Although it may be a little rough around the edges, budget travellers who book cheap flights to Albania will discover it is much less expensive than other European destinations such as Greece and Italy. The capital Tirana, where flights land, is a good place to start with its Ottoman ruins, museums, cafe culture and bustling nightlife. But venture beyond the city and you’ll discover a wealth of untouched natural beauty with UNESCO World Heritage National Parks, snowy mountains and glistening lakes. The pristine Adriatic coastline, known as the Albanian Riviera, is dotted with small beach towns where you can find decent accommodation for a song. Albania is relatively untouched by mass tourism since it was ruled by communism for the most part of the 20th century. Some consider it Europe’s best kept secret but with tourist numbers on the rise each summer, the peak season for Brits searching for cheap flights to Albania, it would pay to get in quick.
Winter (December to February) in Albania is mostly cold and wet with most of the year’s rainfall occurring during these months. Snow is common in the mountains. Flights to Albania and accommodation are dirt cheap in winter but, as many hotels close down, finding one to stay in may be more difficult.
Flights from London to Albania: 3 hours.
Flights from Manchester to Albania: 5 hours 30 minutes.
Flights from Birmingham to Albania: 4 hours 30 minutes.
Flights from Glasgow to Albania: 5 hours 35 minutes.
British Airways offer direct flights to Albania from London Gatwick four times a week. You can also catch connecting flights from here with airlines such as: Lufthansa (via Frankfurt), Alitalia (via Rome) or Austrian Airlines (via Vienna). Connecting flights to Albania, via various European stopovers, are also operated by many airlines from most major cities in UK.
Flights to Albania land at Tirana International Airport (TIA) (also known as the Mother Teresa airport) in the country’s capital. Upon exiting the airport you’ll find taxis lined up outside and just a few metres further, a bus stop for the local bus. This leaves for Tirana city centre on the hour and takes around 30 minutes. The fare is approx. 250 lek (about £1.50).