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Annaba

Getting there & away

Local transport

Taxi

Shared taxis leave from the Sidi Brahim gare routière. Destinations include Algiers (DA1200), Sétif (DA500), Constantine (DA250), Biskra (DA600), Tebessa (DA400) and Guelma (DA100).

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Land

Bus

The gare routière (bus station) is just over 1km from the centre along the av de l’Armée de Libération Nationale at Sidi Brahim, a 20-minute walk or DA100 taxi. Since the buses were nationalised, the upstairs information and booking office has been abandoned and you must ask at the quays for tickets and information. Main services include Algiers (DA700, 10 hours), Sétif (DA350, four to five hours), Constantine (DA150, 1¼ hours) and Guelma (DA70, one hour). For many other destinations, you need to change at Sétif. The Tunis service seems to have been discontinued, though there are still shared taxis.

Train

Annaba’s huge mosquelike station (038 863302/855263) with a minaret clock tower is a short walk from the end of the Cours de la Révolution and close to the port. The overnight express to Algiers leaves at 8.20pm (sleeping car 2nd/1st class DA1221/1650, seat DA945; 10 hours). Other destinations include Sidi Amar (DA20) and Souk Ahras (DA95).

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Boat

Most of the shipping in Annaba’s port is industrial, but Algérie Ferries (865557; www.algerieferries.com; Gare Maritime) sails to Marseille (France) and Alicante (Spain).

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Air

RabahBitatAirport (038 520132; www.egsa-con stantine.dz) is 12km from the centre and as there is no bus, you’ll need to go by taxi (up to DA500). A new terminal building is currently being planned. Air Algérie (038 847333; Rond Point Sidi Brahim 038 867120; www.airalgerie.dz; Cours de la Révolution) flies to Algiers and Oran, as well as Paris, Lyon, Marseille and Nice (France).

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