Transportation and Driving License

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Transportation

Main rent a car companies operating in Albania are: Albarent, Hertz Albania, Avis, EuropCar Albania, Sixt etc.

Buses: A cheap flat fare urban bus service operates within the main cities (40 Lek). The main interurban bus service providers, linking the Albanian main cities, are private.

Minibus taxies: Interurban transport service is provided also by private minibuses. The ticket price is generally twice higher than the bus service.

Taxies: Generally taxies are parked near the railway stations and the main hotels and close to main cross roads. In Tirana radio taxi service is also available (phone: 04 2244444 or 0800 55555 or 04 2222555).

Rail travel: There are 3 railway directions in Albania:

  • Tirana – Shkoder (Vore – Mamurras – Laç – Milot – Lezhe - Shkoder);
  • Tirana – Pogradec (Durres – Golem – Kavaje – Rrogozhine – Peqin – Elbasan -Librazhd – Perrenjas – Pogradec);
  • Tirana – Vlore (Durres – Golem – Kavaje – Rrogozhine – Lushnje – Fier – Vlore).

Driving licence:

Foreigners riding or driving in Albania must have reached the minimum age re-quired 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:

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. 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)

 

Driving License in Albania

Directory of Road Transport Service

http://www.dpshtrr.gov.al/

On-Line Auto –Driving School ( Test)

http://www.autoshkollaonline.com/shqiperi/

http://www.autoshkollaonlinefalas.com/shqiperi/test-i-rastit.html

List of Auto Driving School

http://www.netirane.al/al/lista-e-bizneseve/autoshkolla-45

List of Auto Driving School- Lista e Autoshkollave ne Tirane

http://www.netirane.al/al/lista-e-bizneseve/autoshkolla-45

Rules of the road & regulations:

Rules of the road:

Oertaking & 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. Ve-hicles 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 sirens.

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 an-other 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 manu-factured after May 1990.

Travelling with children:

Children under the age of 12 travelling in the front passenger seat must use an ap-propriate 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.

Driving License

Directory of Road Transport Service

http://www.dpshtrr.gov.al/

On-Line Auto –Driving School ( Test)

http://www.autoshkollaonline.com/shqiperi/

http://www.autoshkollaonlinefalas.com/shqiperi/test-i-rastit.html

List of Auto Driving School

http://www.netirane.al/al/lista-e-bizneseve/autoshkolla-45

List of Auto Driving School- Lista e Autoshkollave ne Tirane

http://www.netirane.al/al/lista-e-bizneseve/autoshkolla-45

Emergency: 112

Firemen: 128

Police: 129

Ambulances: 127

Transportation Services: General Directorate of Road Transport Services - ALBANIAN