Albania Bus Timetables 2024 for Popular Routes

Last Updated on March 30, 2024

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Travelling around by bus in Albania can be a little tricky. If you are used to rigid timetables and perfectly planned bus rides, then travelling through Albania may give you a reality check.

The truth is that Albania bus timetables are a little bit of a pain in the arse but once you understand how they work, it’s easy!

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I myself have gathered (and from other travellers around Albania) a list of routes with the time that they are (supposed) to leave the destination.

If you plan on using the buses in Albania, hopefully, this can give you a better idea on how to plan your holiday around Albania.

Whether you want a bus from Tirana to Saranda, a bus from Gjirokaster to Saranda or anywhere in between, I’ve got you covered.

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Albanian bus timetables can change with a flick of the wrist so always double-check the night before that this is the correct time.

The best way to confirm that is to get your ticket the night before or simply ask a local or your accommodation supplier to confirm it for you.

People in Albania are really friendly and are always there to help you if need be!

*If you know of any timetables for buses in Albania that have changed please let me know by commenting below. I want to keep this guide as up to date as possible.

All times listed below for an Albania bus schedule were researched by me visiting the bus station as well as other travellers who have travelled through Albania in 2024.

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IMPORTANT: Use this as a guide for Albania buses, but always double-check the day before you plan to leave by going to the bus station and getting your ticket and/or asking your accommodation supplier.

Albania Bus Timetables 2024

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Buses leaving Saranda

There are a range of buses regularly leaving from the Saranda bus station.

You can find the Saranda bus timetable below for all routes, from the Saranda to Vlore bus to the bus from Saranda to Tirana.

Saranda to Tirana (1300 LEK) *reports from travellers that the price is up to 1700 Lek now)

  • 5:00am
  • 6:30am
  • 8:30am
  • 9:30am
  • 10:45am
  • 2:00pm

Saranda to Ksamil and Butrint (100LEK)

  • Between 6.30am – 6.30pm every hour on the half hour

Saranda to Himara

  • 10:00am (not confirmed)
  • 11:30am
  • 1:00pm (not confirmed)
  • 2:00pm

Saranda to Borsh

  • 12:30 midday

Saranda to Vlora

  • 8/8:30am
  • 11:30am

Saranda to Berat

  • 8:00am
  • 10:15am
  • 2:30pm

Saranda to Gijrokastёr

  • Can catch the bus that goes towards Tirana, Berat, Fier, Elbasan or Lushnje.

Saranda to Durres (1300 LEK)

  • 5:00am

Saranda to Permet (600 LEK)

  • 7:30am

Saranda to Elbasan

  • 6:00am
  • 11:30am
  • 1:30pm

Saranda to Lushnje (1000LEK)

  • 11:00am
  • 3:00pm

Saranda to Fier (900 LEK)

  • 12:00 midday
  • 30 midday

Saranda to Korce and Pogradec

  • 5:30am

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International routes from Saranda

Saranda to Pristina, Kosovo (€25)

  • 3:30pm
  • 4:30pm (with Sharr Travel)

Saranda to Skopje, North Macedonia (€36/37 and takes 7.5 hours)

  • 11.30am  (This bus only runs during the tourist season – not confirmed for 2022)

Saranda to Athens (€35)

  • 6am
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Buses from Tirana

There are many Tirana bus routes from the city to other popular Albanian destinations, and it’s a great spot to start your destination since the buses are often a little more reliable here.

Below are all the Tirana bus timetables, including the very popular Tirana to Saranda bus timetable.

Tirana airport to Tirana centre

  • 8:00am
  • 9:00am
  • 10:00am
  • 11:00am
  • 12:00 midday
  • 1:00pm
  • 2:00pm
  • 3:00pm
  • 4:00pm
  • 5:00pm
  • 6:00pm
  • 7:00pm

Tirana centre to Tirana airport

  • 7:00am
  • 8:00am
  • 9:00am
  • 10:00am
  • 11:00am
  • 12:00 midday
  • 1:00pm
  • 2:00pm
  • 3:00pm
  • 4:00pm
  • 5:00pm
  • 6:00pm

Tirana to Saranda bus timetable (1300-2000 LEK & takes 5 hours)

  • 5:30am
  • 7:30am
  • 8:30am
  • 9:45am
  • 12:30 midday
  • 14:15
  • 16:00
  • 10:00pm (Operating just for the summer)

Tirana to Tepelena

  • 7:00am
  • 11:00am
  • 1:00pm
  • 2:00pm

Tirana to Permet

  • 5:30am
  • 6:30am
  • 7:30am
  • 8:15am
  • 9:00am
  • 11:30am
  • 12:30 midday
  • 2:00pm
  • 3:30pm
  • 5:00pm

Tirana to Himara and Tirana to Dhermi (same bus as Dhermi is on the way)

  • 6:15am
  • 1:00pm

Tirana to Orikum

  • 10:00am

Tirana to Fier

  • Between 5:00am – 7:30pm every half an hour

Tirana to Gijrokastёr (1000Lek & takes 4 hours)

  • 5:00am
  • 6:45am
  • 8:00am
  • 9:00am
  • 10:00am
  • 11:00am
  • 12:00 midday
  • 1:00pm
  • 2:30pm
  • 3:30pm
  • 5:30pm
  • 6:30pm
  • 8:30pm

