Getting around Algiers can be chaotic so driving isn't recommended. Metered licensed taxis are the most common form of transport for travellers, hailed directly off the street or found at taxi stands. There may be surcharges for travel at night, while shared taxis which operate specific routes are a common occurrence. Municipal buses and trams operate in the city, but aren't as popular with tourists. A Metro system opened in 2011, with 19 stations throughout the capital city.
Central Algiers is quite easily navigated on foot, with movement in the Casbah largely restricted to pedestrians. Car hire is available from the airport or through a hotel, although those unfamiliar with the city may find driving a hair-raising experience due to local driving conditions. When driving outside Algiers, a four-wheel drive vehicle is essential. Public ferries also operate from Algiers to other main coastal towns, including Ghazaouet, Oran, Annaba and Bejaia.
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