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.fco.gov.uk very carefully.

  Useful country information

  Getting to Algeria from Europe, Morocco or Tunisia

  Train travel within Algeria


Useful country information

Train operator:

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

 

 

Ferry operators:

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

Time zone:

GMT+1 all year, no DST.

Dialling code:

 

+213

Currency:

£1 = 151 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.fco.gov.uk.  You may also find this useful:  www.lonelyplanet.com/algeria 

Page last updated:

13 November 2017.


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.

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.fco.gov.uk carefully.  The Algerian and Tunisian rail networks connect up and it's reported that a direct train links 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.  If you travel this way, please get in touch.

Travel 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.


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