Getting to Albania by car
Getting to Albania by car can become a fantastic experience. It’s possible to enter the country by the following land borders:
Kakabia ( border with Greece )
Kapshtica ( border with Greece )
Qafe – Thane (border with Macedonia )
Morine ( Kukes ) (border with Kosovo )
Hani i Hotit (border with Montenegro )
Ulqini (border with Montenegro )
There is a charge 10-euro/person , which must be paid once entered Albania. After the payment of the fee the customs officer will issue a “certificate of road tax ” , to be kept until you leave the country . When you leave the country , you have to pay 2 € and return the certificate. To enter the country , make sure that the insurance taken in your country of residence is valid for Albania (AL) . Make sure you have your vehicle registration and the notarial act if the car is not yours. The border guards are very strict in allowing the passage of cars without these documents.
The road between Struga , Macedonia and Tirana ( E852/SH3 ) is not to the level of quality of other parts of Europe, but it is enough . There are a lot of slow-moving vehicles along the route , which is full of mountain curves . Care should be taken so extra especially when overtaking .
The road between Prizren (Kosovo) and Tirana ( Albania ) is not to the level of quality of other parts of Europe , but it is enough especially from the Albanian side . It should be especially careful because in some areas near the border with Kosovo on the road work is still in progress . There are a lot of slow-moving vehicles along the route , which is full of mountain curves . Care should be taken so extra especially when overtaking .
The road between Shkoder (border of Montenegro ) and Tirana ( E762/SH1 ) is of sufficient quality for driving, but there are a lot of slow-moving vehicles and access points are not controlled , then it must be extremely careful especially when overtaking .
There are two checkpoints on the borders of northern Albania and Montenegro. The narrow road from Shkodra to Ulcinj , Montenegro, is used mainly by locals and worth a try to avoid the heavy traffic on the main road ( E762/SH1 ) to Hani i Hoti . Ask any police officer to direct you to the right direction to Shkodra. They are of great help, courteous and friendly.