Sleeping in Airports

Tirana Airport Guide

Whether you have a layover, overnight sleepover or you are just quickly passing through, our Tirana Airport Guide is a great place to start planning your visit.  Here, you’ll find information on services and facilities available inside the airport – including details about airport lounges, WiFi, mobile charging points, lockers, 24-hour food options, nearby hotels, and everything in between.

Inside, there are a few padded benches and one is close to an outlet (to charge up your laptop to use the wifi) and I really don’t think anyone would bother you overnight. – Beccapiglet

TIA Airport Overview

tirana airport guideTo help you plan your layover or overnight sleepover, here is a quick run-down about what to expect during your time at Tirana International Airport.

What to Expect

The small terminal at Tirana Airport (code: TIA) handles year-round and seasonal routes across Europe. Amenities include several eateries and shops, including duty-free, though none are open 24 hours, so plan ahead if you’re camping out. Free WiFi helps pass the time. Economy class passengers can pay to enter an airport lounge. See Airport Lounges in the guide below for location and access information.

Sleeping in Tirana Airport

Travellers report a few overnight campers, but there are no issues with the airport staff. Relax on a bench or the floor if you have a sleeping bag or travel mat. Earplugs or noise-cancelling headphones help combat airport noise. For uninterrupted sleep, nearby hotels offer a shuttle service. See the Airport Hotels section below for locations, or read traveller airport reviews for more tips.

To help us keep this guide up-to-date, you can add or update information or write a review to submit airport tips and photos. You can also visit the airport’s website for current information.  For more airport information, continue scrolling down to explore more in our Tirana Airport Guide.

In this guide we may refer to locations as “landside” and “airside”. Landside is the public area of the terminal located in the non-secure zone, before security. Airside is the secure area of the terminal that you must reach by going through security.  For more information on Europe’s Schengen Area, click here.

Airport Hours

A reader tells us that as of March 2022, the airport is open 24 hours.

Airport Hotels

If sleeping in the airport sounds like a nightmare, there are hotels near Tirana Airport:

  • Airport Garden Hotel – 50m from the terminal.  » Check Rates
  • Best Western Premier Ark Hotel – A free airport shuttle is available.  » Check Rates
  • Hotel Airport Tirana – A free airport shuttle is available.  » Check Rates

For more options, visit Tripadvisor to see a list of hotels in Tirana, search for deals, and read traveller reviews.

Airport Lounges

Pay-per-use, Single Visit Passes & Lounge Memberships

Regardless of what class of service you are flying, there is a lounge that you can enter by paying at the door or through a lounge membership program. Visit the individual lounge page for more details about the lounge itself and learn how to gain access with just an economy class ticket!

  • Air Lounge – Location: Airside, first floor, above the Duty Free Store. Lounge Access: Pay at the Door • Lounge membership programs.

Related Pages: Tirana Airport Lounges

Rest & Relaxation Zones

No dedicated sleeping areas, quiet areas or rest zones exist. If this information has changed, click here to update this guide.

More Airport Information

More Services, Facilities & Things To Do On A Layover

ATMs / Cash Machines – Need cash? ATMs are available. Fees may apply, so check your bank’s fee schedule and daily withdrawal limit if you are travelling internationally. You may also want to notify your bank of your travel plans. Locations: in the Check-in and Arrivals Halls

Currency Exchange – Banka Kombetare Tregtare, GSK Exchange and Ilira 98 provide foreign currency exchange in the Check-in Hall and Arrivals area. Hours: unknown.

Drinking Water – Eoin tells us there is no drinkable water.  You will need to purchase bottled water. (June 2024)

Duty-Free and Shopping – The airport offers Duty-Free and 11 other shops, both Landside and Airside. Hours: One hour before the first flight until the last flight.

Food & Drinks – The KFC (outside the terminal) is open 24 hours.

Luggage Storage & Lockers – Not available.

Medical Services – First aid services are available if you feel unwell or injured yourself.

Mobile Charging – A reader tells us, “Few mobile charging stations are available both landside and airside. They are located in unpractical locations (no seating near them or near area in which a lot of people pass by) in the airport building. ” (September 2021) Another reader says there are “NO charging points to charge up mobile phones. I have searched everywhere and no luck.” (May 2023)

Showers – Not available.

Smoking – There is one designated smoking area inside the Segafredo Bar in the Arrivals area.

Travel Agencies – If you are arriving in Tirana and need local arrangements or help planning a last-minute trip abroad, there are several travel agencies with offices at the airport that can probably be of assistance. Amadeus Travel & Tours, Ana Travel & Tours, Concorde Travel & Tours, Class Travel and Tours, Explorer Travel and Tours, Sarako Travel, Union Travel and Virgin Travel & Tours.

WiFi/Internet – Free WiFi is available at Tirana Airport.

Airlines
Tirana Airport is served by the following airlines: Aegean Airlines • Air Albania • Air Serbia • Albawings • Alitalia • Austrian Airlines • British Airways • Easy Jet • Edelweiss • Flydubai • ITA Airways • LOT Polish • Lufthansa • Pegasus Airlines • Swiss • Transavia • TUI • Wizz Air
Airport Transportation: Getting To/From The Airport

Bus

LU-NA buses offer hourly service (6:00 AM to 12:00 AM) between the airport and Tirana city center (stop: National Theatre of Opera and Ballet) for 400 Albanian Lek. Adis Travel and Tours offers service to/from Durres for 600 Albanian Lek. Rates are current as of this update.

Car Rentals

The following car rental agencies are available onsite, near the Public Area exits: Albania Airport Rent-A-Car • Albania Car Rental • ARA Auto Rental • Avis • Enterprise • Eurocar Rentals • Europcar • G Rental •Green Motion •Hertz • Pepa Rent • Sicily • RCA • Sixt.

Hotel Shuttles

See also Airport Hotels above.

Taxi

Licensed taxis are available 24 hours a day in front of the terminal and outside the pickup area. Look for the yellow taxis with a red ATEx logo and airport logos on both sides. A one-way trip between the airport and the city center takes 20-25 minutes and, at the time of this update, costs about 2,500 Albanian Lek (20 €).

Last updated: 2024-01-30

This guide is for informational purposes only to assist with your planning.  All information, including rates and hours, is subject to change at any time without notice.   The information in this airport guide is based on information collected and/or received from the airports, lounges, hotels, transportation providers, and their websites. We are not representatives of any of the above-mentioned service providers. To report errors or to add/update any items mentioned in the guide: update the airport guide or  write a review.