Tourist information centre
The official tourist information centre stands just behind the National History Museum. As well as housing an ever-increasing stock of printed materials on what to see and do in Tirana, this is also a good place to come for books and leaflets on Albania’s other major tourism attractions. firstname.lastname@example.org
One Info Point is inside Tirana International Airport Mother Tereza, where one can find maps and information on Tirana. Some additional Info Points have been introduced into the city by the current mayor, Erion Veliaj. You can find them in some of the main squares and crossroads in Tirana. When coming from the airport, the first one a visitor is likely to find will be at Zogu i Zi. These info points are in the form of large green and white bus stops. They display maps of Tirana, giving directions to the main attractions
Exchanging currency in Albania is straightforward. There are many licensed exchange shops in Tirana with several located near the centre, some behind the National History Museum, and others near the Bank of Albania. We advise you to always ask for a receipt for your transaction.
Learn some Albanian
Some basic phrases in Albanian and their comparable English pronunciations:
Miredita = meer-detae = Good Day
Mirmengjes = meer – men – jazz = Good Morning
Faleminderit = fall – ae – minter – it = Thank you
Si jeni ? = See – ye – ne ? = How are you?
Mire = Me – rae = Good
Po = Po = Yes
Jo = Yo = No
Useful numbers in Albania /Numra emergjence në Shqipëri
Airport Tel. +355 4 2381 600
Lost Luggage Tel. +355 4 2381 681
Police Information Tel. 122
Police Emergency Tel. 129
Traffic Police Tel. 126
Fire Department Tel. 128
Emergency Room Tel. +355 4 2222 235
24 hour Pharmacy Tel. +355 4 2222 241
Albania Public Holidays 2016
-New Year (1/2 January),
-Summer Day 14 March
-Catholic Easter Day (27 March)
-Orthodox Easter Day (1 May)
-Labour Day (1 May)
-Ramadan Bajram or Eid al-Fitr Festival (end of Ramadan) 5 June
-Kurban Bajram or Greater Eid Festival (12 september)
-Independence Day (28 November)
-Liberation Day (29 November)
-National Youth Day (8 December)
-Christmas (25 December)
Embassies in Tirana
If you need to contact the authorities of your home country, here is the link of foreign embassies and consulates in Tirana.
If you want to send a postcard from Tirana to your loved ones, here are a couple of post offices in the center of Tirana.
Monday – Wednesday: 8:00am/4:30pm
Friday: 9:00 am/20:00 pm
Tirana follows Central European Time (CET), an hour ahead of Greenwich Mean Time (GMT), and six hours ahead of Eastern Standard Time (EST). From the last Sunday in March to the last Sunday in October, the country follows Daylight Saving, meaning that the clocks are turned one hour forward. Albanians write using the 24-hour clock, and write the day before the month, for example 11pm on 12 September 2016 will be written 23:00 on 12.09.2016.