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Wednesday, April 22, 2009

How to get to | Libya

This is part of a series of blog entries on how to get to countries and places. Here is a link to the index. I plan to eventually cover every country and some other places. If you have a request for a particular country or place please use the email me link at top right, or leave a comment.


Source: David Gunn

You can enter Libya by land from Egypt and Tunisia by bus or shared taxi. However the drives are long (24 hours from Cairo, 12 hours from Tunis) and hot. A few airlines fly to Libya (almost all to Tripoli) as follows:

  • Star Alliance - Austrian, EgyptAir, Lufthansa, Turkish
  • Oneworld - British Airways, Royal Jordanian
  • Sky Team - KLM
  • Other selected - Emirates, various north African airlines

TIP Visa and entry requirements have in the past changed at short notice. Keep up to date by checking through the Timatec tool (link is also on the sidebar).

TIP Some fares from Libya are very cheap, with particularly large savings in first and business class. However not all airlines participate (eg Lufthansa does not) and the ticket must be issued in Libya (by airline ticket office or local travel agent).

TIP Libya is unfortunately not easily able to be incorporated in Oneworld Explorer (xONEx) around the world fares due to backtracking rules.

Updated 2 May: An xONEx rule change now treats Libya as part of Europe (along with the other North African countries) and thus Libya can now be usefully included on the Oneworld around the world fare.

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