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Digital Nomads in Albania: Everything You Need To Know (2024)

If you plan to be a digital nomad in Albania and know nothing about the country, this is the only guide you will ever need.  This blog post covers everything from cost of living to internet quality, co-working spaces, tips, and more. Let's dive into it!

If you plan to be a digital nomad in Albania and know nothing about the country, this is the only guide you will ever need. 

This blog post covers everything from cost of living to internet quality, co-working spaces, tips, and more.

Let’s dive into it!

Why Albania?

In case you’re wondering why you should consider being a digital nomad in Albania, here are our top reasons: 

Lower Cost of Living Compared to European Countries

Albania is an ideal destination for digital nomads seeking a cost-effective yet fulfilling experience. The country has a lower cost of living than other European countries, making it a budget-friendly destination. (Even lower than Lisbon!) 

Digital nomads can enjoy a comfortable lifestyle while exploring the local culture, tradition, cuisine and try different activities without burning a hole in their pockets. 

Here’s an overview of the average cost of living in Tirana:

  • Meal, Inexpensive Restaurant: 800.00 Lek (7.89 Euro)
  • Basic (Electricity, Heating, Cooling, Water, Garbage) for 85m2 Apartment: 6,882.84-12,142.86 (66.42-117.18 Euro)
  • Mobile Phone Monthly Plan with Calls and Data: 1,519.89 Lek (14.67 Euro)
  • Fitness Club, Monthly Fee for 1 Adult 4,141.43 Lek (39.97 Euro)
  • Preschool (or Kindergarten), Full Day, Private, Monthly for 1 Child 21,926.79 Lek (211.60 Euro)
  • International Primary School, Yearly for 1 Child 416,194.32 Lek (4016.36 Euro)
  • Apartment (1 bedroom) in City Centre: 40,487.31-80,000.00 Lek (390.71-772.02 Euro)
  • Apartment (1 bedroom) Outside of Centre: 30,000.00-40,000.00 Lek (289.51-386.01 Euro)

An Invitation to New Adventures

Positioned between the Adriatic and Ionian Seas, Albania is considered a hidden gem with lots of beautiful landscapes and rich cultural diversity. 

In other words, this country has a lot to explore!

Fun Fact: Ksamil is also known as the Maldives of Albania, and Shala River is the Thailand of Albania.

Supportive Community of Digital Nomads

Albania has recently become a hub where like-minded individuals come together to share experiences, insights, and mutual support. Here, you will find a community of digital nomads, as well as online and local networking platforms where you can communicate and engage with them.

Also, the people here are very friendly so If you come to Albania, you’ll never feel alone!

Key Tips From a Native

Albania has a lot to offer, especially if you’re a digital nomad who wants to explore a new country while working remotely. However, living in a new country is not always just sunshine and rainbows! 

Here are some considerations you might find helpful:

Internet Reliability and Speed

Now, before you start worrying, let me clarify this: Internet speed is not a one-size-fits-all scenario and depends on a few key factors:

  • The service provider you’ve opted for
  • The specific internet package you’ve selected
  • Your location—whether you’re in the heart of the city or the suburbs
  • The type of connection (fiber or antenna-based)

Digital nomads should choose their work locations and have a good internet plan or local co-working spaces equipped with reliable internet.

Credit Card is Not Accepted Everywhere

Credit cards make a very convenient payment method, but unfortunately, in Albania, many places only accept cash. The best thing to do is convert cash to Lek, Albanian currency, and check conversion rates constantly to stay updated.

Be Aware of Scams

Now, this is a common phenomenon that occurs everywhere, but as the saying goes, “Better safe than sorry.” Do some research and be attentive before going somewhere or taking a taxi. Some taxi drivers may charge you more than it costs for a specific distance. Look at the taximeter in the front; it shows the km and the accurate price on the side.

Best Locations for Digital Nomads in Albania

Albania offers digital nomads of destinations to choose from, each with its own characteristics.

Cities such as Tirana, the vibrant capital, provide a great experience with modern amenities and historical sites. 

If you prefer working with a sea view, choose between Durrës (close to Tirana) or coastal gems like Vlora, Himara, and Saranda.

Gjirokastër, Korcë, Berat, and Shkodër, are great alternatives for a taste of rich cultural heritage. 

The choice of location depends on personal preferences—whether one seeks the energy of city life, the tranquility of coastal landscapes, or the historical feeling of ancient towns.

A Variety of Accommodation Options to Choose From

In Albania, many accommodation options depend on preferences and budgets. The country offers diverse choices, from modern apartments in city centers to charming guesthouses in scenic landscapes. 

Airbnb, hotels, and locally run guesthouses provide flexible options for short or long-term stays. Many accommodations also offer reliable internet, making them ideal for remote work. 

The rest is up to you, whether you prefer the city’s lively atmosphere or nature’s serenity.

Co-Working Spaces and Digital Nomad-Friendly Amenities

Albania is rapidly adapting to the needs of digital nomads, with an increasing number of co-working spaces and amenities tailored to remote work. Tirana, in particular, boasts many co-working hubs with high-speed internet, modern office facilities, and a collaborative atmosphere. Some of them are:

  • Destil
  • Coolab
  • Hotspot
  • DutchHub

Also, many cafes (like MonCheri) and public spaces offer free Wi-Fi, making it convenient for digital nomads to work while enjoying the local ambiance. 

Albanian, One of the Oldest Indo-European Languages

Albanian is difficult and challenging to learn, but the good new is… You don’t have to! Many people in Albania, especially those who belong to the young generation, understand and speak English fluently. 

Other languages spoken in Albania include Italian, Greek, German, French, and Russian.

Getting Around in Albania

Digital nomads who choose exploration mode on, will definitely need some transportation tips to get around. While cities like Tirana have well-established public transportation systems, many areas are easily accessible on foot. If you plan on visiting other cities/countries near Albania, renting a car or using rideshare services is a comfortable option. And if you prefer to keep transportation costs in check, consider checking bus schedules as an economical alternative.

Digital Nomad Visa in Albania

Read everything you need to know to get a digital nomad visa in Albania.

A Country That Makes You Feel at Home

Adapting to a new culture is integral to every digital nomad’s experience. Albania is well-known for its hospitality, so I am sure you’ll find this process easy and fun. The only challenge you might face here sometimes is the language, but even this is not an issue since lots of people here speak English.

Ready to Explore Albania?

Albania has recently welcomed many digital nomads, so you’re welcome to join the party, too! You’ll be surprised at how much this country has to offer…especially if you haven’t heard of it a lot!

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