Campervanning in Albania: A Road Trip of Surprises 2024

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Thinking of campervanning in Albania?

Are you dreaming of an off-the-beaten-path adventure that combines natural beauty, cultural richness, and the freedom of the open road? If so, you’ve landed on the right page.

An Albanian road trip offers a blend of rugged mountains, idyllic beaches, and a welcoming culture. And the best part? Your money goes a long way here.

One of the biggest challenges when planning an Albania road trip itinerary is finding comprehensive planning information that takes the guesswork out of travel. That’s where we come in.

Lars and I motorhomed through Europe full-time for a year and included Albania in that itinerary. This country is a gem that’s still somewhat under the radar. Though National Geographic has listed it as one of the top 30 places to visit in 2024, so it might not stay under the radar for much longer.

In this guide, we’ll share insights and tips from our own Albanian road trip itinerary to help you navigate your campervan adventure. From navigating vehicle hire to understanding local driving rules, we’ve got you covered.

Whether you’re a seasoned campervanner, motorhomer, or first-timer, we aim to make your Albanian trip smooth and stress-free.

Ready to hit the road? Let’s dive in.

🥜 Albania Road Trip: In a Nutshell

Welcome to our detailed guide on campervanning across Albania, a gem in Europe that offers stunning landscapes, rich history, and unique cultural experiences.

In this post, we’ll share our comprehensive itinerary and practical tips to help you enjoy a seamless road trip adventure.

Here’s what you’ll find inside:

  • Quick Itinerary Overview:
    • Day 1: Montenegro Border to Tirana – explore the historical sites in Tirana.
    • Day 2: Tirana to Berat – enjoy the coastal views and historical towns.
    • Day 3: Berat to the Albanian Riviera – pass through stunning national parks and beaches.
    • Day 4: Albanian Riviera to Greece Border – conclude with scenic drives and local culture.
  • Key Spots: Explore Tirana’s bustling streets, Berat’s historic charm, and the Albanian Riviera’s serene beaches.
  • Cultural Insights: Experience the warmth of Albanian hospitality and discover hidden historical treasures.
  • Practical Tips: From navigating Albanian roads to choosing the right campsites.

Dive into our journey and prepare for an unforgettable road trip through Albania!

Man sat onm a horse and cart waving at us in the Albanian countryside on our motorhome trip through Albania
Friendly Albanian waving to us as we drove by

A Warm Welcome on the Albanian Roads

Albania, once isolated from the world, welcomes you as a long-awaited friend.

We tried to be inconspicuous, but our seven-metre white campervan had other plans—it was like hiding an elephant in a room full of mice. Yet, locals—whether on horse-drawn carts or carrying bundles of sticks—waved warmly as we passed.

That immediate sense of ease and acceptance was our first pleasant surprise in Albania.

Initially, the thought of driving through Albania made us a bit anxious. We even needed special insurance permission to bring our motorhome into the country.

Our friends questioned our decision, concerned for our safety. But as we found out, their worries were unfounded.

💡Lifejourney4two Tip: If you’re feeling anxious about driving in Albania, don’t be. The locals are incredibly welcoming, and the experience is worth it.

Our Route: An Interactive Map

How to Use This Albanian Road Trip Map

To use this map, expand it using the square symbol on the top right-hand side. You’ll find the key on the left-hand side. 

By clicking each location, you will find extra information. 

For example, each Campervan overnight stop has a web link to Camper Contact to see the facilities available, price, opening times, and useful user reviews on each campsite.

  • The Motorhome overnight stops are marked with an orange P circle, 
  • The places we visited are marked with blue icons and
  • Places you may like to stop on your road trip are purple. 

Our Albanian Itinerary and Camp Spots: A Summary

We’ve compiled a summary of our itinerary and camping spots to give you a tried-and-tested roadmap for your Albanian campervan or motorhome journey. We have three different camping spots, but there are plenty of other options to extend your itinerary.

