Algeria Driving Advice and Car Hire Info
Driving In Algeria
There is still a high risk of terrorism and kidnap of foreigners in Algeria. Your Governments Foreign Office website should be consulted before you consider self driving in Algeria. UK FCO advice on driving is -If you want to drive a car you will need to obtain a local permit. Do not use public transport other than taxis recommended by your hotel. Overland travel outside major cities should be avoided at night, as buses and other vehicles have been attacked, sometimes at illegal vehicle checkpoints. It is advisable to travel in a convoy of at least two to three vehicles. Sustained small-scale attacks, including bombings, illegal roadblocks and kidnapping occur in many rural parts of the country.
Having said that, a DriverAbroad site user, Roma Massot, drove in a self drive car in Algeria in Summer 2014. Here are his experiences –
DRIVING in ALGERIA (5-25 June 2014)
I rented a car during 14 days! the best way to visit the country.
(No experience with bus. Train was also good: we did Oran to Algier).
-NO need of International License: my Spain/European was perfect!
-Don’t forget “marriage certificate” if you travel with your couple to avoid a problem in several severe hotels…other case they want a room for each person (and of course, to pay both!).
-Very difficult to obtain a car in Algier capital: no cars, old ones, etc…even some cars very old and spoiled.
-The solution was the airport (International, Algier). Only 3 companies, in a small house, some 300 m outside of the main hall, in the parking area. “Rapide” was closed, “Hertz” more expensive, and unpleasant people. “CERVICAR” very kind. Only one small car was possible. Hyundai i10, Really new, good price (less tha 3000DA/day, 300km/day, no full insurance. 300 US$ as garantee. 1€=100DA (oficial)
-Motorways (east-side in the country, and several 4 ways,…always free, and good conditions.
-other roads, good in general, but some surprises (rims choped, some pits, etc).
-Main inconvenience: a lot of “dos d’ane” or “relantisseur”… some ones very high.. and a lot without a sign!!. You must be very careful…because unattended, you can fly …
-Signs usually in arab and french…no problem. Perhaps you will need to ask some times…Lot of people speak really good french (no english). Everybody very friendly and helpful…
-Security: No problem. “militarized country”, Controls quite often, every few km, with walls in the road, police,…Almost never they ask for your papers. NO PICTURES allowed, remember!! Going through the desert, you need “gendarmeria” taking care of you. To arrive to Timimoun, 1 hour of papers, and police with us during 150 km (4×4 in front and behind us). Kind and gentle. Just for your security, they say.
-Driving people is a bit anarchic, but not terrible. You can do it. Be prudent, and of course only during day light. Motorway: 120 km/h. Other roads, 90, 80, …But take care of “police dormant”, dangerous…!
-Petrol: so cheap! Just 23 da /liter (official: 23 cents of euro; if you change euros in the street, just 16 cent of euro). I bought a bottle of 10 liters, to avoid problems. It helped me going Timimoun (Sahara). The gas station in the middle way was closed.! In general, you have enough petrol stations, but some ones are closed, or dont have your type of essence. Full your tank when you have only the half. Tips are not necessary…but you can give the 4-10 dinars of the change. Salaries, sure, very low.
-I drived 4.500 km with any inconvenience. No experience about to go to Tamanrasset. Sure is better to fly there (2000 km + 2000 return! desert…monotony).
Algeria Car Rental
Hertz are the only big rental company operating in Algeria.Sixt feature the country on their website but it doesn’t seem to allow you to make a reservation. Algeria also features on Car Rental broker sites such as Argus Car Hire.
This is a company in Algiers who can arrange rental cars-
This is another local option
This is a local company based in Bejaia
This is a local broker site-
Algeria Self Driving Rules
Minimum age for renting is 25. Cars can’t be taken out of Algeria.