Domestic Transportation in Algeria

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Means of Transport Recommended in Town

The public transport system in large Algerian cities is quite modern even if it is disorganized in some cases. It is recommended that foreign visitors use taxis, especially for trips inside a Wilaya (a department).

Transportation From Airport to City Centre:






Car Rental
Algiers (ALG) 18 km / 11 miles DZD 300 / 20-25 min DZD 20 / 30 min DZD 15 / 25-30 min -
Oran (ORN) 8 km / 5 miles Available - - Available
Constantine (CZL) 8 km / 5 miles Available Available - Available
Annaba (AAE) 10 km / 6 miles Available Every 30 min - Available
Batna (BLJ) 27 km / 17 miles - - - -

Means of Transport Recommended in the Rest of the Country

For safety reasons, using long distance public road transport is highly inadvisable. Until the east-west motorway is operational (some time in 2009), travelling by plane is recommended.
Air Algérie serves most large (and medium sized) Algerian cities and has attractive fares.
Rail transport has again become an attractive means of transport, both in terms of fares and keeping to the timetable.
Rail Companies
National Rail Transport Company


Name Type Domestic Flights International Flights
Air Algérie Major Yes Yes
Tassili Airlines Major Yes Yes
Aigle Azur Low cost No Yes

You Can Consult the List of Airlines Banned Within the EU. Look Also at the rating of the United States Federal Aviation Administration (FAA).


Traveling By Yourself

Traveling on your own is unsafe. Fake roadblocks set up by armed groups must still be feared on a certain number of roads, including well traveled roads, often at nightfall. Moreover, the number of road accidents appears to be particularly high, but this is less because of the state of the road network, which is good on the whole, than because motorists do not observe the highway code.
Driver's License
The international driver's license is accepted in Algeria and it is even strongly recommended that you have one. Algeria has ratified the Geneva Convention on road traffic. For the list of signatory countries, click here.
Conditions For Renting a Vehicle
In general, you are required to be at least 25 years old, to have had your driver's license for at least 2 years, to have a valid passport and proof of address (water, electricity or telephone bill), and to pay a deposit of 40 000 DZD.
Rental Agencies
ADA Algeria
Drive Car
Maroua car rental (Blida)
Rapid Car: car rental (Algiers)
Car On Line
MDL Auto: car rental
Tolls or Taxes
There are no road tolls in Algeria. However, by the year 2010, the new east-west motorway will be subject to toll; the price should be symbolic.
Road Maps
Michelin map of Algeria
Map of Algiers
Find an Itinerary

Rules of the Road

Minimum Driving Age
Side of the Road For Driving
Speed Limits
30 Km/h in town, 90 Km/h on main roads, 120 Km/h on motorways.
Safety Belts
Permitted Amount of Alcohol in the Blood
0.10 g/liter of blood, i.e.0.05 mg of alcohol per liter of air breathed out.
National Roads Organizations
Algerian Ministry of Transport

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