Buses in Tunisia
Self-visit of sights is, first of all, the solution of the transport problem, and the problem is rarely solved easily and simply. In Tunisia, a cheap taxi, but trips to other cities still "fly in a lot of money, there is a choice: a bus or a train (for this transport, read our page" Trains in Tunisia "). On this page we will talk about how to travel around the country by bus.
Local buses and minibuses
About them the conversation will be short. On the vast majority of buses and minibuses there is no number, only in Arabic the destination is written.
In the photo to the right of the minibus at the resort of Hammamet, there is no room, only the Arabic inscription on the roof beacon can tell about which route it is on.
It is difficult for a tourist to use, you can only ask the driver about the destination. The fare is low - about 1 dinar. The journey is paid to the driver or conductor, no tickets are given out.
In local travel it is easier and more convenient to use Tunisian taxis , the trip costs 0.5 Tunisian dinars per kilometer of the way.
If the tourist plans to go by bus to another city or to a remote landmark, then there are two questions. First - where is the bus station or bus stop? Second - where to find the timetable and ticket prices?
The first problem is solved easily, take a taxi and tell the driver: "gare de Buss" (in French) or "bass stasn" (in English). The taxi driver will understand where to go.
The second problem is not so simple. In each province (province) Tunisia has its own bus company, the rules are everywhere their own, and it's not always easy to find a schedule.
Hammamet, Nabeul and Yasmine Hammamet
Most lucky vacationers at the resorts of Nabeul , Hammamet and Yasmine Hammamet . Vilayet Nabul serves the SRTGN (Societe regionale de transport du gouvernorat de Nabeul), the foremost transport company in Tunisia.
The list of routes, current timetable and prices are published on their official website http://www.srtgn.com.tn/. The site has versions in French, English and Arabic. Even if you do not know any of these languages, then go to the English version and use the translator built into the browser. Translation is adequate, you can use without problems. We, on our part, will make only one note: the prices on the site are indicated in millimeters, 1 dinar = 1000 millimeters.
Bus stations are located:
- In Nabeul on Avenue Habib Thameur, about 50 meters from the local Carrefour store ;
- In Hammamet, buses stop near the Old Medina of Hammamet (pictured left), opposite the central post office;
- There is no big bus station in Yasmine Hammamet, buses stop here, but only through the bus. We recommend you take a taxi to Hammamet.
Ticket prices are low. For example, to travel from Hammamet to the city of Tunis costs 3.97 dinars per person, from Hammamet to the stop of Ein Rahma (closest to the park of Phrygia ) - 1.51 dinars.
Long trips: from Nabeul to Sousse - 5.25 dinars, from Hammamet to Mahdia - 7.33, from Hammamet to Monastir - 5.62, from Hammamet to Kelibia - 3.8.
If you need to get to Nabeul, Hammamet or Yasmine, then we strongly recommend using SRTGN services. An adequate site, an up-to-date schedule, comfortable buses, low prices - these are the components of their success.
Unfortunately, the rest of the bus companies in Tunisia are not so good.
If you need to leave Sfax or get to Sfax, you can use the buses of the company SORETRAS (Societe Regionale de Transport du gouvernorat de Sfax).
Their website http://www.soretras.tn/ has only the French version. To work with the machine translation of such a site is much more difficult, but it is possible to see the bus schedule and prices.
Sousse and others
STS (Societe de Transport du Sahel) operates in the Suss Wilayet. Their website http://stsahel.tn/ is only in Arabic, it is almost impossible to navigate in it even with an automatic translator. Try it, maybe it will.
The other bus companies of Tunisia do not have websites at all, or they are business cards where there is no timetable, but only general information.
Other sources of information
Some information about the routes and the schedule can be obtained on the Google.Maps service, but no one guarantees the reliability, and nobody wants to risk, because the vacation is short, and you want to see a lot.
Features of buses in Tunisia
- Intercity buses in Tunisia are called the word "car" (in Russian "car").
- There is simply a "car", but there is "car comfort" with air conditioning, TV and other amenities.
- There are no schedules at the Tunisian bus stops (in the photo on the left), or even information about passing routes.
- In the city of Tunisia there are two large bus stations: Gare Bab el Fellah ("Garay Bab el-Fellah") in the south and Gare Bab Saadoun ("Garay Bab Saadun") in the north. Be careful not to confuse.
- If you are waiting for a bus at the Garé Bab Saadun station, do not miss the chance to see the gate of Bab Saadun, they are very close by.
- Any bus can be "caught" directly on the street, just wave the driver's hand, they stop in most cases.
- In Tunisia, the buses enter the back door, it is near the back door that the conductor sits.
- In many Arab countries, there are rules that women sit only in the front rows, a woman and a man can not sit in the next chairs and the like. In Tunisia, there are no such rules, although we do not recommend sitting down on a chair next to a stranger.
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