Saranda is a pretty compact and it’s easy to go around by foot. Many sights, shops, hotels and restaurants are within close proximity. However, there are other options for transportation which you definitely need for longer distances and to visit places of interest outside Saranda.
The cheapest way to get around and out of Saranda is by bus or mini bus, called furgon in Albanian. Only 150 lek brings you already as far as Butrint. Saranda’s bus station is not consists of the streets around the Friendship Park (Parku Miqësia) and the ruins of the synagogue next to it. Among them are busses south to Butrint (via Ksamil), north to Vlora and northeast to Gjirokastra that leave hourly from the early morning until the late afternoon.
Apart from the start and ending point of each line, you don’t see any bus stops along the way. You can just waive your hand to get on and tell the driver when you want to get off. Tickets can be purchased in cash from the driver.
Bus From Saranda to Butrint
The bus from Saranda to Ksamil and Butrint departs from just outside the ferry terminal on Rruga Jonianet and departs every hour (see timetable below). It goes through the centre of Saranda and via Rruga Butrinti to Ksamil and then continues to Butrint.
This bus has a flate fare of 150 Lekë regardless of where you’re getting on or off.
Daily Departure Times Saranda – Butrint
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Bus From Saranda to Tirana
Trans Butrinti is the company operating the bus route between Saranda and Tirana with several daily departures. The ticket office in Saranda is located on the corner of Rruga Flamurit and Rruga Onhezmi, just behind the Synagogue Ruins and the bus departs just in front of there on the corner of the Friendship Park.
The fair is 1300 lekë one-way and takes approximately 5 hours, taking the fastest route via Gjirokastra with a short stop on the way.
Here are the departure times for the buses between Saranda and Tirana and back:
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Buses from Saranda To Other Cities
Practically all buses and mini-buses (furgons) from Saranda to other cities depart from the corner of the Friendship Park at Rruga Flamurit and Rruga Onhezmi. Below are some of the departure times. Be aware that these buses are independently operated and times may vary, so it’s always best to check with the operating companies themselves.
|Berat||08.00 / 10.15 / 14.30|
|Elbasan||06.00 / 11.30 / 13.30|
|Lushnje||11.00 / 15.00|
|Fier||12.00 / 12.30|
|Vlora||07.30 / 11.30|
|Finiq||07.00 / 09.00 / 11.00 / 13.30|
|Himara||10.00 / 13.00|
Taxis are a relatively cheap, comfortable and reliable way to get around. You can hail any taxi on the street or go one of the taxi stands. There’s a taxi stand next to the port, one at Nëne Tereza square, and one close to Hotel Butrint and the southern end of the promenade. Any taxi ride within the city should coast around 300-500 lek.
You can also get a ride to other sights or cities in the region. They usually wait for you to drive you back or you can arrange a taxi for a full day. Always make sure to agree the price upfront.
You can find a list of taxi companies on our website here.
By Rental Car
Despite the options above, there are places you simply can’t get by public transport and taxis can ultimately get expensive. Think about stunning viewpoints, the best deserted beaches and some truly Albanian countryside villages. If you want to enjoy the ultimate freedom and flexibility, then you should definitely adopt Albania’s tourism slogan “Go your own way!” and rent a car.
You can find a list of car rental companies and pick-up locations on our car rental page.
Some of the best beaches in the Albanian Riviera are secluded an can only be reached by boat. A boat trip can be a great way to enjoy some amazing beaches and discover some beautiful and colorful fish while swimming or snorkling in the crystal clear waters of the Ionian Sea.
Book A Tour
The most convenient way to see more of the Albanian Riviera without the hassle of finding your way, is to book a tour. We have listed many different tours to the highlights around Saranda that you can simply book online.