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Travel Guide: Tunisia Getting Around

12th Oct 2011 2:03am | By Editor

The good national road network opens many possibilities.

Getting there

Fly - Tunisair operates four flights per week from London Heathrow to Tunis while British Airways offers five flights a week from London Gatwick airport.

Getting around

Fly – The domestic carrier Sevenair operates services from Tunis to Djerba, Tozeur, Sfax and Tabarka.

Train - Tunisia’s national rail company, SNCFT, operates regular services on its mainline network linking the principal towns and cities. From Tunis there are several services a day to Sousse, Sfax, Gabes and Gafsa. 
Hammamet is connected to Tunis via a branch line at Bir Bouregba. Holidaymakers can buy a Blue Card offering unlimited travel for a seven, 14 or 21-day period.

Road - Tunisia has developed a good road network, which includes motorway links from Tunis to Hammamet and Sousse. Driving is on the right and the Tunisia’s highway code is similar to those of European countries. 
In the desert region, it is inadvisable to drive off the main roads without a guide. All travel across the Sahara should be made in groups.

Renting a car is fairly straightforward. Drivers need to be over 21 and have held a valid driving licence for at least a year. Most of the main international rental brands are represented in Tunisia. There is also a selection of local suppliers.

Coach travel represents very good value with several companies operating between the major towns. Another way of getting around is in a shared taxi, known as a louage. These can carry five or six passengers but will not depart from a taxi rank until they are full.