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Getting There & Away

The only public transport options from Beirut to Baalbek are minibuses and service taxis. From the Cola transport hub, a minibus to Baalbek costs LL8000 (1½ hours); a service taxi costs LL15,000. The bus stop in Baalbek is by the Palmyra Hotel, and the service taxi stand is in the souq area.

In summer, you can negotiate a private taxi to take you across the barren, beautiful mountains to the Cedars or Bcharré (1½ hours) for around US$80 to US$100.