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Tirana

Tirana County
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Tirana - Key information

Tirana, Albania’s lively capital, offers a unique mix of history and modernity. Its streets tell stories of its Ottoman, Italian, and communist past, visible in the architecture and museums throughout the city. Tirana is not just about its vibrant urban life; it’s also a testament to Albania’s complex history, which can be explored through landmarks like the Et’hem Bey Mosque, the National History Museum, and the remnants of the communist era, such as bunkers and the House of Leaves museum.

Below, you will get to know more about Tirana transportation, the best neighbourhoods to live in, where to eat and what to do around with the best local tips. So, whether you are a young professional (digital nomad), a family with children, or a retiree who wants to move to Tirana, then this guide is for you! Let’s get started.

Population

420000

Average Air Quality
Annual Sunshine Hours

High (71st-80th percentile)

Annual Average Rainfall

Somewhat Low (21st-30th percentile)

Sale Property Prices, Residential, Avg. / m2

1200

Rental Property Prices, Residential, month per m2

20

Healthcare Availability

In town

Distance From Airport

Within 30 minutes drive

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Getting There

By Air
Tirana International Airport Nënë Tereza is your gateway to the city, connecting several European destinations.

By Train, Bus, and Van
While lacking a central train station, Tirana is accessible via buses and vans from various Albanian and international locations.

Getting Around

Public Transportation
Tirana’s public transportation includes intra-city bus lines, providing an affordable but not always fast means of travel. One way ticket costs ALL 40 (EUR 0,40). There are many lines, which you will find in the center. Unfortunately Tirana still doesn’t offer an app to check the destinations. The only way is, to ask.

On Foot
The city center is small enough to explore on foot. Quick tip here, be aware of the cars as they do not always stop in the pedestrian walkway.

By Bicycle
Recently, Tirana has become a bicycle friendly city, improving its infrastructure. So having your own bike, or renting one is amazing to explore the city.

By Taxi
If you want to take a taxi in Tirana its very easy and you have a lot of options. We recommend taking eco taxis such as Greentaxi, LuxTaxi, Bluetaxi because they offer convenient and cheaper options for getting around Tirana. They do not have an app but you can whatsapp them or call them, they will answer very quickly.

By Car
Driving in Tirana can be an adventure, with parking challenges and varied road conditions. Be aware when driving, as the drivers do not respect much the rules. Also if you want to rent a car you can choose from both multinational and local companies.

Local Cuisine

Tavë Kosi
A traditional Albanian comfort dish made with lamb, rice, and yogurt, baked to a creamy perfection. It’s known for its delicate balance of flavors and is a staple in Albanian cuisine.

Byrek
This savory pastry is a culinary icon in Albania, with flaky layers filled with cheese, spinach, or meat. It’s a versatile dish, perfect for any meal of the day and loved for its satisfying taste. Here’s an article of Albanian Burek, but vegan if you are interested.

Qofte
These seasoned Albanian meatballs are a blend of minced meat, often lamb or beef, mixed with local herbs and spices. They’re typically grilled and served with fresh bread or salad, offering a juicy and flavorful experience.

Fërgesë
A hearty and comforting dish, Fërgesë combines peppers, tomatoes, and cottage cheese, sometimes with added meat. It’s cherished for its rich, homely flavors and is a testament to the simplicity and heartiness of Albanian cooking.

Tave Dheu
A traditional baked dish combining various meats, vegetables, and dairy products. Its preparation in a clay pot imbues it with a rich, earthy flavor that’s both rustic and deeply satisfying.

Baklava at Reka Patisserie
A visit to Reka Patisserie for baklava is a must. Their version of this sweet, layered pastry, filled with nuts and honey, is a delightful treat and a perfect example of Albanian’s love for sweets.

Best Restaurants and Bars

A small selection of top restaurants and bar in the city.

  • Radio Bar Tirana
  • Hemingway Tirana
  • City Art
  • Duff
  • Tiki Bar Tirana
  • Padam
  • Oda Restaurant
  • Artigiano

More detailed information in our neighbourhoods deep-dive.

Where to Shop

Toptani Shopping Center
Situated in the bustling city center, Toptani offers an extensive selection of stores, ranging from fashion to electronics. It’s a convenient one-stop destination for all your shopping needs, complete with dining options and services.

