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Airport of arrival: Tirana International Airport
Flight time from Istanbul to Tirana: 1 hour 45 minutes

Albania's capital, Tirana, is the country's economic, trade and tourism center. The city was founded in 1614 by the Ottoman Governor Suleyman Pasha and became an important commercial city. Since its inception, Tirana has been damaged in many battles and has been wounding thanks to its location. Tirana is one of the most important cities in the Balkans. Due to its proximity to Italy, the buildings in the city were inspired by Italian architecture. The city has many historical madrasah, mosques, and churches dating from the Ottoman period. Every year, tourists from all over the world come to this beautiful Albanian town, and it is easy to find cheap flight tickets to Tirana.

There are many direct flights to one of the most beautiful cities in the Balkans, Tirana, departing from Istanbul Sabiha Gokcen Airport which is connected through various domestic flights to different cities within Turkey and different cities all over the world. You can book your ticket in advance plan a holiday and find cheap flights from Istanbul Sabiha Gokcen Airport to Tirana Nënë Tereza International Airport.

You can book your ticket in advance in order to benefit from seasonal promotions offered by Pegasus Airlines.

About the Airport

Pegasus Airlines offers frequent flights to Tirana Nënë Tereza International Airport which is the central international airport in Albania. The airport is located 16 km northwest of Tirana city center.

Tirana Nënë Tereza International Airport

Built between 1955 and 1957, the airport is named after the famous Albanian Roman Catholic nun Mother Teresa. The airport, which has increased its activities in the field of civil aviation since 1991, has frequent flights from Istanbul, Milan, and Rome. The airport, which is frequently used as an intermediate stopover Eastern Europe, accommodates more than 2.5 million passengers per year. The terminal buildings are very modern and include many cafes, restaurants, and other facilities that meet the needs of passengers.

Transport from Tirana Nënë Tereza International Airport to the City Center

You can go to the city center from the airport by bus called Rinas Express or by taxi.

Rinas Express buses leave from the parking lot at the airport exit. Buses operate from 8 am to 11 pm every day of the week and depart every hour. The bus ticket prices are quite cheap. You can give the driver the fare of the bus tickets, which cost 250 LEK / 2 Euro (2019). Payments can also be made in Euros. Buses reach Tirana city center in half an hour.

You can find a taxi 24 hours a day at the airport. The taxi fare from the airport to the city center costs 2500 LEK / EURO 20 and is affordable compared to most European cities (2019). You can reach the city center in 20 minutes by taxi.

If you would like to find a more comfortable and faster option, you can book a taxi or consider car rental services offered by Pegasus Airlines.

Public Transport

In Tirana, city transportation is provided by buses and taxis.

Buses are slow although quite inexpensive. You can easily get to many points of Tirana by bus. The ticket costs 40 LEK (2019). You can browse the phone application made to learn bus routes and times.

You can go anywhere in the city center at reasonable prices by taxi. There are different taxi companies in the city. Taximeter opening fee varies between 250 LEK and 300 LEK (2019).

Many points in the city center of Tirana are within walking distance. You can also rent bikes and tour the city comfortably.

There are affordable accommodation options in every corner of Tirana. İskender Bey Square in the city center and surrounding hotels can be preferred due to its proximity to historical and tourist attractions. The Blloku region is located between the center and the natural areas. If you want to spend a quiet holiday, you can search for accommodation in the Qyteti Studenti area.

With Pegasus Airlines you can browse the available accommodation options and book your hotel in Tirana at affordable prices months in advance.

Throughout its history, Albanian cuisine has been blended with the tastes of Italian, Turkish and Greek cuisine. Albanian style fried diced liver is the most famous dish in the country. Berek and Elbasan Tava (lamb casserole with yogurt) are among the other delicacies we recommend you to try in Tirana. Also, don't forget to try boza (drink) while you are in Tirana.

You can have a look at What to Eat in Tirana page for more suggestions about all the local delicacies.

We have compiled some information you need to know to make your trip to Tirana more enjoyable and comfortable:

About Visa

Albania has a visa agreement with many countries. If your country of residence is on this list, you can obtain a visa with your passport upon arrival. Visa applicants from countries outside the list are required to provide their passport with documents showing hotel reservations, round-trip tickets, and travel insurance and financial status. You can visit this website for information about the visa for Albania.

Neighboring Cities

There are many beautiful places located within a short distance from Tirana.

  • Skopje, Macedonia (154 km)
  • Pristina, Kosovo (187 km)
  • Bari, Italy (249 km)
  • Thessaloniki, Greece (272 km)



Tirana has a continental climate and the average annual temperature is 14.8 ° C. The winter season is quite cold and long. From May to September, the average temperature rises to 25 degrees.

Essential Numbers

  • Country Code: +355
  • Tirana Area Code: 04
  • Airport Contact: +355 4 238 1600
  • Ambulance: 127
  • Police: 129
  • Airport Shuttle Service: +355 4 238 1600

Tirana is a city in harmony with the nature around it and able to reflect its rich historical texture to the city structure. Founded in the Ottoman period, the city has many historical buildings from that period. The statue, which was built in memory of Iskender Bey, who had great effects on the growth and development of the city, is a good starting point for your trip to Tirana. Ethem Bey Mosque and Clock Tower are other historical buildings you can visit. You can also visit the National History Museum of Tirana to see the city's story and its cultural richness. After your tour of the city center, you can go to Dajti Mountain National Park in the east of Tirana and see the natural beauties of the region together.

To learn more about Tirana, you can have a look at Tirana Travel Guide page that Pegasus Airlines prepared for you.


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