will open up parts of the country that shouldn’t be missed and you’ll regret not having the freedom to explore at your own pace. We do however highly recommend full protection insurance just to peace of mind.

Pot holes in Albania are widely reported as well as other poor surface conditions and you need to be vigilant as it is easy to damage your wheels / undercarriage. It is also easy to get a puncture in a rental car if driving through a pot hole at speed.

Rules of the road

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Emergency Services Numbers

Police Police: 112

Police Fire: 112

Police Ambulance: 112

Notes: however, emergency response support is deemed unreliable

Fuel Prices in Albania by Month

Parking Information

Parking regulations

Parking is generally governed by signage / parking zones. Where no signs are visible, parking on the road is permitted in accordance with the Convention of Road Traffic (Vienna 1968).
Paid parking
Parking tariffs are displayed on public car parks, there are no road side parking meters in Albania
Cars parked illegally in Tirana are likely to be towed away quickly. If you’re rental car is towed away you should contact the rental agent as soon as possible to arrange repatriation. Parking fines start at 500 ALL (4 EUR), however if towed, expect to pay at least 4,000 All (31 EUR).

Disabled parking
 Disabled parking bays are clearly marked, you should display your disabled parking permit clearly in the windscreen for inspection. Disabled parking in generally free of charge, however you are advised to check local car park rules / signs. Albania has not signed up to the The EU Model Parking Card scheme yet.

Emergency Information

Emergency Information

Police Police: 112

Police Fire: 112

Police Ambulance: 112

In the event of an emergency in Albania, the following emergency services should be contacted;
  • 129 - Police
  • 128 - Fire
  • 127 – Ambulance
  • 112 – General Emergency Services

What to do in an emergency

If you are involved in an accident whilst driving in Albania, it’s recommended that you contact the police and the rental car agent. If the police arrive at the scene you will need an incident reference / report to pass to the rental agent.

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Handy Guides

World Driving Guides

Road Signs

Handy Phrases

I have broken down - makina ime është shkatërruar
Where is the police station? - ku është stacioni policor
I have a puncture - Kam një birë
I have a car accident - Kam pasur një aksident me makinë
Where is the nearest petrol station? - Ku është stacioni më i afërt i benzinës

Albania Fuel Price History

Fuel Prices in Albania by Month
Month, YearDiesel €/ltrUnleaded €/ltr
Feb, 2021 1.13 1.17
Jan, 2021 1.21 1.24
Dec, 2020 1.37 1.37
Nov, 2020 1.37 1.37
Oct, 2020 1.36 1.36
Sep, 2020 1.36 1.36
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Hiring a Car in Albania

With our Drive Smart guide you're fully prepared to hire a car in Albania and stay safe on unfamiliar roads.
Kellie Hodge
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Travel writer, customer service guru, Kellie knows the ins and outs of car rental and always happy to share her knowledge on our blog. Favourite country to visit: Spain.

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