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Transports in Tunisia

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Wondering how to move around Tunisia? Here is an overview of the country's transport system.

When moving abroad, traveling will probably be part of your every day life. As a modern and developed country, Tunisia hosts a wide transport network which will allow you travel anywhere across the country, especially in the capital city. Take the time to inquire on the different means of transport available and choose the one which best suits your needs.

Plane

If you prefer to avoid public transport, why not travel across the country by plane? Tunisair, a local airline company, provides domestic flights from Tunis to Djerba, Sfax, Tozeur, Gafsa and Tabarka.

Boat

You can also travel from one city to another by boat. Indeed, two regular ferry services link Sfax to Kerkennah Islands and Adjim (on Djerba Island) to El-Jorf, on mainland. These ferry services are available both day and night.

Bus

Tunisian buses are rather comfortable, safe and affordable. These are available at common bus stations. These can take you anywhere across major cities till their outskirts.

Coach bus

The Société Nationale du Transport Rural et Interurbain (SNTRI) provides coach buses throughout the country. Most of these vehicles are comfortable, rapid and punctual. Moreover, coach buses are rather affordable. However, you are advised to book your seats well in advance as coach buses are quite popular in the country.

Regional buses

Regional buses are also available for those having to travel from one neighborhood to another. You just have to head to the nearest bus station. However, regional buses are less comfortable than coach buses.

Pickup

If you are planning to travel to a remote area in the South, why not try the pickup? Note, however, that pickups can be quite hard to find and rather uncomfortable.

Group taxi

If you do not want to travel by bus, you can still rely on collective taxis. These are rather rapid and affordable as fares are regulated.

In general, you just have to board the taxi and wait till it is full for the driver to start. Collective taxis are available all day until 7 pm.

The different types of collective taxis can be distinguished by their color:

  • blue ones specialize in regional routes
  • white ones with a red band serve long trips
  • yellow ones serve local and yellow routes.

Train

The railway network is operated by the Société Nationale des Chemins de Fer Tunisiens (SNCFT). Trains are modern and comfortable. However, these are known to be quite slow and irregular. You therefore have to be patient if you have chosen this mode of transport.

Taxi

You can also rely on taxis which are very popular and rather affordable. Taxis are ideal especially in Summer. Note that rates are regulated. Moreover, taxis are now allowed to transport more than three passengers at a time.

Yellow in color, taxis can easily be distinguished. These are equipped with a meter which will charge for trips within a specific locality only.

 Useful links:

Expat.com – Transports in Tunisia Forum 
Société Nationale des Chemins de Fer Tunisiens (SNCFT) www.sncft.com.tn
Société Nationale de Transport Interurbain www.sntri.com.tn
Société de Transport du Sahel www.stsahel.com.tn
Tunisair www.tunisair.com.tn

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