Algiers, which is the capital city of Algeria located in the northwestern part of Africa and bears the same name as the country, welcomes its visitors in an epic atmosphere with blue-painted white houses. After centuries of living under the sovereignty of the Ottoman Empire, the city had become a dependency of the French. Although Algeria is among the independent countries today, the influence of French culture has remained active in the country.
French is as widely used as Arabic, which is the mother tongue of the country. The north part of the city is on the Mediterranean coast where you can reach Spain by sea. Another reason why the city looks like a European city rather than an African city is this route.
The European population in Algiers is very high. It is possible to reach anywhere in Algiers by bus. There are many bus lines that allow you to travel in the city center as well as you can reach even farther places. The one-way bus ticket is 20 dinars and you can pay the ticket price on the bus. You can also take advantage of the metro system as another way of public transportation. There is a one-line metro running between the busiest destinations in the heart of the city and the metro ticket costs 50 dinars. If you are going to stay in the city for a while and if you need to travel frequently by metro, you can buy a 10-trip ticket. The price of these tickets is 400 dinars. You can get your tickets from the machines at the stations.
Another public transport alternative in Algiers is the tram. The tramway line with 30 stations is mostly used for transportation to the farther areas that are around the city center. One way tram ticket costs 40 dinars. Tickets for 10 trips cost 320 dinars. You can also buy 5-day tickets for your tramway journeys. You can board the tramway as much as you want for 5 days thanks to these tickets, which cost 320 dinars. You can buy tramway tickets from the machines at the stations. The tramway services start at 5:30 in the morning and continue until 11 pm.
It is possible to reach everywhere in the city by choosing from these three public transport options in Algiers. The bus stops and metro/tramway stations are located very close to each other. So you can also benefit from the transfer option easily. However, public transportation is not recommended for security reasons. You can also get a taxi easily in the city center but you are recommended to take a taxi from certain taxi stands. The initial taxi fare is 25 dinars and you are charged 25 dinars per kilometer. All taxis have taximeters. However, some taxi drivers don't activate the taximeter during the ride. For this reason, it would be for your benefit to bargain with the driver about your destination and taxi fare. You can negotiate on the taxi fare offered to you.
Algeria is a country that produces and exports natural gas and oil. Therefore, gasoline prices are very affordable. If you don't prefer public transportation, you can travel the city freely by renting a car. You can find the offices of car rental companies in many places of the city. You should remember that you need to have an international driver's license to rent a car.
It is possible to arrive in Spain from Algeria by ship. You can make an unforgettable journey from Africa to Europe by crossing the Strait of Gibraltar. However, the ship of "Alicante - Oran" on which you are going to travel may not be as luxurious and comfortable as you expect on this intercontinental journey. The services such as restaurants, café, and market are not available on these ships.
Bus and metro lines are available as public transportation options for transportation to the city center from Houari Boumediene International Airport. If you don't prefer public transportation, you can take a taxi or rent a car.
Taxis are available right in front of the airport terminal exit. You can get to the city center in about 50 minutes by taxi. Taxi fare costs about 600 dinars. However, you should remember that most of the taxi drivers don't activate the taximeter during the ride. You should tell the driver about your destination and get information about the fare you need to pay in advance. You can bargain about the taxi fare.
If you prefer public transportation, you can take the bus to reach the city center. The buses leave every half an hour and the journey takes about 1 hour. The ticket price is 20 dinars.
It is also possible to arrive at the city center from the airport in a short time by taking advantage of the only metro line in the city. The one-way metro ticket costs 50 dinars per passenger.
You can find the offices of various car rental companies at the airport. You can contact one of these car rental offices and rent an affordable car. Car rental is a practical transportation option since oil prices are quite affordable throughout the country.Last Updated: 09 May 2017
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Algiers flights are organized to Houari Boumediene Airport.
London-Algiers 2 hour, Manchester-Algiers 2 hour 20 minutes, Edinburgh-Algiers 2 hour 40 minutes, Birmingham-Algiers 2 hour 10 minutes, Glasgow-Algiers 2 hour 40 minutes, Bristol-Algiers 2 hour, Liverpool-Algiers 2 hour 20 minutes, Newcastle-Algiers 2 hour 30 minutes.
Air Algerie organizes direct flights to Algiers from Istanbul, Tunis, Bechar. ASL Airlines France organizes direct flights to Algiers from Paris.