Finding a way to get from Corfu to Albania is easy. Here’s how to travel via ferry from Corfu to Albania (or Albania to Corfu) from the Saranda and Corfu ports.
Traveling to Corfu soon? Then going from Corfu to Albania should top your list of things to do.
With plenty of beautiful places, beaches, and historical buildings, there’s plenty for you to see on a day trip.
Corfu and Albania are next-door neighbors, and visiting Albania while you’re in Corfu is simple.
This post will give you all the information you need.
Let’s get started.
How to get from Corfu to Albania
How to take the ferries from Corfu to Albania
The Corfu ferry to Saranda is the best way to get from Corfu to Albania, especially if you’re trying to reach Saranda or Ksamil.
There is no ferry from Ksamil to Corfu, so you must travel to Saranda.
Luckily, finding a ferry to take isn’t hard. There are multiple ferry companies, and each has frequent ferry schedules.
You can find a Corfu to Albania Ferry almost every hour, multiple times per day, through one of the companies, and you can also find a ticket office in Corfu Town if necessary.
Corfu-Saranda ferries leave early, with the first ferry leaving Greece starting at 8:40 am and typically finishing around 7-8 pm. Make sure to arrive around one hour ahead of departure or at least half an hour.
There are four different ferry companies. But the main three ferries include Ionian Seaways, Finikas Lines, and Joy Lines.
How long does the trip between Corfu and Saranda take?
You can buy two types of tickets depending on travel times and the ferry boat type. A speedboat takes 30 minutes, and a slower car boat takes 70 minutes.
The price difference isn’t much (a few dollars), so getting there faster is often worthwhile.
It’s possible to book your ticket online using the three companies’ websites. Prices are around the same price, between $20-$25. And you can buy your ticket up to 24 hours in advance.
Plus, you get a discount for booking online!
Note: Joy Lines doesn’t have an official website, so you’ll purchase tickets at their agency or online via Direct Ferries.
So next-day decisions are welcome.
How to fly from Corfu to Albania
Flying from Corfu to Albania is a relatively easy process.
First, you must book a flight from Kerkyra Corfu Airport to Tirana International Airport in Albania’s capital.
Airlines such as Aegean Airlines, Ryanair, Wizz Air, and EasyJet provide travel between the two cities with direct flights.
The flight is only around one hour and fifteen minutes, and ticket prices start at around $50 USD, depending on whether it’s high or low season.
Once in Albania, you can take public transport or rent a car for further travel (which I’ll cover briefly).
Corfu to other Greek islands
You’re in luck if you want to travel to another Greek or Ionian Sea island. There are multiple options available.
A few examples are the ports of Igoumenitsa, Mathraki, and Ereikoussa.
Depending on how far you want to go, you may have to take a ferry connection between destinations.
For example, you can get from Corfu to Paxos via a Flying Dolphin speed boat.
Corfu to Italy
There’s also the option to travel from Corfu, Greece, to other parts of Europe, like Italy.
Check Anek Superfast for available options. But they offer routes between Corfu and Ancona, Bari, Venice, and more cities in Italy.
A transportation guide on getting from Albania to Corfu
Good news if you’re already in Albania.
The same ferry companies that run between Corfu and Sarandë go the opposite way! Pretty great idea, eh?
But you may be wondering how to get to Saranda, Albania.
Luckily, Albania is easily navigated.
Tirana to Saranda by car, taxi, or bus
If you’re flying into Tirana airport, you can rent a car, drive west on SH2 toward Durrës, then turn onto SH4. This will take you most of the way toward Vlorë, where you can choose the scenic route via SH8 or the less scenic route via E853.
Frequent buses leave from Tirana, so you could also catch a bus and let someone else do the driving.
Korcë to Saranda by car
If you’re in Korcë, you can head south on SH75 and keep following it until you turn onto E853 to take you to Saranda.
Vlorë to Saranda by car or shuttle
If you’re in Vlorë, you can grab a bus to Saranda, which takes around 2.5 hours. Otherwise, you can rent a car and drive the distance via SH8.
Common questions about Corfu
1. Is Corfu part of Albania?
No, Corfu is a Greek island.
Despite having changed hands a few times, Corfu is historically Greek and has never been ruled by Albania.
2. Can you see Albania from Corfu?
Yes, and very easily!
On the northeastern tip of Corfu — near Kassiopi and Kalami — you can easily see the areas of Ksamil, Albania, and the Saranda Port in Albania.
3. Is the ferry from Corfu to Saranda running?
Yes, the ferry from Corfu to Saranda is fully operational.
Depending on the season, there can be as many as 13 ferries from Corfu to Saranda daily.
There are just as many going from Saranda to the island of Corfu. Refer to the Saranda to Corfu ferry timetable for official times.
4. When is the high season on Corfu?
Summer, or July-September, is the high season for Corfu.
With its beautiful beaches and gorgeous waters off its coast, Corfu is best visited when it’s hot.
With temperatures over 30° C (86° F), it’s the perfect place to hop into the water for a swim or go snorkeling and check out the sea life.
5. Can you do a day trip from Corfu to Albania?
Yes, and it’s pretty easy to do. You can go from Corfu to Albania by speed boat, which only takes around 30 minutes.
Ready to take the ferry from Corfu to Albania?
There you have it. Travel from Corfu to Albania (or the reverse!) made easy.
Hopefully, this information helps you if you’re visiting Corfu soon. If you’re planning a trip to Albania, check out my post about the beautiful Balkan country. Also, visit Theth National Park if you travel to northern Albania.
Otherwise, let me know if you have any questions in the comments, or shoot me an email!