capital city of Algeria

Algiers (الجزائر) is the capital of Algeria.

Kasbah Of Algiers
Algiers City Center
Algerian Handicrafts

View of Algiers
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The Ancient Civilizations Museum

UnderstandEdit

Algiers is a port city on a bay in the Mediterranean first settled over 1,000 years ago. It is a large city with a population of over 3 million.

While downtown Algiers looks modern, the capital is struggling to keep up with rapid growth. Algiers was marred by violence during 90s and first decade of the 21st century. A civil war which started in 1991 destroyed much of the country. Since then things in the country have returned to normal. Substantial reconstruction of the infrastructure has taken place and is still ongoing.

Algiers is known locally as El-Djazaïr and the residents speak Berber, Arabic and French.

Algiers is not considered a popular tourist destination and the US State Department does warn against travel to certain other parts of the country (such as the borders of Mali, Niger, and Libya). In Algiers, most of the interesting sights are in the old part of the city known as the Casbah or Medina. The travelers that do make it to Algiers are impressed with the very friendly and hospitable people. The many old French buildings, the promenade along the seafront and the food also get good ratings.

Get inEdit

By planeEdit

  • 1 Houari Boumediene Airport (ALG IATA) (is 20 km (12 mi) south-east of Algiers). The largest airport is Algiers Houari Boumediene Airport (ALG) with an approximately yearly passenger traffic of 7.5 million people. The airport is named after former president Houari Boumediene.    

It also hosts the national carrier, Air Algérie.

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 Ouagadougou, Etc.

Air Algerie operates from Hall 1. Hall 2 is reserved for the international airlines.

International airlines

  • Air France (Marseilles, Paris-Charles de Gaulle)
  • Air Canada (Montreal)
  • ASL Airlines France (Lille, Lyon, Paris-Charles de Gaulle)
  • British Airways (London-Heathrow, London-Gatwick)
  • EgyptAir (Cairo)
  • Emirates (Dubai-International)
  • Iberia (Madrid)
  • ITA Airways (Milan-Malpensa, Rome-Fiumicino)
  • Jetairfly (Brussels, Seasonal)
  • Libyan Airlines (Tripoli)
  • Lufthansa (Frankfurt)
  • Nouvelair (Tunis)
  • Middle East Airlines (Beirut)
  • Qatar Airways (Doha)
  • Royal Air Maroc (Casablanca, Oudja)
  • Saudi Arabian Airlines (Jeddah)
  • Syrian Arab Airlines (Aleppo, Damascus)
  • TAP Portugal (Lisbon)
  • Transavia (Lyon, Montpellier, Nantes, Paris-Orly)
  • Tunisair (Tunis)
  • Turkish Airlines (Istanbul)
  • Tui fly (Charleroi)
  • Volotea (Bordeaux)
  • Vueling (Alicante, Barcelona, Marseille, Valencia)

Airport transferEdit

  • Taxi (Outside of Hall 2). Taxis can be found outside of the Hall 2; as they have no meters, a price should be settled in advance. The ride to the centre of Algiers takes around 20 min and costs about 1000 - 1500 DA. From the center to the airport is cheaper, about 600 DA. Make sure to discuss the price before riding.
  • Bus. The bus operates every 30 min in the daytime to the centre. It costs DA25 paid to the bus driver.

By trainEdit

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

  • 2 Algiers railway station (محطة قطار الجزائر).    

By carEdit

Being the capital of the country most, if not all major roadways in Algeria begin and end in Algiers. So getting into Algiers 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.

Be careful about traffic jams, especially in downtown Algiers. There are almost no traffic lights. Lights are replaced by policemen. There are police and military checkpoints almost in every municipality. Slowing down is highly recommended. Utilization of mobile phones when driving is strictly prohibited. Be sure to have your seat belts on.

By busEdit

La Gare Routière, Algiers's central bus terminus, in the commune of Hussein Dey (7-10 min drive 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 so the rides are, more often than not, comfortable. However, there are a few old coaches still in service, so try to avoid those, for the ride won't be as pleasant.

For long distances such as Algiers-Tammanrasset or Algiers-Annaba travelling by plane is recommended due the long duration.

  • 3 Kharouba bus station (Kharouba Gare Routière). Bus station with long distance connections to west, east and south Algeria.

By boatEdit

There are regular ferry services to Algiers from Marseille, Palermo and Alicante. Algerie Ferries has the most destinations, but there are numerous other shipping companies. The ferry terminal is located right in the centre of the city, next to the railway station.

Get aroundEdit

 
The Grande Poste d'Alger building and access to the Grande-Poste Station of the Algiers Metro

Algiers is full of public transportation, and there was a very major improvement with the opening of the metro. There are buses operating within the city centre and to the suburbs.

By metroEdit

After three decades of construction, the first segment of the Algiers Metro finally opened in 2011. The main line runs from Place des Martyrs next to the Casbash to Haï El Badr, with stops along several of the most important places in the city. From there it continues to El Harrach Centre. An extension line starts from Haï El Badr and terminates at Aïn Naâdja.

Tickets can be purchased at the station, either from a ticket machine (multiple languages but only takes coins) or from an attendant. A single trip ticket costs DA50, or a 10-trip ticket can be purchased for DA400.