Tirana to Berat bus timetable (400 Lek & takes 2 hours)

  • 5:40am
  • 6:30am
  • 7:15am
  • 7:45am
  • 8:15am
  • 8:50am
  • 9:20am
  • 9:50am
  • 10:20am
  • 11:00am
  • 11:30am
  • 12:00midday
  • 12:30am
  • 1:00pm
  • 1:30pm
  • 2:00pm
  • 2:30pm
  • 3:00pm
  • 3:30pm
  • 4:00pm
  • 4:30pm
  • 5:00pm
  • 5:30pm

Tirana to Vlore

  • Between 5:00am – 5:30pm every half an hour

Tirana to Durres

  • Between 6am – 9:15pm around every 30 minutes

Tirana to Shkodër (300Lek & takes 2 hours)

  • 7am
  • 8am
  • 9am
  • 10am
  • 11am
  • 11:45am
  • 12:30 midday
  • 1:15pm
  • 2:00pm
  • 2:45pm
  • 3:30pm
  • 4:14pm
  • 5:00pm

Tirana to Pogradec and Korce (450 Lek & takes 2.5-3 hours)

  • Every 30 minutes until 6pm.

Tirana to Skrapar

  • 6:00am
  • 11:10am
  • 13:00
  • 14:30
  • 16:10
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Buses from Berat

Berat to Tirana (400LEK & takes 2 hours)

  • 4:30am
  • 5:00am
  • 5:30am
  • 6:00am
  • 6:30am
  • 7:00am
  • 7:30am
  • 8:00am
  • 8:30am
  • 9:00am
  • 9:30am
  • 10:00am
  • 10:30am
  • 11:00am
  • 11:30am
  • 12:30 midday
  • 1:10pm
  • 1:50pm
  • 2:30pm
  • 3:10pm
  • 3:50pm
  • 4:30pm

Berat to Durres (400LEK & takes 1 hour 30 mins)

  • 6:15am
  • 7:10am
  • 8:10am
  • 11:50am
  • 1:30pm
  • 2:05pm
  • 2:50pm

Berat to Vlora (400 LEK & takes 2 hours)

  • 6am
  • 30am
  • 7:30am
  • 8:30am
  • 9:20am
  • 10:00am
  • 1:00pm

Berat to Gijrokastёr/Saranda (1000/1200LEK and takes 3/5 hours)

  • 8:00am
  • 2:00pm
  • If you want to travel from Berat to Saranda bus, double check it is going all the way to Saranda, as this is not always the case.
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Buses from Gjirokaster

Gjirokaster to Tirana

  • 5:00am
  • 7:00am
  • 8:00am
  • 9:00am
  • 10:00am
  • 11:00am
  • 12:00 midday
  • 1:00pm
  • 2:30pm
  • 3:30pm
  • 5:00pm
  • 6:30pm

Gjirokaster to Permet

  • 7:30am
  • 8:30pm
  • 10:00am
  • 12:00 midday
  • 1:30pm

Gjirokaster to Berat

  • 08:30am

Gjirokaster to Saranda

  • 7:00am
  • 8:00am
  • 9:00am
  • 10:00am
  • 12:00 midday
  • There are many buses that come through here from other destiantions that are going to Saranda. You can easily catch one going past!

Gjirokaster to Korce

  • 7:00am

Gjirokaster to Durres

  • 3:10pm

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Buses from Himara

Himara to Tirana

  • 5:00am
  • 11am
  • 6pm

Himara to Saranda

  • 8:30am
  • 16:00

buses from Shkoder

Shkoder to Tirana

  • 6:00am
  • 7:00am
  • 7:45am
  • 8:30am
  • 9:15am
  • 10:00am
  • 10:45am
  • 11:30am
  • 12:00
  • 13:00
  • 14:00
  • 15:00
  • 16:00
  • 17:00

Shkoder to Korce

  • 6:00am

Shkoder to Durres

  • 7:15am
  • 13:15

Shkoder to Vlore

  • 6:15am

Shkoder to Elbasan

  • 7:30am
  • 10:30am

Shkoder to Podgradec

  • 6:30am
  • 9:30am
  • 13:00

Shkoder to Lezhe

  • 8:15am
  • 13:30

Shkoder to Rinas

  • 8:15am
  • 12:45

Shkoder to Librazhd

  • 6:45am

Shkoder to Theth

  • 7:00am

Shkoder to Montenegro

Shkoder to Ulcinj

  • 9:00am
  • 2:15pm
  • 4:00pm

Ulcinj to Shkoder

  • 7:00am
  • 12:30 Midday
  • 4:30pm

I hope those Albania bus timetables helped you a little and as I said above, please let me know of any services no longer running or services that you went on that are not mentioned below!

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Frequently Asked Questions

✅ Is public transport good in Albania?

Public transport in Albania has its own rhythm. When the Albania buses work, they can be great, but they are often unreliable and times change at the last minute.

✅ How to get to Saranda from Tirana by bus?

The bus from Tirana to Saranda leaves 7 times per day (8 in the summer) from the main bus station and takes an average of 5 hours. Depending on the bus, it costs anywhere from 1300-200 LEK.

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The Comments

    August 20, 2019

    Hi Anita! Are there any buses to Dhermi from Sarande? Many thanks!

