Debit and Credit Cards are not widely accepted in Albania, as such you will want to make sure you have LEK or EURO. Many restaurants, grocery stores and hotels, especially in the high season, will accept euro for payment and return LEK for change.

Here is a short list of Banks and ATMs throughout Saranda:

Banka Kombetare Tregtare (BKT)

  • Services: Bank
  • Hours: N/A
  • Location: Corner of Rruga Mitro Dhimetrika (steps) and Rruga Flamurit

Western Union (Saranda Union)

  • Services: Money Transfers, Quick Pay
  • Hours: Monday-Saturday 8:00 to 19:00, closed Sunday
  • Location: Lagjia Nr 1 Godine 1 Kateshe (Rruga Onhezmi, between Rruga Vanhjel Pandi and Rruga Telat Noga)

Alpha Bank

  • Services: Bank, ATM
  • Hours: 8:30 to 14:30
  • Location: Rruga Flamurit, between Rruga Qazim Pali and Rruga Mustafa Matohiti

Tirana Bank

  • Services: Bank, ATM
  • Hours: N/A
  • Location: Lagja Nr. 2, Rruga Skënderbeu

Tirana Bank

  • Services: ATM
  • Hours: 24h
  • Location: Rruga Mitat Hoxha (Palma Hotel, near Port)

Raiffeisen Bank

  • Services: Bank, ATM
  • Hours: Monday-Friday 08:00 to 16:30, Saturday 09:00 to 12:30, closed Sunday (Bank), 24h (ATM)
  • Location:
    • Rruga Skënderbeu, between Rruga Mitro Dhimetrika (steps) and Rruga Telat Noga
    • Corner of Rruga Jonianet and Rruga Abedin Dino
  • Exchange Rates as of November 2014


1 EURO          139.20 LEK

1 USD            112.22 LEK

1 GBP            177.68 LEK

Last Updated on 2nd January 2015


  1. Hello,
    Where would you recommend to exchange EURO for LEK?
    I will be in Saranda for 2 days in July.
    Best Regards

    • Hello Maciej,

      Thanks for the comment. You’ll be able to exchange EURO for LEK in pretty much any shop or restaurant. People prefer EURO’s in Albania because they are less influenced by inflation. Exchange rates are published in all the newspapers each day, normally on the front or inside cover so get yourself a copy of this and then ask around.

      Alternatively, there are a couple of currency exchange places around the port entrance and one in the center of town that I am aware of. You’ll be able to exchange currency here, but you’ll have to pay a commission and likely not get as much as if you were to exchange with a shop or restaurant.

      I hope this is of some help,


  2. Hello,

    We planning to to spend the next week in Saranda. Please tell me some information about the restaurants?
    Each were are able to pay buy creditcard or just cash? We really don’t want to bring a lot of cash just 50 Euro.



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