Albanian Railways (HSH)
Passenger railways in Albania are mainly managed by Hekurudha Shqiptare (HSH), otherwise known as Albanian Railways. Travelling on HSH services is a memorable experience, offering passengers plentiful views of the Albanian countryside.
The current HSH passenger service covers three principal routes:
- Shkodër - Vorë - Durrës - Vlorë;
- Vorë - Tirana; and
- Rrogozhinë – Elbasan – Librazhd.
Since 2005, other operators have been able to offer services on Albanian tracks, although the number of rivals is limited.
Much of HSH's rolling stock has been inherited from other European countries. There has been limited investment in it since its arrival, and therefore much of the network is in need of significant investment. Many HSH trains offer passengers an array of torn seats, smashed windows, and other broken facilities.
There is only one class of accommodation on HSH routes, and the accommodation style varies considerably depending on the origin of the carriages in use.
Our advice is not to use the service for comfort and luxury, but rather use it to get a taste of the Albanian way of life, and as a great way to see some of the country's landscape.
Luggage & Facilities
There is little in the way of facilities when it comes to Albanian trains. Generally speaking, there is plenty of room for luggage, on racks above seats or in compartments. Disabled access does not seem to be a priority for the operator, and assistance will almost certainly be required.