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One of Europe’s best-kept secrets, Albania combines a practically pristine coastline with Ottoman ruins and rugged Alps – an impressive sight, and increasingly popular for skiing. Tourism here is slowly on the rise, but for the time being Albania remains one of Europe’s most unspoiled destinations.
For those wanting to secure cheap flights to Albania, it all depends on where you want to go.
In summer months, Albania’s sun-kissed Ionian and Adriatic coasts rival the best in Greece, with a collection of quiet, unspoiled beach resorts that are increasing in popularity year by year.
However, Albania is also one of Europe’s most affordable ski locations and the inland Albanian Alps are becoming popular during winter months.
At present, most flights remain affordable even during peak season, but you should still book as early as possible to secure the best deal.
The best way to find cheap flights to Albania is to be as flexible as possible on dates. To this end, we’ve included a ‘Show flexible dates’ option, which you will find above your search results.
While the majority of flights land in Albania’s capital, Tirana, being flexible on your UK departure location may also help you find a better deal. For instance, be sure to search for flights from ‘All London airports’, not just Gatwick or Heathrow.
We’ve also provided a search filter that allows you to sort results by price, meaning you can see all the cheapest flights at a glance.
Most direct flights to Albania from London arrive in the country’s fascinating capital, Tirana, which is famed for its unusual communist architecture. If you’re considering combining your visit with a trip to neighbouring Greece, be sure to check for cheap flights to the island of Corfu, which is located off southern Albania.
Optimal flight times to Albania from the UK are as follows:
Albania’s largest airport is Tirana International Airport, situated seven miles north of the capital. In 2017, 2.6 million passengers passed through here, and this number is increasing each year, a firm indicator that Albania’s popularity as a holiday destination is on the up.
Some flights also land at the smaller Sarande Airport in the south of the country, close to Corfu. However, flights here are much less regular.
Airlines flying to Albania from the UK include:
That Albania is so unspoiled is largely a result of its communist past. While this makes it affordable and pleasantly non-commercial, it can be a bit of a double-edged sword when it comes to getting around. Although the situation is slowly improving, Albanian transport systems are relatively undeveloped.
Bus is the chosen form of transport for most, although be aware that the lack of bus stations can sometimes make even this a challenge. This is particularly true in larger cities such as Tirana, where things get a bit chaotic. Hiring a car in Albania is often your best bet if you are hoping to travel around.
With a history dating back to the Ottoman Empire and beyond, not to mention a varied climate rivalling that in Greece, Albania has something for sun seekers, sports lovers and cultural enthusiasts alike.
With less than a million inhabitants, the capital city of Tirana is relatively small by European standards. However, it is home to some excellent and almost space age architecture, including the communist-era Pyramid of Tirana.
In northern Albania, the largest town is medieval Shkoder, which blends a range of historic influences. From Roman to Ottoman, Illyrian and Venetian, its famous cathedral and Rozafa Castle are definitely the highlights.
Without a visa, British citizens are permitted to stay in Albania for up to 90 days in every six-month period. This should more than cover any holidays you might want to book. However, passports do need to be valid for three months upon your date of entry into the country, so be sure to check this before you travel.
Due to its communist history, most infrastructure in Albania is focused on the capital city. However, if you’re looking to visit the south of the country, another tip is to check for cheap flights to the nearby island of Corfu, hopping over to Albania by boat once you arrive. This will reduce the stress of having to travel from the airport in the capital.