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Traveling from Lake Ohrid to Tirana isn’t very hard.
There are two ways to get from Lake Ohrid to Tirana:
- Lake Ohrid to Tirana by Direct Bus
- Lake Ohrid to Tirana by bus via the nearby town of Struga
Both have their pros and cons, so this guide will walk you through both options to help you decide which one is right for you!
Wait, why are we leaving this paradise again?
1. How to Get from Lake Ohrid to Tirana With a Direct Bus
If you want to go direct from Lake Ohrid to Tirana your only choice is the 4:30 am bus. Yes, 4:30 am.
You can buy a ticket the day before at Kompas Tours in the Lake Ohrid town center and 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 us 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 Struga
Your other option to get from Lake Ohrid to Tirana is by the public bus that runs via Struga.
It leaves from the Struga bus station 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 costs to get to the Struga bus station it comes out about the same.
Be prepared: traveling from Lake Ohrid to Tirana come with quite the change of scenery…
Bonus: Where 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).
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.
If you’re ready to go – I know you’re not, but we all have to move one eventually – then click here to book your stay in Tirana! Then, plan the rest of your trip with these guides to 24 hours in Tirana, the lakeside town of Shkoder and Albania’s Accursed Mountains in Theth National Park.