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    Car hire at Tirana Airport - plan your trip to Albania

    The ideal way to explore Albania's enchanting capital is with a car hire at Tirana Airport. The city centre can be reached in less than half an hour (rush-hour traffic permitting), plus new roads and an extensive dual carriageway network means that getting around the country is now a great pleasure and much less of an adventure!

    Surrounded by imposing mountain peaks, deep valleys and jaw-dropping landscapes, Tirana is a place known for its immense natural beauty and is the perfect gateway to Albania and the neighbouring countries of Montenegro, Kosovo, Macedonia and Greece.

    The city's rich assortment of old churches, monasteries, mosques, bridges and monuments provides today's visitors with an extraordinary amount of historical and cultural interest. Strategically important in many of Europe's key periods of history, most notably during the days of ancient Rome and the Byzantine Empire, Tirana played host to a succession of conquerors, including the Ottomans and the Venetians who both left indelible marks on the city.

    One of the international car hire industry's leading companies, Auto Europe offers more than 24,000 pick-up and drop-off locations in over 180 different countries, including Albania. Founded in 1954, it is also one of the world’s longest-established car rental brokers and works with all the top car hire companies such as Alamo, ALBANIA RAC, SurPrice, Alamo, Dollar, Enterprise, Alamo and Enterprise.

    You can book your car quickly and easily in just a few clicks by using Auto Europe's state-of-the-art booking engine. Alternatively, please feel free to call our reservation specialists on +441233225114 to make your reservation over the phone and/or discuss any aspects of driving your car rental at Tirana Airport and elsewhere in Albania. After all the Tirana sightseeing is done, there are many other destinations well worth visiting within striking distance of the city, including Dubrovnik in Croatia and Thessaloniki in Greece. Make sure you visit our Tirana car hire reviews page to read the comments posted by other Auto Europe clients following their car rental experience in the city.

    For more information about visiting Tirana and other parts of Albania by car, please see our Albania driving guide.

    Airport Information

    Tirana International Airport (Mother Teresa) is the main air transport hub for passengers travelling in and out of the Republic of Albania. It simultaneously serves as the premier gateway to the country and carries almost 3 million passengers per year with connections to many destinations in different countries across the European Continent. Officially named in honour of the Albanian Roman Catholic nun and missionary Mother Teresa, the airport serves the country's capital city - Tirana - as well as its surrounding regions. Located in Krujë, just 11 kilometres (7 miles) north-west of the city, the majority of its flights connect with European cities through a growing number of airlines, including Adria Airways, Alitalia, Austrian Airlines, Blu-express, British Airways (London Gatwick), Lufthansa, Transavia, Turkish Airlines and Wizz Air. Constantly under development due to the increasing popularity of Tirana as a tourist destination, the airport's one terminal building offers a good range of on-site services, such as 12 shops (including a large Duty Free area), three bars and a restaurant. Other amenities include a modern business lounge, first-aid assistance and extensive Wi-fi coverage.

    Tirana International Airport (Mother Teresa) (TIA)
    Address: Airport Rd Rinas Tirana AL, 1504, Albania
    Telephone: +355 4 2381 800
    Airlines operating at Tirana Airport: Adria Airways, Alitalia, Austrian Airlines, Blu-express, British Airways (London Gatwick), Lufthansa, Transavia, Turkish Airlines and Wizz Air.

    Where to pick up my car hire at Tirana Airport

    When picking up your rent a car at Tirana Airport, it's important to note that the majority of car hire companies (most notably ALBANIA RAC, Enterprise, Alamo, SurPrice and Enterprise) are located in the Arrivals hall of the one and only terminal building at Tirana International Airport (Mother Teresa), opposite the main public coffee and snack bars.

    ALBANIA RAC Car Hire at Tirana Airport Albania Rac at Tirana Airport
    Airport Rd Rinas,
    Tirana, Albania 1504

    +355 68 4088008
    Opening Hours:
    Mon-Sun 8:00 AM - 08:00 PM
    Alamo Car Hire at Tirana Airport Alamo at Tirana Airport
    Airport Rd Rinas,
    Tirana, Albania 1504

    +355 676 000 900
    Opening Hours:
    Mon-Sun 8:00 AM - midnight
    Enterprise Car Hire at Tirana Airport Enterprise at Tirana Airport
    Airport Rd Rinas,
    Tirana, Albania 1504

    +355 422 001 61
    Opening Hours:
    Mon-Sun 8:00 AM - midnight
    SurPrice Car Hire at Tirana Airport SurPrice at Tirana Airport
    Airport Rd Rinas,
    Tirana, Albania 01053

    +355 67 2035 077
    Opening Hours:
    Mon-Sun All day


    The opening of the airport's modern passenger terminal building in March 2007 was a major step forward for Tirana International Airport (Mother Teresa). A tall, bright and very spacious building, it was designed by the renowned Malaysian architect Hin Tan, with elegant lines that blend harmoniously with the mountainous backdrop and impressive scenery of the surrounding countryside. Originally designed for 1 million passengers, the airport is now Albania’s most aesthetically-pleasing and up-to-date transport facility, and certainly flexible enough for the kind of incremental extensions required to cope with the city's fast-growing visitor numbers without detracting from its striking architectural appeal.

    Airport Facilities

    The terminal has around a dozen retail units including souvenir and duty-free shops, plus a good selection of bars, restaurants and cafés. There are food and beverage outlets both in departures and arrivals, while just outside the terminal building stands a covered piazza-style bar with a traditional Albanian stone façade where passengers can relax with drinks and snacks either on arrival or prior to departure.

    How to get to and from Tirana Airport

    Located in close proximity to the city centre, Tirana's impressive Mother Teresa International Airport is very easy to reach with your car hire at Tirana Airport via the Tirana–Durrës dual carriageway that serves to connect Albania’s two main cities. The journey between Tirana and the airport takes about half an hour outside the morning and evening rush hours. Another easy way to travel to and from Tirana Airport is by taxi. Taxi services are available in all Albanian cities and urban areas, with the main towns operating a call service. Bright yellow in colour, airport taxis offer a safe and reliable service. They can be found in the pick-up area at the main exit to the terminal building. In the Arrivals hall you will find a taxi stand where staff are on hand to assist passengers. The privately-operated Rinas Express transport company runs a regular bus service between the airport and the National Museum in the centre of Tirana.

    Parking Tips

    Ample parking spaces are available directly in front of Tirana Airport's passenger terminal building, with capacity for 250 cars in covered spaces and around the same number in uncovered parking areas.

    Useful links

    Official Website of Tirana Airport