Albania Driving Advice and Car Hire Info

Driving In Albania
Albania drives on the right and you can drive on the licence of most countries for up to one year, but an International Driving Permit is also advisable.

Albania’s road network is split into expressways denoted with an A, and State highways denoted SH. The A1 is the country’s longest road and the toll road, which connects the port city of Durrës and the capital Tirana with Kosovo in the northeast. The A2 is another expressway runs from North of Vlore to Levan. Main roads will generally be in a satisfactory condition. Smaller roads in rural areas are likely to be deteriorating in places. There are often no street lights outside built-up areas and major roads – and there are frequent power cuts. Avoid driving at night away from towns where you are likely to encounter poorly lit vehicles , pedestrians in the road and hidden hazards such as pot holes. During the winter months, roads throughout mountainous regions in northern Albania can be dangerously snowy and icy.You should ask the rental company if winter tyres are needed

Albanian drivers can be quite aggressive and disputes can get out of hand. I’ve had personal experience of this myself and have actually had a ‘car chase’ scenario in Albania In some areas you may also find that some drivers are armed. You should exercise caution when driving in Albania and expect the unexpected from other road users.

Although I try and keep the information in the site updated as much as possible, in a rapidly moving world, situations can change daily. Therefore please use the site as an approximate guide, and in conjunction with other resources in order to form your view on driving conditions, roads, safety etc.

Albania Car Rental
Hertz, Alamo, Sixt, Europcar, National, Budget and Avis  all have outlets.Also usually features on Car rental broker sites.

We currently have no local car rental partners in Albania. If you are a local car rental company who would like to feature on please check details on our Partnering page or contact us on

Albania Self Driving Rules

Cars can’t be driven into or dropped off in any neighbouring country , though Hertz allow driving into and drop off in Kosovo for an additional charge. Sixt allow the car to be taken to the following countries with prior written agreement -Andorra, Austria, Belgium, France, Germany, Great Britain, Greece, Italy, Liechtenstein, Luxembourg, Macedonia, Monaco, Montenegro, Netherlands, San Marino, Switzerland, Spain.

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