A trip from Sousse to the capital Tunisia
The main attractions of Tunisia - Carthage , Sidi Bou Said , the Bardo Museum are in the capital, also called Tunis. Most tourists go here as part of organized tours, but it is cheaper and for many it is more convenient to come by yourself.
In this article we will tell you how to travel to the capital by train from the hotels of the resorts of Sousse and El Kantaoui . At once we will tell that for the more distant resorts of Monastir and Mahdia the method described by us approaches badly - it is too expensive and tiring.
The most frequently asked question
Is it possible for a day trip to see all the most important sights in the capital of Tunisia?
We answer. Yes, you can. But for this you need:
1. Move between the sights by taxi, no trams.
2. In Carthage only the hill of Biers and Terme Anthony is to be seen, the remaining places are not to be visited.
3. In Sidi Bou Said and the Bardo Museum do not stay long.
4. Be mentally prepared, that you will not have time for the first evening train, therefore, you will not have time for dinner at the hotel.
5. Dine in fast food or do not eat at all.
6. In the medina of the capital is not a foot, there you can just get lost and lose a sea of time.
A few important points
Go on weekdays. The train will have empty seats, there are fewer people in museums. Although the weekend has its advantage - fewer traffic jams on the roads of the capital.
There are two railway stations in Sousse. To travel to the capital, you need the main train station "Gare de Sousse" ("Gare de Sousse"). See his photo below, click on the photo to enlarge. The second station Bab Jdid ("Bab Zhdid") does not fit, it serves only the branch of the Metro Sahel .
The train schedule, which we will give below, is really already almost 10 years. It is unlikely to change in the coming years. But still we recommend comparing the schedule with the official site. How to do it, we told in the article " Trains in Tunisia ".
Morning train from Sousse
From the hotels in Sousse to the station "Gare de Sousse" ("Gare de Sousse") from 2 to 5 kilometers, go to 10 minutes, the taxi will cost from 2 to 4 dinars.
From the hotels of El Kantaoui to the station from 8 to 12 kilometers, go to 20 minutes, a taxi will cost from 6 to 15 dinars.
Look for the current dinar course in our article " Tunisian Dinar ". About taxi tariffs, read our article " Taxi in Tunisia ".
Sometimes you can save money and get to the train station by shuttle bus, as you can read about in our article " Marshrunks in Tunisia ".
The first train from Sousse to Tunisia leaves at 3:10 am, for tourists it is inconvenient. The most convenient train for tourists is the express train at 9:00 am. You will have time to have breakfast in the hotel without haste and with a short time to take a taxi to the station.
Express at 9:00 is the fastest, reach Tunis in 1 hour 40 minutes, but get ready for delays of 10-20 minutes, the train in Tunisia is a common thing. If you arrive on schedule, then in Tunisia will be at 10:39 am.
If you want to arrive in Tunisia earlier, then take the train at 7:16 in the morning, in Tunisia it arrives at 9:20.
The ticket price is 10.3 dinars, children under 6 years old are free of charge. How does the ticket look, look at the photo on the right, click on the photo to enlarge.
To buy a ticket, go to the checkout and say the word "Tunisia" and show the number of tickets on your fingers. You can say the number in French: "a", "de", "tu", "katre", "senk", "sis".
On weekdays tickets are available even for 5 minutes before departure, but still we recommend arriving in 20-25 minutes to leave. After all, the next train to Tunisia will be at 13:12 only, and there's no sense to go there yet.
At the station you can go to the toilet, it is clean, but paid - 300 millimeters (0.3 dinars). The toilet is in the apron area, and the door is closed. You need to go to the controller and say "toilet", he will miss. On the platform, follow the sign "Toilette".
The exit to the trains is opened 5 minutes before departure. The train will not be confused, most likely, at this moment he will be at the station only one.
Trains from Sousse to Tunisia are small - only two cars. See the photo of this train on the left, click to enlarge.
Trains look a bit futuristic, but inside they remind a submarine - narrow and low passages, periodically rows of armchairs rise or fall.
In these trains there are electrical outlets, but not always serviceable. If the outlet is important for you, then we recommend checking it immediately after landing. If the socket does not work, change to another location.
