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1. Posted by kelleytreg (First Time Poster 1 posts) 7y

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Hello,

My boyfriend and I are going to be in Morocco around December and need to get to Egypt as cheaply as possible.
We have considered flying but would like to do something more interesting and cheaper.
How easy, safe, cheap would it be to go through Algeria and Libya? I have read some websites and there are alot of mixed opinions. We were also considering getting to Israel and going from that direction. We are open to any ideas at the moment.
Anyone with any thoughts please please let us know.

THANK YOU

2. Posted by markwillen (Budding Member 78 posts) 7y

Sadly, the Moroccan Algerian border has been firmly closed for years - excluding a special aid convoy of Gaza, which was allowed though as a humanitarian gesture.

It is possible to fly to Algeria from Morocco.

The Moroccan Government and King Mohamed VI are still pushing for the border to be re-opened, but it seems sadly unlikely in the immediate future.

3. Posted by Best (Budding Member 14 posts) 7y

The cheapest way from Morocco to Algeria is the night train. It takes some 10 hours to cover the distance. I'm not sure about algeria but Tunisia is quite safe

4. Posted by markwillen (Budding Member 78 posts) 7y

That is interesting - are you sure the train allows you to connect through to Algeria? There's a night train shown on ONCF's website to Oujda (on the border), but there's no inference that they can take you further.

There's been a recent article in the press here lambasting Algeria for causing suffering to families split by the border (my wife is Oujdia). Surely jumping on the train would negate this? Or do you have to board at Casa?

If the train works, I shall be trying it out!

5. Posted by t_maia (Travel Guru 3289 posts) 7y

My boyfriend and I are going to be in Morocco around December and need to get to Egypt as cheaply as possible.
We have considered flying but would like to do something more interesting and cheaper.

There is no cheaper way to get from Morocco to Egypt than flying. If you can enter the UK, Ireland or the Schengen states visa-free I would go this route: fly with Ryanair to Dublin, London or Germany and then catch a charter flight (thomsonfly or tuifly) to Egypt.

www.skyscanner.net can help you find good deals.

The problem is that it is currently impossible to go overland from Morocco to Egypt, especially for a Westerner. First because the border of Morocco with Algeria is closed and second because it is so incredibly difficult to get a visa to Lybia for somebody who is not Arab and muslim. Algeria and Lybia are neither easy nor cheap to travel in - and while Lybia is safe Algeria is not.

6. Posted by Utrecht (Moderator 5595 posts) 7y

Quoting t_maia

[quote]incredibly difficult to get a visa to Lybia for somebody who is not Arab and muslim.

unless you have a pre-arranged tour in Libya. Then it's not more difficult than other countries. ;)
In other words: no independent travel possible.

7. Posted by t_maia (Travel Guru 3289 posts) 7y

unless you have a pre-arranged tour in Libya.

Give me the contact details of a tour operator who has managed do a tour in Lybia within the last 2 years and I'll make Lybia my next destination (money concerns be damned)

From what I have seen and heard it is still almost impossible to get a visa to Lybia even when you have a pre-arranged tour in Lybia.

In many cases tours had to be cancelled because either none or not enough of the participants could get a tourist visa.

8. Posted by Utrecht (Moderator 5595 posts) 7y

Quoting t_maia

unless you have a pre-arranged tour in Libya.

Give me the contact details of a tour operator who has managed do a tour in Lybia within the last 2 years and I'll make Lybia my next destination (money concerns be damned)

From what I have seen and heard it is still almost impossible to get a visa to Lybia even when you have a pre-arranged tour in Lybia.

In many cases tours had to be cancelled because either none or not enough of the participants could get a tourist visa.

I've heard about that yes, I was talking about the technical things regarding arranging a visa. The 'arrange a tour directly with Libyan organisation' stuff is something else, but I doubt it that with persistence you won't get one. Read lots of good about a few on the LP forum.
Besides, arranging things in your home land hardly works out to be more expensive. If I want, I can go to Libya next month without a problem. it's the money yes that might be a 'problem': I found Libya the most expensive destinations to travel to and around within a relative short distance from the netherlands. Direct Return tickets from Amsterdam are more expensive compared to tickets to the US, South Africa or Japan!

[ Edit: Edited on 01-Sep-2009, at 06:23 by Utrecht ]