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Algiers (الجزائر) is the capital of Algeria.


Algiers is the capital and largest city of Algeria, and the second largest city in the Maghreb (after Casablanca), with a population of 3,354,000 within the city metropolitan area. Algiers is situated on the west side of a bay of the Mediterranean Sea. The modern part of the city is built on the level ground by the seashore; the old part, the ancient city of the deys, climbs the steep hill behind the modern town and is crowned by the casbah or citadel, 400 feet (122 m) above the sea.

Get in

By plane

Algiers Houari Boumedine Airport

Algiers International Airport (ICAO: DAAG, IATA: ALG) [1] is located ca. 20 km (12 miles) south-east of Algiers - the airport is named after former Algerian president P Houari Boumedine.

The airport is the home base of the flag-carrier Air Algerie [2] .

Air Algerie serves the most important Algerian cities such as Oran , Annaba , Tammanrasset , Skikda, Tlemcen, Constantine several times daily. There also many connections to African capitals such as Bamako , Cairo , Abidjan , Dakar , Tunis , Ouagadougo.

Air Algerie does only operate from Hall 1 , Hall 2 is reserved for the international Airlines.

International Airlines

  • Aigle Azur (Basel/Mulhouse, Lille, Lyon, Nice (seasonal), Paris-Charles de Gaulle, Paris-Orly, Toulouse)
  • Air Berlin (Cologne-Bonn)
  • Air France (Marseilles, Paris-Charles de Gaulle)
  • Air Méditerranée (Montepellier)
  • Alitalia (Milan-Malpensa, Rome-Fiumicino)
  • British Airways (London-Gatwick (ends March 29, 2008), London-Heathrow [begins March 30, 2008])
  • EgyptAir (Cairo)
  • Iberia (Madrid)
  • Jetairfly (Brussels)
  • Libyan Airlines (Tripoli)
  • Lufthansa (Frankfurt)
  • Middle East Airlines (Beirut)
  • Qatar Airways (Doha)
  • Royal Air Maroc (Casablanca , Oudja)
  • Saudi Arabian Airlines (Jeddah)
  • Spanair (Alicante , Barcelone, Madrid)
  • Syrian Arab Airlines (Aleppo, Damascus)
  • TAP Portugal (Lisbon) (begins June 03, 2010)
  • Tunisair (Tunis)
  • Turkish Airlines (Istanbul-Atatürk)

Airport Transfer

By preference:

  • Taxi, (Outside of Hall 2). Taxis can be found outside of the Hall 2 as they have no taximeters a price should be arrangend in advance the ride to Algiers Center takes around 20 minutes and should not cost more than 600 Dinar ($4).

  • Bus. The Bus operates every 30 Minutes from 08.00 AM till 05.30 PM to the City Center and costs 25 Dinar ($ 0,1) tickets can be purchased in the bus.

By train

Algiers Central Train Station - The train station is located near the city centre. The station offers regular services to major Algerian cities such as Oran, Annaba, Constantine, etc. SNTF (the national Algerian Train company) has made big improvements during the last years - new air-conditioned trains have been purchased and new routes launched.

By car

Being the capital of the country most, if not all major roadways in Algeria begin and end in Algiers. So, getting into Algiers isn't that hard and is quite easy. However, the infrastructure of Algerian roadways is not highly regarded so arriving by road might not be the most desirable option. There are a number of road projects around the country that are aimed at improving the infrastructure, most notably the East-West highway running from Annaba in the east to Oran in the west, of course coming through Algiers.

By bus

La Gare Routiere, Algiers's central bus terminus, located in the commune of Hussein Dey (about a 7-10 minutes by driving from downtown), offers a plethora of bus services to most major Algerian cities and towns. It is a very cheap and efficient way to get to/from a pair of Algerian cities. Most of the coaches used are modern and air conditioned ones so the rides are, more often than not, comfortable. However, there are a few old coaches still in service, so try and avoid those, for the ride won't be as pleasant.

For long distances as Algiers - Tammanrasset or Algiers - Annaba travelling by plane is recommend due the long duration of the trip.

By boat

They are regular ferry services to Algiers from Marseille , Nice , Palermo , Alicante .

