Tunis travel guide

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You're Going to Love Tunis

Tunis is the capital of Tunisia and is located on the southern shores of the Mediterranean Sea. It is a compact city, with a population of less than 700,000, and is easily explored on foot. The city has many ancient buildings and a captivating mix of North African and French architecture.

Top 5 Reasons to Visit Tunis

1. Carthage

The ancient city of Carthage is just outside of Tunis and has some of the most impressive Roman ruins outside of Rome itself.

2. Ancient Ruins

Tunis has lots of ancient sites and they can all be accessed using one very reasonable admission ticket, which costs TND10.

3. The Medina

The souq in the ancient medina of Tunis sells all manner of goods, from spices to fashion. It is probably one of the most relaxed in North Africa but is still an authentic, working market.

4. Belvedere Park

Belvedere Park is home to the National Center for Living Art, a zoo, and the Lake of Tunis, making for a relaxing escape from the city.

5. Zitouna Mosque

This is the largest mosque in Tunisia and dates from the 8th century. Tourists can view this important landmark from a platform for TND3.

Where to Eat in Tunis

Atlas le Resto serves good local food, such as iftar and fish soup, from TND9.50. Dar el Jeld serves more upmarket Tunisian food in a beautiful covered courtyard, with mains from TND20.

When to visit Tunis

Tunis in December
Estimated hotel price
$28
1 night at 3-star hotel
Tunis in December
Estimated hotel price
$28
1 night at 3-star hotel

Tunis has a hot Mediterranean climate and summer temperatures can top 116 degrees Fahrenheit. Late fall through to early spring may be more comfortable for visitors.

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How to Get to Tunis

Plane

Tunis-Carthage Airport (TUN) is only 5 miles from the city center and has good links with Europe. A taxi into the city center will cost around TND5. The number 35 bus will take you into town for just TND0.76 but takes around 30 minutes.

Train

Tunis Central Station on Place de Barcelone is at the center of Tunisia's rail network, with good connections to the country's other cities.

Car

Driving in Tunisia is not recommended for tourists. Roads are fairly poor, signage difficult, and local driving habits can be challenging.

Bus

Tunis is at the hub of more than 70 bus lines covering the country. The main stations are at Gare Bab el Fellah and Gare Bab Saadoun.

Airlines serving Tunis

Lufthansa
Good (1,045 reviews)
KLM
Good (259 reviews)
Air France
Good (271 reviews)
Delta
Excellent (2,540 reviews)
Turkish Airlines
Good (927 reviews)
Qatar Airways
Good (836 reviews)
Air Canada
Good (456 reviews)
Emirates
Excellent (570 reviews)
TAP AIR PORTUGAL
Good (329 reviews)
Vueling
Good (223 reviews)
ITA Airways
Good (25 reviews)
Air Europa
Good (89 reviews)
Aegean Airlines
Excellent (86 reviews)
easyJet
Good (271 reviews)
Eurowings
Good (50 reviews)
Egypt Air
Good (109 reviews)
Royal Air Maroc
Good (80 reviews)
Oman Air
Good (3 reviews)
SAUDIA
Good (99 reviews)
Royal Jordanian
Good (89 reviews)
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Where to stay in Tunis

The Grand Hotel de France on Rue Hannibal has good, clean rooms at decent prices, while Dar El Medina is a luxury hotel right in the center of the medina.

Popular neighborhoods in Tunis

Medina - this is Tunis' old town and is home to the souq and ancient mosque. Its maze of narrow streets requires careful orienteering but has bags of character.

Ville Nouvelle - Ville Nouvelle is the French Colonial new town, with broad avenues and most of the better hotels.

Hammamet - this is a beach resort just outside of the city. It can be easily reached in around one hour in a shared taxi, at a cost of around TND5. Here you will find lots of resort hotels.

Where to stay in popular areas of Tunis

Most booked hotels in Tunis

La Villa Bleue
Excellent (8.8, 191 reviews)
$138+
Hotel Carlton
Excellent (8, 2470 reviews)
$49+
Dar El Yasmine Tunis
Excellent (8.5, 13 reviews)
$73+
Hotel Metropole Residence
Good (7.8, 405 reviews)
$31+
Movenpick Hotel Gammarth Tunis
Good (7.5, 355 reviews)
$142+
Ibis Tunis
Good (7.2, 767 reviews)
$56+
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How to Get Around Tunis

Public Transportation

Tunis has an extensive public transport network, including trams, subway, and TGM light rail system. Tickets start at TND0.41.

Taxi

Taxis have an initial meter cost of TND0.40 and then cost around TND3.7 per mile.

Car

Driving in Tunis can be daunting, due to confusing driving habits and intermittent road signage. Car rental costs from around TND385 per day, and you'll find outlets of Sixt and Avis in town.

The Cost of Living in Tunis

Shopping Streets

The souq in the medina is the most exciting place to shop for local goods, where you can buy anything from spice to electronics.

Groceries and Other

Tunis has a couple of French supermarkets in Carrefour and Monoprix. A quart of will cost around TND1.13 and a loaf of bread just TND0.32.

Cheap meal
$2.17
A pair of jeans
$49.02
Single public transport ticket
$0.20
Cappuccino
$0.71
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