    • Daphne
      > MERI MALDI
      May 2, 2023

      I have the same question!

  • Greg
    September 5, 2019

    Hi Anita and thanks for all the useful info on your site! I am in Saranda at the moment and asked at Tourist Info on the seafront promenade today about buses to Vlora. Apart from the 11:30 and 14:30 you mention, they also told me there was one at 5:30 in the morning. Not that we’ll be catching that 😀

    • Anita Hendrieka
      > Greg
      September 12, 2019

      Thanks for the info!

  • Matt
    September 27, 2019

    Thank you for this! Really helpful. Hoping to do Sarandë to Beret. Where exactly would we be picked up from? And also are you aware if they run/ don’t on sundays?

  • Joanna
    October 3, 2019

    Many thanks for this summary! I’m planning my trip and it was super helpful. Any idea what time is the bus from Permet to Saranda? I’m planning one night trip to Permet and I’m struggling to find the connection :/ Thank you in advance!

  • Bn
    December 11, 2019

    Thanks so much. I am coming there soon and this is a big help.

  • Dwi
    December 26, 2019

    Hello Anita, thanks a lot for all the data you compiled, it really helps a lot.
    I do have some questions though:
    1. Are all the time table work in winter? I’ll be there in early January 2020.
    2. Can I buy the tickets last minute, since sometimes I won’t even stay in the city at all (I come in the morning & move on to the next city in the afternoon)?
    3. I can’t find any information about public transport from Ohrid to Sarande. They offered to take me for €90 by car. What do you think?
    Thanks a lot.

    • Alice Azemi
      > Dwi
      February 23, 2022

      Hoping to travel from Athens to Ksamil. Does anyone know how I’d go about doing this?
      Thank you as this information is really useful.

  • Charles
    March 5, 2020

    Thank you for your help and information

  • Valentyn
    August 18, 2020

    Thank you for information. Saranda to Korce only at 5.30 am 1 per two days (08.2020)

  • Lex
    February 20, 2021

    Does anyone know how to get from Dürres to Sarande by bus? Is it even possible?

  • Laura
    April 9, 2021

    Thank you for this! Update as of April 2021: there is NO bus that goes directly from Gjirokaster to Berat. You can go to the bus station in Gjirokaster and tell them you want to go to Berat, and you know that you have to go through Fier (a nearby city). As I’m writing this, the bus from Gjirokaster to Fier leaves at 10am — get there early to get a seat ;).

    Remind the driver’s assistant when you get on the bus that you’re going to Berat, and watch the map after a couple of hours. In my experience I guess they forgot (I didn’t remind them) and they dropped me farther north than Fier once I alerted the driver — but then directed me to a bus station just across an intersection to go to Berat.

    Hope this helps! Again, NO single direct bus right now Gjirokaster —> Berat.

  • Edward
    May 27, 2021

    Hi there, does anybody know where the bus from Gjirokaster to Vlore departs from exactly? I asked a few locals but they weren’t helpful. I then waited for the 8:30 bus at the main bus station this morning, but it drove past and never stopped. Most confusing bus transport system I have ever experienced . . .

  • Alicia
    June 24, 2021

    Buses from Vlora to Sarande: there are 2 buses a day as far as I know…at 6:45 am, and at 11:30 am. It costs 800 lek (or alternatively Borsh 500 lek). The bus station in Vlora is next to the Independence monument..good luck!;)

  • Elin
    July 3, 2021

    Hi, Riviera bus website says that they have cancelled all their regular routes from Tirana to Sarande due to lack of tourists/pandemic. Any other bus companies operating this route? Or Tirana-Vlore, Vlore-Sarada? Struggling to find any booking possibilities online. Many thanks!

  • Brigi
    July 28, 2021

    Faleminderit!…..Just want to add that I took the 22:00 bus from Tirana to Sarandë the other night. With Tisa Travel. Apparently they started it up again a couple weeks ago, and we can hope they continue to mud-August. (But always call and never expect anything here in Adventureland, of course:) Cheers.

  • Johanna
    July 28, 2021

    Hi all, first thanks for this awesome summary! I have the same struggle like Elin at the moment. I like to take a bus from tiranë to himarë in two weeks but can’t find a bus company which operates at the moment. Has anybody some suggestions where I could search for a bus ride?

    • Daniela B
      > Johanna
      August 4, 2021

      Hello! There is a company called Riviera, it’s best to send them a WhatsApp as the website isn’t working!

  • Joel
    August 3, 2021

    Hola, de Sarande a Himare ha cambiado y sale a las 10:30h. Lo cogimos hace 2 días. Nos costó 500 leks y tardó 1:45h

  • Tahamara Dias
    August 12, 2021

    Dear Anita,
    Your blog is the best one in all Albania. Have been recommending even to staff in hotels.
    I have a question regarding the time tables of buses.
    On Sunday are the time tables the same or do there are less buses?

  • Alex
    August 16, 2021

    Does anyone know what time the first and last bus from Shkoder to Tirana depart?

  • Alexandre
    August 23, 2021


    The bus from Tirana to Orikum at 10 am does not exist anymore 🙂


    August 26, 2021

    Hi, is there bus from Tirana/Berat to Pristina. I would like to know the timetable.

