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The currency in Albania is Lek (ALL). One Euro (EUR) is 140,25 Lek (4th January 2015). In Albania and Saranda "cash is king". In all restaurants, shops and supermarkets you pay in cash. Credit cards are just used in some big stores and big hotels. In Saranda you can use both Lek and Euro, but be ware of that the exchange rate is not always the best if you pay with Euro in restaurants.

Exchange

In many countries it is not possible to exchange into Lek. Don't worry about that, bring some Euro and you can pay for example taxi when you arrive. There are quite many banks and bankomats in Saranda (for example Reiffheisen bank and Societe General Albania). Most of them are situated near the Square Nene Theresa in the city centre, just above Restaurant Limani. You also find a bankomat just next to Hotel Butrinti (close to the taxi stand in the end of the promenade). Most of the bankomats take VISA-card and MasterCard and gives you Lek. The maximum amount is 50 000 Lek per day. There are some bankomats that gives you Euro also. Open hours for banks are often 8:30-15:00 and for bankomats 24 hours a day.


Nene Theresa Square

 

Price Level

Prices in supermarket examples  
  Lek Euro
Milk 1 liter 100 0,71
Juice 1 litre 130 0,93
Tirana beer 33 cl 90 0,64
Tirana beer 50 cl 110 0,78
Raki/Ouzo 0,5 liter 400 2,85
Kos youghurt 1 liter 110 0,78
Butter 250 gr 150 1,07
Cheese Feta 400 gr 550 3,92
Cucumber 1 kg 200 1,43
Lemon 1 pcs 10 0,07
Olives 1 kg 300 2,14
     
 
 
Prices in restaurants examples  
  Lek Euro
Greek salad 250 1,78
Grilled Saganaki cheese 300 2,14
Grilled vegetables 1 port 300 2,14
Club-Sandwich 1 port 350 2,50
Lamb ribs 1 kg 1500 10,70
Rizoto Seafood 1 port 600 4,28
Pizza ham/cheese 1-2 port 550 3,92
Fish soup 1 port 400 2,85
Fish Red Cod 0,3 kg 750 5,35
Grilled Octopusy 0,3 kg 1200 8,56
Fish Varity 1 kg 3500 24,96
Chicken file 1 port 700 4,99
Spagetti Bolognese 1 port 500 3,57
Tirana beer 33 cl 150 1,07
Tirana beer 50 cl 200 1,43
Water 0,75 liter 150 1,07
Coca Cola 33 cl 150 1,07
Kaffe Latte 200 1,43
Espresso single 100 0,71
Jack Daniels 1 drink 500 3,57
Grapes Raki 1 drink 100 0,71
Martini Bianco 1 drink 400 2,85
     
Prices January 2015    
Currency 1 Euro = 140,24 Lek (4th January 2015)