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Alright guys, this is something I was searching long and hard for on the net, but couldn’t find, but there is no direct bus, you have to freestyle it – so here you go.

Tirana,   Albania
Tirana, Albania


Budva Montenegro
Budva, Montenegro

Getting from Tirana to Budva:


STEP 1: Getting from Tirana to Shkodra:

1)   From Tirana you have to get to Shkodra in the north. There are public buses (400 lek/$3.50) that run every hour until lunch time or you can take a minibus (600 Lek, $5.50) that leaves when it’s full. Transport starts around 6am.


The minibus takes around 2 hours, the bus can take up to 4. Both ‘stations’ are close to each other in the north of the city, ask your hotel or taxi driver, they’ll know both of the,


STEP 2: Getting from Shkodra to Ulcinj

2)   Once in Shkodra you’re only about 20km from the Albania/Montenegro border but it’s not so easy. There are public minibuses  (6 euro/$7.5) which run the route from Shkodra to Ulcinj (‘Ulchin’) at 9am, 2.30pm and 4pm each day, but if you’re coming from Tirana you’ll probably miss the first one at 9am and not wanna wait for the next one at 2.30pm.

You can take a taxi for a hard-to-negotiate price of 18-20 Euro ($23). You can fit up to 4 people in the taxi so it’s cheaper in a group.


STEP 3: Getting from Ulcinj to Budva:

3)   This is finally the easy part. The taxi or minibus from Shkodra will drop you at Ulcinj bus station, from there there are regular buses to Budva (7 Euro/$9). A taxi costs around 33 Euro ($40).


Once your in Budva, all is left for you is to realize how touristic it is and then continue on another 15km to Kotor instead, a Monetenegron paradise. Happy travels!

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7 thoughts on “How to Get from Tirana to Budva

  1. There is a bus between tirana and budva! Atleast i hope so – we just bought tickets. The company is called Pollogu and is located on the left hand side on zogu I-street walking from the history museum. A bit tricky to find! Ask at the tourist info center, they helped us. Price: 25 euro per person. God luck! /Andreas, Sweden

  2. thanks to your article, I managed to repeat the route and here is the updated status… 🙂

    Step 0: Tirana Airport (TIA) to Tirana city

    The minibus to Tirana was already full and on the move when I came out from the airport. The taxi (official) cost was 20 euros or 2500 LEK before we get in and turned into 3000 LEK or 20 euros as soon as we arrived. It is obvious that they prefer euros….

    Step 1: Tirana to Shkodra

    The minibus (pink painted 90s vehicle) with no more than 20 seats, useless suspension & automatic horn sound every 30 seconds, needs about 2 hours and 700 LEK per person to get you into Shkodra. You pay as soon as you get off the bus. The national road is one lane road, destroyed & under construction.

    Step 2: Shkodra to Ulcinj

    We took a taxi, although there was also a minibus somewhere… The price agreed in a world-mix-fast-created language was 2800 LEK before we get in, which was raised to 3000 LEK as soon as we arrived. The customs in Montenegro delayed us 25-30 minutes. In total 1 hour 30 minutes.

    Step 3: Ulcinj – Budva

    The taxi left us outside Ulcinj center in the Autobus station. The next bus to Budva was in 30 minutes (at 14:30). The cost per person was indeed 7 euros. The bus had no air-conditioning and the maximum speed was 50 km/hour. It took us 1 hour 45 minutes to get to Budva.

    Budva is ok, Kotor is better. Don’t forget to see Perast also…

    May 2013
    Total cost of the route for 2 people –> 20 euros + 2×700 LEK + 3000 LEK + 14 euro = 65 euro

    Total duration –> 30 min + 2 h + 1h 30 min + 1h 45 min (plus 1 hour between breaks) = 6 hours 45 min

  3. I have read all the information in this blog. Some good and interesting information like as a beaches in Tirana, luxury Hotel etc.

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