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Ferries to Albania

Albania is a country in the south east of Europe with a coastline on the Ionian and Adriatic Sea. It has land borders with Macedonia, Kosovo, Montenegro and Greece, and at the narrowest point of the Ionian Sea, the west coast of Italy is less than 50 miles from eastern Albania.

Emerging from a turbulent history, modern Albania has recently been experiencing rapid growth in tourism and foreign investment, and it is now commonly recommended as one of the top tourist destinations in the region.

Albania has two main ferry ports, at Durres in the north of the country, and at Vlora in the south. Year round and frequent ferry services operate from numerous ports along the Italian coast connecting the top, middle and bottom of the country with Albania. The majority of crossings are on the Bari Durres route.

In recent years the road network in Albania has been undergoing significant improvement, and all major cities and ferry ports are now linked with newly constructed or well maintained roads. Some rural locations, however, are still not served by paved roads.

Albania is home to a wealth of archaeological heritage spanning the Illyrian, Greek, Roman and Ottoman eras. Popular sites include the Rozafa fortress, which overlooks the city of Shkoder, and the Roman and Greek ruins at Butrint, near Saranda. Butrint is one of three UNESCO World Heritage Sites in Albania (the others being Gjirokastra, and Berat), which have been classified as having worldwide cultural importance.

The capital city of Tirana is located around 16 miles east of the ferry port at Durres, and boasts a vibrant nightlife of clubs, bars and restaurants including the Sky Tower Rotating Bar. There is plenty to do during the day as well, as the city is home to the country's National Historic Museum, National Archaeological Museum and the National Art Gallery, along with numerous other cultural and historical attractions.

Albania is also popular for its beautiful, unspoilt beaches and its amazing panoramic views. In particular, the Albanian Riviera offers gorgeous sandy beaches, breathtaking sunsets and authentic traditional seafood cuisine. Elsewhere, the country's rugged mountains and spectacular lakes offer hiking adventures, and in the north of the country lies the National Park and the beautiful Valbona River.

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Albania reviews

  • "Double adventure"

    We travelled from Bari to Durres at 23:00 with Adria Ferries. Same time return but with GNV. The return journey was quite nice. New ship, equipped and not too noisy. Cabin with toilet was clean and comfortable. The staff at the cafè shop was really funny. We had almost 2 hours of delay but we arrived in perfect time the morning after. But the outbound journey gave us the most stong emotions. The ship left with 20 minutes delay, arriving on time at the port the next morning. We were in 4 in a cabin with toilet. A minimal one. First thing to say: once we were walking inside the cabin a weird woman quickly came out of there mumbling something. Once inside we found an undone bed and the toilet was dirty. We could not understand who this lady was and she was doing inside our cabin. I asked at the reception girl, she was confused and she sent two members of the staff to reset the cabin. Second ting: the staff, really courios people. A lady asked us to leave the place where we were sitting on at the bar, while we were drinking what we bought there, telling us that those seats were reserved for police and embassy staff only. There was no sign to say that over there! Anyway, we left without complain. The next morning, when I hand over the cabin's key, the lady at the reception remainded me in a really rude way that I should have bring them back 1 hour before. But we did not know that. The crossing was really noisy, but it is understandable because it was an old ship. In conclusion we could use again this company if you are looking at price and quality and for sure if you loved adventure! Happy journey people...and when you get inside the cabin check underneath the bed!

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  • "acceptable"

    Old but tidy ferry. Restaurant a la carte acceptable

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  • "It's better to forget it"

    Horrible experience with Adria Ferries, the departure was scheduled at 23.00 but we sailed at 4 in the morning. Staff not helpful, the disembarkment was too crowded

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  • "An experience to forget"

    The ferry journeys between Bari and Durres and the return Durres to Bari is one I am not likely to repeat. Both ports could do with learning how to organize car ferries. I suggest the port authorities visit either Dover or Calais to see how it should be done. The ferry in both directions was late leaving and slow and grossly over crowded. The ferry from Durres to Bari was about 5 hours late added to which there was about a 2 hour wait to get through passport control. This put unwanted pressure on my drive to Calais where I had another ferry to catch. I doubt if I shall be using the Bari - Durres ferry again. I might also add the food in the cafeteria was only luke warm. I think next time I visit Albania I shall go by air.

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