Is Albania Safe for Solo Female Travelers?

Albania is generally safe for solo female travelers. The crime rate is relatively low and people are friendly and hospitable. Albanians are known to go out of their way to help foreigners, especially women. There is a high level of English among the younger generation, making communication easier. However, like any other place, be vigilant about personal possessions and avoid deserted areas during the night.

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How safe is Albania?

Safety at nightModerate

Albania generally boasts a favorable safety record and the locals are quite friendly and hospitable. Still, like in any country, some caution is advised, particularly at night. While the central parts of major cities like Tirana are relatively secure, unlit streets and desolate areas can present some risks. Walking alone at night might not be especially dangerous, but it is sensible to be vigilant, avoid less populated areas, and use common sense to avoid potential hazards. It's always beneficial to stay in well-lit areas and preferably to travel in a group, especially during the night.

Public transportationModerate

Most of the public transportation in Albania, which mostly include buses and minibuses called 'furgons', is generally considered safe for travel. However, they can be crowded and may not run on fixed schedules. Taxis are plentiful in cities, and it's ideal to ensure they're licensed ones. At times, drivers may not adhere to safety regulations closely. It's always a good start to familiarize yourself with the usual routes and fares. Most travelers have not reported any instances of harassment or other concerns while using public transportation.

Street harassmentModerate

In Albania, you might face occasional instances of street harassment, including catcalling and persistent stares, particularly in the bigger cities like Tirana. However, many women have also reported that locals are generally friendly, helpful and highly respectful to women. It truly depends on the exact location and time. Traveling during the day and sticking to populated areas can often help reduce such instances. Always trust your instincts and stay aware of your surroundings.

Petty crimesLow

Albania has a relatively low level of petty crime, especially targeted towards tourists. The majority of Albanians are equally respectful towards both locals and tourists. However, it is always crucial to be vigilant of your belongings and surroundings, particularly in busier urban areas. Incidences such as pickpocketing or bag snatching are not common, but can occur. Using common precautions can help ward off such incidents.

Tap waterUnsafe

While the tap water in Albania's major cities may be treated, it's generally not recommended to consume it directly due to potential bacterial contamination. Locals often use bottled water, suggesting it's safer. Boiling or purifying tap water before drinking is advisable, especially for more sensitive individuals.

Is Albania safe right now?

When traveling to Albania, it is recommended that you exercise a high degree of caution. Be aware that crime rates may require increased personal vigilance. Moreover, the healthcare options may be limited so always ensure you have personal medical supplies or appropriate travel insurance. Always adhere to normal security measures to safeguard your belongings. Stay vigilant and informed about the local conditions.
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United States Travel AdvisoryExercise a high degree of caution

The United States Government advises exercising increased caution in Albania due to crime. Check the full travel advisory.
Last updated: July 26, 2023
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Canada's Travel AdvisoryTake normal security precautions

The Canadian Government advises to take normal security precautions in Albania. Check the full travel advisory.
Last updated: February 19, 2024
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Australia's Travel AdvisoryExercise a high degree of caution

The Australian government advises exercising a high degree of caution in Albania due to limited healthcare options. Check the full travel advisory.
Last updated: February 23, 2023

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Things to do

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Safety

4.9/5

Food

4.8/5

Budget-friendly

4.6/5
Phoebe

Phoebe

United Kingdom

Solo travel experience

- felt safe throughout my time - 3 week trip during September of mid and South Albania - the coast in Albania is beautiful - of course it is a very poor country with lack of certain infrastructure I.e. no trains - Albanian people were very friendly and all the Albanian men I met were respectful and I always felt safe - highlight of my trip was Himare - recommend hiring a car and driving through the country rather than using the public bus system which is unreliable - made wonderful friends in each hostel - super cheap/affordable and access to lots of healthy foods such as juices and smoothies which I loved Probably wouldn’t return to Albania but definitely glad I went!

Posted: February 20, 2024
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Solo travel experience

I went to Albania for 5 days and visited Sarande, Ksamil, and Durres. Took the usual precautions and felt very safe and comfortable. Albania is such a fascinating country to visit but transportation is a slight challenge. Very limited/no public transport and taxis are quite expensive so I recommend to rent a car.

Posted: February 9, 2024
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Solo travel experience

I went last year and took a ferry from Corfu to Saranda. Charming promenades, lots of restaurants, and families walking around. Then I took a bus to Ksamil, beautiful beaches and Butrint. After that I took a bus from Saranda to Gjirokaster. I felt very safe everywhere.

Posted: February 9, 2024
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Riham

Riham

Saudi Arabia

Solo travel experience

The country is very safe, people are nice and welcoming A lot of things to do and places to visit Budget friendly, especially if yo make conscious decisions Met some wonderful people, locals and tourists

Posted: November 7, 2023
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Solo travel experience

I traveled alone and never experienced anything bad. Albanians are incredibly hospitable and helpful. You have to take care of yourself like everywhere else, watch your things in the crowd, etc., but generally, there's nothing to fear and I felt very safe.

Posted: October 3, 2023
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Solo travel experience

I spent a week alone in Albania last April. I traveled by ferry from Corfu to Sarande, and then by public bus from Sarande to Tirana. I felt safe and had a great time. I stayed at the Tirana Backpacker hostel and Backpackers SR in Sarande, and I can recommend both of them.

Posted: August 1, 2023
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Solo travel experience

I spent 4 months alone in Albania. It was wonderful. I never felt unsafe there, even though I went out for walks a lot in the evenings. I stayed in several villages and the situation seemed odd - only men were sitting and drinking coffee, and I was the only woman. I didn't feel threatened, but it was scary because they stared at me nonstop.

Posted: July 25, 2023
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Solo travel experience

I traveled around the Balkans in August and my absolute favorite thing to do in Albania was trekking from Valbona to Theth. Moreover, Ohrid and Skopje were absolutely amazing. Matka Canyon was also really beautiful. I had no issues with safety.

Posted: June 12, 2023
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I was there in the summer. I found the place really safe, and public transportation was easy to get around. However, some routes were a bit limited and often took longer than expected. The trip was really great, but I didn't like the food there.

Posted: June 1, 2023
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Solo travel experience

I went alone last summer for 3 months and had the best time. Extremely affordable, people are friendly, and like many places in the world, it's safe but of course pay attention to your surroundings and so on.

Posted: May 25, 2023
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Andrea

Andrea

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I have only been in Durrës for two weeks and would enjoy getting to know the area/country together with others speaking English, Italian or German.

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Tila

Tila

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Hey, I'm Tila and I'm interested in art, camping, culture, dancing, live music, nature and swimming

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Haris

Haris

Albania

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1 day

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Hey!, My name is Haris and I'm interested in art, architecture, business, books, dancing, education, solo travel, shopping, nature, technology, photography and live music

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Emma

Emma

Tirana

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7 days

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Hello, My name is Emma and I live in Tirana

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Lisa

Lisa

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Hello gals! My name is Lisa and I travel with one backpack for the last 20 months. Hoping to see you on the road!

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