The service between Vlore, Durres and Tirane is ideal for travelling between western Europe and Albania. The Albanian Railways (HSH) service is basic, but perfectly comfortable. Only one class is offered, and this may involve open carriages or shared compartments. The service is generally safe, although as with any other journey, be aware of your valuables at all times.
One of the six services (in either direction) a day, continues to Vlore, and a connecting service is available to/from Shkodra.