  • Jane
    August 27, 2021

    Based on the information above, is it practical that I take the bus
    from Tirana to Berat, stay at Berat for one night
    Then from Berat to Gjirokaster, stay at Gjirokaster for two nights.
    Then from Gjirokaster to Tirana.
    Thank you guys.

    • Anita Hendrieka
      > Jane
      September 1, 2021


  • Kt
    September 6, 2021

    Tirana->Durresi last bus 7.30pm. Could be Covid-related

  • Karola
    September 11, 2021

    Very helpful, thanks a lot! One update though – no more buses at 8/8:30 from Saranda to Vlora. Only the 11:30 one – checked today 🙂 But after about 20 minutes of trying we successfully hitchhiked.

  • Sophie
    September 11, 2021

    Thanks for this brilliant resource! I’m in Gjirokaster at the moment and the lady at my hostel says the 10:30AM direct to Berat isn’t running at the moment – it’s still listed on the sign but they’ve had lots of guests try to take it and it’s never arrived. Apparently you can take an indirect bus but you have to change at another town. I’m going to try to take it tomorrow or the day after so will let you know how I get on.

  • Jo
    September 14, 2021

    hi, I am in Gjirokaster now and I am planning the same route from Gjirokaster to Berat, could you share your experience? 🙂

    • Sara
      > Jo
      October 25, 2021

      Thank you for all the information. Where in Saranada do we catch the bus to Kamil and Butrint?

  • Asaad
    October 14, 2021

    I lost my Mobile at the miniBus coming from Gijrokaster to Tirana 13-oct-2021
    Any advice how to contact to get it back

  • Zig
    October 15, 2021

    Thank you for the bus time table.
    Someone suggest a route, by seems hard by bus.
    Tirana – Berat (1 night) – Himare (2 N) – Gjirokaster (1 N) – Tirana.
    Is it possible?
    Another way, Tirana-Berat-Gjirokaster-Himare-Corfu. Is there ferry to Corfu during December? and how is the ticket price?
    Many thanks.

  • randy
    January 7, 2022

    How ironic…the two bus schedules I hoped for are nada. From sarande to Vlore (which I already found out because I’m here in Vlore – Straight road to Vlore departs at 7:00 a.m. Windy coastal route departs at 11:30 a.m. Only two times in winter.) But what about getting from Vlore to Tirana? I imagine same/same as the Tirana to Vlore schedule, every half hour. You just have to hop to get a decent bus. Always the challenge in Albania.

  • Mrs M Rosekilly
    February 13, 2022

    Hi, Just wondered is it possible to go from Tirana to Valbone in one day? if so what do I need to know.
    Many thanks Mel.

  • Karin
    March 7, 2022

    Hi thanks for your article. Does anyone know if there is a bus from Himare to Tirana and at what time it departs?

  • Isabella Barros
    May 7, 2022

    Hi, how are you? My name is Isabella, I’m Brazilian and I’m going to Albania next month. Could you help about few questions? I wanna go to Tirana from Sarande. Do you know which website I can buy bus tickets? I’m looking for on the internet, but I just found tickets from Tirana to Sarande.

  • Mils
    May 9, 2022

    I have a question: from which bus station depart a bus from Tirana to Saranda?Is possible buy single ticket online or only by driver?
    If its possible online have you link?
    Thanks so much

  • Carmen
    July 11, 2022

    Bus update 11/07/2022
    Himara- Tirana
    Riviera bus, we picked it up from outside the petrol station in Himara-.
    ( WhatsApp number from a sign: +35697994483 )
    5 am, 11am , 6 pm

    Arrives into the southern bus terminal in Tirana.

    Tirana- Himara
    8.30 am, 1 pm and 6pm
    Cost 1200 lek

    There’s also another service called Olgeno- Himara- Tirana:
    7.30 am.and 3 pm ( not sure if this is the same location but did see it stop at the Himara- bus station.)

    Hope this helps someone!

  • Paul
    July 12, 2022

    Hello everyone!
    I present the schedule from Shkoder in 2022. It’s hanging in my hotel and I hope it will help someone.

    Buses to Tirana depart from the square with a fountain.









    • Anita Hendrieka
      > Paul
      August 1, 2022

      Thanks for this schedule, super helpful!

  • Josh
    July 12, 2022

    I‘m looking for a bus from Ksamil to Sarande on a Saturday. Do you have any information when the bus runs?

  • Lisa
    August 7, 2022

    I paid now 1700 Lek to Saranda
    Best regards

  • Linda
    August 7, 2022

    Hi 🙂 , first of all thank you for all the information about Albania! In September my boyfriend and me also want to travel to Albania. Actually we look for bus connections from Tirana to Kukes because we will fly home from Kukes. Do you know something about it?
    Thank you in advance and all the best,
    Linda 🙂

  • Martina
    August 9, 2022

    Autobus da Valona a Saranda che orari hanno e da dove partono?dovrei prenderlo domattina….. grazie

  • Agnes
    August 26, 2022

    From which place does the bus leave in Saranda? Thank you in advance for your help.

    • Karolina
      > Agnes
      September 2, 2022

      Bus stop

    • Ann W.
      > Agnes
      September 4, 2022

      Most buses from Saranda leave next to the ruins. There are two blocks with buses and furgons.

      Ksamil and Butrint leaves from the intersection by Luna Park.

