The currency in Albania is the Lek. There are numerous ATMs in Tirana and main towns, as well as bureaux de change where Sterling, US Dollars and Euros are widely accepted for exchange. Although street money changers operate openly, they do so illegally. Credit cards are not as widely accepted as one would expect, except in a few of the most up-market hotels and restaurants in Tirana. Travellers' cheques are not accepted as payment by hotels or anywhere else but it is possible to cash them outside Tirana. Foreign currency can be changed in banks at exchange offices (kambim valutor). The most commonly accepted currencies are the US dollar and the Euro; keep in mind that Lek may not be exchanged outside of Albania. Banks are open only on weekdays from 8:30am to 2:30pm.
Currency Exchange Rates
|A$ 1||A$ 5||A$ 10||A$ 100||A$ 1,000|
|Australia||A$ 1.00||A$ 5.00||A$ 10.00||A$ 100.00||A$ 1,000.00|
|Canada||C$ 1.01||C$ 5.07||C$ 10.14||C$ 101.36||C$ 1,013.57|
|Ireland||€ 0.69||€ 3.47||€ 6.94||€ 69.41||€ 694.12|
|New Zealand||NZ$ 1.09||NZ$ 5.47||NZ$ 10.95||NZ$ 109.45||NZ$ 1,094.53|
|South Africa||R 9.94||R 49.72||R 99.43||R 994.33||R 9,943.30|
|United Kingdom||£ 0.55||£ 2.75||£ 5.50||£ 55.01||£ 550.14|
|United States of America||US$ 0.93||US$ 4.65||US$ 9.29||US$ 92.95||US$ 929.45|
Note: These currency exchange rates are not updated daily and should be used as a guideline only.
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