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Air

Tunis Carthage International Airport services international and domestic destinations. Note that flights to coastal towns in the middle of summer are popular, so book well in advance.

To & From the Airport

Tunis' airport is 8km northeast of the city centre; a taxi to Centre Ville, the medina, Sidi Bou Saïd or Carthage should officially cost no more than 10DT, but most drivers refuse to use their meters, and you will have no choice but to pay the fare of 20T to 25DT that the local taxi-driver cartel has conspired to implement. Fortunately, this doesn't apply to fares from Tunis to the airport (insist on the meter being used). Do not respond to overtures from any taxi tout in the arrivals hall or near the doors – go directly to a taxi and negotiate with the driver. And if you are negotiating a fare rather than using a meter, make sure it is all-inclusive (ie that luggage is included).

SNT Bus 35 heads to/from the Tunis Marine Bus Station (0.8DT, about 30 minutes, half-hourly from 6.30am to 9pm).

Note that the TGM L’Aeroport station is not near the airport.

Boat

Ferries from Europe arrive at La Goulette, at the eastern end of the causeway across Lake Tunis. A taxi to the city centre costs about 8DT. Insist that your taxi driver uses the meter.

In summer, reserve tickets from Europe as early as possible.

Grimaldi Lines operates ferries to/from Civitavecchia, Palermo and Salerno in Italy.

Compagnie Tunisienne de Navigation handles tickets for ferries to Livorno and Genoa in Italy and Marseilles in France.

Grandi Navi Veloci sails to to/from Civitavecchia, Genoa and Palermo in Italy; the D'Alessandro Travel Agency is its local agent.

Bus

Tunis has two intercity bus stations – one for buses south and the other for buses north.

French-language newspaper La Presse carries details of SNTRI departures from both stations daily, but these schedules list only final destinations and not the stops en route.

Southern Bus Station

The Southern Bus Station is situated south of the city centre, opposite the huge Jellaz Cemetery. You can walk from Centre Ville, or take métro léger line 1 to Bab Alioua, which is 200m from the bus station.

SNTRI services from the Southern Bus Station:

Djerba

Cost (DT)

27

Duration (hrs)

8

Frequency (per day)

2

Douz

Cost (DT)

29

Duration (hrs)

Frequency (per day)

2

El Jem

Cost (DT)

10

Duration (hrs)

3

Frequency (per day)

3

Gabés

Cost (DT)

21

Duration (hrs)

Frequency (per day)

10

Gafsa

Cost (DT)

21

Duration (hrs)

5

Frequency (per day)

7

Kairouan

Cost (DT)

9.5

Duration (hrs)

Frequency (per day)

5 (except Thu)

Makthar

Cost (DT)

10

Duration (hrs)

3

Frequency (per day)

3

Medenine (via Bizerte)

Cost (DT)

25

Duration (hrs)

7

Frequency (per day)

8

Nefta

Cost (DT)

25.3

Duration (hrs)

Frequency (per day)

2

Sbeitla

Cost (DT)

13

Duration (hrs)

Frequency (per day)

3

Sfax (via Sousse)

Cost (DT)

15

Duration (hrs)

4

Frequency (per day)

4

Sousse

Cost (DT)

8.9

Duration (hrs)

Frequency (per day)

4

Tamerza

Cost (DT)

25

Duration (hrs)

7

Frequency (per day)

1

Tataouine

Cost (DT)

27

Duration (hrs)

9

Frequency (per day)

2

Tozeur

Cost (DT)

24.2

Duration (hrs)

7

Frequency (per day)

5

There are also SRTGN services to Nabeul (4.2DT, 1½ hours, frequent), Zaghouan (3.1DT, 1¼ hours, eight daily) and Hammamet (4.3DT, 65 minutes, frequent).

Northern Bus Station

The Northern Bus Station is situated about 2km northwest of the city centre. The easiest way to get there is by taking the métro léger line 4 to Bouchoucha station, which you’ll find located about 150m west of the bus station on Blvd 20 Mars 1956.

SNTRI services from the Northern Bus Station:

Ain Draham

Cost (DT)

11.6

Duration (hrs)

Frequency (per day)

3

Le Kef

Cost (DT)

10.2

Duration (hrs)

3

Frequency (per day)

11

Tabarka

Cost (DT)

10.4

Duration (hrs)

Frequency (per day)

3

Teboursouk

Cost (DT)

6.2

Duration (hrs)

Frequency (per day)

11

There are also frequent SRT services to Bizerte (3.8DT to 4.3DT, 1¼ hours).

Car

All of the major car-hire companies, including Avis, Europcar and Hertz, have offices at the airport and at or near the Zone Industrielle in Charguia.

Louage

Tunis has three main louage (shared taxi) stations. Louages to Zaghouan, Makthar, Hammamet, Nabeul and other destinations south of Tunis depart from the Bab Aliwa Louage Station near the Southern Bus Station. Additional southern destinations are serviced from the Moncef Bey Louage Station south of the Tunis Ville train station. Louages to destinations including Ain Draham, Bizerte, Le Kef and Tabarka depart from a parking lot in front of the Northern Bus Station.

Train

Trains leave from the central Tunis Ville train station. Trains get crowded in summer, especially going south; to nab a seat, it’s a good idea to reserve at least a day before. There’s a discount of 15% on return tickets. Trains have been known to depart early when fully booked, so leaving it down to the wire to get to your carriage is not a good idea. Don’t confuse the suburban trains at the same station (their platforms are indicated by signs saying ‘banlieues’). The following prices and durations are for first-class tickets.

Bizerte

Cost (DT)

6

Duration (hrs)

Frequency (per day)

3

El Jem

Cost (DT)

14.8

Duration (hrs)

Frequency (per day)

6

Gabès

Cost (DT)

24.3

Duration (hrs)

5

Frequency (per day)

4

Gafsa

Cost (DT)

24.2

Duration (hrs)

6

Frequency (per day)

1

Kalaat Khasba

Cost (DT)

13.8

Duration (hrs)

Frequency (per day)

2

Mahdia

Cost (DT)

14.8

Duration (hrs)

Frequency (per day)

1

Monastir

Cost (DT)

12.4

Duration (hrs)

Frequency (per day)

2

Sfax

Cost (DT)

17.8

Duration (hrs)

Frequency (per day)

7

Sousse

Cost (DT)

10.8

Duration (hrs)

2

Frequency (per day)

8

Tozeur

Cost (DT)

27

Duration (hrs)

9

Frequency (per day)

1