- effect on labour-market participation similar to general population
- greater difficulties by entrepreneurs and self-employed
- greater impact on low-skilled workers
- international mobility (unsurprisingly) down a great deal — more than twice as many as in 2018 never (could) visit their country of origin
Some six years ago I wrote about taking the bus to Tirana’s airport. This post still gets many visitors, but things have slightly changed following the pedestrianization of Skanderbeg Square.
It’s now called Luna, and you find some information on the website of Tirana’s airport. The departure point has slightly changed, but otherwise the connection remains pretty much the same. It still runs every hour on the hour, though it now seems to run longer in the evening. It costs 300 Lek for a ride (around 10 times less than a taxi), which takes around 25 to 30 minutes. You buy the ticket on the bus (once it’s ready to depart; just sit in if you arrive earlier).
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Here’s the bus:
Note: Here’s an update from May 2019: Taking the Bus to Tirana’s Airport. The information below is no longer accurate.
It is possible to take a bus to Tirana’s airport, but unfortunately the service hasn’t got a web presence. The bus service is called Rinas Express, and operates every day between 7:00 and 19:00. It leaves on the hour every hour, both from the airport and from the town centre. It costs 250 Lek for a ride, which takes around 25 to 30 minutes. You buy the ticket in the bus (once it’s ready to depart; just sit in if you arrive earlier).
Finding the bus can be a bit trickier. At the airport, you simply walk straight on (don’t turn right towards the taxis when you leave the terminal building). In town, head to Skanderbeg Square, more specifically the National Museum. Rinas Express departs slightly off the square at the beginning of Rruga e Durrësit.
Or just get a taxi…