How To Get From Corfu to Albania (Corfu to Saranda)
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Last Updated on June 27, 2021
Saranda, Albania is a popular destination for holidaymakers, especially in July and August. If you are relaxing on the Greek island of Corfu or maybe you’re looking to reach the Albanian Riviera the easiest way, then you should catch the ferry that goes direct from Corfu to Albania (Saranda).
If you would like to explore the Albanian Riveria this is the best way because from Saranda you can make your way up the coast. The south holds the most beautiful beaches in Albania (here’s a list of the best ones!).
Where to get the ferry ticket?
Corfu: If you’re in Corfu you can easily book online or go to the office that sells the tickets on the map above.
Saranda: In Saranda, there are two offices near the port where you can buy tickets. Just have a look at the map above where I recommend getting your tickets.
*During the summer months you should book the day before at least as the ferries can fill up fast.
Where do I catch the ferry?
In Corfu you can catch the ferry from the port past the big cruise docks. You can either catch a bus, taxi or walk from Corfu town, however during the heat of the summer I would recommend not walking as the heat and having to lug your luggage is not a nice experience. If you do want to walk its only about 15 – 20-minute walk.
In Saranda you catch the ferry at the port which is in the centre. It’s easy to find as Saranda is quite a small city.
Depending on when you catch the ferry will depend on the price. Here’s the updated prices as of 2019 from Finikas.
01/07/2019 – 25/10/2019
01/01/2019 – 31/06/2019
26/10/2019 – 31/12/2019
Here’s the updated timetable as of 2019
1st Jan – 15th April: 9:00 every day
15th April – 15th May: 9:00 & 18.30 every day
16th May – 31st June: 9:00, 13:00 & 19:00 every day
1st July – 31st August: 7:30, 09:00, 11:45, 13:00, 17:15 & 19:00 every day
1st September – 25th October: 09:00, 13:30 & 19:00 every day
26th October – 30th October – 09:00 & 19:00 every day
How long does the ferry take?
During the high season, Finikas puts on 2 types of ferries, a slow and a fast. The fast one is named the Dolphin and takes only 20 minutes.
The slow ferry takes 1.30 hours. When you purchase your ticket ask which ferry is slow and which one is fast.
On the fast ferry, there’s nowhere to stand outside but on the slow ferry, there’s 2 levels, an inside and outside.
Technically you can take 1 suitcase with you however they are usually quite lenient on that. Always check with the office when you book your ticket.
Between Albania and Greece there is a one-hour time difference. Always be aware of that when booking your ticket! Particularly if you are going from Saranda to Corfu to catch a flight!
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