Advice on Exchanging Currencies while in Tirana and Albania


Exchange rates have been going down for the top currencies vs Albanian Lek, but nonetheless I was reminded that adding a table to this website might be helpful to those of you who may needs such info.

I generally use two sources for my personal and business needs. Bank of Albania for the official rate and a major exchange agency (Iliria 98) which is also one of the oldest in the country, but most importantly for me, because it has generally good rates.

Local banks don’t necessarily give you a good rate, so I don’t use them unless I’m forced to use my Lek Visa card to buy something abroad in USD or EURO, which I try limit to the max.

Also, if you ever visit Tirana or Albania do not be tempted to exchange money with people offering such services on the sidewalk of major streets. Instead, plan this ahead of time and use an exchange agency or just go to the bank.

If you favor another exchange agency, please do tell in the comments for other readers to read and consider using.

Also, another very important advice for when you are exchanging currencies at an agency, make sure to count them before the teller and for your own peace of mind before leaving!