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.

Where to Sleep

Travellers report few overnight campers but no issues from airport staff. Relax on a bench or opt for 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 shuttle service. See the Airport Hotels section below for locations or read some traveller airport reviews for more tips.

Covid-19 Update

Due to the current Covid-19 pandemic, all services and times listed below are subject to change. Some services and facilities may remain closed or operate with reduced hours.  Airport tips and suggestions in this guide and elsewhere on the site were written before March 2020 and may no longer be valid. If you are planning to sleep in the public area of the terminal overnight, have a back-up plan! We’ve heard from a few travellers at other airports and they were not permitted to stay overnight. We’re not sure if that will apply to this airport, until a reader lets us know the current situation. We will start updating all of our guides in October 2021.  To help us with this massive update, you can add or update information or write a review and submit photos and airport tips.

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 Hotels

If sleeping in Tirana Airport does not appeal to you, there are hotels near the airport:

  • Hotel Airport Tirana – (1 minute walk from the airport) Free 24-hour roundtrip airport shuttle.  » Check Rates
  • Best Western Premier Ark Hotel – (2 minute walk from the main terminal) Free roundtrip airport shuttle.  » Check Rates
  • Hotel Vila Zeus – (5 minute walk from the airport) No airport shuttle.  » Check Rates

To see more options there is a list of hotels near Tirana Airport on Tripadvisor that can be sorted by price, distance, traveller rating and popularity.

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 to also find out how you can gain lounge 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

Airport WiFi/Internet

Free WiFi is available at Tirana Airport.

More Services, Facilities & Things To Do On A Layover At The Airport

ATMs / Cash Machines – Need cash? ATMs are available. Fees may apply, so be sure to check your bank’s fee schedule and your 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 – Yes, Banka Kombetare Tregtare provides services in the Check-in Hall and Arrivals area. Hours: unknown.

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

Food & Drinks – There are no 24 hour food options. The following concessions operate one hour before the first flight until the last flight.
» Landside: Piazza Bar & Restaurant • Airport Bar
» Airside: Coli’s Bar • Segafredo

Luggage Storage & Lockers – Not available.

Medical Services – If you feel unwell or injure yourself, first aid services are available.

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)

Rest Zones – There are no dedicated sleeping areas, quiet areas or rest zones. If this information has changed, click here to update this guide.

Showers – Not available.

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

Travel Agencies – If you are arriving in Tirana and need local arrangements or help planning a really last minute trip abroad, there are a number of 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.

Airport Hours

While it appears that this airport is open 24 hours, as of this update, we were unable to confirm airport hours of operation.  If you know the airport hours, click here to update this airport guide.


Tirana airport is served by the following airlines: Aegean AirlinesAir China • Air Serbia • Albawings • Alitalia • Austrian Airlines • Blue Panorama Airlines • British Airways • Ernest Airlines • Jet Airfly • Lufthansa • Pegasus Airlines • Transavia • Turkish Airlines.

Airport Transportation: Getting To/From The Airport


LU-NA buses offer hourly service (7:00AM to 11:00PM) between the airport and Tirana city center (stop: National Theatre of Opera and Ballet) for 250 Albanian Lek. Adis Travel and Tours offers service to/from Durres for 480 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 • ARA Auto Rental • Avis • Enterprise • Eurocar Rentals • Europcar • Sixt.


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

Last updated: 2021-10-20

This guide is for informational purposes only to assist with your planning.  All information, including rates and hours, are 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 web sites. 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.