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.
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.