Driving in Albania

The total length of the roads is 18,000 km. Paved roads – 12,920 km and unpaved roads – 5,080 km.

There is a two-lane road that connects the port city of Durrës with Tirana, Vlorë and partly Kukës. There are three official motorway sections in Albania: Thumanë-Milot-Rrëshen-Kalimash (A1), Levan-Vlorë (A2) and partly Tirane-Elbasan (A3).

Toll roads

All roads in Albania are free.

Map of Albanian roads

Road traffic regulations in Albania

Speed ​​limits

Standard speed limits in Albania (unless otherwise stated on signs).

Cars (up to 3.5 tons) and motorcycles:

  • built-up areas – 40 km / h
  • outside the built-up areas – 80 km / h
  • Expressways – 90 km / h
  • Motorways – 110 km / h

Cars (up to 3.5 tons) with trailers:

  • built-up areas – 40 km / h
  • outside the built-up areas – 60 km / h
  • Expressways – 70 km / h
  • Motorways – 80 km / h

The current speed limits for cars on the roads of European countries.

alcohol

The maximum permissible alcohol content in the bloodstream is  0.1 ‰  .

If the alcohol level in the bloodstream exceeds the allowable level, a fine of ALL 2,500 to 10,000 (€ 20-81) will be imposed and the driver’s license suspended for 6 to 12 months.

If the driver refuses to take an alcohol blood test, a fine of ALL 5,000 to 20,000 (€ 41-162) will be imposed and the driver’s license suspended for 6 to 12 months.

The maximum alcohol limit for drivers in European countries.

Dimmed headlights

Dipped headlights are not mandatory for daytime driving and mandatory for nighttime driving. Dipped headlights should be turned on when visibility is poor due to poor weather conditions.

Failure to comply can result in a fine of ALL 250 to 1,000 (€ 2-8).

In which European countries is the use of dipped headlights mandatory during the day?

Children in cars

Children under the age of 12 and under 1.5m cannot travel in the front or rear seat as passengers unless they are using appropriate child safety locks.

A child under the age of four cannot be transported in a vehicle without a child seat / restraint.

Failure to comply can result in a fine of ALL 250 to 1,000 (€ 2-8).

Seat belts

Seat belts are mandatory for both front and rear passengers   , if any.

Failure to comply can result in a fine of ALL 250 to 1,000 (€ 2-8).

Cellphone

The use of a cell phone while driving is limited to the use of a hands-free device.

A hands-free phone can either be a stand-alone device or a portable device that enables hands-free functionality, provided the user does not need to hold the phone in either hand.

Failure to comply can result in a fine of ALL 250 to 1,000 (€ 2-8).

Penalties for using mobile phones while driving in European countries.

Punish

When a car is arrested by a police officer, he must explain the reason for the stop.

Traffic fines in Albania:

Traffic fines in Albania
violationGood (in place) (ALL)
Failure to do so to give a signal before driving500-2,000 (€ 4-16)
Dangerous overtaking500-2,000 (€ 4-16)
Violation of the passage through the level crossing500-2,000 (€ 4-16)
Failure to make way for the car to take advantage of what is in motion500-2,000 (€ 4-16)
Driving in the left lane with the free right lane (if two lanes in the same direction)500-2,000 (€ 4-16)
Not enough distance to the car in front of you (tailgate)500-2,000 (€ 4-16)

If you pay a fine in the first 5 days after it was imposed, the amount of the fine is reduced by 20%.

Speeding in Albania

Speeding in Albania
violationGood (ALL)
1 – 10 km / h500-2,000 (€ 4-16)
11-20 km / h1,000 – 4,000 (€ 8 – € 32)
over 20 km / h2,500 – 10,000 (20 – 81 €)
and license withdrawal from 1 to 3 months

Road Traffic Regulations Republic of Albania  in Albanian (504 Kb).

useful information

Fuel prices

The fuel prices are regulated by the government.

The fuel quality at small gas stations, especially outside of cities, can cause problems. It is therefore recommended that you only refuel at large petrol stations.

Emergency numbers

  • European emergency number – 112
  • Police – 129
  • Ambulance – 127
  • Fire – 128
  • Street Police – 126

Mandatory to take with you in the car

  • Warning triangle
  • Reflective jacket

Winter equipment

Winter tires

Studded tires

Studded tires are allowed.

Snow chains

Snow chains are allowed in conjunction with summer tires from November 1st to April 30th. They must be carried on at least 2 drive wheels. Snow chains are only allowed if the road is completely covered with snow or ice.

Winter equipment for cars in Europe

Requirements for the use of winter and studded tires in different European countries.