It is easy to fly to Algeria that has 31 airports, especially in the desert part (south). Out of them 13 have international lines. Air Algérie is the national carrier and has a fleet of very well maintained planes. Beware, most flights are almost full and do not wait the last time to book you seat !
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To get into the airport you will find several security check points.
So go early, othert wise you may loose your flight
The Argel airport it's quite modern.
Security will ask ( on the way out - to get out of Algeria) if ou have money, how much , etc.
Just tell the truth.
You will have to fill the same papers that you already did when you got there...so don't question, and do it or you will be sent to fill them , go to the end of the line and maybe loose your flight.
Some times domestic flights are canceled. Call o the airport before going there.
Public transportation in Algeria : taxi/bus
Bus and public taxis are the most comon ways for algerians to move between or inside cities, from the "gare routiere de Kharouba" bus station in Algeirs, you can go almost to all big cities in Algeria, If you are going to a small city or a village, then you have to go the nearest big city and then you will find transportation to your final destination. Generally each city has a taxi station near a bus station, so that make it easy to switch to taxi if there is no bus available, because bus has its own shedule, but taxis are available almost all the day (first arrived first served), on week-ends (especially Thirsday) many people travel back home so expect it to be crowded and you better plan early your trip..
Taxis between cities are yellow, however in cities they could be normal cars tagged with the taxi sign (mostly writen in arabic or french or both). Expect to pay everything in cash!
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Transportation in Algeria
If you want to move in Algeria betweens cities, you have the choice between air, train, bus or public taxis.
Algiers Houari Boumediene International Airport (Domestic Terminal) links Algiers to the major cities in Algeria, such :
Annaba, Jijel, Bejaia, Oran, Constantine, Chlef, Setif, Batna, Tebessa,
Tiaret, Biskra, Tlemcen, El oued, Touggourt, Ghardaia, Ouargla, Hassi Messaoud,
El Golea, Bechar, Timimoun, In Amenas, Adrar, Tindouf, In Salah, Illizi, Djanet,
Tamanrasset, Bordj Badj Mokhtar.
There is also regular flights between algerian cities who are far from each other, east-west or north-south.
SNTF (The Algerian Rail company) links the most of north cities together.
Check : http://www.sntf.dz
The most known are the night trains that link Annaba-Constantine-Algeirs and Oran-Algiers.
By Bus or Public Taxi
see tip : Public transportation in Algeria : Taxi/Bus
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Transportation to/from Algeria
Algiers Houari Boumediene International Airport is linked to the major european cities and few middle eastern and african cities, as well as to the major cities in Algeria. So you won't find any problem to get to or leave Algiers by air.
Here are destinations: (It could change, you have to confirm)
Spain : Madrid, Alicante, Palma, Barcelona
Turkey : Istanbul
France : Paris, Metz, Lile, Montpellier, Bordeaux, Lyon, Toulouse, Marseille, Nice
Italy : Rome, Milano
UK : London
Russia : Moscow
Belgium : Brussels
Luxembourg : Luxembourg
Suitzerland : Geneva
Tunisia : Tunis
Morroco : Casablanca
Lybia : Tripoli
Muritania : Nouakshott
Cote d'hivoire : Abidjan
Senegal : Dakkar
Niger : Niamey
Mali : Bamakou
Burkina faso : Ouagadougou
Middle east :
Egypt : Cairo
Jordan : Amman
Syria : Damascus
Saudia Arabia : Jeddah
Lebanon : Beirut
UAE : Dubai, Sharjah
Many other major cities are linked also to some european cities such as Oran, Constantine, Annaba, Setif, Hassi messaoud, Tamanrasset (check the web site)
Right now the only train that links Algeria to an other country is the train from Tunis (Tunisia) to Algiers throught Annaba (Eastern Algeria).
In the cities near the borders, you can find always a public taxis to get to the borders or to the neighbor country. Such (Tunis - Annaba).
The road network is close to 100,000 km. There are few highways, only around the main cities (Algiers, Oran, Annaba) but there are 20,000 km of national roads (main roads), usually in good condition but with a very heavy traffic of cars and trucks. There are often accidents. To drive 200 km will often require at least 3 hours. There are many taxis, either in towns or for long distance connections.
The railway system extends to 4500 km, with 200 stations, such as this one in Annaba. It runs only in the northern part of the country. It is a good mean of transportation; cheap but usually not very fast. If you have a limited time, you will prefer to fly. If you have enough time, the train is for you.Related to:
Algeria has 13 harbors that hold most of the foreign trade. Ferries link with France (Marseille, Sète), Italy (Genoa) and Spain (Alicante) to Algiers, Oran, Bejaia, Skikda and Annaba. The sailing is between 24 and 36 hours.
desert trip by car
During our trip rounding the Grand Erg Occidental, we travelled by normal car on tarred or gravel roads.Most of the time we travelled in the late afternoon.
At this point where we could choose to go further to the south to Tamanrasset, but we had to return to the north to El Golea.
At this most southern spot of our route was a small place where we could get tea. So time for a tea-stop, before we continued our route to the north.Related to:
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Airport to town transport
From the Algiers airport you can get a Taxi into town which shouldn't cost more than 8 US$. Same story coming from anywhere in town. Or...catch a Bus for just 25 Dinars(1/4 of a Euro). The Bus stop is just 200 meters away from the airport. Go north past the Police Road Block and you'll find a big parking area. Bus to Town leaves from here every half and hour.
In town the Bus leaves along the corniche 300 south of Place Port Said
The better way to travel and cheap is Airplane.
From Algier to Oran and back price is 5800 DA.
From Algier to most touristiuc place town ANNABA is 6500 DA there and back.
Taxi, like every taxi around the world. You can find honest but if they not switch taximeter go out and dont say nothing. Ask for taximeter if they dont switch it go out. Cheating like Bush Iran war attack....hahahahaRelated to:
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Sometimes we drove many hours without seeing any vehicle or that something happened.
And then very suddenly a big truck appeared behind us and passed our car very fast besides the road with a lot of dust.
It was a fascinating sight and the happening of that day of our desert journey.
We saw many signs as warning for crossing camels for days, but didn't see the camels.
And than suddenly .... there they are, many camels on the road at a moment that we didn't see a warning sign for hours.
Warning for crossing camels
When we were rounding the Grand Erg Occidental we saw regularly the sign that warned for crossing camels.
We liked to see those camels, but most of the time we saw only a complete emptiness.
Where have all the camels gone?
Warning for sanddunes
We travelled with a normal car without 4x4 drive. The roads rounding the Grand Erg Occidental were rather good.
At some places were warnings for sanddunes. A few times we had to pass some on the road. During our jouney we had no real problems.
Sofitel Algiers is a high class hotel, very nice with all accomodations that any traveler need,...more
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Good for: Couples
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