Tirana East Gate (TEG)
As one of the largest shopping centers in Tirana, TEG provides an unparalleled shopping experience with its wide array of international and local brands. It’s also a hub for entertainment, housing cinemas and restaurants for a full day of leisure.

QTU Shopping Center
Located on the Tirane-Durres highway, QTU is known for its diverse shopping options. Whether you’re looking for the latest fashion trends or everyday essentials, QTU has something for everyone, making it a favorite for locals and visitors.

CityPark
CityPark stands out for its selection of outlet shops offering quality products at discounted prices. It’s an ideal spot for bargain hunters and those looking to find great deals on a variety of goods.

Blloku District
The heart of Tirana’s social life, Blloku is teeming with trendy boutiques, unique shops, and a vibrant atmosphere. It’s not just a shopping destination but a cultural experience, with its lively cafes and restaurants adding to the area’s charm.

Cost of Living

When you join the expats in Tirana, these are the types of expenses you can expect.

  • 1-bedroom apartment in the city center: €330
  • 1-bedroom apartment outside of the city center: €200
  • 3-bedroom apartment in the city center: €560
  • One-way ticket on local public transport: €0,40
  • Meal for 1 at an inexpensive restaurant: €10
  • 3-course meal for 2 people at a mid-range restaurant: €45
  • Large draught domestic beer in a bar or restaurant: €2.5
  • Regular cappuccino in a cafe or restaurant: €1.5
  • Loaf of white bread from a supermarket: €0,70

Green Areas and Parks

Tirana boasts an impressive array of green spaces and parks, offering serene escapes within the bustling capital. The city is a haven for those seeking a blend of metropolitan life and natural beauty.

Park of the Artificial Lake
This sprawling park, centered around a stunning artificial lake, is Tirana’s lung. It’s a popular spot for morning jogs, leisurely walks, and family picnics. The lush surroundings and tranquil water make it a perfect place for relaxation and recreation.

Rinia Park
Known for its vibrant atmosphere, Rinia Park is a hub of cultural activities. Surrounded by cafes and eateries, it’s a great place to unwind, enjoy a coffee, and soak in the local culture.

Grand Park of Tirana (Parku i Madh)
A jewel in the city’s crown, the Grand Park offers extensive trails, picturesque landscapes, and historical monuments. It’s not only a place for leisure but also a testament to Tirana’s commitment to preserving green spaces.

Botanical Garden
For those interested in flora, the Botanical Garden is a must-visit. Home to a diverse range of plant species, it’s a tranquil spot for nature lovers and those interested in botany.

Zoo Park
Although smaller than typical zoos, Zoo Park in Tirana provides a unique blend of wildlife and greenery, ideal for families looking to entertain children while enjoying the outdoors.

Climate of Tirana

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Meet the Magic Towns experts for Tirana

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How Do Expats Feel About Living in Tirana ?

Pros

Large city rich in culture Affordable living Excellent food options Substantial expat community

Cons

Traffic congestion Limited public transport
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Education
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Climate
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Cost of Living
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Ease of Socialisation
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Everyday Communication
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Results based on 7 expat reviews as of 16/10/2023 . Do you live here? Add your own review of Tirana.

Neighbourhoods of Tirana

Center
Tirana’s central district, with landmarks like Skanderbeg Square, reflects the city’s historical and architectural diversity. The area welcomes a mix of locals and expats, always offering a lively lifestyle. While housing is a little expensive, the convenience and atmosphere make it an ideal choice for singles, families, and retirees. With good public transport options and an array of local amenities, the center remains a hub for both daily living and cultural experiences.

Stacioni i Trenit
Located near the (non-functioning) train station, this area blends residential and commercial spaces. It’s favoured by those seeking proximity to transportation links and features abundant public transport options. With diverse local activities, restaurants, and coffee shops, it offers a lively environment for residents.

Pazari i ri (New Bazaar)
Approximately 1km from the center, the New Bazaar area is a vibrant, culturally rich neighbourhood. Once a historic market square, it now combines tradition with modernity. The demographic composition is diverse, attracting families and a younger, cosmopolitan crowd. Varied housing options, convenient transport, and a culinary haven make it an appealing locale.

Rruga e Kavajes
Rruga e Kavajes captures the essence of urban living in Tirana, with a mix of long-standing families and a younger population. Housing ranges from resilient communist-era apartments to recent devel