From Tunis

To get from Tunis to Algiers you can take a plane which is the fastet but not the cheapest way an other option is to take an unofficial taxi to Annaba you can find them parking in the center of Tunis have a look at cars with Algerian license plates (They are yellow) talk to the driver and arrange with him a price to Annaba(Usally 1000-1500 DA (10-15 €). The ride will take 2 hours except long waiting times at the Tunisian/Algerian border but your patience will be rewarded with wonderfoul landscapes. After arrival in Annaba you can take a bus to Algiers (Not recommend) or a plane which is still sightly cheaper than the one from Tunis and will cost around (30-40 €) there are six daily flights to Algiers purchase the ticket at the Annaba airport.

From Morroco

The Algerian border is closed so the only way to get to Algiers is by flying from Casablanca or Oudja.

Get around

Public transportation

Algiers Public Transportation is lacking but the city is going to make improvements with the opening of the first Metro line soon , there are buses opereating within the city center and to the suburbs.


The first metro line L1 is going to open in June 2010 with a length of 9 km and 10 stations it will serve the most important places of Algiers.

    Tafourah - Grande Poste
    Khelifa Boukhalfa
    1er Mai
    Aïssat Idir
    Jardin d'essais
    Les Fusillés
    Cité Amirouche
    Cité Mer et Soleil
    Haï El Badr


Taxis are a fast and cheap way to get around in Algiers they can be found at taxi stands but negotiate the price before riding , a tip is not expected but can be given .


Buses are operating within the city center and to the Suburbs tickets can only be purchased on the bus just wait till a man with a bundle of tickets come to you the normal price for ride is 20 Dinar.


  • Monument of Martyrs, (in city center).
  • La Grande Poste.
  • Aquafortland is an area attraction as well as Monument des Martyrs.


The Casbah is the ancient city, dating to the 17th century.

  • Ketchaoua Mosque. Built in 1794 by the Dey Baba Hassan.
  • El Djedid Mosque. Built in 1660 during the Turk reign.
  • El Kebir Mosque. Oldest mosque in the Casbah.






  • Sofitel Algiers Hamma Garden.
  • Mercure Alger Aeroport
  • Sheraton Club des Pins Resort and Towers. Beachfront resort.
  • Ibis Alger Aéroport.
  • Spa Dahli Hotel Hilton. Scenic hotel among pine trees overlooking the bay. Offers lunch at The Pool House, traditional tagine at Casbah and a drink at the late-night Kantara Bar.

Stay safe




  • Ar-flag.png Argentina, 5 Chemin Mohamed Drareni Hydra,, (+213) 21 54-8665/ 69-1269.

  • Be-flag.png Belgium, 22, Chemin Youcef Tayebi 16030 El Biar, (+213) (21)922446.

  • Ca-flag.png Canada, 18 Mustapha Khalef Street Ben Aknoun BP 103, (+213) (21) 91 49 51.

  • Ch-flag.png China, 34 Boulevard Des Martyrs BP 103, (+213) 21-692724.

  • Ez-flag.png Czech Republic, 3, Chemin du Ziryab, Telemly Ben Aknoun BP 103, (+213) (21)-230056.

  • Da-flag.png Denmark, 12 Avenue Emile Marquis Lot. Djenane El-Malik BP 103, +213 (0) 21 548 228.

  • Fi-flag.png Finland, 10 Rue des Cedrest El Mouradia BP 103, +213 (0)21-692 925.

  • Fr-flag.png France, 25 chemin Gaddouche Hydra 1600 BP 103, (+213) 21 69 24 88.

  • Gm-flag.png Germany, 165, Chemin Sfindja (ex Laperlier) Algiers BP 103, (+213) 21 74 19 41.

  • Gr-flag.png Greece, 60, Blv Colonel Bougara 16030 El Biar, Alger Algiers BP 103, (+213)92 12 28.

  • Hu-flag.png Hungary, 18, Avenue des Freres Oughlis BP 68 El-Mouradia BP 103, (+213)21-923288.
  • It-flag.png Italy, 18, Rue Mohammed Ouidir Amellal 16030 El Biar BP 103, (+213)21 9259 86.
  • My-flag.png Malaysia, Lottisement Zergoug Villa No. 9, Hydra BP 103, (+213)21 60 68 12.
  • Uk-flag.png United Kingdom, 3 Chemin Capitaine Hocine Slimane, (+213)770 085 000.
  • Us-flag.png United States, 3 05 Chemin Cheikh Bachir Ibrahimi El-Biar 16030, (+213)770-08-2000.

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