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Tunisia Getting Around - Internal Travel
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Air

Tuninter runs regular services 7 to 8 times a day between Tunis and Djerba airports with a flight time of approximately 1 hour.

There is a daily flight to Sfax from Tunis Tuesday to Friday, and 2 flights on Monday. Flights to Tozeur are available on most weekdays. Tuninter is represented internationally by Tunis Air (telephone number: (020) 7734 7644). Prices are reasonable and services are generally heavily subscribed, so it is advisable to book in advance.

Sea

Ferries operate between theKerkennah Islands and Sfax twice a day, and between Jerba Island and Jorf and regularly throughout the day.

Rail

Regular trains, run by SNCFT, and connect Tunis with the main towns. The primary route is between Tunis and Gabès, via Sousse, Sfax and Gafsa.

It is vital to buy a ticket before boarding the train or double the fare may be charged. Many daily trains run on each route, several with air-conditioned accommodation.

The outstanding views of the Selja Gorge can be seen from the Lezard Rouge (Red Lizard), a renovated old-fashioned train that runs daily between Metaloui and Redeyef, it is highly recommended to book in advance, if possible, particularly for the more popular air-conditioned routes.

Road

The country has an extensive road network. In case of breakdown, the Garde Nationale (National Guard) will assist free of charge and they generally contact the nearest garage.

The traffic drives on the right.

Bus

The yellow and green coloured national buses, run by SNTRI, are air conditioned and travel daily to most towns throughout the country. Other services include the intercity buses which are quite cheap and reasonably comfortable with the destination written in French and Arabic on the front of the bus. Passengers are allowed up to 10 kilograms of luggage without additional charge and each piece of luggage must, however, be registered.

Taxi

Long-distance taxis (normally a large Mercedes or similar), called louages, are authorised to carry 5 passengers. They have no fixed schedule and leave their individual departure points when they are full. They serve the whole of the country and is the quickest form of public road transport. There are several louage stations and prices are similar to those charged on the buses and trains.

Car hire

Car Hire can be very expensive. To rent a self-drive car, the driver must be over 21 and own a full driving licence, which has been valid for at least 1 year.

Speed limits

• 50 kilometres per hour (30 miles per hour) in the towns
• 110 kilometres per hour (60 miles per hour) on major highways

Documentation

Log books, valid national driving licences and insurance are essential in Tunisia. Both AA and RAC are affiliated to the National Automobile Club (NACT) located in Tunis. Insurance valid for up to twenty one days can be purchased at the border.

Note

For safety reasons, it is forbidden to drive a car in the Sahara without 1st contacting the National Guard post at the nearest town, giving the intended itinerary and the anticipated point of exit from the area and full provisions, a suitable vehicle and an experienced guide are necessary for travel in the Sahara.

Urban

A suburban train line (TGM) links Tunis with the suburbs in the north. Tunis and Sousse have a modern and convenient tram system (métro léger).

Taxi

In Tunis and other cities, city taxis are numbered and have meters. The price on the meter is the price you pay. There is a 50% surcharge on the night fares.

Bicycle

Bicycles and motorcycles are available for hire in most large towns and do not compel a licence.

Travel times

The following chart gives approximate travel times (in hours and minutes) from Tunis to other major towns and cities in Tunisia.
  Air Road Rail
Monastir
0.35 3.00 3.00
Sfax
0.50 4.00 4.00
DJerba
0.60 7.00 -
Tozeur
1.10 6.00 -
 
Note

Travellers to Port el Kantaoui are advised to take the train to Sousse, and travel the remaining 7 kilometres (4 miles) by a taxi.

For Monastir they should change in Sousse to the Metro Leger.

For Jerba, they should take a train to Gabès and then take the shuttle-bus.