✈️ Heading to Albania? We've gathered some tips from the bunq community to make sure your trip is the smoothest it can be. 😎
Check them out below! 🌈 👇
Using your card
💳 Do I need cash in Albania, or can I use my card everywhere?
Card payments are not widely accepted in Albania, only in larger cities. Small business and taxis usually only accept cash, so make sure you withdraw some.
💰 What currency do they use here?
The currency here is Albanian Leks. The symbol is Lek.
Euro's may be accepted at popular places for tourists, hotels and car rentals.
🏧 Which ATM’s can I use for free?
The bunq community has reported free withdrawals at these ATMs.
The bunq community has reported (possible) additional fee's for withdrawals at these ATM's.
- Help us out by commenting below.
💵 If I want cash, how much should I take out of an ATM?
4000 Lek should be enough for a few days.
💳 Should I choose local currency or Euros when paying?
If you're asked to choose between local currency and Euros, always choose local currency.
That way bunq does the conversion for you, and you get to take advantage of the best rates with bunq ZeroFX.
📱 Can I roam, or should I get a local SIM?
Most EU mobile plans will charge you for roaming in Albania.
Wifi is readily available in Albania, especially in coffee shops.
If you want to get a local SIM card, you can learn about your options here.
Useful things to know
💁♀️ How does tipping work?
Tipping is not compulsory, but is much appreaciated.
🍺 How much does a 0.5L beer cost?
🍽 How much does an average meal cost?
🚨 What’s the emergency number?
🔌 What type of plug do they use?
This one! It’s the standard European plug.
🚗 What side of the road do they drive on?
They drive on the right side of the road here.
🗺 How do I navigate my way around?
Google and Apple Maps both work well in Albania.
Otherwise, we recommend Rome2Rio as the best way to find out how to get anywhere. It even tells you the cost of each option. 🙌
👀 Any other good tips?
Drink a beer at a rotating bar in Tirana! Make sure you are there
If you've been to Albania 🇦🇱 share your experience! The following would be really useful for other bunqers to know:
- Which ATMs are free to use?
- What card should I use and where?
- Any other info you think may be useful.
Share your experience with us in the comments below! 🌈 👇