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Driving in Albania

General Info

Albania flag

Population: 3m

Area: 28,748 sq. Km

Currency: Albanian lek (100 qindarka) - ALL


Top 10 popular attractions:  


  • Skanderbeg Fortress
  • Skanderbeg Square
  • Korcza cathedral
  • Ancient Ottoman bridge
  • Xhamia e Muradi mosque
 
  • Durres Fortress
  • Elbasan Castle Remains
  • Rozafa Castle
  • Sarande
  • Roman, Greek, Byzantine Ruins

Essentials

Driving licence:

Visitors riding or driving in Albania must have reached the minimum age required to drive/ride a vehicle of equivalent category even if they are qualified to drive at a lower age in their country of residence. You must be 18 or over to drive a private vehicle in Albania.

Driving licences issued in EU and EEA countries are accepted.You will need an International Driving Permit, IDP 1949 to drive in Albania.

Important documents:

Vehicles from the UK may be imported into Albania for up to 6 months in any period of 12 months. When driving in Albania the following documents should be carried: 

  • Full, valid driving licence* (with paper counterpart) 
  • Proof of Insurance (third party or above)
  • Proof of ID (Passport)
  • Proof of ownership (V5C Certificate)
  • International Driving Permit, IDP 1949

While driving in Albania you are required by law to carry the following items. Hefty on-the-spot fines can be issued for failing to carry specific items: 

  • Headlamp beam deflectors (Depending on your car, you will either need deflector stickers or have to adjust the beam manually) 
  • First aid kits are compulsory when travelling in Albania
  • Motorcyclists (Safety helmets are compulsory for drivers and passengers of mopeds and motorcycles)

 

Rules of the road & regulations

Rules of the road:

  • Overtaking & passing

    Overtake on the left. The rules are in accordance with the Convention on Road Traffic 1968.

  • Priority

    The rules are in accordance with the Convention on Road Traffic 1968. Vehicles approaching from the right have priority at intersections, unless a traffic light, traffic sign or police directing the traffic says otherwise.

    Emergency vehicles (police, ambulance, army vehicles, etc.) have priority over other road users when using flashing lights and a siren.

  • Warning of approach

    The use of the horn is only allowed in case of emergency, in order to avoid an accident. Outside built-up areas, it may be used before overtaking another road user.

Towing:

Caravans, camper vans, luggage and boat trailers may be temporarily imported into Albania without formality.

It is recommended that an inventory of the contents of caravans, camper vans or luggage trailers is shown to the customs on arrival, in order to avoid any problems when leaving the country.

Snow chains:

In winter, mountain roads are snowy and icy and driving can be very hazardous. It is recommended that cars be adequately equipped.

Seat belts: 

The use of seat belts in the front seats is compulsory on all vehicles manufactured after January 1978. They are also compulsory in the rear seats of all vehicles manufactured after May 1990.

Travelling with children: 

Children under the age of 12 travelling in the front passenger seat must use an appropriate child restraint. Children under the age of 4 travelling in the rear seat must also use a child restraint.

Speed limits: 

There are strict speed limits applying to the various categories of roads and the type of vehicle driven.

Motorways Main Intercity Roads Secondary Intercity Roads & Local Roads Built-up Areas
110 km/h 90 km/h 80 km/h 40 km/h

Mopeds must not exceed a speed of 30km/h in or outside built-up areas.

Penalties:

  • On-the-spot fines

    The police are empowered to impose fines of up to 5,000 ALL.

    Traffic police pay particular attention to drivers of vehicles bearing foreign registration plates. Visitors should therefore adhere to road traffic law at all times since the most minor of offences may result in a fine

Parking:

  • Parking Regulations

    Parking regulations conform with those in the Convention on Road Traffic (Vienna, 1968).

    Prohibited parking zones are marked with signs. Parking meters and discs are not in use.

  • Enforcement of parking regulations

    In Tirana, vehicles parked in prohibited areas are towed away. Wheel clamps are not used in Albania.

    Parking fines are 500 ALL minimum (+ 4,000 ALL if towed away).

  • Disabled parking access

    In public parking areas, spaces reserved for disabled drivers are marked.

Traffic lights:

  • Traffic lights 

    The international three-colour system of traffic lights is used.

Drink/drug driving:

  • Legal limit

    The maximum level of alcohol in the blood is 0.01%.

  • Alcohol

    If a person who drives or takes charge of a vehicle is suspected of being under the influence of alcohol he must undergo a breath test. 

    A driver refusing to undergo an alcohol test may incur a fine of 5,000 to 20,000 ALL and his driving licence may be suspended.

Roads & fuel

Only major roads (or sections of roads) have lighting and driving by night should be avoided. Street lighting in urban areas is subject to power cuts.

Availability of fuel

Petrol stations are generally located in urban areas. They are normally open 24 hours a day.

  • Price of fuel
    (April 2014)
Unleaded petrol (95 octane) 188 ALL per litre
Diesel 188 ALL per litre
LPG 96 ALL per litre

  • Means of payment

    Payment of petrol is generally made in cash and in Albanian leks. Credit cards are accepted at some petrol stations.

  • Automatic petrol pumps

    There are no automatic petrol pumps.

Emergencies

In case of breakdown or accident, drivers must use a warning triangle or hazard warning lights.


Download  a copy of our Travelling in Albania guide.

Download  a copy of our full Driving Abroad report.


Useful guides and maps

Michelin Motoring Atlas: Europe

 

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Source: All information in this document is sourced from the AIT (Alliance Internationale de Tourisme) & the FIA (Federation Internationale de l'Automobile) and, to the best of the RAC’s knowledge, is correct at the time of publication (August 2013).

Over 80,000 British nationals visit Albania every year. Most visits are trouble-free.

From December to February severe weather may cause flooding, particularly in northern Albania. Heavy snowfall in mountainous areas can lead to disruption to transport and services.

Public security is generally good, particularly in Tirana. Crime and violence does occur in some areas, but is not typically targeted at foreigners. Gun ownership is widespread. See Crime.

When visiting hill towns on the northern border with Kosovo, you should exercise caution and heed warning signs about unexploded landmines and other unexploded ordnance. See Landmines.

There is an underlying threat from terrorism. See Terrorism.

Take out comprehensive travel and medical insurance before you travel.

FCO TRAVEL ADVICE - know before you go - fco.gov.uk/travel

Office: British Embassy Tirana
Street Address: Rruga Skenderbeg 12
City: Tirana
State: Tirana
Country: Albania

Telephone: (+355-4) 24973, 24974, 24975
Fax: (+355-4) 247697

Website: http://www.uk.al/

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