Time Change: Despite it being so close there’s still an hour time change between Greece and Albania. Don’t be surprised when you see the clock jump back on your phone! Money: The national currency of Albania is Lek and you should get some out even for just a day trip. In Saranda, they accept both Lek and Euros, but you’ll get a dramatically better rate by paying in local currency. Schengen Area: If you’re traveling through Europe for an extended period of time Albania is not yet part of the Schengen Area. This means you’re not confined to 90 days within 180 days.