Resources for Campers

The Route Overview

  • Total Distance: 508 km
  • Total Driving Time: Approx 10 hours
Overview of camper route through Albania
Our four-day route through Albania

Campervanning Albania: Day-by-Day Breakdown

Day 1: Entering Albania

  • Route: Montenegro Border to Tirana
  • Distance: 120 km
  • Time: 2.5 hours
  • Border Crossing: Muriqan (Shkodër, Albania) – Sukobin (Ulcinj, Macedonia)
  • Highlights: Shkoder View and Rozafa Castle
  • Overnight: Mak Albania Carpark in Tirana
  • Optional: Stay a night in Shkoder and visit Rozafa Castle

Day 2: Tirana to Berat

Day 3: Berat to Kranea

  • Route: Berat to Kranea Camping
  • Distance: 180 km
  • Time: 3.5 hours
  • Highlights: Fier Ship house, Llogara National Park, Llogara Panoramic view
  • Overnight: Camping Kranea (4/5 star reviews)

Day 4: Kranea to Greece Border

  • Route: Kranea to Kakavia, Greece Border
  • Distance: 100 km
  • Time: 2.5 hours
  • Highlights: Optional stop at Blue Eye Nature Reserve, Castle of Porto Palermo and Borsh Beach,
  • Optional: Stop at Blue Eye Nature Reserve en route from Himare to Kakavia. Or take a detour to visit Gyrokaster or Saranda.
Border crossing with a queue of cars
Crossing the border into Albania at the Border Crossing Muriqan – Sukobin

Planning a Trip to Albania?

👉While exploring Albania by campervan, consider extending your adventure across Europe. Our detailed guide on European road trip routes offers perfect ideas for continuing your travels.

Add to Your Itinerary: Great Spots to Visit in Albania

Whether you’re starting in Tirana or crossing the border from Montenegro, your adventure awaits. We’ve got you covered with some great spots and a few hidden gems to consider adding to your itinerary.

1. Shkoder: A Town of History and Diversity

As we left the Albanian border at Muriqan, the town of Shkoder caught our eye. Dominating the skyline was Rozafa Castle, perched on a rocky hill.

Why You Should Visit: Shkoder is a melting pot of religious diversity, with mosques and churches aplenty. If you have an extra day, explore Rozafa Castle up close rather than admiring it from afar like we did.

castle on a hill in the distance with low river in the foreground
Rozafa Castle seen from Shkroder View

The Legend of Rozafa Castle

The castle comes with a poignant legend. It’s a tale of sacrifice and the strength of women.

Three brothers tasked with building the castle found their work undone each day. A fortune-teller revealed that success would come only if one of their wives were entombed in the castle walls. The youngest brother’s wife became that sacrifice, asking only that holes be left in the wall to nurse and comfort her baby.

The castle was finally built, standing as a testament to her sacrifice.

Rozafa Castle seen on the hill from the Ura E Bahçallëkut Bridge
Rozafa Castle on the hill as we crossed the Ura E Bahçallëkut Bridge towards Shkoder

2. Tirana: The Heartbeat of Albania

Tirana, the capital, was our first pit stop. We jumped on a free two-hour walking tour, a staple for us in any capital city. It’s a great way to soak up local insights and stories.

Group of people including Shelley on a free walking tour of the capital Tirana,
Our free walking tour – learning about the Et’hem Bey Mosque, one of the few to avoid destruction during the communist era

If you’re a foodie, consider a city and food tour. You’ll get to munch on traditional Albanian bites as you explore the capital.

tirana food tour plates of food

👣 City & Food Tour of Tirana in One Day

Breakfast, lunch and snacks while exploring the City – discover traditional Albanian food

Ratings: ⭐️ 5/5 | ⏰ 5/6 Hours | Book Here

▫️Skanderbeg Square

Skanderbeg Square is the city’s heart and is named after a 15th-century hero. It got a facelift in 2017, costing €13,000,000, with stone tiles from all over Albania.

The slope design is for water drainage because the fountains wet the stones periodically for their colours to be enjoyed.

In the foreground are different colour tiles which are wet and in the background is a large cream coloured building which is the National History museum of Abania.
National History Museum on the edge of Skanderbeg Square, Tirana. The wet tiles show off their colour

▫️National History Museum

Update Note: The museum will be closed for four years from 15/3/24 – 15/3/28! How it can take four years to renovate is beyond belief, but there you go!

The National History Museum, Albania’s largest museum, is next to Skanderbeg Square.

