Algiers in detail


Emergency & Important Numbers

Good French and/or Arabic will be useful when calling about a medical emergency. Alternatively ask your hotel to call a private ambulance.

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Internet Access

Almost every hotel has wi-fi and there are masses of hole in the wall internet cafes throughout the city. Don't expect fast connection speeds anywhere.


There are banks all over the city centre and most now have ATMs that work with foreign cards. You can also try the airport or the lobby of one of the five-star hotels.

There is an open (but very much illegal) black market which offers considerably better exchange rates for euros (less so for other currencies). It's a good idea to ask a local to help you if you intend to change money here. Black market money changers congregate around the Hôtel Terminus.

Tourist Information

ONT Enthusiastic, if not wildly helpful, tourist office.