Ferries from Italy to Albania

Ferries from Italy to Albania run from 4 Italian ferry ports: Trieste, Ancona, Bari and Brindisi arriving in Durres, Vlora (Vlorë) and Saranda (Sarandë). They are operated by 6 ferry companies: Grandi Navi Veloci, Adria Ferries, Ventouris Ferries, Red Star Ferries, European Ferries and European Seaways.

Albania ferry routes

The most frequent route is sailing from Bari to Durres that runs up to 12 times per week. The shortest journey is from Brindisi to Vlora, lasts about 7 hrs 30 min. The longest journey is from Trieste to Durres, the overnight journey lasts about 27 hours.

All ferries that serve these routes are car ferries, offering an onboard selection of accommodation cabins, passengers lounges, restaurant, shop and access to outside decks (dress appropriately)

Onboard of ferry from Italy to Albania
Onboard of the ferry from Italy to Albania

What is available – and overview: starting from North Italy and moving South, here is a list of available ferry routes between these countries:

Trieste Durres Ferry

Trieste to Durres ferries is currently sailing just once a week. They are run by Adria Ferries company. The duration of this overnight voyage is 27 hours.

Lovely coastline of  Durrës
The lovely coastline of Durrës (Drač)

Ancona Durres Ferry

Ancona to Durres ferries is currently sailing 3 to 5 times a week. They are run by Adria Ferries company. The duration of this overnight voyage is 16 hours.

Durres to Ancona – a short video clip shot by a passenger

Bari Durres Ferry

Bari to Durres ferries is currently sailing 12 times a week. They are run by three companies: Adria Ferries, Grandi Navi Veloci and Ventouris Ferries. The duration of journeys is between 8 and 9 hours, depending on the company and the specific route.

Italy to Albania – Bari to Durres by ferry

Brindisi Vlora (Vlorë) Ferry

Ferry guided to Brindisi, Italy

Ferries from Brindisi to Vlora (Vlore) are currently sailing 6 to 7 times a week. They are run by European Seaways. The duration of journeys is about 7 hours and 30 minutes. This is also an overnight route (departs 23:30 arrives at 06:30). The return route from Vlora is a daytime crossing.

Here is a video of St Damian ferry, owned by European Ferries, that serves this route:

Brindisi Saranda (Sarandë) Ferry

Ferries from Brindisi to Saranda (Sarandë) are currently sailing just in July, August and September two times a week on Thursdays and Sundays. They are run by Red Star Ferry. The duration of this overnight journeys is about 11 hours.

Brindisi to Saranda (Sarandë) is a seasonal ferry route that is currently in operation just two times a week – on Thursdays and Sundays in July, August and September.

Run by Red Star Ferries, the duration of this Italy to Albania overnight journey is about 11 hours. Return journey from Saranda to Brindisi lasts 8, hrs and 30 minutes.

Saranda (Sarandë) – Albania

Schedules & Prices

  • Departures from Brindisi at 20:00, arrival in Saranda at 7:00 following morning
  • Departures from Saranda at 12:00, arrival in Brindisi at 20:30
  • Prices deck passengers – From 60 Euro one way
  • Prices cars – from 70 Euro one way
  • In operation from 18/07/2019 to 09/09/2019
  • see the latest info at Saranda to Brindisi ferry page

Also, check recently introduced Bari to Saranda ferry crossing that runs just in summers, but still a good option for visiting Albania from Italy or getting to Italy from Albania.

How to Get from Italy to Albania by ferry

  • Bari to Saranda (Sarandë) Ferry

    Bari to Saranda (Sarandë) and Sarandë to Bari ferry is run by just one ferry company – Ventouris Ferries. Ferries are crossing from both ports from mid-July to early September, twice a week. The journey between Sarandë and Bari lasts 11 hours with an overnight ferry sailing between Albania and Italy, crossing the Ionian Sea. The distance between Bari and Saranda is 161 nautical miles (about 298 km). Update 2020: This...
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  • Brindisi to Saranda (Sarandë) Ferry

    Brindisi to Saranda (Sarandë) and Saranda to Brindisi ferry is run by one ferry company – Red Star Ferries. It sails from July to mid-September, twice a week, from both ports connecting Albania with Italy. The journey between Brindisi and Saranda lasts 10 hours, while from Saranda to Brindisi crossing lasts 8,5 hours. It is a daytime ferry from Brindisi and an overnight ferry crossing from...
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  • Saranda (Sarandë) Ferry Port

    Saranda (Sarandë) Ferry Port, Albania is situated in the very centre of the city at the western end of the main sea promenade. Foot passenger and car ferries to and from Brindisi in Italy and Corfu in Greece arrive and depart from this spot. From here, you can cross to Italy and Greece using several ferry crossings (see below). The alternative international ferry ports are in Durres and...
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  • Vlora (Vlorë) Ferry Port

    Vlora (Vlore) Ferry Port, Albania is nested inside the very large bay at the very sea promenade. Car ferries to and from Brindisi, Italy arrive and depart from this spot. For time being, this is the only direct international crossing. From here, you can cross to Italy and get other ferries further to Greece, Croatia and beyond. The alternative international ferry...
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  • Brindisi to Vlora (Vlorë) Ferry

    Brindisi to Vlora (Vlorë) ferry is run by 2 ferry companies – European Seaways and European Ferries. In 2020, it will sail all year round, 6 days per week, with no Sunday sailings. The journey lasts between 5 and 7 hours, depending on the route. It is daytime as well as an overnight ferry crossing. The distance between Brindisi and Vlore is 72 nautical...
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  • Brindisi Ferry Port

    Brindisi Ferry Port is situated within the large, sheltered bay right next to the city’s centre and sea promenade. Passenger terminal Costa Morena is a ferry terminal from where all ferries to and from Albania and Greece are arriving and departing. Brindisi Ferry Crossings Here is a table with details of all ferry crossings to and from Brindisi. From here,...
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  • Ancona to Durres Ferry

    Ancona to Durres ferry is run by Adria Ferries ferry company. In 2020, it will sail all year round from 3 to 5 times a week. The journey lasts 16 hours. It is an overnight ferry with departures in the afternoon or early evening and arrivals next morning to Durres or Ancona. This is a popular ferry route that connects...
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  • Ancona Ferry Port

    Situated in at the waterfront of this lovely Italian city, Ancona ferry port and cruise terminal is on the walking distance from this vibrant city’s squares, hotels, markets and several amazing landmarks. Car ferries to and from Albania, Greece and Italy all arrive and depart from here. Beside Bari, from here you can get direct international overnight crossing to Albania,...
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  • Bari to Durres Ferry

    Bari to Durres ferry is run by 3 ferry companies – Grandi Navi Veloci, Adria Ferries and Ventouris Ferries. In 2020, it will sail all year round at least once a day. In the high season, it sails twice a day. The journey lasts 8 to 9 hours. It is mostly an overnight ferry although there are also day time departures. This is a...
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  • Durres Ferry Port

    Situated in the heart of the city centre, on the waterfront promenade, Durres ferry port and cruise terminal is on the easy walking distance from this vibrant city streets, hotels, local markets and lovely sandy beach. Car ferries to and from Trieste, Ancona and Bari in Italy all arrive and depart from this very spot. Beside Vlora and Saranda, this...
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Map of ferries from Italy to Albania

Here is a map of all ferry lines that serve between these two countries.

Travel by ferry between Albania and Italy involves a long journey across the Adriatic Sea. Check also ferry travel tips to get better prepared for it.