Albania is a great destination for those who want to rent a car and have an action-packed vacation.
You can swim in two seas, drive on the fantastic serpentine roads, admire the nearly untouched nature, see rugged mountains, walk around old towns and, of course, enjoy the local organic food.
Choose and book your car on our website. The incredible Albania is waiting for you.
Why rent a car from us ↵
On our website, you will find the best offers from small Albanian rentals sorted by price. So, you can quickly and easily compare the suitable options, read the conditions, and find the best car for its price.
5 benefits of Localrent.com:
- Accurate prices for rentals, insurance, and optional extras.
- Small deposit.
- The advance payment on booking is only 15-20%, and you pay the remaining amount after you inspect the car.
- Formal agreement with the rental company.
- Customer care service is available any day of the week.
For how long to rent a car in Albania
If you are going to Albania for a relaxing vacation on the beach with a few short drives, you can rent a car for 1-2 days. That will be enough to get you around the country’s top attractions.
And if you want to travel around the country with overnight stays at different places, visit unique non-tourist attractions, and swim on different beaches, it's worth booking a car for a week or two.
Which car is suitable for travelling
For the most part, the roads in the country are good and suitable for any car.
A mid-size car is good for everyday trips around the city, to the beaches and nearby attractions.
For mountain serpentine journeys, it’s best to choose a more powerful car with an engine capacity over 1.6 litres.
If you want to hit the roads with great sea views, wind in your hair, and the endless sky above you, you should rent a convertible. The excitement of this experience will last a long time.
Traffic regulations in Albania ↵
In a country where donkeys are still widely used along with cars for commuting and where there were no road signs until recently, the road traffic will certainly have its peculiarities.
- And the first of them is that local drivers do not always follow the rules strictly. For example, they forget to use their turn signals, overtake at wrong places or stop to chat in the middle of an intersection. But they try to drive in a way that does not interfere with traffic. All you can do about it is be careful and take your time.
- The traffic police mostly make sure that nobody exceeds the speed limits. However, they may turn a blind eye to a slight speeding violation.
- The low beam must be switched on only at night, in fog, rain or snowfall. That is, in low visibility conditions.
- All car occupants must wear their seat belts.
- Don’t talk on your mobile phone without using a hands-free system or headset.
- Drink driving is strictly prohibited.
Roads in Albania
Most of the roads in the country are in good condition and are constantly upgraded and improved.
Be sure to have local currency for fuel when travelling by car. Most gas stations accept only local currency in cash. You will rarely find a gas station where you can pay by card.
The main motorways A1, A2, A3 are in perfect condition. The roads are toll-free, except for the toll road (€5) from Durrës to Kosovo.
The mountain roads are slightly worse but also good. They are taken care of.
Running along the coast is a very scenic serpentine road with many ups and downs.
Parking in Albania
Parking is paid in Tirana, in major tourist cities, and at some popular attractions.
The city parking rates are 100-200 Lek (~€1-2) per hour. Parking at beaches and attractions will cost you 100-200 Lek (~€1-2) per day.
And you can park for free in all other places.
In Albania, the quality of fuel varies and depends on the particular petrol station. We recommend that you fill up only at large, modern petrol stations.
Petrol stations are frequent on major highways and in large cities but you need to fill up with plenty of fuel before travelling to remote and mountainous areas.
Where to go by rental car
Just 15 km from the capital is the village of Petrela (Petrelë) with a castle that dates back to the fifth century and is still in good condition. On your way to the village, you will see the remains of its defensive walls. There are amazing olive groves all around.
Lake Skadar (also called Lake Scutari, Lake Shkodër or Lake Shkodra) is one of the most beautiful lakes in Europe. You can see it in the city of Shkodër. Not far from there are ruins of the Rozafa Castle built before Christ. And there are some interesting temples within the city.
In the north of the country is the Valbona Valley National Park. It offers great walks among gorgeous mountain views with caves, waterfalls, and crystal-clear rivers. There are several small water mills on the Valbona River that are still in operation!
You can visit the city of Berat, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, in the south of the country. The 13th-century castle is well-preserved. There are also many ancient Byzantine churches and Ottoman mosques in the area.
The village of Ksamil, known as the Albanian Seychelles, has the best beaches in the country: clean white sand, clear water, and several uninhabited islands nearby. An uninhabited island with a restaurant is a local highlight.