Albania practice, know


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Identity Card:
  • Capital Tirana

  • People : 3619778 hab. (2011)

  • Constitution: Parliamentary Republic

  • Language Albanian

  • Religion : Muslims, Christians

    Entry requirements:
    • Visa : no, national identity card or passport valid .

    • Passport : no, national map proper identification .

      Silver
      • Currency Lek (ALL)

      • Currency rates : 1 euro = 137 lek

      • Change In Tirana most exchange offices are located around the main square, Skanderbeg Square. avoid changing money on the street. The hotels generally accept the euro.

      • Payment Cards Every city has at least one distributor. Only major hotels and shopping centers accept you pay by credit card.

      • Budget stay 1 Week 200-400 Euro

        • Restaurants
          Cheap : less than 6 € / person
          Average : 8-10 € / person
          Premium . more than 20 € / person.

          • accommodation
            Cheap : less than 15 € / night
            Average : 20-50 € / night
            Premium : more than 60 € / night

            Transportation

            How to get there?

            • Air: Many European airlines serve Tirana airport. (Alitalia, Lufthansa, Malev, Belleair ...). From Paris, there is no direct flight. It is therefore necessary to change (Munich, Rome, Vienna). Count on average € 300 round trip.

            • boat You can get there by boat from Italy, there is a daily departure: Durres-Bari or Brindisi Vlore.

            • Car Crossing Croatia and Bosnia and Herzegovina, or coming from Greece .

            • Bus : There are daily departures from Athens to the capital of Albania, starting are from Metaxourgio Square in the center of Athens (near Omonia) .Comptez 30 euros and 13h bus. The journey usually takes place at night (20h departure to Athens, arriving in the morning in Tirana). You will pass by Patra and Ioannina.

            • Train No international connection .

              On site:

              • Car : Roads in poor condition, the best stretch is the end of highway between Tirana and Durres. Be warned that traffic is rather chaotic, Albanians little respect traffic laws and vehicles often are uninsured.

              • Bus A good way to move around the country, against there is generally no bus station, even in Tirana, buses leave from just all over. (Near Skanderbeg Square and the railway station in Tirana). Minibuses also ply the roads, they leave when full.

              • Train : The trains are slow and tired, but very cheap. The capital Tirana is connected to Durres, Shkodra, Elbasan, Vlora and Pogradec.

                Health
                • Vaccinations No mandatory vaccine .

                • Tips avoid drinking tap water and eating undercooked meat .

                  Security
                  • Delinquency: Albania bad reputation but the country is actually pretty safe. It is unlikely that you got bored of. In Tirana minimal vigilance is still to be adopted, the risk of being robbed by a pickpocket is not zero. At night the streets are poorly lit, your main concern will be open manholes and stray dogs.

                    Seasons
                    • Climate : Mediterranean climate along the coast, more continental inland .

                    • Average temperatures 24 & deg; C in summer and 7 & deg; C in winter .

                    • Best time to reach : The most pleasant seasons are spring and autumn .

                      Daily life: