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Ouargla is a city in Saharan Algeria and a hub for the country's petroleum industry. The population of the urban area was just under 200,000 in 2008.

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By plane[edit]

There are daily flights from Algiers and Oran by Air Algérie. The airport in the city of Hassi Messaoud, 80 km (50 mi) to the east has seasonal direct flights from France.

  • 1 Ain Beida Airport (OGX IATA Ouargla Airport) (is located 8 km (5.0 mi) southeast of the city). Ain Beida Airport (Q4264562) on Wikidata Ain Beida Airport on Wikipedia

By bus[edit]

By far the cheapest way of travelling to Ouargla is by bus. There are connections from most major cities in Algeria, but journey times are long. For example a trip from Algiers takes 13-15 hours.

  • 2 Ouargla bus station (Gare routiere de Ouargla).

By rail[edit]

As of 2022, trains terminate in Touggourt, 140 km (87 mi) northeast along highway N3. As of 2022, the railway line is being extended towards Ouargla and sections of it are expected to open in 2024. Until then an overnight train to Touggourt and then travelling by bus could be a comfortable option.

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A modern tram in Ouargla.

A modern tram system, the only one in the Sahara, runs through the city.

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The historic city centre, the ksar, is still mostly intact and features winding alleyways and traditional Berber architecture.

  • 1 Saharan Museum of Ouargla (Musée saharien de Ouargla). (Q63485043) on Wikidata
  • 2 Lalla A'azza Mosque.
  • 3 Ouargla church. Historic church.
  • 4 Ruins of Sédrata. Ruins of an former Berber city, which flourished during the Medieval period. (Q109044117) on Wikidata

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