now the embargo is finished,you can arrive at tripoli or benghazi airports from abroad.The best border to cross is with tunisia,tripoli being quite close to the border,and in tunisia you have many buses from the border to djerba;
but the problem is to cross the border alone,that's why I chose to travel by taxi from djerba to tripoli directly,the driver helps to cross the border and fills all the forms.
you can cross the border from egypt(as-solloum in egypt),although this border has been closed many times in the past.Many buses travel from cairo and alexandria to marsa matruh,then it is more difficult to the libyan border.
I really do not recommend to cross the border libya-algeria,or the borders with niger,chad,sudan;these areas are in the middle of the desert,and whatever will happen to you,you will be alone to solve your problems.Anyway,officially,these difficult borders are theorically open.
from tripoli bus station ,you have buses to benghazi,then tobruq,then egypt;or buses to Tunis
First of all : a tip for backpackers, still an unusual way of travel in Libya, be carefull, the roads are long, no local busses in the cities, only private mini vans awaiting till the "Van" is completely occupied, or take a local taxi (rather cheap) but discuss about the price first. There are NO trains at all, crossing the country. So untill now, beter to travel in organised tours and groups.
Visiting the country by yr own car :
- Advantage : you will drive in a luxery car compared with the local 4WD and the fuel is cheap
- Problem : you need a Libyan license plate ! And passing permissions at the checkpoints.
So organisize your trip months on beforehand.
The Libyan administration will check severaly that your incoming and outgoing car is the same.
So no car sales possible. In case of a total loss by a trafic accident, you have a problem.
Picture 3 shows you a classic fuel loading of a 4x4car loading fuel (150l) in the trunk of the car, and on its way to the desert. An incredible scéne in Europe
One of the most traditional transport system WAS a camel, usefull for tribes by the nomads and berbers for trading purposes.
Nowadays the camels are more a touristic attraction and replaced by 4x4 cars, public and tourist busses, even by motorcycles
You will see some camel farms and centers, for food production
Direct flight from BXL to Tripoli by Afriqiyah airways
I was a little bit concerned about the quality of the Libyan international and national air crafts
But since the international embargo was finished and they could got enough "Spare Parts", only a few years ago, and after my personal experience : Transport to Libya is safe: Flight from Bxl to Tripoli takes about 3 hours. The food is more than acceptable - the servants helpfull and friendly.
National flights are often completely booked - it will become even worse in the near feature, because Libya is becoming a touristic topic destination in N.Africa, without doubt, like it happened to the mysterial "A C" travels to Egypt.
History : Time is changing. During the embargo it was not possible to get to Tripoli by air. From Europe the route was Tunis and then by car. Direct flights with KLM, BA, Alitalia, SN Brussels, are now available. Five years ago a trip from Tripoli to Benghazi was by car/bus (1000km)
Nowadays you can reach the cities by air.
During our eclipse trip in March 2006 we travelled by private busses. So it was easy to stop everywhere we liked to do so, for taking pictures, having lunch or a toiletstop.
All the roads on our way were paved, even deep in the desert around Jalu. So we didn't need landcruisers. We could put our luggage on the top of the bus. Our archaeological guide travelled with us in the bus and most of the time also somebody of the tourist police.
The first time I visited Libya we made two desert crossings of about 4-5 days. The first from Ghadames to Ghat to the deep south along the Algerian border. The second from Ghat to El Uwainat visiting the spectacular Acacus area.
We made the trip with three 4WDs and one pick-up of a touragency, based in Ghadames. The four local drivers were very experienced to find their way in the desert and to drive their cars under difficult circumstances. We had hardly any mechanical problems en route. except with one car. We had to push this car every time after we made a stop, so the driver drove it at a slope if availiable.
We brought enough fuel and water. The drivers used the pickup for the water tanks, but also to transport the fire wood they pick up along the pistes.
As Tripoli is the capitol, you should not have any problem at all to find a taxi. They are in the colours black and white.
They are everywhere especially on rush hours and late in the evening.
