Get ready for your trip to Albania. Order your Albanian Leke at Manor FX today. Our great exchange rates mean you'll have more ALL cash to spend. Have your Albanian Lek banknotes delivered securely to your home or office, or pick them up from the Manor FX bureau near Heathrow.
Manor FX offers fast delivery times and a fuss-free online ordering process for your Albanian lek travel money.
Travel advise: payments in Albania
Jet off well-informed to Albania. Here are some handy facts about cash and card payments in Albania.
Major credit and debit cards are accepted for payments in Tirana's international hotels and large shopping malls: Tirana East Gate, QTU, Casaltalia MegaOutlet, City Park and Ring Center.
Some British banks may charge for international card payments. In addition your bank's ALL to GBP exchange rate may not be so good. This is how banks make money. Before using your bank card for payments in Albania it's certainly a good idea to contact your bank. This will avoid your card becoming blocked due to international transactions that your bank may find suspicious.
Many local shops, smaller supermarkets and taxis only accept cash or local cards. Street vendors only accept cash.
Street vendors are common in Albania. Unable to find a job in the formal economy, they sell fresh and organic products, as well as cigarettes, craft products, books, souvenirs, perfume, electronic devices, etc...
If you travel to Albania it's essential that you bring Albanian Leke with you. Avoid using local ATM's: They charge a £4 fee on top of bad exchange rates.
The cost of living is generally cheap, with the exception of more high end placed in Albania's capital city Tirana. A coffee in a local cafe costs as little as 50 to 150 leke.
A three-course meal in a mid-range restaurant will set you back between 1200 and 2500 ALL, while a starter, main dish and desert in the high end places will cost you 4000-6000 ALL combined.
Albanian food is a combination of Mediterranean and Turkish influences. It's mostly very decent with largely organic and fresh ingredients used. For food, Albania is certainly good value for money.
Leaving a tip of 10% is common practice in Albania. In many places customers are expected to leave a tip.
Tips are left in cash. Often it's enough to leave the change.
Banknotes in Albania
Albanian Leke banknotes in circulation are 200ALL, 500ALL, 1000ALL, 2000ALL and 5000ALL. Smaller banknotes are often in well-circulated condition. Wash your hands often.
Coins in Albania
Albanian coins range from 1 lek to 100 leke. Did you get back from Albania with some leftover coins? Our sister company Leftover Currency can help you to exchange Albanian Lek coins back to cash.
Albania's currency import and export regulations
There are no restrictions on the import or export of Albanian Leke into and from Albania. If you take foreign currency in or out of Albania you should make a declaration if the value is over the equivalent of $5000 USD.
Ordering Albanian Leke online
Order Albanian Leke online and have them delivered fast and securely to your home or office, with Royal Mail Special Delivery Guaranteed®. Or pick them up from our travel money shop near Heathrow. Click here to buy Albanian Leke online.
Selling back Albanian Leke
If you have Albanian Leke to sell, follow this link to exchange Albanian Leke to Pounds, click on 'sell currency' and select 'ALL Albanian Leke'. We'll pay good rates for your leftover Albanian Leke.