  • Maxime
    August 28, 2022

    We are in Vlora and we looking for information about buses to Saranda tomorrow.
    Someone could help us where found this bus and what is the departure time?
    Thank you

    • Ann W.
      > Maxime
      September 5, 2022

      Sarandë > Vlorë is now 7am, 9am, 10:30am and 1pm. We just took that route today. They pick up a block north of the ruins.

      • Joni
        > Ann W.
        September 16, 2022

        Hi, is any way to go by bus Saranda to Orikum (or Vlöre)? Timetable on sunday?

  • Nelson Franks
    September 1, 2022

    Multitudinous thanks.
    I’m planning a trip to Albania in the fall and was somewhat perplexed about how to get around.
    While I’ve not yet used your information in a real life scenario, I certainly applaud the massive amount of work you have put into compiling this data.
    Again, thanks!

  • Karolina
    September 2, 2022

    Sarandë to Berat-no bus at 10:15, only 8:00 and 14:30. Cost was 1400 and it took 4 hours.

  • Kai
    September 6, 2022

    Hi, I am Kai Jiang from China. I planned to go to Athens from Saranta after finishing my trip to Albania in October. Is there a bus from Saranta to Athens? I saw one on this page but cannot verify on other pages. If there isn’t, do I need to go back to Tirana or Gjirokastra?

    Thank you very much.

  • Christine
    September 16, 2022

    Hi, I’m planning to go from Himara to Lukove tomorrow, and was told there was a bus leaving at 7:15 from Himara…is there a way to check? I’d much rather catch the bus at 8:30 (as your schedule listed) than at 7:15.

  • Paul
    September 18, 2022

    Gjirokaster to Berat is not 10;30 it’s 8 only

  • Ellen
    September 21, 2022

    Hi this is a really useful post – thanks for sharing. We are arriving in Durres on the overnight ferry from Italy early October. Does anyone have recent info on bus travel from Durres to Berat.

  • Marcelo
    September 29, 2022

    Dropped in this website after googling, very helpful thanks!
    An update, we paid 1400 Lek from Berat to Sarande !

  • Lucio
    October 1, 2022

    Hello! Just took at the end of September 2022 the bus Himare to Saranda at 11am and the Himare to Tirana bus was already parked waiting to leave too. Also took the Himare to Vlore (I stopped at Gjipe beach) at 1pm. The driver said that he was coming back at Gjipe beach entrance at 4pm but I hitchhiked back to town.

  • Eloise
    October 3, 2022

    I just want to give you a quick update on the price for Tirana-Berat, it is actually 500ALL per person.
    Thank you so much for this very useful timetable!

  • Gianfranco
    October 3, 2022

    Hi everyone, here an update (end of September 2022) of prices for buses between different destinations.
    Please keep in mind that these are mini vans that do not always respect their time tables, if they get full before their departure time they will just leave, so it is recommended to be there at least 30 min before the departure time.

    Here the buses we took :
    Tirana – Gjirokaster 1200 lek p/p. Tried to take the one at 18:30, ended up leaving at 19:45 with the one for 20:30.
    Gjirokaster – Saranda 400 lek p/p at 09:00
    Saranda – Ksamil 150 lek p/p at 10:30
    Saranda – Himarë 700 p/p at 10:30, the one at 09:00 was just cancelled.
    Himarë – Tirana 1300 p/p at 07:30
    Tirana – Kukës 600 p/p, supposedly to be one every hour but we got there at 09:15 and the next was programmed to leave at 13:00, we ended up taking another mini van that was going to Kosovo.

    Hope this is helpful for other travellers 🙂

  • Gina
    October 13, 2022

    Thanks for sharing this was very helpful! As an update there was no bus from Sarandë to himare at 10 but we got the one at 11:30 🙂

  • Kathleen
    October 17, 2022

    Hello, there is not a direct bus from Durres to Vlore anymore.
    To get to Vlore from Durres:
    From the Plepa bus station, take the Lushnje Bus or any bus to Berat and let the bus driver know you are going to Vlore. They will drop you off at Lushnje and you will need to wait at the roundabout for the bus going to Vlore.

  • Ale
    November 26, 2022

    Hi, thank you so much for your guide. I took the bus from Tirana to Saranda and the trip was quicker than expected: it took 4:30h / 4:40h. (apparently the just opened a the new road) It may be important to know if like me you dont have an internet connection when you land in Albania.

    • G
      > Ale
      April 5, 2023

      Hey 🙂
      I’m planning on making this same trip next month. Two questions:
      Is there a specific bus line for this route?
      Are there toilets on board ?🙈


  • Colin
    December 6, 2022

    Hi Anita thanks for all your info on the buses.
    Just been to sarande today 06/12/2022. The bus sarande to elbasan runs just once a day at 11.30am (winter) cost 1700 lek. Hope this helps someone.

  • Edminas
    December 24, 2022

    Durres to Saranda paid 1500LEK December

    • Agustin
      > Edminas
      April 28, 2023

      Hi, do you happen to know where to take that bus, and any timetables? Any info would be great as I am going there in 2 weeks! Thanks a lot!

  • Julian Chong
    March 17, 2023

    Hi Anita,
    Thank you for your useful information.
    Can you advise if & or where can I get a bus from Kalambaka to Gjirokaster.

