How to Get From Tirana To Podgorica (Tirana To Podgorica Bus)

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Sarah-Jane has lived in Croatia for 10+ years. SJ, as she is known, has been traveling the Balkans & beyond since 2000. She now shares her passion for traveling with her husband & kids.

This detailed transportation guide tells you how to get from Tirana to Podgorica. It includes all of the Tirana to Podgorica bus, train, and road options. 

Balkans Travel Blog_How To Get From Tirana To PodgoricaThe great thing about the Balkans isn’t how amazingly beautifully different each country is and soaking up all that culture, but how easy is it to travel around the Balkans. You can jump from country to country and experience different sights, cuisines, and cultures from place to place.

Two countries which more and more people are choosing to visit are Albania and Montenegro. The two capitals, Tirana and Podgorica, respectively, should undoubtedly be on your must-visit list.

Tirana is a fantastic spot for checking out the blend between old and new. You’ll see amazing architecture, and Skanderbeg Square is undoubtedly the city’s heartbeat. But it’s not all old stuff – you’ll find plenty of nightlife, shopping, and cuisine in Tirana too. 

Pro tip: Here is how to spend one day in Tirana.

Podgorica is the capital of Montenegro, and it’s a stunningly beautiful city from a natural point of view. The Clock Tower is the city’s center point, with Lake Skadar National Park a must-visit while you’re in the area.


How To Get From Tirana To Podgorica (& Podgorica & Tirana)

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Your only options are by road. There are no direct flights between the two cities, which makes flying difficult and a waste of time. The good news is that the road distance between the two cities is just a few hours.

The most important thing to remember is that you’re going to be crossing a border, so you’ll need to show your passport, any visa documentation you may need from your country of origin, and your driving license and insurance, if you’re driving.

Drive From Tirana To Podgorica

You can take your own car or hire a car and travel from Tirana to Podgorica. The direct driving time is just under 3 hours, depending on traffic, which may be a little heavy during the summer months.

The distance between the two cities is 162km, and you’ll take the E762 road. This is a direct route between the two capitals, and you’ll use the same road to go back to Tirana.

Tirana To Podgorica Bus Information

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The Central Bus Station in Tirana is where you’ll need to go to take the bus to Podgorica, dropping you at the Autobuska, the central bus station in the city.

The earliest bus is at 6 am, and the last is at 10.15 am. The journey takes 3-4 hours, depending on which operator you choose and any traffic you might encounter.

This service’s operators include Old Town Travel, FlixBus, Drita Travel, and, MS Tours, and Jadran Ekspres.

To travel back to Tirana from Podgorica, you’ll head back to the Autobuska and take the daily bus. The first bus leaves at 10 am and the last at 4 pm. The same operators run this service; the fastest option is 3 hours and 15 minutes.

You can book your Tirana to Podgorica bus ticket in either direction online or head to the bus station to buy your ticket in person. It’s not advisable to book your ticket on the day, especially during the summer, as services tend to book up quite quickly. However, the day before should be sufficient.

Tirana To Podgorica Train

To travel between Albania and Montenegro, you have to use a bus or drive as there are no train connections between these two countries.

We trust that now you have all the transport info you need to get to Tirana from Podgorica, you will have a wonderful vacation. 

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