Durres Car Rental

Enterprise Car Rental Locations in Durres

Durres is 35 km from Tirana International Airport, which is Albania's largest airport. Go to the Enterprise Rent-a-Car desk when you land to pick up your vehicle.

What to do and see in Durres

The port city of Durres is sure to enchant you with its intoxicating blend of ancient history and a cool modern vibe. It has great beaches, fascinating ruins and wonderful cuisine. It's also close to Tirana if you want to go on a day trip, and makes an excellent base for explorers who'd like to see more of Albania.

Start with one of the oldest places in town: the Durres Amphitheater. Archaeologists reckon this was built in around 100 AD by Emperor Hadrian. Its ruins are well-preserved, and you're sure to be impressed by its sheer size — it could hold up to 20,000 spectators. Within the complex, you'll also see a fascinating, unusual sight: a small Christian chapel illustrating the changing culture of the Roman Empire.

Your journey through history continues with a visit to the remains of Durres Castle. Once a mighty Byzantine fortress, today, only a single squat tower remains, along with an old wall. The castle has played an important role in many of the city's battles. Surprisingly, it saw action as recently as the Second World War, when a desperate group of locals used it as a defensive base to delay the advancing Italian army.

The beautiful Fatih Mosque is well worth visiting. It has a complicated history: it was built by the Ottomans in 1503 but abandoned in the 20th century when Albania's communist government chose to shun religion. Its beautiful original minaret was even torn down. Today, the minaret has been replaced, and the mosque has become a national heritage site with a stunning interior.

Tired of exploring ancient sites? For a lively buzz, head straight for Durres Beach. This city beach is extremely popular with Albanians and attracts more and more international visitors. Chill out on a sunlounger or join in the water sports. This is a family-friendly beach, and the shallow waters are great for kids who want to splash around.

For a quieter beach day, use a car or van hire in Durres to head to Spille Beach. Although it's just a few kilometers outside the city, the vibe here is completely different. There are no hawkers or huge crowds. Instead, you'll be able to relax here in total peace and quiet.

Car hire in Durres is also great if you want to go on road trips further afield. Albania's capital city, Tirana, is just 35 km away. This is a fascinating city which still bears many of the scars of the country's turbulent recent past. It's an intriguing destination if you're interested in history — but even if you're not, you can enjoy the vibrant nightlife!

Driving in Durres

Durres is primarily a tourist destination, so you're likely to see more cars on the roads in July and August. You won't normally have to worry about traffic, but the city's close proximity to Tirana means it's a popular spot for weekenders. If the weather's good, you can expect to see some traffic flowing into Durres on Friday evenings and back out again on Sunday afternoons.

Driving in Albania can be quite an unusual experience. The roads are generally in quite poor condition compared to most of Europe, and the lack of signs can be a problem. Even stop signs are frequently missing at junctions, so drivers tend to take the law into their own hands. Traffic lights are a rarity outside Tirana. This, combined with the lack of stop signs, makes junctions a truly hair-raising experience! Take things slowly and carefully. You can expect to see lots of potholes, particularly on country roads. It's best to avoid driving at night outside cities.

Until the fall of communism in the 1990s, Albania did not have a system of driver's licenses, so older drivers, in particular, may have limited respect for the rules of the road. It's also common to see older vehicles on the roads. These may or may not have working indicators, lights and other modern features. Defensive driving is recommended, and always pay attention to what the drivers around you are doing.

Most roads in Albania have just a single lane of traffic. In the country, this can be a problem if you find yourself stuck behind a slow-moving vehicle. Local drivers will generally use their horns to announce that they plan to pass you. It's considered polite to pull over, if possible, to let them pass.

Watch out for animals on the roads, particularly stray dogs and goats. Don't bother honking your horn to intimidate goats. It doesn't usually have much of an effect, and they may even respond angrily by trying to attack your vehicle!

Durres is a port city and offers car ferry connections to Bari in Italy. There are around 12 crossings a week, and the journey takes around 10 hours. If you want to make this international journey, you will first need to consult your Enterprise Rent-a-Car agent.

Car and van rental in Albania with Enterprise

Enterprise Albania offers a range of car and van rental services including one-way, long-term and short-term vehicle rental. Commercial clients can speak to our award-winning business rental team who will tailor a mobility solution for your needs and budget.

We are part of the Enterprise group, the largest transportation solutions provider in the world. Our global network covers more than 90 countries and over 9,500 locations, allowing us to serve your mobility needs, wherever you’re going.

We are committed to providing the best service possible and exceeding our customers’ expectations for quality and value.

Car rental in Durres

If you are traveling with your family or in a big group, you may find a 7-seater or a people carrier will give you more space to travel comfortably with your luggage. For a city trip, a handy hatchback that’s easy to park may suit you better. For business trips or long drives an executive car will combine comfort and performance.

Whether you prefer automatic to manual transmission, no problem. If you want a petrol, diesel or hybrid engine, we’ve got you covered. You may also need GPS, a child seat or want to add another driver to the contract, let us know and we’ll arrange it for you.

Van rental in Durres

Should you need to rent a van while you’re in Durres, all our vans can be driven on a standard license and are modern, clean and easy to drive. Just ask and one of our branch team will happily show you around your rental van to make sure you are comfortable with it before you head off.