    Thank you

  • Dom
    March 23, 2023

    Tirana to Korce now 700 lek each way (3 hours with stop)

  • Bogie
    March 29, 2023

    Hello, this has been an amazing help while travelling in Albania. I don’t know if this is a change or if this is just in the winter months but in March the bus from Saranda to Vlora is at 7am.

    • Yvonne G.
      > Bogie
      June 6, 2023

      I am taking the bus from Sarande to Vlorë today, June 6.2023. There were 2 options, 7:00 am & 11:30 am. Cost is $1100.00 lek

      • Sílvia
        > Yvonne G.
        September 22, 2023

        Hi! They must do the other way also.. Vlore to Sarande, right?
        Do you have any contact from them?
        Thank you

  • Matt
    April 11, 2023

    Hey – took the bus from Sarande to Himare today. Current departure options are 3 per day: 0730, 1030, 1300.

  • Lakaf
    April 19, 2023

    Hello Anita. Thank you for very helpful information.
    Going to Himare on the 21 st August (the plane lands off at 12 am at Tirana airport), what would be the best solution ? Taking a bus to Vlore at 1.30 pm and then from Vlore to Himare I could not find a bus leaving around 5 pm. Is it correct? Thank you and kind regards. Marie-Hélène

  • Damián
    April 23, 2023

    Gjirokaster a Berat actualmente parte todos los días a las 8:30 de la mañana, enfrente de la gasolinera donde te deja al llegar. Saludos! Damián

    • Isabel
      > Damián
      May 12, 2023

      Thanks for the helpful list!
      I just did these routes this week:

      Tirana to Himara, 1pm (1200lek).

      Himara to Saranda, 9.20am – there was no bus at 8.30 and the one I took apparently starts in Vlore around 7am (600lek); several lokals also said there’s one going at 11am.

      Saranda to Lushnje with stop in Gjirokastar, 11 am (400lek), notice they will stop in the middle of nowhere and you have to get into a private car that drives you the last ~5 minutes to Gjirokastar for 100lek. This was quite scary being alone and without any warning haha.

      Gjirokastar to Tirana, 2.30pm (1400lek)

    • Olivia
      > Damián
      May 17, 2023

      Thanks for this useful guide! Maybe you also know anything about RivieraBus which coursing across the coastline? Tripadvisor has good reviews but all of them old (from year 2020)

  • Claire
    May 6, 2023

    Thanks so much for your very informative webpage! I’m planning on catching a ferry from Bari to Durrës in June. One website said there was a bus from Durrës to Montenegro (Kotor). Leaves Durrë around 11am. Do you think this a local bus, or a private company bus? Can you suggest where to go to for up to date information on these kinds of buses? I thought of booking a ticket online but wasn’t sure if it was real or a scam!

  • Laura
    May 7, 2023

    Hello! We wanted to go from Berat to Himarë on 22nd June. Does someone know the route and timetables? Thank you! 🙂

  • Harry Luk
    May 8, 2023

    Hi Anita,

    Thanks for your article, it is diligent and comprehensive.

    I am travelling from Tirana to Thessaloniki in June, I have found a bus route from Korca to Thessaloniki, so I am trying to plan getting from Tirana to Korca and your blog is some of the only evidence I can find to suggest there are routes between these places.

    If you have any evidence to ease my mind that this route exists, or know where to point me, it would be much appreciated.

    Many thanks,

    Your newest fan

  • MATT
    May 11, 2023

    We are ferrying into Vlore Sunday and are looking to get a bus down to Seranda/Ksamil. Its been tough finding info, does anyone know if this bus line runs, and at what time?

  • Christene
    May 12, 2023

    Hi. The bus from Saranda to Ksamil/Butrint now costs 150 lek.

  • Alain Cauchie
    May 14, 2023

    do you have information on the buses leaving Korçë to the south: Gjirokaster, Sarandë?
    Thank you.

  • Maike
    May 16, 2023

    many thanks….super helpful!!!!

  • Pam
    May 22, 2023

    Hi Anita
    How do I get a bus from Saranda to Tirana airport?
    I see the bus to Tirana stops outside Tirana town??

    Could I get a taxi from the bus stop to the airport?

  • Sarah
    June 6, 2023

    I am looking to get the bus from Saranda to Borsh – could someone tell me where I need to get on the bus in Saranda?

    Thanks 🙂

  • Alain
    June 10, 2023

    Hi Anita,
    there is a new road that makes that now the buses to Elbasan or Tirana, etc., don’t have to go through Gjirokaster, as it was the case with the old one.
    Thank you for your very useful work.

  • jodie
    June 12, 2023

    Hi Anita
    Do you know how I can find out about buses from Ksamil to Sarande and Sarande to Tirana? We have to do that in one day due to our flight time out of Tirana so am hoping to get an early start and get to Tirana as early as possible. Also wanting to know about prices. Not sure if I can prebook these?

    thanks so much for your information sharing:)

  • Louise
    June 14, 2023


    Is it every day of the week, that the bus from Saranda to Tirana departs? 🙂

  • mutlu
    June 22, 2023


    ı want to travel vlora to saranda bus or furgon rıveare way
    do you know bus or furgon tımetable and agency name and where ?