      Stations
    Place des Martyrs
    Ali Boumendjel
    Tafourah - Grande Poste
    Khelifa Boukhalfa
    1er Mai
    Aïssat Idir
    Hamma
    Jardin d'essais
    Les Fusillés
    Cité Amirouche
    Cité Mer et Soleil
  Haï El Badr
Halte des Ateliers
Gué de Constantine
Ain Naadja
    Bachdjerrah Tennis
    Bachdjerrah
    El Harrach Gare
    El Harrach Centre

By taxiEdit

Taxis are a fast and cheap way to get around in Algiers. They can be found at taxi stands but negotiate the price before getting in. A tip is not expected but can be given if the service was particularly good.

Some taxi apps are also available, such as Yassir; payment is still in cash, although the amount is fixed by the app beforehand.

By busEdit

Buses operate within the city centre and to the suburbs: tickets are purchased on the bus for DA20. Typically, a man with a bundle of tickets approaches you when you board.

By tramEdit

A tram operates between Ruisseau in Belouizdad and Dergana Centre to the east of Algiers. Tickets are DA40 and can be bought from kiosks near the stops. The validation machines on the platforms rarely seem to work.

SeeEdit

  • 1 Great Mosque of Algiers. Built in 1097 and added upon by the French in the 1840s.    
  • 2 Martyrs' Memorial (Maqam Echahid) (in city center). An iconic concrete monument commemorating the Algerian war for independence. In the basement, there is an exhibition about the independence war, basically an exhibition of various kinds of arms the rebels used. DA50.
  • 3 National Museum of Fine Arts of Algiers.    
  • 4 La Grande Poste. A masterpiece of neo-Moorish architecture built in 1910 by the French.
  • 5 Palais des Raïs. A classified historical monument. DA200.    
  • 6 Jardin d'essais of el-hamma (jardin d'essai) (Take any station metro station of the main line and get out at Jardin D'essai metro station.). 09:00-16:00. DA150.
  • 7 Djamaa el Djazaïr (Great Mosque of Algiers). Large mosque with tallest minaret in the world. Still partly under construction. Some parts are already in use, but seemingly only open during prayer times. Anyone is allowed in during those times, both for prayer or visiting.

CasbahEdit

 
Casbah of Algiers

The Casbah is the ancient city, dating to the 17th century. It has been declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

  • 8 Ketchaoua Mosque. Built in 1794 by the Dey Baba Hassan.    
  • 9 El Djedid Mosque. Built in 1660 during the Turk reign.    

DoEdit

Parks, theme parks, nightclubs, local restaurants, are everywhere. Local shops and casbah shops are really cheap and have everything. Like taking risks? Then you can go to any mountain in the countryside and climb it. visiting the beach during sunset feels so romance.

BuyEdit

Unofficially exchanging money can be done in the Square Port Said and in Abane Ramdane Street. It's an incredibly common practice and feels very safe. The exchange rate is typically 40%-50% better than the official rate. People are most interested in exchanging euro. As of September 2022, you will get about DA210 for €1.

EatEdit

There are several restaurants in the Bois des Arcades area. This is the hill 500 m southeast of the big Martyrs memorial. Particularly good views over Algiers and the coast can be found from here. The hill is also a woodland, so is a nice area for walking too.

  • 1 Al Boustan Restaurant (El Boustene), Bois des Arcades Riadh El Feth. Panoramic restaurant overlooking Algiers. The restaurant is modern and very smart. An outdoor terrace offers the best views of Algiers and the coast. Food is excellent.

DrinkEdit

Algeria used to be famous for the production of particularly fine red wines, and has resumed the production of wines. The new production is also of very high quality and will be appreciated by wine aficionados. It is rarely found on the international market. Locally produced beer is good quality. Alcohol is readily available in hotels, good restaurants and shops.

SleepEdit

BudgetEdit

A good place to look for a hotel is Rue Abane Ramdane, which is very central in Algiers. There are several hotels with prices starting from DA2000-2500 for the cheapest category.

  • Central Touring Hotel, 9, rue Abane Ramdane. Has some kind of atmosphere, though for a cheap price. There are various categories of rooms, with shared toilets and showers, private showers only or private toilet + shower. 2000 DA - 5000 DA.
  • Hôtel El Badr, 31, Rue Amar El Kama ex (rue de chartres), . Located in the Casbah, quite run-down inside. It offers online booking, but prices are much cheaper if you just come and pay in cash (especially if you change money the unofficial way). This hotel can send you an official booking confirmation which the Algerian consulates will (hopefully) accept for visa application. from about 1300 DA.

Mid-rangeEdit

  • 1 Ibis Alger-Aéroport Hotel, Route de l'université, +213 21 98 80 20.
  • 2 Hotel Suisse, rue Lieutenant Salah Boulhart (ex-Drouillet), +213 21631009. Town centre hotel. Old and charming, but reasonably comfortable. Good value for town centre. Wireless internet throughout is fast.

SplurgeEdit

Stay safeEdit

Algiers is a relatively a safe place. However, staying alert about your surroundings and taking general safety precautions is always a good idea.

Violent crime is normally not a major problem, but thefts are known to happen. Keep your money close and hidden, and avoid poorly lit streets or alleys at night.

Guides offering their services should display an official badge from the local tourist authorities.

Be careful ordering room service if you are alone as even older women can be targets for robbery. Don't ask the waiter to enter your room.

Scams, such as inflated prices, can happen with taxi drivers so agree the price before getting .

Tourist police number: 1548

Police: 17

Fire: 14

Ambulance: 213 (0) 21-235-050

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