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Getting around

Taxis in Hammamet, Tunisia

Need a cab? Well, they are yellow.

Rented car in the desert, Tunisia

My rented car of 2005. Who needs a 4WD to cross the desert???

To all those in doubt, moving around Tunisia is both easy and safe. Roads are usually in fine condition and well signposted. Also, Tunisians drive passively (except on the motorway), even inside cities. My favourite guide book, Rough Guides, report that Tunisian driving is dangerous. On this point they are, fortunately, all wrong!
You have the choice between bus, shared taxi, train and renting a car. Hitchhiking is not uncommon, and if you clearly look like a Western traveller, you will have a very good chance of being picked up quickly (sorry, this does not express my opinion, it is simply a fact that Tunisians are fascinated by Westerners and like to talk to them). Other may have to wait a little bit longer, but there is always a helpful driver coming your way.
Moving around with bus and shared taxi is the preferred way for many, mainly because it is cheap and relatively convenient. Sometimes the connections between two places is better served by buses, sometimes by shared taxi. In most cases, shared taxi stations lie close to the bus station. Getting the right connection couldn't be easier than here, there are helpers all around. Just tell someone where you're going, and you will get help!
Train in Tunisia generally runs on time and, with the exception of the toilets, are clean. They serve many important destinations, but the best train connections are on the coast.
The clear recommendation for Tunisia is, however, to rent a car. If you are a group, this will not be terribly expensive. On my last visit (June 2005), I got offers for a week with a small car with prices ranging from 360TD to 600TD (all included). The best car deal was the cheapest, and was with a local company. Renting from one of the international agencies may be disappointing: They have a reputation of being run no better (and sometimes worse) than local companies, resting on the credibility of the company name. Gas is cheap compared to Europe at 0.900TD per litre. One important advice: pick up your good quality road map (like Hallwag or Michelin) before you leave home, good driving maps are hard to get by in some cities.
Moving around cities is easily done by yellow cabs. These are cheap, except when going from the airport into town. Or if you look too much of "off the plane". Ask at your hotel, how much a ride costs.

By Tore Kjeilen