Travel to Tunis

Flying to Tunis

Airlines offering flights to Tunis include British Airways, Air France, Air Berlin, Air Europa, Alitalia, Lufthansa, Nouvelair and Tunisair. Flights to Tunis from the UK take around 3 hours 30 minutes. Tunisia is a year-round destination, with flight prices peaking during mid-summer and winter-sun holidays around Christmas.

Flight times

From London – 3 hours 30 minutes; New York – 11 hours.

Travel by road

Summary:

Tunisia's road network is excellent. Traffic drives on the right and the minimum driving age is 18 years old. Speed limits are 50kph (31mph) in towns and 90kph (56mph) on the open road. Although most drivers obey the rules of the road, watch out for aggressive overtaking, erratic scooters and pedestrians. If you're driving, either your national driving licence or International Driving Permit will be accepted. The major international car rental companies all have offices in Tunis.

Emergency breakdown service:

There is no emergency breakdown service available in Tunis, although major international car rental companies will provide a replacement car.

Routes:

Tunis is well connected by road to other Tunisian cities. A good motorway connects Tunis with Bizerte in the north, and Hammamet, Monastir and Sousse in the south. The road network in the north is dense but good, while roads in the south are fast being updated, and all major cities and sites are easily reached. A tarmac road leaves Tunis to Tabarka, and then on to Annaba in Algeria. Communal taxis run between Tunis and Annaba, Constantine and Algiers in Algeria.

Driving times:

From Bizerte – 1 hour; Nabeul – 1 hour 30 minutes; Kairouan – 3 hours; Sousse – 3 hours; Sfax – 4 hours; Gafsa – 5 hours; Gabès – 7 hours; Tozeur – 7 hours.

Coaches:

There are two main bus stations in Tunis. Gare Routière Nord (SNTRI) Bab Saadoun, on the road to Bizerte, has departures to the north and northwest of the country, including Bizerte, Tabarka, Sousse, Hammamet and Nabeul. It can be reached by taxi or by Métro Léger (Bouchoucha station, line 4). The Gare Routière Sud, Bab el-Fellah has departures for the south, and can be reached by taxi or Métro Léger from the centre (Bab Alioua, line 1).

Travel by rail

Services:

Tunisian trains are punctual, clean, efficient and relatively inexpensive.
Tunis Gare Centrale is located on place de Barcelone. Daily services depart from the centrally located railway station to major Tunisian towns including Hammamet, Nabeul, Sousse, Monastir, Sfax, Gabes, Gafsa, Béja, Tozeur and Bizerte. Although there are no international train connections with Tunis, a connection between Annaba in Algeria and Tunis has long been mooted.

Operators:

The national railway company in Tunis is the Société Nationale des Chemins de Fer Tunisiens (SNCFT) (tel: (071) 345 511; www.sncft.com.tn). Timetables are available at the stations, tourist office and online.

Journey times:

From Hammamet – 1 hour; Béja – 1 hour; Bizerte – 1 hour 15 minutes; Nabeul – 1 hour 30 minutes; Sousse – 2 hours; Monastir – 3 hours; Sfax – 4 hours; Gabes – 5 hours; Gafsa – 7 hours 30 minutes; Tozeur – 8 hours 30 minutes.

Travel over water

Summary:

Several ferries connect Tunis with Europe, a good option if you want to bring in your car.

Ferry services:

The SNCM ferry (www.sncm.fr) does two weekly crossings from Marseille in the south of France to Tunis, while Grandi Navi Veloce (www.gnv.it) operates regular ferries from Civitavecchia, Palermo and Genoa in Italy. Reservations are essential, particularly in summer.

Nearest port:

Tunis.

Transport to the city:

The ferries to Tunis arrive in the port of La Goulette, 12km (7 miles) from the city centre. Only use the official yellow metered taxis waiting outside the port, the private taxis waiting inside the port often overcharge.

Transfer distance:

12km (7.4 miles).

Transfer time:

25-30 minutes.




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