Welcome to Saranda, one of Albania's most beautiful destinations. Saranda Backpackers has been in operation for over four years and is run by a local named Tomi, who is fluent in English, Italian, Greek, and Albanian. It is located on the second floor of a secure contemporary apartment building, located only 20 meters from Saranda's main beach. All of the rooms have big balconies overlooking the picturesque Ionian Sea.
After a day out on the town, Saranda Backpackers Hostel offers many amenities that will help you to relax. Some of the hostel's benefits include hot showers, free internet, washing machine, and balconies with stunning views of the bay. You will have access to a full kitchen, where you can make your own lunch/dinner. The hostel is located right around the corner from the farmer's market and the town's super big air conditioned supermarket (Alfa). Don't worry about breakfast, it's included!
Mornings begin with a continental breakfast with fresh tasty bread, homemade jam, organic coffee or tea, fresh boiled eggs, tasty tomatoes and watermelons from the farmers market. Or will you try out the typical Albanian breakfast with byrek? Tell us!
We are at your disposal 24/7 and can give you an insider's view of Saranda and the history of Tomi's homeland. We can recommend cheap traditional restaurants as well as arrange tours, help navigate your next destination, and point out all of the nearby hot spots including: The Blue Eye, The Castle of Lekursi, the antic excavation of Butrint or the amazing beaches of Ksamil or Paskyra Beach south to Saranda!
Walk around the corner and catch the city bus, it leaves every hour (from 7am to 6pm) and the bus stop is only 50 meters from the hostel.
Visit Butrint and stop in Ksamil on the way back and take a swim or paddle boat ride to the islands.
Located just 50 meters from the port (ferry service to/from Corfu) and a quick walk from the central bus station, Saranda Backpackers Hostel is not only close to all the major transportation hubs, it's also a short walk to the promenade which is lined with bars, discos, and restaurants (be sure to try the famous mussels). As you stroll along the promenade, stop to have a coffee or a shot of raki, enjoy the sea view and live in the moment as the locals do. Last but not least, the main beach is in front of the hostel. Grab some homemade byrek (spinach pie) or a tasty treat from the corner bakery on your way. Soak up the sun, rent a paddle boat, or float the day away in the clear refreshing sea.
We are here open for all your questions and try to help you with all your travel needs - day trips around Saranda and traveling around Albania too!
You want to rent a bike or a car, just ask us!
Our Hostel Events
Albanian Culture night:
Learn how to cook delicious local cuisine, afterward watch an Albanian film, learn some useful phrases and Albania's Communist past.
Dinner in Town:
Take a xhiro along the promenade, and see what Saranda has to offer. Many activities and beautiful people line the promenade in the evenings. Eat at one of several local pizza places for dinner and have time for drinks and ice cream.
Beach BBQ Night:
On nights when we have 8 or more guest, we can arrange a BBQ on the beach, with local food and local drinks. There is no better way to get to know your fellow guests and enjoy a beautiful Saranda night.
Kebabs, Grilled Veggies, and even Mashed Potatoes cooked on the grill right on the beach in front of the hostel! After dinner you may even desire a moonlight swim!
Saranda Walking Tours:
Walk to Lekursi Castle and the Monastery of the Forty Saints, the namesake of our town, Saranda. Don't forget to bring some leke for a coffee and ice cream. You can sit and watch the sunset over the bay of Saranda.
Blockbuster Night ( mostly in winter time)
It starts with a homemade Albanian dinner. Then you may choose a movie from our collection to watch.
Take a trip to one of the best local seafood restaurants overlooking the Bay!
*if you would like to request a particular event during your stay, we will do our best to accommodate you.
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Cancellation PolicyThis property has a 1 day cancellation policy. Failure to cancel within this time will result in a cancellation charge equal to the first night of your stay.
DirectionsShow MapHide Map
By Ferry: Once you clear customs at the Port of Saranda, exit the customs house and follow the ramp up to the street. Turn right towards the town center and 50 meters on your left is our hostel, you will see
a gray and yellow building (# 10) look for an internet caf. At the dark brown door ring the bell for Tomi and we will be at your service.
It is less than a minute walk from the port. Check out the Saranda Map in the photos to get a better visual of the directions.
BY BUS: When you get off the bus, walk down the hill towards the sea. Turn
right on Rruga (the street) Abedin Dino.
(You will see ruins on your right.) Pass the first intersection and
continue on the road until it ends.
You will see a Raiffaisen Bank on your left and a big eucaliptus tree
in the middle of
the road. You will bear to the right of the tree and follow Mitat
Hoxha street towards the Port.
50 meters in front of you will be yellow and grey building with number
10 on it. Pass
the Krepi Star crepe shop and at the next door (dark brown door) ring
the bell and we will be
at your service!
It is about a 6 minute walk!
If you have questions, call Tomi at 00 355 69 434 5426 or email us at
It is a 6 minute walk. Check out the Saranda Map in the photos to get a better visual of the directions.
By Car, Bike or Motor Bike: When you enter Saranda make your way to the port, (the word Port is the same in Albanian, if you need to ask for directions). We are located on the same street as the port, yellow
and gray building (#10), just look for the Crepe restaurant or internet caf There is street parking right in front of our building. At the dark brown door ring the bell for Tomi and we will be at your service.
WE ARE CENRALLY LOCATED AND IT IS VERY EASY TO FIND US! HOPE TO SEE YOU SOON!
50 meters from the port, bus station to Burtrint just around the corner, and the farmers market is just a few steps away.