The museum documents Albania’s rise and fall through the ages and includes pavilions dedicated to the communist terror and another to Mother Teresa, who was born in Albania.

If you are particularly interested in learning about the Communist era, consider this 5-star-rated Communist History Tour of the city, where you will learn about the rule of the Communist Party of Albania, which ruled from 1945 to 1991.

Communist era painting

▫️National Art Gallery

Note: As of October 2023, the National Art Gallery was temporarily closed for renovations

Expect a mix of political and global exhibitions at the Tirana National Art Gallery. When we visited, there was a rather eerie display featuring 200 stuffed white dwarfed hamsters.

An art instalation at the National Art Gallery of Tirana, Albania. 10 stuffed white dwarf hamsters in poses around a white table that is sized relative to them.
One of Deborah Sengl’s forty-four instalments was on display at the National Art Gallery in Tirana

Outside, behind the National Art Gallery, we found some old communist statues that we thought were part of the Gallery. However, security guards moved us on while taking photos, telling us we were in a restricted area.

Bronze abandoned statues of the Russian communist regime
Communist statues placed behind the National Art Museum

▫️The Reimagined Pyramid of Tirana

Originally, the Pyramid of Tirana was a tribute to Enver Hoxha, designed by his daughter and son-in-law. It opened its doors in 1988 but lost its purpose when communism fell.

Over the years, it’s been a magnet for thrill-seekers. Climbing to the top offers a unique view of Tirana, and the descent tests your agility.

One of us made it to the top … I wonder if you can guess who? See our short video here.

Shelley with the Pyramid of Tirana and the peace bell in the background
The old Pyramid of Tirana and the Peace Bell behind me in Tirana

The pyramid sat abandoned for years, its graffiti-covered walls a silent testament to a bygone era. But fast forward to 2023, and it’s a different story.

The pyramid has been transformed into a vibrant hub filled with classrooms, cafes, and creative spaces.

🎥 Sara CH’s Tour of the Pyramid

Tirana, Albania📍Piramida e Tiranës 🌆Pyramid of Tirana

▫️Peace Bell

The ‘Peace Bell’  was made by the children of Shkodra from thousands of spent gun shells collected during the 1997 civil unrest.

Hanging bell within a fountain, Albania Road Trip
The ‘Peace Bell’ was made from gun shells from the 1997 civil unrest


What was originally a top-secret nuclear bunker is now Bunkart2, a museum in the centre of Tirana. 

The bunker was originally built in the early 1980s to shelter élite police and interior ministry staff in the event of a nuclear attack. In fact, hundreds were built around the country in the case of an attack.

The Bunkart2 museum highlights the political persecution of about 100,000 Albanians from the years 1945 until 1991.

A dome shaped bunker with photographs of men arranged vertically around the dome. There is damage to the outside, so you can see through to the yellow wall of the building outside.
Bunkart2 entrance dome


Just near Blloku, the once off-limits residential area for the élite communist leaders is the PostBlloku Memorial.

The installation consists of three separate parts: 

  • A piece of the Berlin Wall,
  • A mushroom-shaped bunker and
  • Concrete pillars were taken from Spac MIne, a forced labour camp for communist dissidents.
Old underground bunker in the middle of a city
Bunkart2 entrance dome
A arch like design made of cream colour pillars in Tirana, Albania
Concrete pillars from Spac Mine, a labour camp for dissidents
A piece of the concrete Berlin with graffiti on it, Albania Road Trip
A part of the Berlin Wall donated to Albania by Germany

▫️Resurrection of Christ Orthodox Cathedral Tirana

Nestled in the heart of Tirana, the Resurrection of Christ Orthodox Cathedral’s grandeur is immediately striking, with its intricate frescoes and towering dome that seems to touch the sky.

It’s one of the largest Orthodox cathedrals in the Balkans, and the atmosphere inside is a serene contrast to the bustling city outside.

Albania-Tirana-Resurrection-of-Christ-Orthodox-Cathedral inside view
Inside the Resurrection of Christ Orthodox Cathedral Tirana

If you are interested in getting out of the city for a short hike and seeing the beautiful Bovilla Lake, you might like this tour:

Large blue lake with green covered hills around the edge

👣 Hike Gamti Mountain with Bovilla Lake view tour from Tirana

A fun way to combine sightseeing with some physical activity and get out of the city.

