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transport to bilma

Could anyone tell me what's the easiest way to get to Bilma in Niger without my own means of transport or taking a tour?
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Agadez to Dirkou (about 40 km north of Bilma) is a key transport route to Libya. You might be able to pick up a ride on one of the 10 wheel drive Merc trucks that ply this route. I would say it takes 2 to 3 days from Agadez to Bilma in one of these trucks. It took us 24 hours driving in an old L/Rover.

A lift from Dirkou to Bilma will probably take half a day of waiting in Dirkou to organise.

Not many tourists will have ever got to Bilma this way though. You'll be an unusual passenger on one of those trucks.

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We were in Dirkou in March 2005. Locals told us that there is a regular bus service to Agadez once a week. Takes apparently 2 -5 days for the 600 Km. Take enough water...

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