Friday, September 10, 2021

Money & Shopping in Albania

EuropeAlbaniaMoney & Shopping in Albania

The lek is the national currency (ALL). The euro is worth 140.430 lek.

It’s worth noting that some Albanians write their pricing with an additional zero. They’re not attempting to charge you ten times the current rate; they’re just utilizing old money.

In most large cities, hundreds of new ATMs have been deployed. To locate them, use the MasterCard ATM Locator or the Visa ATM Locator. Most foreign VISA and MasterCard credit/debit cards are accepted at the ATMs.

Many rural convenience shops do not take any other form of payment except cash (currently in Albanian lek). Supermarkets, finer bookshops, and nicer boutique businesses, on the other hand, will take Credit or Debit Cards. VISA, MasterCard, and Diner’s Club are the most commonly accepted credit cards.

There are many stores in all Albanian cities that sell various products, such as well-known brands, glasses, antique artifacts, and so on. Tourists are drawn to the historic bazaars in Kruja, Korca, Shkodra, Gjirokastra, and Tirana, where they may discover artisan goods created by Albanians throughout the years. Wooden carved items, pottery, embroideries with popular themes, and cooper products are available. Albanian businesses are typically open from 9:00 a.m. to 20:00 p.m., and until 22:00 a.m. in the summer. On Sunday, the majority of stores remain open.

Many, if not all, Albanians now embrace the Euro.

Raki and alabaster bunker ashtrays are available as souvenirs.