Getting Around Lebanon
There are no internal flights.
Speed limit signs, traffic police and traffic lights are present but may not always be respected and driving, particularly in Beirut, can be quite unpredictable. As public transport is limited, roads in Beirut are severely congested. The worst times for traffic jams are 0730-0930 and 1630-1900.
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Highways exist along the main intercity routes around the country such as Beirut – Tripoli.
Self-drive cars are available, but chauffeur-driven vehicles are recommended; check with the Ministry of Tourism. The major car hire companies all have offices in Beirut. Visitors planning to drive in Lebanon should exercise extreme caution as driving standards are poor, accident rates are high and traffic light signals are frequently ignored. It should also be noted that petrol is very expensive in Lebanon.
Intercity taxis operate throughout Beirut and Lebanon. Travel is normally shared. Prices are negotiated in advance. Town taxis have red licence plates and an official tariff. There is a surcharge of 50% after 2200.
Visitors planning to cycle should be aware that roads do not have cycle lanes and cyclists are rarely given priority. Due to the traffic congestion in Beirut, cycling should only be attempted by the very experienced. Cycle tours of Beirut are available - contact the Ministry of Tourism for details. There are many cycle paths and off-road cycling trails in nature reserves around the country.
Intercity coaches operate from each of the three bus stations in and around Beirut depending on their final destination.
Speed limits are 50kph (31mph) in urban areas and 100kph (62mph) on major highways.
Most car hire companies provide rescue services. Sodopex (SOS Auto) (tel: +961 4 400 678) offers independent rescue services, or you can contact the Ministry of Tourism for other operators.
An International Driving Permit is required. International permits must be certified by the authorities on arrival.
Public bus services are available in Beirut, although service taxis remain the most widely used option.
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