Ratings: ⭐️ 5/5 | ⏰ 5/6 Hours | Book Here

A beautiful hike in the Albanian Mountains – Mary Oct 2023

Beautiful lake. Everyone should see it – Irma Oct 2023

Our motorhome parked in the Mak Albania Hotel carpark overnight
Our motorhome is parked in the Mak Albania Hotel Carpark in Tirana

🚐 Where We Stayed: Mak Albania Carpark

3. Durres

Durres is Albania’s second most populated city, after Tirana.

It’s famous for its ancient amphitheatre, which is one of the largest amphitheatres in the Balkans. Built-in the 2nd century, it could accommodate up to 20,000 spectators.

Durres is also known for its beautiful beaches, which attract both locals and tourists during the summer months. The city’s coastline stretches for about 10 kilometres with a variety of sandy beaches lined with beach clubs, restaurants, and bars.

Being the largest seaport in Albania, Durres serves as a major hub for imports and exports, so don’t expect it to be quite as picturesque as many places in Albania.

If you are interested in the history of the surrounding areas of Durres and Kruja, as well as the local food, then the Durres & Kruja History and Local Food Day Trip Tour, with pick up and drop off from Tirana, may interest you.

It includes a visit to the Durrës Roman Amphitheatre, the Venetian Tower, and the colourful bazaar in Kruja.

Durres castle

👉 Find out more or book this Durres and Kruja Guided Tour here | ⭐️ 4.8 /5 Star Reviews | ⏰ 10 hours | 👫 Small Group Tour (max 8)

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ “It was one of the best tours I ever did” — Traveller from Greece, April 2023

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ “This tour was really amazing.”  — Traveller from the UK, April 2023

4. Vlore & Lungomare

As we motorhomed through Albania from Tirana to Berat, we chose to drive the coast road. This took us past the Old Town of Vlore and the esplanade-like Lungomare.

Extending for about 3 km, this promenade is a hub of local culture and activities. It’s pedestrian-friendly, making it perfect for strolls and cycling, and you’ll find plenty of cafes and restaurants where you can sip coffee or dine with a sea view.

Parking is available, but it can get crowded during peak season.

Pedestrianised wide paved area by the sea with people strolling
Lungomare in Vlore, on the Albanian Coast
Ocean in the background with lots of straw umberellas on the beach
Raza Beach at Vlore

There are so many beaches along this strip you can take your pick on which to stop at. The beaches were empty as we travelled in November, but it’s a different story come summer.

5. Berat: The City of Windows

Leaving behind Tirana’s bustling streets and historical landmarks, we hit the road again.

Our Albanian road trip adventure led us into the heart of rural Albania, towards the picturesque city of Berat.

We opted for a campsite just on the outskirts of Berat. In hindsight, we wish we’d ventured into the city itself. Why? Because Berat is not just any city—it’s often dubbed the ‘City of Windows’. Imagine white Ottoman houses cascading down a hill, all overlooking the serene Osum River. It’s a sight we regret missing.

If you’re curious about what a visit to Berat might entail, we found this insightful YouTube Video by Gabriel Traveler. It’s a fantastic guide that also highlights how cost-effective travelling in Albania can be.

🚐 Where We Stayed: Berat Caravan Camping

our motorhome parked at berat Camper grounds
Our motorhome parked up for the night at Berat Camping

6. Rural Albania

Llogara National Park, Porto Palermo Castle, and Gjipe Canyon

As you steer your camper van through the winding roads of Llogara National Park, you’ll be greeted by awe-inspiring mountainous landscapes. The park is a haven for nature lovers and offers some of the most scenic drives in Albania.

A road in rural Albania along which there are two horses being walked by a man and a woman. The horses have sticks on their back. There are huge mountains in the background.
Driving through the breathtaking Llogara National Park

One of our favourite stops was Panorama Llogara, a viewpoint that offers jaw-dropping vistas of the surrounding area. It’s the perfect spot to stretch your legs, snap some photos, and soak in the natural beauty.