Most of the route is included in the coverage area of the mobile operator Ooredoo. If you buy their SIM, you can spend all these two hours on the Internet carefree. Read our articles " How to buy SIM " and " Internet in Tunisia ".
We arrived in the capital, what next?
After leaving the doors of the station building in Tunisia, you will see a large tram station fenced in by a fence ahead. Go forward, go to the station on the left. Be very vigilant here, especially with children. The traffic of cars in this part of the city is dense, and Tunisian drivers of traffic rules do not like to observe, we discussed this problem in detail in the article " Safety in Tunisia ".
Along the street you will reach the crossroads where you will see the Catholic Cathedral, a monument to the Arab philosopher and on the left there will be barbed wire, submachine gunners, pillboxes and armored personnel carriers. This embassy of France in Tunisia is one of the most well protected facilities in the country. Photographing the embassy of France is strictly prohibited!
Congratulations! You are on the Avenue of Habib Bourguiba , the main street of the capital. If you turn left at this intersection, you will reach the medina of Tunis .
If you turn right, you will walk along Habib Bourguiba Avenue, get to the Tunisian Big Ben , walk under the overpass and you will be at the Tunis Marine light metro station. From here you can reach Sidi Bou Said and Carthage.
Most tourists travel by light subway, watch Carthage, Sidi Bou Said and on the same light subway return to the evening of Habib Bourguiba Avenue and then walk to the station. If you want to get into the Bardo Museum, take a taxi from Carthage to the museum, from the museum by taxi to the station. Taxi drivers in the capital rarely speak English (do not speak Russian at all), so remember the two phrases: "Bardo Musi" and "Gare de Tunisia".
Evening train to Sousse
The first evening train to Suss departs from Tunis at 18:00. For tourists we recommend it. On the way 2 hours 20 minutes, have time for dinner at the hotel. Sometimes this train is canceled, and we will have to wait for the next one at 18:35.
If you do not plan to have dinner, then you can take the train at 18:35 and 19:35. The last train at 20:00, late for it categorically not recommended, the next train only at 8:35 in the morning!
The ticket price is the same again - 12.3 dinars.
If the station arrived earlier, it is most convenient to wait in the rest room, the entrance to it from the apron. In this room there is a TV, a non-smoking room, although inside Tunisians are still smoking. The rules of smoking here very few people observe, as we talked about in the article " Smoking in Tunisia ."
At the station there is a toilet, it is paid - 300 millimeters (0.3 dinars).
In Sousse you are already too late. It is not necessary to worry, Tunisia is the most educated and safe country in North Africa. Just take a taxi, show the taxi driver the All Inclusive bracelet, he will understand the destination exactly.
More Important Tips
- If you do not smoke and do not carry the smell of tobacco, do NOT sit in the front seats behind the driver's cab. The partition here lets in air, and the drivers almost always smoke the whole route. It will always smell like tobacco.
- If you are loyal to tobacco, then sit down at the machinist. Through the glass partition you can look forward.
- The station in Tunisia is quite large. See the photo on the left, click to enlarge. In advance on the scoreboard, look at the number of the way your train departs.
- This trip will have to walk a lot, probably this is the most tiring route for independent tourists in Tunisia. Take care of comfortable clothes and different footwear, which we talked about in the article " What to take to Tunisia ".
- If you can arrange, let the reception desk cut the bracelet, upon arrival, they will make a new one. The fact is that the bracelet clearly gives you a foreign tourist, you will become an attractive target for pickpockets, scammers and beckoning to shops. About the latter, we talked a lot in the article " How to buy in Tunis without cheating ."
"There's no need for a passport anywhere on the way." You can not take it with you, but you can only use a hotel voucher. But do not forget to take with you insurance policies. On the characteristics of travel insurance in Tunisia, we talked in the article " Insurance in Tunisia ."
- Never consult about independent trips with your hotel guide. These people earn on the sale of tours, and of course, hotel guide will be "with foam from the mouth" to prove that it's very difficult, expensive and dangerous to get to. In fact, it's easy to get there. All the photos in this article were made by our editor-in-chief on his last trip on this route.
Successful trips to the capital, and read our articles about Tunisia ( links below ).
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