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Introduction

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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.

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Sights and Activities

  • The Bardo Museum - holding fascinating collections of Roman artefacts, including some huge reconstructed mosaics.
  • Sidi Bou Said, a pretty, peaceful suburb built up onto a hill overlooking the sea with attractive whitewashed buildings.
  • Carthage, where the ruins of the ancient city of Carthage can be found.
  • The Medina, including several important mosques.

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Weather

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.

JanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
Avg Max15.7 °C16.5 °C18.1 °C20.7 °C24.9 °C29 °C32.6 °C32.7 °C29.7 °C25.2 °C20.5 °C16.7 °C
Avg Min7.2 °C7.4 °C8.3 °C10.4 °C13.7 °C17.3 °C20 °C20.8 °C19 °C15.5 °C11.3 °C8.2 °C
Rainfall59.3 mm57 mm47.2 mm38 mm22.6 mm10.4 mm3.1 mm7.1 mm32.5 mm65.5 mm56 mm66.8 mm

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Getting There

By Plane

International
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.

Domestic
Sevenair operates several daily flights between Tunis and the island of Djerba and several weekly flights from the capital to Tozeur, Sfax and Gafsa.

By Train

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.

By Bus

SNTRI operates an extensive network of bus connections between Tunis and many cities in the country.

By Boat

Ferries to mainland Europe:

  • GNV has ferries from Genoa, Palermo and Civitavecchia in Italy to Tunis.
  • Grimaldi Lines offers the same routes, as well as from Salerno and Malta.
  • Cotunav has crossings from both Genoa and Marseille to Tunis.
  • SNCM has services from Marseille to Tunis as well.

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Sleep

Budget

PropertyAddressTypePopularity
Blue Oasis Guest House19 Impasse de Casablanca la SoukraGuesthouse-
El BahyAvenue Habib Bourgiba,Hotel-
Dar El Medina64 Rue Sidi Ben Arous ,Hotel-
Naplouse20 Rue Naplouse TunisHotel-
Regency TunisLa MarsaSourkaHotel-
Sun Beach Resort (All incl.)Zone Touristique B.p 47 Bonj CedriaHotel-
YADIS IBN KHALDOUN30 Rue du KoweitHotel-
CCW City 1 GammarthBp 592Hotel-
Tunisia Palace (Golden Yasmine)13, Avenue de FranceHotel-
Caribbean World Borj CedriaZone Touristique Bp 47Hotel-
Ariha Hotel110 Rue De PalestineHotel-
Saint Georges Tunis16 Rue De CologneHotel-
Acropole TunisBerges Du LacHotel-
Le Pacha Hotel Tunis2-4 Avenue Kheireddine PachaGUESTHOUSE-

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Keep Connected

Internet

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.

Phone

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.

Post

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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Coordinates
  • Latitude: 36.80027
  • Longitude: 10.18872

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