Getting there & away
Libya’s borders with Algeria, Chad, Niger and Sudan were not open to travellers at the time of writing. Niger’s border does open from time to time depending on the political winds; check the situation in Tripoli before setting out as it’s a long road back to anywhere if it’s closed.
The Libya–Egypt border, 139km east of Tobruk at Amsaad and 12km west of Sallum in Egypt, is remote, chaotic and, in summer, perishingly hot; bring your own water. Foreign travellers are often, embarrassingly, shepherded to the front of the queue. We’ve never heard of anyone turning down such an offer as a matter of principle.
Long-distance buses run from Benghazi to Cairo (24 hours). On the Egyptian side of the border, shared taxis go from Sallum and service taxis travel from Marsa Matruh to the Libyan border, where your Libyan tour operator will meet you by prior arrangement.
To get to Libya many travellers fly to Tunisia (for which there are numerous cheap flights) and then cross the Tunisia–Libya border by land at Ras Adjir. There are numerous buses and shared taxis between Tripoli and Tunis (10 to 12 hours), although most travellers take a Tunisian shared taxi from Sfax or Ben Guerdane as far as the border, where their Libyan tour company will meet them and arrange onward travel.
The vast majority of international flights into Libya arrives at Tripoli International Airport, Benghazi’s Bernina Airport. A small number of flights also use Tripoli’s Metiga Airport and Sebha’s airport.
Many airlines serve Tripoli, including the following:
Afriqiyah Airways (021-3333647; www.afriqiyah.aero)
Air Malta (021-3350579; www.airmalta.com)
Alitalia (021-3350298; www.alitalia.com)
Austrian Airlines (021-3350242; www.aua.com)
British Airways (021-3351281; www.britishairways.com)
Emirates (021-3350597; www.emirates.com)
KLM Royal Dutch Airlines (021-3350018; www.klm.com)
Lufthansa (021-3350375; www.lufthansa.com)
Royal Jordanian (021-4442453; www.rja.com.jo)
Swiss International Airlines (021-3350022; www.swiss.com)
Syrianair (021-4446716; www.syriaair.com)
Tunis Air (021-3336303; www.tunisair.com)
Turkish Airlines (021-3351252; www.turkishairlines.com)