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Tunis | Jerba
Tozeur | Tabarka

3. Getting around

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Getting there

Being in the north of Africa, squeezed in between Algeria and Libya, both countries with minimal tourism at the moment, most people arrive in Tunisia by plane. Tunisia is a short ride for most Europeans, even from Norway the flight time is less than 4 hours.
Travellers from other continents will usually have to fly into Europe, then connect with a direct flight to Tunisia.
For normal flight connections, Tunis is the main airport, but the country has a selection of other international airports too: Monastir (which also serves Sousse), Jerba, Tozeur and Tabarka. With these, virtually all parts of the country can easily be reached.
Charter tourists tend to use the Monastir airport. Those spending their holidays in the string of holiday cities from Nabeul in the north to Mahdia in the south, use this one. Jerba is the main arrival point for anyone going to the south, while Tozeur serves visitors to the desert and oases.
Other means of communications are by ferry or speed boat. There are ferries from France (Marseilles), Italy (Palermo, Genoa, Salerno all year, and from Trapani, La Spezia and Naples only June-September) and Spain (Valencia). They all arive at La Goulette, the sea port of Tunis, which is a handy place to start your vacation.
Prices are quite high, the cheapest is from Palermo (9 hours) which is priced from 45 (US$55) one-way per person. Car costs 80 (US$100) and motorbike 40 (US$50). More handy for most Europeans is the Marseilles connection (21-23 hours) which costs 144 (US$175) one-way per person, car 344 (US$415) and motorbike 90 (US$110). The Valencia connection appears as a hardliner's option, being a 62 hours crossing. Prices are 222 (US$270) one-way per person, car 155 (US$190) and motorbike 83 (US$100). All are 2005 prices.
Crossing from Algeria or Libya involves some hassle, but far less than if you should enter either country. How many border crossings are open from Algeria is slightly difficult to estimate, it changes depending on politics and season. While visiting western Tunisia in June 2005, officials near all border posts insisted that they were open, even in case of the smallest ones (like the one near Mides). From Libya there is only the one point, near Ben Guerdane.
For those fortunate enough to have access to a yacht, Tunisia can be a rewarding destination. There are 26 ports for pleasure boats, but not all these are open for first entry to the country. Your first port should one of the following ports (from the northwest to the south): Tabarka, Bizerte, Sidi Bou Said, La Goulette, Hammamet, Port el Kantaoui, Sousse, Sfax, Houmt Souq, Zarzis.

Tabarka | Tunis | Monastir | Jerba | Tozeur

By Tore Kjeilen