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Oran

Getting there & away

Local transport

Taxi

Taxis leave round the clock from the car park beside Stade 19 Juin (av des Martyrs de la Revolution) for Algiers (DA900, six hours) and from 4am to 8pm to Constantine (DA1600, 12 hours) and eastern Algeria.

Standard taxis collectifs (shared taxis) destinations from the USTO station (off rue Djemila, near Clinque Nekkache) include Biskra (DA120), Ghardaia (DA1100) and Msila (DA900).

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Land

Bus

Oran has several bus stations, which can be confusing for visitors, especially since they are strung out across the city and, since the privatisation of bus services, there is no reliable information.

Agence Castor, off the 2nd blvd Peripherieque, is a relatively new bus station serving northwest Algeria, including Mostaganem (DA80), Mascara (DA90) and Chlef (DA90).

The Gare Routiere el-Hemri (Blvd Colonel Lotfi), formerly known as SNTV, was the central bus station until bus services were privatised. Destinations include Algiers (DA470, eight hours), Tindouf (DA2100, 14 hours), Constantine (DA900, 14 hours), Setif (DA700, 12 hours), Ouargla (DA900, 12 hours), Ghardaia (DA700, 10 hours) and other distant places. There is no phone service, but M Boumazair of Amin Voyages (070 122926) at the station can provide information.

Buses leave the Yaghmourassen station (rue Yaghmourassen) for Tlemcen (DA200) and the west. Transport Veolia (021 498024) runs a day and night Oran–Algiers service from here (day/night DA720/820, eight hours).

Train

The train station (041 401502, 041 361788; blvd Mellah Ali) is a 10-minute walk from the centre. The service to Morocco stopped when the border closed, but there is a daily service to Sidi Bel Abbes at 4.10pm (one hour, 20 minutes), to Ain Temouchent (one hour) and Tlemcen at 1.30pm, Relizane at 3.45pm (1½ hours) and Algiers at 7.45am (1st/2nd class with 15% reduction on return fares, DA990/705, 4½ hours). There is no left-luggage facility.

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Boat

There are regular sailings from Oran to Alicante (Spain; 12 hours) and Marseille (France; 11 hours). Tickets must be bought in advance from one of several agencies in town, ENTMV (041 392166; 9 blvd de la Soummam) being the biggest.

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Air

Es-SéniaInternationalAirport (041 511153/591031) is 18 km southeast of town, near Tafraoui village.

Air Algérie (041 427205, 041 427206; www.air algerie.dz; 2 blvd Emir Abdelkader; 8am-noon & 2-5pm Sat-Wed, 8am-noon Thu) flies direct from Oran to a number of airports around Algeria including Algiers (approximately DA3720), Tindouf, Tamarasset (approximately DA14, 200), Adrar and Annaba.

International destinations served by Air Algérie include Paris, Lyon and Marseille. Aigle Azur (041 390940; www.aigle-azur.fr; airport) also operates a daily direct service to Paris.

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