Money in Albania

While Albania is in line to become a full member of the European Union, it still retains its own currency.


The Albanian lekë (LEK) is the country’s official currency.


The Euro is taken in many stores throughout the country, but travelers should be wary: often resellers of expensive commodities will attempt to trick the unwary into thinking that something is cheaper in Euros than in lek, when in reality the exchange rate makes them the same price.


ATMs are available in most Albanian towns. 


Daily costs of staying in Albania can range from about $53 to well over $100 depending on where you’re staying, eating, and how you’re getting around. A cheap hotel can cost between $17 and $42 a night, whereas a five star hotel will likely cost at least $65 a night. A cheap meal can cost as little as $7, ranging up towards $16-$32 for more expensive restaurants.


At restaurants tipping is not considered mandatory as it is in the US, but is often expected of tourists, as is the case throughout most of Europe. As in the US, the amount tipped depends largely on service receive and the best service is often rewarded with a 10-15% tip. 


Other important considerations include admission to museums and other tourist activities. Museums are not free, but are fairly cheap. Admission usually costs no more than $5. City tours on the other hand are a bit more expensive and may cost around $35.