SHelley taking a photo of the view at Llogara Pass viewpoint
The stunning view from Llogara Pass Panorama is a great spot to stop on your Albanian road trip

But not just the natural and historical landmarks will catch your eye. You’ll likely spot concrete bunkers dotting the landscape, remnants of Enver Hoxha’s suspicious regime. Numbering in the thousands, these bunkers are a haunting yet fascinating sight.

Bunker by the side of the road built into the hillside
Bunkers appear often on the roadsides as you travel through Albania

And bunkers aren’t the only things that’ll keep popping up. Expect to share the road with goats, cows, and sheep; if you’re lucky, a gobble of turkeys might appear.

It’s these unexpected encounters that add a dash of humour and local flavour to your road trip.

Albania's road goats
Sharing the road with the locals – of the animal kind!
Albania countryside with mountains in the background
Mountains in the Llogara National Park on our Albania Road Trip
Landscape-view-in-Albania red coloured rockface amongst green mountains
Scenery near Gjipe Canyon, Albania

But the surprises don’t end there. On the stretch between Berat and Fier, you’ll come across a seven-story building shaped like a ship, miles away from any body of water. Known as Fier’s Ship House, it’s one of those quirky roadside attractions that make a road trip memorable.

7 story house built in the shape of a ship on one of main roads in Albania
Fier’s Ship House – a nautical fantasy on dry land

So, whether it’s the stunning natural beauty of places like Gjipe Canyon or the oddities like Fier’s Ship House, rural Albania offers a road trip experience that’s as diverse as it is unforgettable.

Remember, the journey is as important as the destination, and both are equally spectacular in Albania.

7. Himare on the Albanian Riviera

Albania is a treasure trove of surprises, and its beaches are no exception. Imagine long stretches of azure water and miles of pebbled and shingle beaches.

Campervanning-in-Albania-Livadhi-Beach - a shingle beach with a few wooden sunbeds and thatch umbrellas
Livadhi Beach, Himare

We visited in November, not exactly beach weather for most, but that didn’t deter Lars. He took the plunge, swimming in the beautiful deserted bays. It’s these off-season moments that make travel so special.

I can’t help but wonder how long it will be before Albania’s beaches become as crowded as those in neighbouring Greece.

Livadhi Beach, in Himare, stretches for 1.2 kilometres and is framed by olive groves. It’s the kind of place where you can lose track of time, and we almost did.

Albanian beach at sunset with a bunker facing at to sea
A bunker on Livadhi Beach, a symbol of Albania’s past and its bright future

On our last night in Albania, we found ourselves on Livadhi Beach, watching the sun dip below the horizon.

Its last rays shone on a beachside bunker, a relic from Albania’s past. It was a poignant moment, symbolising a country that’s breaking free from its history and embracing a brighter future.

🚐 Where We Stayed: Camping Kranea

8. Porto Palermo Castle

After leaving Camping Kranea, we headed south along the coast and came across Porto Palermo Castle also known as the Ali Pasha Tepelena Fortress.

Perched on a peninsula, this castle offers a historical pitstop and a chance to capture some amazing photos right from the road.

Porto-Palermo-Castle-Albania on an island a short distance from the shore
Porto Palermo Castle, a historical gem on one of Albania’s most scenic roads

9. Borsh Beach

After leaving Camping Kranea, we headed south along the coast

Borsh Beach is the longest in the south of Albania and stretches for 7km. It is a less busy summer beach with public and private sections. The beach is made of pebbles, and there can be lots of rocks and sea urchins in the shallow shore areas, so it might be worth investing in a pair of water shoes.

In the summer months, in the private areas of Borsh Beach, you can hire umbrellas and sunbeds.

Plazhi i Borshit beach coast line in Albania
Borsh Beach (Plazhi i Borshit) in Autumn, Albania ©Lifejourney4two

10. The Blue Eye

The Blue Eye (known locally as Syri I Kalter) was a hidden oasis that, unfortunately, we drove right past.

It is a deep water hole fed by a natural spring surrounded by tropical plants. If you are visiting Albania in the summer, peak season, then be aware that this is a popular tourist destination.

Blue water pool surrounded by green plants
Blue Eye or Syri i Kalter, Albania ©Canva

Lifejourney4wo Tips:

  • If you’re keen on photography, the Blue Eye offers a unique backdrop for some stunning shots.
  • Arrive early to avoid the crowds and have a more peaceful experience.
  • Consider visiting in the shoulder season for fewer crowds and a more intimate experience with nature.

