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Tunis

Getting there & away

Local transport

Services to/from Tozeur (US$16, seven hours, five daily), Tataouine (US$19, 8½ hours, three daily), Matamata (US$14, eight hours, one daily), Jerba (US$17, eight hours, three daily), Sfax (US$10, four hours, hourly), Sousse (US$7, 2½ hours, hourly) and Tripoli (Libya; US$25, 11½ hours, several weekly) are found at the southern bus station; louages to the same destinations (except Tripoli) leave regularly nearby. At the northern bus station, services go to/from Tabarka (US$8, three hours, hourly), Ain Draham (US$8, 4½ hours, four daily), Jendouba (US$7, three hours, six daily) and Le Kef (US$8, 3½ hours, hourly) via Tebersouk. Louages for eastern Algeria leave from Rue el-Jazira and to Tripoli US$25, 10 hours) from Place Sidi Bou Mendil at the southeast corner of the medina.

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Land

Train

The most popular route is the line from Tunis to Sousse (US$7), Sfax (US$9) and Jendouba (US$5).

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Boat

Ferries from Europe arrive at La Goulette, at the end of the causeway across Lake Tunis. The cheapest way to reach the city from here is by TGM suburban train. A private taxi from the port to Ave Habib Bourguiba shouldn’t cost more than US$5.

Tirrenia Navagazione, whose agent is Carthage Tours (344 066; www.carthagetours.com.tn ; 59 Ave Habib Bourguiba), runs boats between Tunis and Trapani (passenger/car from US$50/100, Monday), Naples (US$100/170, Sunday), and sometimes La Spezia in Italy. Compagnie Tunisienne de Navigation (CTN; 322 802; www.ctn.com.tn ; 122 Rue de Yougoslavie) runs services to/from Genoa (Italy; US$150/250) and Marseilles (France; US$180/380). Société Nationale Maritime Corse Méditerranée (SNCM; 338 222; www.sncm.fr ; 47 Farhat Hached) runs to/from Marseilles for similar prices as well as Bastia (Corsica; US$170/370).

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Air

Tuninter, the internal airline of Tunis Air (330 100; www.tunisair.com ; 48 Ave Habib Bourguiba), flies from Tunis to/from Jerba, Sfax and Tozeur; each flight costs around US$80, but cheaper deals are sometimes available.

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