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Ok what currency can we use over there? As the arse has fallen out of the £  is it a chickens and Levis bartering system? 

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The Albanian LEK is not a tradeable currency, so you cannot get any before you arrive there.

Bring Bank of Imperialist Oppressor's notes or Euros (or US dollars, Swiss francs) and you exchange them at the many currency places in the main cities.

A word of warning - do not exchange at places that take a % commission - rather stick to places that show the commission free exchange rate.

As always, if at all possible avoid exchanging in airports or ports of arrival for obvious reasons.

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1 hour ago, Barney Rubble said:

Bring Bank of Imperialist Oppressor's notes or Euros (or US dollars, Swiss francs) and you exchange them at the many currency places in the main cities.

I'll second this.

When I was there last year, withdrawing money from an ATM came with a hefty fee though - not sure if that was down to my bank (which is Slovak) and the Albanian bank. Fortunately many places accepted Euros at a fair rate.

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allready picked up albainian euros from ramsden cost a wee bit more but less hassle when you get there

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1 hour ago, wubbs said:

 

I'll second this.

When I was there last year, withdrawing money from an ATM came with a hefty fee though - not sure if that was down to my bank (which is Slovak) and the Albanian bank. Fortunately many places accepted Euros at a fair rate.

Good point - because this is a non-tradeable currency, do not use ATMs unless absolutely necessary, otherwise your home bank will murder you with charges.

Albania is one place when you bring hard currency with you and change as necessary.

Bring notes with Lizzie's head on it folks and you'll be fine.

Forget about using a card unless you want to make your bank smile.

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Talking to the Albanian Bus administrator he told me that the Albanian LEK has dropped 14% against the Euro since I booked the buses but would honour my payment in Euros as agreed 3 months ago.......so looks like the Euro will get you more beer tokens

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12 minutes ago, DavyP said:

Talking to the Albanian Bus administrator he told me that the Albanian LEK has dropped 14% against the Euro since I booked the buses but would honour my payment in Euros as agreed 3 months ago.......so looks like the Euro will get you more beer tokens

Assuming folk take a drink of course...

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Halifax Clarity card, no transaction fees, and the official exchange rate is the way to go.

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55 minutes ago, kumnio said:

Halifax Clarity card, no transaction fees, and the official exchange rate is the way to go.

There is no official exchange rate - the LEK is not a tradeable currency.

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19 hours ago, Barney Rubble said:

Good point - because this is a non-tradeable currency, do not use ATMs unless absolutely necessary, otherwise your home bank will murder you with charges.

Think my bank charged me about 10%

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On 8/11/2018 at 6:40 PM, Barney Rubble said:

There is no official exchange rate - the LEK is not a tradeable currency.

I swear by the Halifax clarity card, no charges for use abroad.  I paid for everything on it. Take out the hole in the wall and all you do is get a wee bit of interest. Just been in France for 2 weeks and not a single transaction fee and got €1.12 to the £1 whereas at Heathrow the money folks offered 93 cents.

I used  a card last time I was  in Albania  for work. 

 

no problem. 

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