11. Gjirokastra: The City of Stone

Gjirokastra, a UNESCO World Heritage site, is a city that’s as rich in history as it is in stone architecture. Nestled in southern Albania near the Greek border, this city is home to Albania’s largest castle—Gjirokastra Castle.

Gjirokastra tour

Gjirokastra- The Stone City & Blue Eye Tour

Private Guide, Gjirokastra Castle, Bazaar, Skenduli House, Blue Eye and Cold War Tunnel Pick up: Sarande

Ratings: ⭐️ 5/5 | ⏰ 6/7 Hours | Book Here

  • Don’t miss the panoramic views from the castle. Perfect for capturing some Instagram-worthy shots.
  • The old open-air Bazaar is a must-visit for unique souvenirs and local crafts.
  • If you’re into architecture, the 17th-century turreted stone houses are a sight to behold.

The Gjirokastra Castle, also known as the Fortress of Argyrokastro, has been a cornerstone of the city since the 12th century. It offers sweeping views of the city and its surrounding landscape.

12. Saranda: The Pulse of Albania’s Riviera

Saranda, dubbed as the unofficial capital of the Albanian Riviera by Lonely Planet, is your go-to spot for a livelier beach scene and buzzing nightlife.

Nearby Attractions:

  • Ksamil Beach: Known for its crystal-clear waters and sandy shores.
  • Mirror Beach: A quieter option but equally stunning.
  • Butrint National Park: Just a short drive away, this park offers a mix of history and natural beauty.

Saranda is a local favourite and a hit among tourists, especially during summer.

So, if you’re planning a road trip through Albania and crave a bit of hustle and bustle amid natural beauty, make sure to add Saranda to your itinerary.

In the next section, we’ll delve into the practicalities of campervanning in Albania—everything from road conditions to wild camping rules.

What is it Like Driving in Albania?

Ah, the open road in Albania. It’s not just a drive; it’s an adventure. Crossing the border at Muriqan–Sukobin was a breeze for us, but we’ve heard summer queues can test your patience. Once you’re in, brace yourself for a ride that’s as unpredictable as a British summer.

Albania-Roadside-sellers with clothes on the side of the road in piles
Albanian roadside markets offer a bit of everything

The roads are a patchwork quilt of smooth asphalt and jarring potholes. You’ll share them with everyone, from pedestrians to peddlers selling everything from clothes to caged chickens. And let’s not forget the livestock—goats, sheep, cows, and even turkeys seem to think they have the right of way.

Traffic rules?

It’s more like traffic suggestions.

Lights and lanes are often ignored in a chaotic dance that somehow avoids disaster. It’s especially intense as you near Tirana, the capital. Cars and buses jostle for space like it’s a Black Friday sale. But don’t worry, it gets calmer as you move further into the country.

Pot holes in an Albanian road
Expect potholes in some Albanian roads

Driving in Albania: Tips for a Smooth Journey

Essential Documents:

  • Driver’s licence (International one is recommended)
  • Vehicle insurance (… and check it’s valid in Albania)
  • Vehicle registration
  • Hire paperwork if renting
  • Passport

Must-Have Items:

Road Rules:

  • Drive on the right, overtake on the left
  • Adjust your beam pattern for right-hand driving. Beam deflectors can help.
  • Only one Toll Road: A1 Rruga e Kombit motorway, which runs west from the Kosovo border towards the capital of Tirana.
  • Speed limits vary but are generally:
    • 110 km/h on motorways
    • 80-90 km/h outside towns
    • 40 km/h in urban areas
  • Emergency number: 112

For more in-depth info, the RAC website is a great resource.

Lifejourney4two Tip: Keep your wits about you and your camera ready. The scenery is stunning, the locals are welcoming, and the driving? Well, it’s never dull.

Vehicle Rental Options for Your Albania Road Trip

Below, we’ve laid out the best options for hiring a car, campervan, or motorhome for your Albanian adventure. Whether you’re a couple looking for a romantic getaway or a family seeking a nature-filled holiday, we’ve got you covered.

