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Personal Experiences
=== Personal Experiences ===
It took [[User:N0id|n0id]] two hours to find a ride in August 2009. Without a basic knowledge of French it would have been much harder. Many trucks already had two drivers, only a few didn't. Truck drivers on the ferry told him that it was much harder to hitch a ride from Tangier to Algeciras, due to the drivers' fear of getting busted for drug-trafficking and the tight security at the port in Tangier. On the other side, security will let you sleep in the ''gare maritime'' in Tanger (New Port) if you arrive after 23:00 because there won't be any buses going to Tangier city anymore.
 
[[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.
 
[[User:Traveling_Charles|Traveling Charles]] used this information and hitched the ferry in May & June 2013. Since they were two people, they were unsuccessfull asking the trucks waiting in line to board the boat and many of the drivers said no, as they can only take one person. But they asked the guy who was in charge of loading the boats and he was the key for getting a ride as he said he'd help them and basically gave permission to one of the drivers to take two people and so the driver who had previously said no, was then happy to take them now that he had the permission.
 
[[File:Hh-maroc-camion.jpg|left|300px|thumb|right|[[User:Amylin|Amylin]], inside a truck, hitchhiking onto the ferry from [[Algeciras]], [[Spain]] to [[Tangier|Tanger]], [[Morocco]], April 2008.]]
 
==== 2016 and onward (post-renovations) ====
[[User:Payne]] reports, from hitching the ferry to Morocco in April 2017:
There are more or less two ways to hitch the ferry. You will either ask around in the parking area, or wait at the entrance gate for the trucks boarding the ferry. You are not assured to get an exit stamp of the Schengen Area through any of those options.
Personal experience: Blitz and J successfully hitchhiked to Morocco in February 2018. J speaks French and this was essential for communicating with drivers and securing rides. We first tried to pass by the final police check before trucks board the ferry, the on duty officer told us it was impossible, had never been done and we couldn’t pass. Having read hitchwiki we knew this wasn’t true and decided to persist, passing through the fence elsewhere was not an option because we both had packs and the area from the fence to the ferry is large so we would have been spotted immediately. J suggested we try at the roundabout before the final police check anyway incase the officer on duty had changed. We spoke to truck drivers and were both taken through within 20 minutes by trucks. When passing through the police check the officer had changed and the officer on duty barely glanced at either of us.
 
Me and my friend were not able to make it past the police checkpoints in september 2018. As we tried to walk around the (first?) checkpoint two police officers in a car came and told us to go back. We didnt try it any longer so maybe if you are more sneaky and resistant you can make it.
 
Boarding the ferry in a truck. Someone drove me into the port, then on the first roundabout we went right, there is a parking with some trucks and a cafeteria. I think it's called "Parque de seguridad". I asked a truck he told me I was crazy. I asked a second one and he took me in. It took me less than a minute... And free meal on the ferry.
== 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 saying "Salida Norte" for a couple of minutes and you'll see the huge shipping port. Keep on walking and you'll be on the main road out of the Port, where all cars coming from the ferries 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.
[[User:Vrana|Vrana]] found that if If you just walk over to where the cars are being led off the ferry and out of the port area (the roundabout by the main building), you can find a lot of people hitching and cars that stop. She found a ride directly to Amsterdam there.
[[User:Fedecicco|Fedecicco]] found his lift on the same round about but he was very lucky. It is better Better to try next to the harbour (you can see also a petrol station but don't ask there) there is an alimentary security control for trucks. All trucks trasporting fish or fruit (the bests to go straight in continental europe) must pass by it and stop inside. He arrived there during spanish holidays (semana santa) that's why it was pretty hard but normally this option should be the best. Either try directly at the ferry harbour (not the big merchandise one) where cars and trucks leave the ferries, or look for trucks that doesn't cross the sea and just wait for containers.
==Sleep==
Around the harbour are plenty of supposedly "cheap hotels" for around 10€/night. However, the waiting hall for the ferries is open 24/24h, is actually safe, controlled and also some other people (locals/homeless/travelers) sleep in it. If you don't find a lift for the ferry or a long lift for Europe, it is better to sleep there and try the next day instead of moving somewhere else.
I slept one night in waiting Waiting hall on toilets for disabled the ferries is open 24/24h, is actually safe, controlled and also some other people and (locals/homeless/travelers) sleep in it was ok. No one disturb me but If you don't find a lift for sure it´s not the most beautiful sleeping spotferry or a long lift for Europe, it is better to sleep there and try the next day instead of moving somewhere else== Trashwiki & Nomadwiki == [[nomad:Algeciras]] [[trash:Algeciras]]
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