Albania is geographically a small country and as such it is possible to leave by taxi.
Your hotel will be able to arrange a taxi to the border, where you should be able to change to a taxi at the other side. For example, a taxi from Tirana to the Macedonian border, a distance of 70 miles, will take three hours and cost about â¬100. A metered Macedonian taxi from the border to Struga should no more than â¬6 December 2009 and take 20 mins, while a taxi on to Skopje would take 3 hours on much better roads and would cost about â¬120 Prices January 2008. Passport control will take about 30 mins.
A taxi from downtown Pogradec to the Macedonian border at Sveti Naum is about 5 euros and less than 10 minutes. After Albanian exit procedures, walk about .5km down the road to the Macedonian border control. The beautiful Sveti Naum church is very close by, and from there you can get a bus north around the lake to Ohrid 110 denars. prices April 2010
A taxi from Ulcinj in Montenegro to Shkoder in northern Albania costs about â¬30. It takes 1hr. You do not have to change at the border, the taxi will bring you all the way. price June 2010
Some taxis can take you into Greece; however most will not go further then Ioannina.
You can reach Tirana by coach from
Istanbul, Turkey 20hr, â¬35 one-way
Athens, Greece 12 hr, â¬30-35
Sofia, Bulgaria 22 hr, â¬25
Tetovo, Republic of Macedonia 7 hr,â¬ 15
Prishtina, Kosovo 2 hr â¬ 10
There is now a daily bus link between Ulcinj in Montenegro and Shkoder.There is also a shared taxi mini buss from the parking place next to the market in Ulcinj. It goes at 1PM and costs â¬5 euros, it takes 1.5 hr. The stop is not marked, a reservation can only be made by finding the driver in the cafe at the corner of the parking place. Ask around and be persistent, as not all the locals know about this. There are no scheduled buses from any other point in Montenegro into Albania.
There are also buses running daily from Ioannina to the border at Kakavia 9 daily, â¬5.70, 1 hour. From there it's a short walk between the Greek and Albanian checkpoints. Just make sure you don't delay, as the furgon minibus to Gjirokastra won't wait for one extra passenger and you will be forced to haggle with predatory cab drivers. In Gjirokaster you can buy a bus ticket to Atens, Greece or anywhere in between. The Buses are new, cheap, air conditioned, and stop along some gas stations.
Ferries to DurrÃ«s arrive from Bari 9h, â¬50 and Ancona 19h, â¬70. A high-speed service operates from Bari 3h, â¬60. (http://www.apdurres.com.al)
There is also a reliable overnight ferry service operated by Skenderbeg Lines from Brindisi to Vlore Skenderbeg Lines (http://www.skenderbegline...).
Ferries from Corfu to Saranda every day. (http://www.portisarande.com.al)