Sudan border / Al Awenat
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LexicOrient has little information on how the practice for border crossing between Sudan and Libya is at the present. The border is used, and lorries pass it daily with merchandise. Beyond this, there appears to be no sort of public transportation on Sudanese side, but hitch hiking should offer little problem, except that it will be expected that you pay for the service. On Libyan side, the only sort of public transportation is erratic air flights between Al Awenat and Kufra, but here as well you could expect to get a lift with one of the lorries. When in Libya, chances are that you will not be asked for any money for the ride with one of the lorries.
Egypt border / Al Burdi
The border post between Libya and Egypt is presently by far the most used way of entering Libya. This has resulted in often long waiting, a waiting period doubled by the fact that travellers and their baggage is zealously controlled on both sides.
While it is possible to make the journey from Egypt to Libya, or back, in small stretches, few choose any other way than going directly between the larger destinations. There are first class connections between Tripoli/Benghazi in Libya and Alexandria and Cairo in Egypt. The longest stretch, Tripoli to Cairo takes 35-50 hours, but for the alternatives that reach up to 50 hours this include a night's stay in Benghazi. At the time being LexicOrient has received conflicting information on whether the bus itself pass the border, or not.
It pays dividends buying your tickets in Egypt. In general, the same bus and the same route will be priced at 1/3 of Libyan prices.
Shared taxis offer the same service, and these often do the same leg in shorter time, without asking for much higher prices.
Algeria border / Ghat
According to our last information, this border point is open for incidental travelling, but this could have changed almost anytime. Facilities are relatively good, and processing is fast. The main obstacle is transportation, do not count on hitch hiking, and most certainly not on public transportation.
Ghat in Libya is 100 km to the north, while Djanet in Algeria is 300 along the way.
Tunisia border / Ras el-Jedir
Getting to Libya from Tunisia is relatively straightforward, but you will have to take independent transportation on either side of the border. Shared taxis will bring you from major connection points like Houmt Souq on Jerba, or from Sfax or even Sousse. These are extremely reasonably priced, at an approximate US$3/100 km. Buses on Libyan side is the main offer, and these will either bring you right where you want to go, or to a larger city like Tripoli, which has excellent connections with almost any Libyan destination.
The procedures at the border is quite time demanding, and using half the day on getting to the other side of the border, is quite commonplace. Except that it takes time, all of this is reported to be unproblematic, and neither Libyan nor Tunisian officials will cause more problems than you deserve yourself.
It has been reported that some travellers have been able to obtain visa at the border. This is not common, and unless you are certain that you are the lucky one today, or you see no other way of getting a visa, you should arrange everything at a Libyan consulate well in advance. Anyhow, should you test this out, at least bring an Arabic translation of your passport.
Over the recent years, the embargo of Libya has been lifted, and there are several international airlines serving Libya. Most go between Libya and other Middle Eastern countries. For travellers from other continents, getting to London first is the best solution. Connections between London and Tripoli are frequent and reasonably priced.
There are several ferries running between Tripoli and three other countries.The most frequent are the ones to and from Valetta on Malta, which is badly run, and with very different prices depending on whether you buy your tickets in Libya or on Malta (Libya is by far most expensive with US$200 for one way).
Erratic ferry connections to Morocco (Casablanca) and Egypt (Alexandria) as well. In periods once a week, other times less. Buying the ticket in Morocco or Egypt will once again be the most reasonable. Buying according to Libyan prices, expect to hand out US$300 one way. The ferry for Morocco takes 4 days, for Egypt count on using 2 days.
Niger border / Tumu
The border post between Libya and Niger, has not been reported open for years. And the stretch of desert that has to be passed before getting to the border, from either side, makes such an itinerary interesting only for the hardest of travellers.
Niger has faced great internal political difficulties in its northern regions, and at the moment LexicOrient does not know if this conflict is now over or not.
Chad border / Uzu
At the present the border post between Chad and Libya does not allow people to freely move back and forth. According to our last information, getting from Chad to Libya this way, is near impossible, while going from Libya to Chad can be done after getting permission from local authorities to move down through this desolate part of Libya.
There are no real roads as such going between the populated regions of Libya and the border region. Tracks pass through the desert to areas near Waw Namus, or Zuwayla. Thre appears to be a chance of getting to the eastern parts of Libya, connecting to the roads north of Kufra.
Much of the problems with this border post is connected with the year long conflict between Libya and Chad on the border issue.