Visiting Algeria...

A former French colony, Algeria has been badly affected by terrorism until recently and for much of the previous few decades it has been a no-go zone for tourists.  However, the UK Foreign & Commonwealth travel advice has changed and no longer advises against all but essential travel to Algiers and most of Algeria, other than the border regions and south.  If you plan to visit Algeria, you should read the travel advice for Algeria at

small bullet point  Useful country information

small bullet point  Getting to Algeria from Europe, Morocco or Tunisia

small bullet point  Train travel within Algeria

Useful country information

Train operator:

SNTF - Société Nationale des Transports Ferroviares,


Ferry operators:

Marseille-Algiers by ferry,

Spain/France/Italy - Algiers,

Time zone:

GMT+1 all year, no DST.

Dialling code:




£1 = 170 Algerian dinars  -   Currency converter



Required by UK, EU & most other travellers, see

Tourist information:

See the travel advice at  You may also find this useful: 

Page last updated:

8 January 2024.

Getting to Algeria

London or Paris to Algiers

It's fairly easy to reach Algeria from London, Paris or anywhere in mainland Europe, taking a train to Marseille then a comfortable ferry to Algiers.

Ferry boarding in Algiers port

Algerie Ferries ship boarding in Algiers port.  Courtesy of Andrew Gaskill.

Morocco - Algeria

The Morocco-Algeria border has been closed for some years now and travel between these countries along the North African coast is not possible.

Tunisia - Algeria

The Tunisia-Algeria border is open, but read the travel advice at carefully.  The Algerian and Tunisian rail networks are connected and it was planned for a direct train to link Annaba with Tunis three times a week, leaving Annaba at 08:00 on Tuesdays, Thursdays, Sundays eastbound and leaving Tunis at 08:25 on Mondays, Wednesdays & Fridays westbound.  Journey time just over 8 hours.  However, it is believed that this train service did not in fact start running.  If you travel this way, please get in touch.

Train travel in Algeria

A train network runs along the Mediterranean coast, linking Oran, Algiers, Constantine and Annaba amongst other towns.  Trains are operated by SNTF, for times and fares see (which may or may not successfully produce train times!).  The most important trains have 1st & 2nd class and air-conditioning.  If you have any feedback or photos, please let me know.

1st class on an Algiers-Oran train   1st class cat an Algiers-Oran train   Oran station

1st class on an Algiers-Oran rapide...

Courtesy of Andrew Gaskill.


Oran station...

Courtesy of Andrew Gaskill.

Algiers station   Algiers station

Algiers station...

Courtesy of Andrew Gaskill.


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