  • Kelsey
    June 30, 2023

    Thank you for this page Anita, it was very helpful for our time in Albania

    We got a bus from Ksamil to Sarande on 28/6/23. The buses are meant to leave every hour on the half hour but they come from Butrint first so the 8:30am one arrived to the 1st bus stop in Ksamil at 8:50am. Cost 200 lek

    We got a bus Sarande to Himare at 11:30am (there was no 10 or 10:30am). Left right on time and able to be dropped off on side of road wherever requested. 700 lek

    Bus back from Himare to Sarande 29/6/23 at 10:30am (asked hotel to check this for us and they told us 10:30 and 12:30pm). Picked us up outside our hotel right on 10:30am

  • Ana
    July 9, 2023

    July, 2023. Im currently travelling across Albania so here I leave an update of some timetable:

    Bus Himara-Saranda (300 lek)

    Bus Tirana-Vlora:
    The last bus leaves at 17.00 pm and it costs 600 lek.

    Bus Borsh-Saranda:

    Bus Theth-Shkoder (10 euros):
    11.30, this is the only one and it takes 2.30 hours.

    Bus Vlore-Saranda (I stop in Dhermi)

    Bus Vlora-Tirana:
    from 04am-16pm every 30 minutes – 600 lek
    Bus Vlora-Berat: 500 lek
    11.30 am

    Bus Vlora-Elbasan (500 lek)
    06.45 am

    Vlora-Gjirokaster 800 lek. 06.30 am

    Vlora-Saranda (via Gjirokaster)1000 lek

    Vlora-Shkoder. 06.30 am
    Vlora-Korce 07.15
    Vlora-Lushnje 13.00
    Vlora-Skrapar 06.30
    Vlora-Kucove 11.50

    • Matias
      > Ana
      August 24, 2023

      Hi Ana, where did you get the bus from VLore to Dhermi? The one at 1130 thank you I’m advance

    • RK
      > Ana
      March 19, 2024

      Arriving in Vlora by ferry in the morning and need to get to Saranda by the afternoon. With the bus schedule being so erratic, I’m wondering if a private transfer is a more realistic option?

      • Samara
        > RK
        March 19, 2024

        Hi RK! Definitely, if you can arrange a private transfer, that’s certainly recommended.

  • Olivia
    July 15, 2023

    Hi there,
    Thanks so much for all the info!
    Are there any busses from Dhermi or Sarande to Tepelene? We are planning on getting a bus from Tepelene to Patras.
    Thank you!

  • Marte
    July 21, 2023

    Sarande to dhermi still 11.30? By witch company please?
    Mvh Marte.

    • AD
      > Marte
      July 24, 2023

      I am searching for the same.. any bus from Sarande to Dhermi please !?

    • Przemek
      > Marte
      August 8, 2023

      Hello Ana, where is the bus stop in Vlore for the bus to Sarande? Thanks

  • Klaudia
    July 26, 2023

    Hi! Does anyone know if I can transport a bicycle on the Saranda Permet bus?

  • John Mitchell
    July 27, 2023

    Hi, great information, according to Autobus, there is a bus that leaves Tirana to Skopje leaving at 18:00 in October and costing £20, can you confirm that this is correct ? Thanks John

  • Alan Paul Kurti
    July 28, 2023

    Help me please. I haven’t found any information anywhere I need to travel from Përmet to Berat o August 1, 2023. Everyone here looks at me strangely Thanks

    • Jenny
      > Alan Paul Kurti
      September 8, 2023

      Hi Alan, what did you ever end up figuring out about this? We are trying to get from Permet to Berat in early October, and I’m hitting a wall. Please tell me you found a way to make it work! Thank you!

  • J
    August 3, 2023

    Update for Tirana-Himara bus route by Riviera Bus Tours company:

    Couldn’t find much info online but finally got through to the company on Whatsapp using this number +355 69 799 4490

    They confirmed that their Tirana-Himara route runs at 9:00, 13:00, and 18:00 from the main Tirana Bus Station. We got on the 9:00 bus so can confirm that time is running currently. Hope this helps others!

    • Lucas Kraemer
      > J
      August 14, 2023

      How much did it cost?

  • V
    August 16, 2023

    Tirana to Berat was 500 ALL p.p. when we took yesterday.

    • V
      > V
      August 20, 2023

      And Berat to Saranda timings have changed. 8 am and 1:15 pm

      Cost is 1400 Lek

  • Michaela Henke
    August 16, 2023

    Wir haben heute festgestellt dass die Busse von Butrint nach Ksamil bzw Saranda nur stündlich fahren, immer um halb. Zwischen Ksamil und Saranda laut Fahrplan alle 30 min. Vermute dass eben nur jeder 2. Bus nach Butrint weiter fährt, weil da ja nur die Touristen hin wollen, die die antike Stadt besuchen

  • Heather
    August 19, 2023

    Hi Anita!

    Thankyou so much for your guide, it is very useful. I am looking for a way to get from Dhermi to Tirana, arriving by 9pm. Can anyone advise whether there is a bus route that can take me from Dhermi to Tirana, or whether I would be better going to Himare and getting a bus to Tirana from there? I am travelling in 2023


  • Natalie
    August 22, 2023

    Such helpful info, thanks for posting 🙂
    I’m in Albania at the moment – they only had the 8am bus Saranda to Berat. 1400 LEK, 4hrs with a break halfway.

