Getting around Algiers is relatively easy. Taxis are plentiful and are the easiest means of getting around the city. They can be hailed directly off the street or found at taxi stands, and most are metered; there may be surcharges for travel at night. Shared taxis, which operate specific routes, are also common in Algiers. Municipal buses and trams operate in the city, although these are not as popular with tourists. A Metro system opened in 2011 and provides a good mode of transport for locals and visitors alike.
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. If 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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