We paid about 3 Dinar (less then 2 Euro) for 1 km.
I add the link for the Tripoli street map.
If you have to travel to and in Benghazi, many taxis are available at any time of the day and even during a part of the night.
If could be easy to have a street map. Here is a good link
These are the companies :
This company connects Africa to Europe, Middle East, and Asia. It is currently flying to Tripoli, Abidjan, Bamako, Benghazi, Brussels, Cotonou, Geneva, Khartoum, Lome, Ndjamena, Niamey, Ouagadougou, Paris
It charters Tunisian airplanes and crew to travel into Europe. Friendly crew and perfect service. Speaking english, french and arab.
We flew with Buraqair on domestic flights between Tripoli and Benghazi.
Before our luggage was loaded into the plane, we had to recognize it at the aire and put it on a cart
Jamahiriya Libyan Arab Airlines
Tibesti Air Libya
There are no railways, nor waterways in Libya.
The small midi buses used to ferry tourists around were very mediocre. Reasobaly comfortable, the lack the essential ingredient which most tourist buses the world over lack - legroom between the seats! I mostly sat in the back seat in order to be able to stretch my legs out.
The roads were much better than I anticipated, mostly well maintained and with a hard surface.
No one can imagine the vastness of the desert or the incredible height of the sand dunec without visiting Libya.
It's important to check the pressure of your vehicle's tyres.
Safety is the first thing that any tourist or traveller in the desert must keep in mind.
There are two ways to get here. 1)A plane. I would like to visit Libya again, so I checked resent possibilities. The best connection from Europe offers KLM. 2) Take a taxi or minibus from Tunisia. It's well known way.
We had our cars, so it was easy to go around.
Use a good airline and have a fully flexible ticket. Alternatively use the national airline, but expect changes in their schedule at short notice. Always contact in person/visit the local office of your carrier 24-48hrs before you leave the country and establist a good relationship.
Dont drive yourself; get a local driver - ask at hotel.
Or fly if its a long journey - their driving habits are rather different and can be alarmin to europeans. By bus is also possible, although slow.
There are different ways to get to libya ...Tripoli intenational airport and benghazi airport are the easiest way..buses are the second easiest way ..u can get to tubroq and then benghazi from egypt...or to tripoli from tunisia....
Internal airports are available in Tripoli and Benghazi
The distance between these two major city is around 1000 K.m ...There are airports in sebha and kufra in the south ,and tubroq and derna in the east,sirt and misrata in the middle of libya.
buses are available in these cities too.....
taxis inside cities are not expensive ..you can go inside Benghazi ,for example, for at most 2 $ along the whole beach.moreover,carts may be used too.There are afew of them but they offer a distinguished means of transportation.
note: yellow points represents some of the main cities(and of course airports.
There is no railway in Libya but it used to be.There is a project to reconstruct a new railway among libyan cities.
AIR: Libya's national airline is Jamahiriya Libyan Arab Airlines (LN).
Approximate flight time: From Tripoli to London is 6 hours (including stopover time).
International airports: Tripoli International (TIP) is 35km (21 miles) south of the city. Bus and taxi services are available to the city (travel time – 40 minutes).
Benghazi International (BEN) is 19km (12 miles) from Benghazi city centre.
Sebha (SEB) is 11km (7 miles) from the town.
Departure tax: LD3, except children under 2 years and transit passengers provided not leaving the airport and departing within 24 hours.
SEA: The main ports are as-Sider, Benghazi, Mersa Brega, Misurata and Tripoli. A new port is presently being built at Darna. Several shipping lines operate services from Europe to Libya. A car ferry operated by the Libyan Government shipping line sails regularly from Tripoli to Malta and several Italian ports. Italian lines of Grimaldi and Tirrenia run similar services from Genoa and Naples to Tripoli and Benghazi.
RAIL: There is no passenger rail system.
ROAD: Main routes to Libya are from Tunisia, Algeria, Niger, Chad and Egypt. The border with Egypt has been re-opened, although the most used route is via Tunisia.
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