Hiring a Car in Albania

If you’re flying into Albania, you’ll most likely land at Tirana International Airport, also known as Nënë Tereza (named after Mother Teresa, who was born in Albania). The easiest way to get your road trip started is to arrange a rental car for pick-up right at the airport.

💡Lifejourney4two Tip: Booking your car rental in advance can save you time and stress & check if your rental includes insurance or if you need to purchase additional coverage.

🚘 If you want to hire a car, we recommend DiscoverCars.

  • They are winners of the World’s Best Car Rental Booking Website
  • They have a Price Match Guarantee.
  • 4.5 Rating on Trustpilot
  • Free Cancellation

✍️ Grab a great quote from them here

Campervan or Motorhome Hire in Albania

If you’re new to the campervan or motorhome scene, our comprehensive guide will help you decide on the type of camper that suits your needs and budget.

We’ve had experiences with both McRent and DRM, and we found that going through Motorhome Republic got us a much better deal.

💡Lifejourney4two Tips: Consider the size of the motorhome if you’re planning to explore narrow or winding roads.

⭐️ Get a quote from Motorhome Republic here ⭐️

Also, don’t forget to check what campervan accessories and gadgets come with the motorhome and whether they’re included in the price.

Getting to Albania

We crossed into Albania in our motorhome from Montenegro in the north. But if you’re flying in, starting your journey in Tirana, the capital, is your best bet.

Crossing by Land

We entered Albania at the Muriqan-Sukobin border crossing, but there are several other options depending on your starting point. Each crossing has its own set of rules and timings, so it’s worth doing a bit of research beforehand.

Flying into Albania

If you’re flying, Tirana International Airport, also known as Nënë Tereza, is the main gateway. It’s well-connected to various European cities, so finding a flight that fits your schedule shouldn’t be a problem.

It’s getting easier to fly to Tirana, especially for those flying from the UK. *Ryanair has recently started flying to the capital, Tirana, from Edinburgh, Manchester and Stansted, and Wizz Air will fly from Birmingham, Edinburgh and Liverpool starting on 19 December 2023. [*National Geographic]

By Sea

For those coming from Italy, there’s also the option to take a ferry to the port city of Durrës.

  • Book your ferry tickets in advance, especially during peak season.

No matter how you choose to get to Albania, each option offers its own unique experience and adventure.

Where Can You Camp When Motorhoming in Albania?

When it comes to camping in Albania, you’ve got options. We used the Camper Contact app (about 6 euros/year) to find our overnight spots. The app lists about 80 motorhome parking areas throughout the country.

💡Lifejourney4two Tips: ▶︎Download the Camper Contact app before you hit the road. It’s a small investment for peace of mind. And keep an eye out for user reviews on the app. They offer valuable insights into each location.

If you’re looking for a backup, some motorhomers also use Park4night. We prefer Camper Contact for Albania, but it’s always good to have options.

Can You Wildcamp in Albania?

Yes, according to Caravanya, you can wild camp in Albania. In the offseason, plenty of beaches would make for perfect overnight stops.

Remember to be respectful of the environment around you.

Motorhome Parking on Our Albania Road Trip

During our four-day road trip in Albania, we discovered some fantastic places to park our motorhome. All of these spots can be found on the interactive Albania road trip map above.


  • Location: MAK Albania Hotel (Sheraton)
  • Details: Parking only, no facilities
  • Cost: 10 euros for 24 hours with security
  • Coordinates: 41.315988, 19.824131

💡Lifejourney4two Tips:

  • This spot is great if you’re exploring Tirana for the day.
  • The security gives you peace of mind while you’re out and about.


  • Location: Berat Caravan Camping
  • Details: Quiet site with good facilities, hot water showers, strong wifi
  • Extras: The owner speaks English and was very welcoming. A paid washing machine is available.

💡Lifejourney4two Tips:

  • This is a great spot for a longer stay.
  • Take advantage of the hot showers and strong wifi.


  • Location: Camping Kranea
  • Details: Nice and quiet spot right by the beach with good facilities
  • Extras: The owner speaks English. You can order dinner in the morning for that evening.

💡Lifejourney4two Tips:

  • This is your go-to for beachside relaxation.
  • Ordering dinner in advance is a nice touch, especially after a day of exploring.

