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Tunis is a city of great contrasts, from the bustling centre to the peaceful, upmarket suburb of Sidi Bou Said, and from clusters of smart, modern buildings to ancient Carthage.
Tunis has mediterranean climate with warm dry summers and mild winters. Rain mostly falls between November and March. Although most days during summer are pleasantly warm, the occasional southern winds blowing directly from the Sahara can make temperatures rise to around 45 °C, but these days are rare. Mostly it is around 30º C or a bit more. Winters are around 15 °C to 20º Con average.
|Avg Max||15.7 °C||16.5 °C||18.1 °C||20.7 °C||24.9 °C||29 °C||32.6 °C||32.7 °C||29.7 °C||25.2 °C||20.5 °C||16.7 °C|
|Avg Min||7.2 °C||7.4 °C||8.3 °C||10.4 °C||13.7 °C||17.3 °C||20 °C||20.8 °C||19 °C||15.5 °C||11.3 °C||8.2 °C|
|Rainfall||59.3 mm||57 mm||47.2 mm||38 mm||22.6 mm||10.4 mm||3.1 mm||7.1 mm||32.5 mm||65.5 mm||56 mm||66.8 mm|
Tunis-Carthage International Airport (TUN) near the capital Tunis is in fact the second busiest airport in the country, after Monastir International Airport. Tunisair is the national airline of Tunisia. International destinations include those to and from Algiers, Amman, Amsterdam, Athens, Bahrain, Barcelona, Berlin, Brussels, Cairo, Casablanca, Copenhagen, Damascus, Dubai, Frankfurt, Geneva, Hamburg, Istanbul, Jeddah, Kuwait, Lisbon, London, Lyon, Madrid, Marseille, Milan, Munich, Paris, Rome, Stockholm and Zürich, among many others. Several French cities are served as well. About 20 other airlines serve the airport as well, mainly from Europe and Northern Africa.
Sevenair operates several daily flights between Tunis and the island of Djerba and several weekly flights from the capital to Tozeur, Sfax and Gafsa.
SNCFT operates the train network in Tunisia and the main route is north-south between Tunis and Gabès, stopping in places like Sousse and Sfax.
SNTRI operates an extensive network of bus connections between Tunis and many cities in the country.
Ferries to mainland Europe:
|Blue Oasis Guest House||19 Impasse de Casablanca la Soukra||Guesthouse||-|
|El Bahy||Avenue Habib Bourgiba,||Hotel||-|
|Dar El Medina||64 Rue Sidi Ben Arous ,||Hotel||-|
|Naplouse||20 Rue Naplouse Tunis||Hotel||-|
|Regency Tunis||La MarsaSourka||Hotel||-|
|Sun Beach Resort (All incl.)||Zone Touristique B.p 47 Bonj Cedria||Hotel||-|
|YADIS IBN KHALDOUN||30 Rue du Koweit||Hotel||-|
|CCW City 1 Gammarth||Bp 592||Hotel||-|
|Tunisia Palace (Golden Yasmine)||13, Avenue de France||Hotel||-|
|Caribbean World Borj Cedria||Zone Touristique Bp 47||Hotel||-|
|Ariha Hotel||110 Rue De Palestine||Hotel||-|
|Saint Georges Tunis||16 Rue De Cologne||Hotel||-|
|Acropole Tunis||Berges Du Lac||Hotel||-|
|Le Pacha Hotel Tunis||2-4 Avenue Kheireddine Pacha||GUESTHOUSE||-|
Public internet access is available in many cities and towns, usually using the Publinet logo. Look for a large purple sign with the Publinet logo. Access is usually 0.8DT/hour, and speeds tend to be quite low. You can also have 3G internet access through any cell phone carriers.
See also International Telephone Calls
Tunisia's international telephone code is 216.
Public telephones are available in all towns and cities and in most villages under either the name of Publitel or Taxiphone - in cities simply look around - there is at least one on every street. International calls tend to be quite expensive (DT 1,000/minute to call anywhere in the EU). There are three mobile GSM operators, private Tunisiana, private Orange, Tunisia state-owned Tunisie Telecom all offering wide mobile coverage (including some oasis in the Sahara). Rates tend to be quite low for domestic calls, but very high for international calls (around DT 1,500/minute). Ask for a carte prépayée for a prepaid SIM card.
La Poste Tunisienne is the national postal service of Tunisia. Services are generally very reliable and relatively fast as well, up to international standards. It usually takes less than a week to European countries and no more than two weeks to the USA or Australia. Opening times of post offices vary, but the larger ones in cities usually are open from 8:00am to 6:00pm Mondays to Saturdays and a few hours on Sunday morning (usually 9:00-11:00am). Note that in July and August, there are long lunch breaks (kind of like the Spanish siestas), closing between 1:00-5:00pm. Smaller officies in towns also keep slightly shorther hours, closing for lunch year round and only open during the morning on Fridays and Saturdays. Als note that during Ramadan, opening times might be different as well. Stamps can also be bought outside these times at small shops and kiosks selling postcards. For sending larger packages, you might also choose international companies like DHL, TNT, FedEx or UPS, which are about the same price but have better standards.
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