Visiting Algeria...

Once a French colony, Algeria has been badly affected by terrorism in recent times, and for much of the past few decades it has been a no-go zone for tourists.  However, the UK Foreign & Commonwealth travel advice has recently lightened up on its advice and it no longer advises against all but essential travel to Algiers and most of Algeria, other than the border regions and south which are still dodgy.  If you plan to visit Algeria, you should read the travel advice for Algeria at www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice very carefully.

small bullet point  Useful country information

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

small bullet point  Train travel within Algeria


large bullet pointUseful country information

Train operator:

SNTF - Société Nationale des Transports Ferroviares, www.sntf.dz.

 

Ferry operators:

Marseille-Algiers by ferry, www.corsicalinea.com.

Spain/France/Italy - Algiers, algerieferries.dz.

Time zone:

GMT+1 all year, no DST.

Dialling code:

 

+213

Currency:

£1 = 155 Algerian dinars  -   Currency converter

Visas:

 

Required by UK, EU & most other travellers, see www.algerianembassy.org.uk.

Tourist information:

See the travel advice at www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice.  You may also find this useful:  www.lonelyplanet.com/algeria 

Page last updated:

27 April 2022.


large bullet pointGetting 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 to/from Algiers...

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 to/from Algiers...

The Tunisia-Algeria border is open, but read the travel advice at www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice 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.

large bullet pointTravel within Algeria

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 www.sntf.dz.  The most important trains have 1st & 2nd class and air-conditioning.  If you have any feedback or photos, please get in touch.

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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