Car Hire at Algiers Airport
This information is correct as of July 2015
Whether you want to camel trek across the Sahara, sleep under the starts with the Touareg or shop for curiosities in the Aladdin’s cave of alleyways in Algiers, you can find the best car hire at Algiers Airport with Skyscanner.
Where to hire a car at Algiers Airport
There are four car hire companies with desks at Algiers Airport: Avis, Budget, Hertz, and Thrifty. All of the desks are inside the terminal, so you don’t need to go far to pick up your car.
Petrol stations near Algiers Airport
Depending on your car rental agreement, you may need to hand your car back with a full tank.
Luckily there is a petrol station at El Harrach just 20 minutes from Algiers Airport. Simply head east from the airport and get on the N11. Take the first exit and get on to Rue Ouled Sidi El Cheick then the third exit at the roundabout and the petrol station will be on the left hand side.
Driving around Algiers Airport
Algiers Airport is well connected to the region’s main roads. The N11 across the north of the airport heading west to the centre of Algiers and east to Rouiba. The N24 runs north to Bordj El Bahri and south to Larbaa. The N5 is south of the airport and also runs east to west, to Hydra in the west and Thenia in the east, connecting to more of the region’s main roads.
Getting to your destination
We’ve put together a quick guide on getting to the most popular destinations from Algiers Airport.
This holy town nestles in the enchanting Sahara desert. Giant ramparts and mudbrick houses line ancient narrow winding streets that hark back to the 14th century. Dress codes here are strict and no photos are permitted but seeing this unique place is worth the restrictions. While here, it is possible to camp overnight under the vast starry desert skies, surf the sand dunes or even hop on a camel and see the sights at a slower pace.
The journey to Ben Isguen is around 8 hours by car from Algiers Airport. East of the airport, take the N5 highway and then exit onto the N61. Head for the N64 then the N18 and finally the Trans Sahara Highway (N1) following signs for Ben Isguen.
Set deep within the beautiful Hoggar Mountains, Tamanrasset is the unofficial capital of the Sahara region. Here, mountain hiking affords unforgettable breath-taking views of the vast sandy desert, of camels ambling through the Sahara heat haze and of the mysterious local Touareg tribes going about their mystical nomadic lives in this captivating landscape.
The drive to Tamanrasset is a gruelling 28 hours but with stops it is well worth exploring the incredible landscapes en-route. East of the airport, take the N5 highway and then exit onto the N61. Head for the N64 then the N18 and finally the Trans Sahara Highway (N1). Stay on this road following signs for Tamanrasset.
A city of exquisite beauty Algiers is a patchwork of elegant boulevards and poised villas, of French and Soviet architecture and plunging green gorges that wind their way downwards to the Mediterranean mouth of the Bay of Algiers. The steep, hillside Casba is the heart of the city where labyrinths of secret streets hide markets selling weird and wonderful produce. This ancient city will make everyone feel like Indiana Jones exploring a long lost civilisation – just one that happens to come with fabulous cafes, restaurants, coffee houses and a more than lively nightlife.
It takes less than 30 minutes to reach the centre of Algiers from the airport. Simply head east from the airport and get on the N11 highway. Take the Colonel Mellah Ali road and follow signs to the centre.
There is a range of parking in Algiers, some on street and some car parks. The ferry port also provides ample parking while many hotels in Algiers also offer free parking.