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Traveling from Ohrid to Tirana isn’t very hard.
There are two ways to get from Lake Ohrid to Tirana and this guide will cover:
- How to take the direct bus from Ohrid to Tirana
- How to get from Ohrid to Tirana with the Struga to Tirana bus
Both have their pros and cons, so this guide will walk you through the prices, timetables, station locations, and more of both options to help you discover the best way to travel from Ohrid to Tirana on your trip.
Wait, why are we leaving this paradise again?
1. How to Get from Ohrid to Tirana With a Direct Bus
Price: 750 dinar / 14 usd
Time: 3.5 hours
If you want to go direct from Lake Ohrid to Tirana your only choice is the 4:30 am bus.
Yes, 4:30 am.
Then, you’ll catch the bus right in the main square. Tickets cost 750 denar / 14 usd.
The tour agent who sold them to us stressed that we needed to arrive early and she was right. The bus came by at 4:25 and we were out by 4:28. Unlike every other bus in the history of the planet, this one is actually early so don’t miss it!
The ride took 3.5 hours with a stop at Struga, the border crossing, and a breakfast stop.
It was pretty flexible and we told them we wanted to be dropped at the Tirana bus station so they took us there. The bus was actually a van and was only half full so it was fast and comfortable.
2. How to Get from Lake Ohrid to Tirana via the Struga Tirana bus
Price: 10 euros + taxi to the Struga bus station
Time: 5 hours
Your other option to get from Lake Ohrid to Tirana is by the public bus from Struga to Tirana.
This Ohrid to Tirana bus leaves from the Struga bus station – click here to find it on Google Maps – located 20 minutes from Lake Ohrid. You can take a bus from the Lake Ohrid center or a taxi (which should cost about $10 to $12 usd) and catch the bus from Struga to Tirana at 9:30 am or 4 pm.
Looking online it looks like this ride takes about 5 hours. It’s slower than the other option but the times are better so it really depends on what you prefer.
Our hostel owner told us these buses cost 10 euros so they’re a little cheaper than the direct bus route, but with the additional costs to get to the Struga bus station from the lake, the Struga Tirana bus comes out to about the same price as the direct Ohrid to Tirana bus.
Be prepared: traveling from Lake Ohrid to Tirana come with quite the change of scenery…
Bonus: Where to Stay in Tirana
Tirana is a city of almost one million people so it’s essential to do a bit of research to make sure you’re staying in the best parts when you go – especially if you’re only planning to stop by for a night or two.
After you use this guide to learn exactly how to get from Ohrid to Tirana, settle into the city in style with these top-rated and budget-friendly places to stay in Tirana.
The top-rated hotel in Tirana is the Sky Apartments with an insane 9.9 review score! Rooms cost only $39 per night and the hotel is located in the hip Blloku district (my favorite part of the city).
Woohoo! You made it to Tirana from Ohrid! Now it’s time to get out and enjoy the city
So, what’s the best way to get from Ohrid to Tirana?
The direct bus from Kompas Tours is the best way to travel from Ohrid to Tirana because it’s the fastest option and offers the best value for your money.
For 14 usd per person you’ll find yourself in Tirana in less than four hours, just in time for breakfast and a full day of exploring this awesome and totally underrated city.
Before you go, make sure to check out my curated 24-hour Tirana itinerary for your visit!
Tirana is really fun and definitely surprised me, so I recommend spending at least one night exploring the city before moving on to your next destination in Albania. Enjoy!
Ready to go? Use Skyscanner to find the cheapest flights to Skopje or Tirana and then explore accommodation like unique stays on Airbnb or the top-rated hotels on Booking.com to plan the perfect night, weekend, or long-term stays in the cities.
This article is part of the Mesmerizing Macedonia series. Read the rest below:
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