So there you have it, a quick guide to a few of the best motorhome parking spots we found in Albania. Each offers its own unique charm and set of amenities.

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Camping Kranea Campsite, Albania Riviera

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Handy Tips for Your Albanian Road Trip

  • Currency: Albanian Lek
  • Language: Albanian — Many people we met in the cities spoke English, but less so in rural areas
  • Shopping: Many shops close on weekends
  • Quirks: Albanians tend to nod when they mean ‘no’ and shake their head when they mean ‘yes’

Handy Words for Travelling in Albania

  • Yes → Po
  • No → Jo (ya)
  • Please → Të lutem (tel-oo-tum)
  • Thank you → Faleminderit (fal-loo-min-airs)
  • Goodbye → Lamtumirë (Lam -too-meer)
  • Left majtas (my-a-tas)
  • Right Djathtas (dee-ath-ass)

Albania has a complex past, mainly shaped by its communist-era post-WWII. Ruled by extremist communist Enver Hoxha, the country was isolated from the rest of the world. Since the end of communism in the ’90s, Albania has been on a path of growth and is a NATO member since 2009.

Home of the now deceased dictator Enver Hoxha
Home of the now-deceased Enver Hoxha in Tirana, in an area known as Bllok

Albania: Life Under Communist Rule

It’s hard to imagine living in such isolation. The state controlled all aspects of life.

A local named Gazi told us that travelling abroad, owning a car, and practising religion were all forbidden. Propaganda was a daily routine, painting a rosy picture of life in Albania.

In 1985, Enver Hoxha died, and by 1990, communist rule was coming to an end. Gazi told us that in 1991, he was given his first pair of jeans and had his first taste of what was an unrecognisable fruit — a banana.

Colourful sign in a park
Tirana, the capital of Albania

Campervanning in Albania — That’s a Wrap

Our motorhoming journey took us from Albania to Greece. We drove along bumpy roads, admired the Albania countryside, and encountered locals and animals along the way.

Albania offers a unique road trip experience, blending natural beauty with cultural quirks. Whether you’re navigating through its cities or rural landscapes, there’s something for every adventurous spirit.

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Shelley, a former primary school teacher with a law degree, and her husband Lars co-own Lifejourney4two. Their adventure began in Perth, Australia, and has since taken them through Europe and Africa in motorhomes and bush campers. Shelley's travel guides combine practical advice with engaging stories, mirroring their shift from 'One Day' to 'Day One'. Together, they aim to inspire others to embark on their own travel dreams.

18 thoughts on “Campervanning in Albania: A Road Trip of Surprises 2024”

  1. Really enjoyed reading that article. Have wanted to go there for a very long time (even blogged about the country, despite never having visited haha). However, Ms B finds it too exotic for her taste, by the look of it, so I might try to find a friend to join me for an extended weekend trip or just go on my own. Nature looks so beautiful, and I like the exotic factor. And all those bunkers everywhere.

    • Thanks for stopping by Stefan. We found Albania so interesting and the people were super friendly. Definitely worth a visit. We would have liked to have spent more time there.

  2. Lovely trip. Albania is an interesting country, so contrast between the old and the new city. I personally like the country and people were friendly. We were there last in 2015. Mickey was complaining as no pot holes anymore in the road and there are road sign and bus station as in the old day, there were nothing at all..

    • Thanks so much for reading:) We agree Albania is certainly an interesting country, especially when you can compare what you saw on your previous visit. There were plenty of potholes still on the country roads though;)

  3. Great post. I love Albania too very much. First went in 2007 and then 2017. Tirana especially is massively different. In 06 Skandebeg Square was surrounded by a huge roundabout. I visited Bunkart 1 and also did the nearby cable car into the mountains. I will do 2 next time. I am writing a book about train travel in the Balkans and former Yugoslavia. I loved Kosovo too. I think that I will enjoy reading your blog a lot

    • It must have been very interesting returning after ten years and witnessing the transformation. Good luck with your book – we haven’t ‘trained’ it much so that would be an interesting read.

  4. Fantastic article guys really enjoyed it! Looks like an amazing country just waiting to be discovered! Keep the blogs coming…loving your journey ?


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