I wonder if it is possible to travel from Saranda or Butrint to Igoumenitsa by bus?
I'm sorry - I do not have the answer. I wounder if it is possible to take à bus from Igoumenitsa to Sarande? At what time is the bus leaving (if it is possible)?
In that case it would be logical that the bus also have to return from Sarande to Igoumenitsa. I recall I have read about the timetable somewhere but only from Igoumenitsa to Albania...
Where are you intending to go when you get to Igoumenitsa?
Hence my question.
I'd like to re-open this discussion. Someone has suggested that in April the hydrofoil doesn't go from Saranda to Corfu, so it would be better to go from Igoumenitsa. But then there is the issue of going from Saranda to Igoumenitsa by bus. Anyone know if it is possible?
Here's the Flying Doplphin timetable for the Corfu-Saranda route. It looks as if they go all year, but the times change in the winter -
Alternatively, you can certainly go by bus via Ioannina. I've done it several times. I don't know if there's any shorter route.
We have just travelled through Tirana to Greece and had a great time (June 2015). In the end it was pretty simple, but involved lots of asking around until we found the times of the buses. We got a minibus from Tirana direct to Sarande. I never did find out the name of the street the bus station was on, as the taxi driver knew it anyway.
There were three or four buses on that route each day. We got ours at 9.30am, but there was also one at 7.30am and one later in the day. It cost us €7 per person, and there was one rest stop on the route. It was a great way to see more of the country, though we obviously couldn't get on and off, or go to other places as we were on a schedule. From Sarande, there were at least 3 buses to the Greek border near Konispol (you need to ask for the Q-Bote bus, and it's written on the side). This goes from the main square in Sarande, next to the Mosaic / ruined building. We had Leke, but they were happy to take payment in Euro - €3 each, and this left at 3.30pm and took about an hour and a half - there was also one at 6.45am, and possibly at other times.
The bus stops at the border so you walk through passport control / customs and 100meters down the road to check in to Greece. There is a cafe there to wait in for the bus to Igoumenitsa, and this would have come at 6pm, but rather than wait an hour we ended up hitiching a lift to Igoumentitsa with an Montenegrian couple who were driving to Corfu for their summer holiday. The drive took us about 45 minutes, but would have been a little over an hour on the bus.
From Igoumenitsa, there is a KTEL bus station (just passed the ferry port, after the pharmacy on the left), and this will connect you to the rest of Greece. There are places to stay overnight if you are too late for onwards buses and these don't really need booking.
We found this was a really enjoyable way to travel, although admittedly slower. For two of us, the ferry from Sarande to Corfu and Corfu to Igoumenitsa, plus expenses in Corfu would have cost us not far off €100. As it was, Sarande to Igoumenitsa cost a total of €6, and we did it in an afternoon / evening. Definitely worth doing, although there is no way to get up to date information online - you can only really get the latest information once you are there in the country, but don't be put off by this.Edited: 28 June 2015, 19:40
Super Helpful..thank you very much for the detailed information