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From Ioannina to Sarande Albania

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From Ioannina to Sarande Albania

I'm travelling from Ioannina to Sarande in June. But I cant find any goof info how to get to Sarande. It looks like it's not "that" far away. But is it gonna take all day to travel between those towns? I will be travelling with kids.

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2. Re: From Ioannina to Sarande Albania

Are you driving, or relying on public transport?

Google earth has you driving northwest and crossing into Albania at Kakavia. It says it's 103km, and would take (what seems) an incredibly optimistic 1 hr 34 minutes! I have no idea how optimistic this is, or if there is any public transport on the same route.

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3. Re: From Ioannina to Sarande Albania

From Ioannina to Sarande is 2 hr 30 minutes driving.

There are buses or taxi from Ioannina to kakavia then from kakavia to Saranda .

You can find bus from Ioannina to Sarande

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We are relying on buses, minivans or what ever public transportation there is available.

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5. Re: From Ioannina to Sarande Albania

Hmira74,

I assume that you will be using public transport after possibly flying into Ioannina.

Unless you fancy a time in Corfu and a couple of pleasant ferry crossings I wouldn't be tempted to pursue the route suggested by 2bristolians when there is a well established cross border public transport system.

For generations there has been an enormous amount of movement between Albania and Greece; it was only WW II followed by the Greek Civil War that curtailed a lot of the cross border movement. North West Greece (Epirus) and southern Albania is an area where the population was mainly relying on sheep and goat herding which called for free movement between seasonal pastures, regardless of national borders.

Today the cross border traffic is still extremely active with economic migration, north to south, and more recently, the tourist traffic south to north. What am I 'knocking on' about? Well, this means that there are good service bus routes between Greece and Albania which includes travelling from Ioannina to the border crossing at Kakavia (six or seven each day) and then taking a service bus from Kakavia (Gjirokastra) directly to Sarande.

The distance from Ioannina to Kakavia is approximately 60 klms and from Gjirokastra to Sarande is a further 50 klms. According to the website for Gjirokastra there are two buses leaving for Sarande at 11.30 and 13.00. There is a €10 entry fee for Albania.

Two very useful websites for you are

ktelioannina.gr/TRANSPORT7/PAGE_Routes/oAsAA…

gjirokastra.org/sub_links/visiting_sub/visit…

I hope this information is useful and if you require further information about the Epirus region just post again or send me a PM.again

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Ksamil, Albania
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@ ConnySir

There is not a entry fee for Albania.

It was before some years.

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According to some of your government's websites it is still €10 with only a handful of countries being exempt. However, I appreciate your information and after reading your post studied the Albania Tourist site and I now see that no Visa or Visa Fee is necessary for EU/EFTA passport holders - it seems that some of the trip organisers are still trying to charge a fee.

Once again, thank you for the information and I look forward to driving to Gjirokastra and then to Sarande (from Parga) in April or May this year. There is much that I would like to see at Gjirokastra and also the UNESCO listed properties. I also look forward to visiting your city of Sarande and will more than likely be sending you a Personal Message about hotels and restaurants etc in Sarande.

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@ ConnySir.

I live in Ksamil 12 km from Sarande. April or May is the best time to visit Albania. The prices for hotels and restaurants are 50%. On the road from Gjirokaster to Sarande you can stop at the Blue eye

(if it is a sunny day ) and don't miss Butrint National Park 4 km from Ksamil.

I am happy that you found my information helpful.

Thank you.

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10. Re: From Ioannina to Sarande Albania

Thank you for all the good and useful information. We are flying to Athens and taking a bus to Ioannina.

My friend just told me that Dhermi would be a nicer place to visit. But I think Sarande has more hotel options. I will be travelling with kids and promised them a hotel with a pool.

Is sadande all about tourists or is it an ok place to visit?