  • Josan
    August 23, 2023

    Thank you for this usefull information. I will be visiting Saranda and Ksamil first week September and didn’t feel like renting a car. Because i heard that the roads were not that reliable and people drive a little aggresive. So I thought about taking the bus to several places.

    It looks like they’re reliable. Can you pay by card or just cash?

  • Irene
    August 31, 2023

    Hi Anita
    Really thanks for the very useful informations!
    Can you please tell me are there any bus from Korca to Gjirokastra? How long will it take?
    Or if I want to take bus from Korca to Berat,how long will it take?Do you have the timebable?
    Thanks a lot again.


  • Giang
    September 12, 2023

    Hi Anita,
    I see in the list, there is bus from Saranda to Pristina (Kosovo).
    Is there any bus going from Prizren (Kosovo) to Gjirokaster or Saranda?

    Thank you.

  • Sarah
    September 14, 2023

    Hi Anita! Thank you for this list, the time for the bus from Gjirokaster to Berat is now 0830 and it cost 1000 lek per person.

  • Kirk Findlay
    September 19, 2023

    Hello Anita

    We are traveling from Tirana to Saranda at the end of October 2023. Are you able to provide a street address for the Bus station in Tirana as we will be traveling from the airport to the bus station early in the morning and will not have time to ask around.

  • Sarah
    September 19, 2023

    Update on Tirana to Himare. We found the info online very contradictory and confusing so in the end went to the bus station the day before to check times and buy our tickets. You want the new regional bus terminal which is here you can get bus 5 from behind the National museum.
    There is a kiosk for Olgena to the right of the road in. The man was very helpful. Buses currently go at 0730, 1030, and 1300. Cost was 1200 lek each.
    There is an Olgena website which looks like you can buy tickets online and times are the same as he told me, so that might be an option to avoid trekking out to the bus station.
    Taxis from the bus station are expensive, we paid 1500 lek to our central hotel when we arrived and just now 2000 lek to bunk’art 1 as it was so hot and didn’t want to spend another hour plus negotiating local buses!
    My top tip is buy your onward ticket when you arrive somewhere, if possible, as the bus stations are generally out of town and often up/down a hill!

    • Sarah
      > Sarah
      September 20, 2023

      As our bus left we also saw the Riviera one heading out (which their site said didn’t run today) 🤷‍♀️I am guessing there are different agencies that each know about their own buses, but don’t necessarily keep web info up to date.

  • Gillian
    September 20, 2023

    Are there buses direct from Durres to Berat on a Sunday? Or do I have to go to Tirana first?

  • Thatchai
    November 9, 2023

    Hi Anita!

    I would like to take a bus from Gjirokaster to Kalambaka, Greece.
    I heard that bus leaves from Gjirokaster at 7.30 AM and 6PM.
    Can you update on the schedule?

  • Alina
    December 16, 2023

    I am in albania now december 2023 furgons and buses are very limited except to and from tirana. Most furgos from other cities are leaving only before between 7am and 11am

  • Nina
    January 14, 2024

    Hi, Is there buses that goes directly from Tirana airport to the coast or do you have to go into Tirana city first?

  • Jaymie
    January 22, 2024

    This is all very helpful!
    Do you know if the busses run in April?

    • Samara
      > Jaymie
      March 5, 2024

      Hi Jaymie! Yup, buses run all year round in Albania but there may be more during summer

  • Katie
    March 2, 2024

    A quick update as of Feb/March 2024. I took the bus from Tirana to Saranda at 12.30 (cost 1700 LEK), then Saranda to Gjirokaster at 11.30, but it stopped at the junction and a man in a private car was waiting for me and drove me to the gas station in Gjirokaster (500 LEK total). The bus said Elbasan on the sign, so I guess I knew it wouldn’t be going into Gjirokaster. Still, as a solo female traveller, this can be disconcerting. Then I did Gjirokaster to Berat, but similarly, it stopped at a roundabout outside Lushnje and I had to wait for the passing bus to Berat and jump on (900 LEK to Lushnje then 400 LEK to Berat). Hope that’s helpful.

  • Divya
    March 12, 2024

    Hey Anita,
    Thanks for the compiled bus schedules. The bus from Gjirokaster to Berat leaves at 8.30am, not 10.30am. I just enquired today, so perhaps you might need to update that.
    Best regards,

    • Samara
      > Divya
      March 13, 2024

      Hi Divya! You’re the best – thanks for letting me know. I have updated it now 🙂

  • Tanya
    March 23, 2024

    Is there a direct daily bus from Vlora to Shkoder?

    • Anita Hendrieka
      > Tanya
      March 26, 2024

      It might not be possible to do that so you will probably have to go via Tirana and switch buses but always best to check with the bus station in Vlora 🙂

  • Umi
    April 9, 2024

    Hi Anita! Do you have any info on bus routes within Vlorë and how to get around to see all the beaches? Thanks for your super helpful guide!!

    • Anita Hendrieka
      > Umi
      April 12, 2024

      Hi Umi! I currently don’t unfortunately! Your best bet is to ask the locals for the latest information as bus times change regularly 😊

    May 4, 2024

    Hi Anita! Thank you for all the infos, but what about if I need a bus from Tirana airport to Vlore or Saranda?

    • Anita Hendrieka
      May 6, 2024

      You will have to catch a bus from Tirana airport to the bus station in Tirana as there’s no direct buses from the airport unfortunetly