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 night:

Safety at night:Moderate

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 transportation:

Public transportation:Moderate

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 harassment:

Street harassment:Moderate

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 crimes:

Petty crimes:Low

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 water:

Tap water:Unsafe

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 to travel?

4.7 /5

Based on 52 experiences

Remy

Remy (24)

Belgium

Solo travel experience

Hitchhiking around, felt very safe. The Albanian people are amazing, super generous and the hostels were very homy, looking like your grandma house haha I would definitely recommend travelling there and tasting the Albanian cuisine.

Posted: June 14, 2024Experienced: June, 2024
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Family travel experience

Me and my mom were traveling Albania for one week, we came by a plane to Tirana, rented a car and traveled along the coastline down all the way to Greece and then came back up to Tirana inland. During the whole week here we didn't feel unsafe or threatened, people were very friendly and helpful. The only negative experience was with the person in the rental company kiosk, who we believe ripped us off, but that's a story for another day. In the cities in the evening mostly men were outside, but they didn't seem dangerous. Overall experience was very good and we felt safe.

Posted: June 3, 2024Experienced: April, 2024
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Solo travel experience

I absolutely loved Albania!! The country is beautiful and the people there are all so kind and lovely and more than willing to help you with anything. It is a very cheap country (I paid like €12/15 for a night in a hostel on average). Also the food is cheap, although I must say it was a bit difficult finding vegetarian food while eating out. I travelled solo and there is no country where I felt more safe than Albania while traveling as a solo woman!!

Posted: May 31, 2024
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Solo travel experience

I felt very safe in Albania. Everywhere I went. I even hitchhiked, which was something I had never done alone in any other countries before! I recommend Tirana, Gjirokastër, Blue Eye, Ksamil, Butrint National Park. I would love to go back and visit more of the country. I found locals to be very nice, helpful and welcoming.

Posted: April 22, 2024Experienced: February, 2024
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Solo travel experience

Hi everyone. Visiting Tirana has been a nice experience. It took only three days to visit it all and I felt quite safe, but I didn't go out during the night though. This is a feeling visiting around during the day time. There is a lot of history and it is a city worth if you like modern history.

Posted: March 30, 2024Experienced: February, 2024
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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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Is Albania safe right now?

Before your visit to Albania, it's essential to check travel advisories for Albania, including your home country's official travel advisory. These advisories can provide up-to-date information on safety, health, and any specific considerations for travelers.
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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 taking normal security precautions in Albania. Check the full travel advisory.
Last updated: June 4, 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 27, 2024

Is Albania worth visiting?

Overall rating

4.8 /5

based on 52 experiences

Group travel experience

It's a beautiful country but the public transportation is quite difficult to figure out. The language barrier is quite difficult to overcome as there are rarely any English speaking people around and not many tourists. But there's a lot to see here from UNESCO world heritage cites to castles and wonders of the world.

Posted: May 17, 2024
Things to do: 5/5Food: 2/5Budget-friendly: 5/5Safety: 3/5
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Couple travel experience

A beautiful country that is not visited enough! It's really worth it ☀️☺️ The people there are super nice and accommodating. We never had a bad feeling during our encounters with the people there. ☺️

Posted: April 8, 2024
Things to do: 3/5Food: 4/5Budget-friendly: 4/5Safety: 4/5
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Safety in Albania