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'''Algeciras''' is an industrial port-city in southern [[Spain]], in the region named [[Andalusia]]. It is one of the main ferry crossings to [[Tangier]], [[Morocco]], and from which it is often possible to hitchhike with truckers ("camioneros") onto a boat to Morocco, without having to pay a ticket. Many drivers have the right to bring a passenger along with them, so it is both legal and free for them to take you along. Beforehand, you will see many trucks waiting in the many parking lots surrounding the port. The easiest way to find a ride is to simply ask, and continue asking everyone you see until you find someone who is leaving on the next [[hitchhiking a boat|boat]]. The last ferry of the night departs around 24:00, and each ferry loads about an hour before departure. So, to be on the safe side, you should arrive no later than 21.00 if you´d like to try for the last ferry of the night.
There are basically two ways of getting a lift. Walking around and asking truck drivers is one option, you will meet many of them on their way between town and the truck parking lot, a little south of the main terminal, where the military port is. Stand near the roundabout (see maps) and ask people, but they might go hours or days later. <br> If you want to get a quicker ride, it's better to try your luck in right where they boad the terminal itselfferry. Follow the signposting for the trucks to Tangier (same as for the P.I.F. parking lot). If you feel you are running around areas where no pedestrians should be, don't worry, authorities seem to be quite relaxed. Walk until you come to a roundabout where the signposting for Tanger (trucks) and P.I.F. parking lot lead different ways, there should be a little police control - but they don't seem to care. You can walk around that roundabout and all the way up to the water where the adjacent parking lot, asking for a lift. most trucks there boats are going to Morocco, loaded and should leave in ask the following 1-2 hourstruckers waiting there.
Remember that the ferries do not go to tangier Tangier itself, but to Tangier-Med, a port 40 km to the east of tangierTangier. Apparently, there There is a free shuttle service Bus to Tangier itselfTanger right by the Port, which costs 7MAD (0,70€), or you can just hitch from the portbut hitchhiking is obviously possible as well.
Customs and [[border crossing]] patrol will take place on the ferry. You should bring your passport and a pen to fill out the form that you will be given. Sometimes, you have to ask the staff for guidance, since the border personnel expect you to come to them, rather than for them to come to you. You should take care of all passport-stamping before the boat arrives in Tanger because you will have to present your stamped passport page to the authorities before leaving the port.
[[User:DamnthatTelevision|DamnthatTelevision]] got a ride with the first camion he saw, and crossed the straight with the Moroccan driver, who also bought dinner and let him sleep at his place in [[Tangier]]. French was crucial, moroccan hospitality is legendary.
'''2014 IMPORTANT UPDATE''': I tried to hitch a truck to Morocco August 2014 and there were major As of March 2016, renovations going underway all around of the port, meaning there is no longer a nice easy parking lot where truckers park before getting on the ships. It took me almost 10 hours of searching but I finally got someone by standing by the road near the boarding platformseem to be complete. There is doesn't seem to be a parking lot where Trucks to Morocco are waiting in the south where you will see lots of truckersport, but DO NOT go here, as it is only for truckers coming off you can just walk all the boats, and there are lots of guards who will shoo you away. Here is rough instructions to get way through to the spot I found: Walk towards the main terminal (where the public buys tickets). Take a left quay and follow the Tangers/Truck signsask around there. You should pass a big warehouse and eventually (just north of This has the warehouse) come to a little gas station. Just next to the gas station in front of the cement deviders is added advantage that your best chance. Trucks pass there ride should usually leave on the way to boardingnext ferry, and often times park and relax for a bit. It's not ideal, but it will work. The situation should change rapidly as the renovations continue, so if you hitch it please update this section -[[User:PhysicsHipster|PhysicsHipster]]  UPDATE February 2015: A hitchhiking couple, Ewelina and Luís had to wait for around five hours (8-13) until they got a ride (this is not counting with already where everybody is boarding the couple of hours they spent the night boat. Right before checking how the place looked like and trying their luck - which was useful to last Police checkpoint, there can be quicker getting around next morning). They followed the directions mentioned by PhysicsHipster. Close to the little gas station there's quite a roundabout where the queue of trucks pass through a gate towards the main parking lot. They managed to cross it easily, both at day- and nighttimewhom you can also ask, without any problems from the workers who didn't say anything when they got but nobody seems to know they were trying to hitch to Morocco. Just as both of them managed to find drivers willing to take them onboard, a not-so-empathetic worker didn't allow Luís to get on care if you walk past the truck without a ticketcheckpoint either. Soon the police arrived and they were both told to head back Next to the roundabout. Again, not much traffic, but Ewelina managed to get a ride in ~10 minutes and Luís checkpoint there is also found a truck driver after another 30 minutesparking lot, both luckily on the same ferry (but the explanation "my girlfriend is already onboard, and me here on this roundabout" was convincing enough).The port in Tanger Med is huge, it has many platforms and the main building is quite big. So getting to meet on the same boat was really fortunate and made things easier (they had only one phone).  You can just simply walk all the road for trucks to the place, where they there are entering the ferry. How it was already mentioned, no one actually cares that you are in prohibited area for pedestrians. I walked around coming from the police, security, stuff ferries and nobody said anything. When you are on the place few meters from the sea, there are plenty of trucks waiting for the next boat. The very first driver that was alone offered me a liftnot going to Morocco. Dinner included :)
If you are planning on buying a ferry ticket to Morocco, consider sailing out of the little-known port of Motril, which is an hour and a half south of Granada. If you don't want to make the detour all the way to Algeciras, the boat from Motril to [[Melilla]] costs about the same as from Algeciras to Ceuta (€36 for adult, €32 for ages 17-21). Drawbacks: Ferries leave only once a day, and the trip is several hours long (although you may enjoy the cruise). [[Melilla]] is a bit out of the way, but if you plan on heading straight for [[Fes]] or Tazekka National Park, it may be a good starting point.
== Coming from Morocco ==
Arriving by ferry from Morocco you should have tried to locate a ride on or before the ferry. If this failed (as it did in my case) you arrive at the ''passengers port''. Go past the places where there are long distance buses and you'll come to a crossing. Follow the signs to whatever direction you're going to. If your going direction Malaga (many people going long-distance here) follow the signs to Malaga saying "Salida Norte" for a couple of minutes and you'll see the huge shipping port. Keep on walking until and you come to a roundabout 'll be on the main road out of the Port, where there will be many trucks going in slow speed and many all cars from all over Europe coming from the ferry. Although these cars tend to be fullferries are passing.
If you're going far make sure the driver drives on Playa del Sol or some other motorway and don't avoid them because they aren't free.
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