Cheap Flights to Tunis

  • Area City : 212.63 km² (82.10 sq. mi)
  • Area Code & Prefix : (+216) 71
  • Currency : Tunisian dinar (TND)
  • Population City : 1,056,247 (2014)
  • Official Language : Arabic, French
  • Time Zones : CET (UTC+1)
  • Airport : Tunis Carthage International Airport (TUN)

TUN is Tunisias prime airport just 4 miles from Tunis and the only airport in close proximity to historic Carthage City. With a growing number of visitors TUN continuously upgrades its state of the art facilities that include currency exchange facilities, ATMs, a post office, hair salons, shops, snack bars and restaurants including parking facilities that accommodate about 2,500 vehicles. Transport options for visitors include buses, airport coaches, car rental agencies and taxis.

Travellers from South Africa have a good choice of airlines departing from Johannesburg to TUN, the shortest being with EgyptAir (via Cairo), taking 13h 50m+. Other options include:

  • Air France (via Paris) 14h 50m+
  • Qatar Airways (via Doha) 15h 15m+
  • Turkish (via Istanbul) 15h 40m+
  • Swiss, Alitalia (via Zürich, Rome) 15h 40m+
  • South African Airways, Lufthansa (via Frankfurt) 16h 30m+
  • Emirates (via Dubai) 16h 35m+
  • Lufthansa (via Frankfurt)
  • South African Airways, Royal Air Maroc (via Dakar, Casablanca)
  • EL AL, Royal Jordanian (via Tel Aviv, Amman)
  • Iberia, Tunisair (via Madrid, Rome)
  • British Airways, Tunisair (via London, Frankfurt), the longest flights at

17h 40m+

KLM including other airlines fly to TUN.

Reasons to Visit Tunis:

  • A sprawling city with pleasing olden buildings, a buzzing medina with historic character and winding alleyways, a busy harbour and stunning beaches, Tunis is a wonderful blend of Arabic, European and African customs that make it the perfect holiday destination and a great base with its far reaching road network.
  • Tunis is capital of Tunisia that borders Algeria and Libya and lies off the Mediterranean Sea and Gulf of Tunis. Its a laid back city with an exotic feel where you can easily lose yourself in the Medina (Old Town) as well as appreciate the European-flair of the Ville Nouvelle (New Town).
  • It offers luxury hotel accommodation, fabulous resorts, camping facilities, youth hostels and backpackers. Divide your time between sightseeing and swimming, sunbathing, sailing or golfing. Dance away the nights in a nightclub, relax with friends in a bar or cafe, listen to classical or live music or take in a play or movie. Indulge your appetite in an expensive, moderate or cheap restaurant with wonderful choices of local and international cuisine.
  • The countrys fascinating history goes back to the Phoenicians building the city of Carthage in 814 B.C. In 146 B.C. it was seized by the Romans who reigned until the 5th century. The Vandals invaded just before the Muslims during the 7th century and by the 16th, the Turkish Ottoman Empire had captured the territory. It became a French protectorate in 1881, finally gaining independence in 1956.

Places to Visit Tunis:

  • Located in the Medina, the grand 18th century Tourbet el-Bey mausoleum is the largest in Tunis and an interior lavishly decorated with marble, tiles and carved plasterwork. The Dar Ben Abdallah Museum, one of the finest preserved medina palaces in Tunis, shows off a superb collection of textiles, crafts and furniture affording visitors a glimpse of wealthy life during the 19th century.
  • Every visitor happily meanders around the Carthage, sighting ancient remnants of what was once a Phoenician city that now lie strewn across the Bay of Tunis. Dont miss the view of the entire area from Byrsa Hill.
  • The opulent 13th century palace located at Quartier Le Bardo is a wonderful example of Arabian architecture and home to the Musée National du Bardo, one of North Africas top museums and highly valued treasure. It holds the worlds largest single collection of Roman mosaics. Best time to visit is early morning or late afternoon to avoid the crowds. Sadly theres no access for disabled visitors.
  • Built in 1893 with its neo-Romanesque façade, the St Vincent de Paul Cathedral is a striking structure and the last surviving building of the countrys French colonial period. Its also home to the tomb of the Unknown Soldier and located in Ville Nouvelle.
  • La Goulette(Tunis Port) has Spanish and Ottoman forts to see, the gateway of the Old Arsenal and beyond the harbour, a lovely long stretch of beach, a top hot spot for evenings and weekends.
  • The seaside area of Sidi Bou Said is magnificently charming with cafes on the cliff-side and the gorgeous beaches of La Marsa, perfect for relaxing and sunbathing. While there pop into Dar Ennejma Ezzahra for an experience of traditional classical music.
  • For some of the best Tunisian food, located in the heart of the Medina, is the pricey Dar el-Jeld set in an impressive 18th century mansion thatll have you drooling with the aroma of traditional lamb and seafood dishes. For delectable seafood, located in the district of La Boulette on the harbour-side is Lucullus, an upmarket, expensive eatery with a large terrace under the shade of palm trees. For scrumptious Italian pizzas, pastas and seafood, dine in the courtyard of the moderately priced Le Malouf restaurant with sounds of live Tunisian music accompanying your meal on Friday and Saturday nights. Its located at Rue de Yougoslavie.
  • Dance the night away in La Soukra at Le Boeuf sur le Toit (a restaurant-bar) or enjoy live music over weekends and wonderful jazz on Sunday evenings. For a great night of clubbing Villa Didon Carthage in Carthage provides pumping music with superb sea views.
  • Théâtre de lÉtoile du Nord puts on good plays in French or Arabic including regular concerts.
  • Getting Around Tunis:

    Bus:
    Buses are run by SNTI (Societe Nationale de Transport Interubain) that cover the city well with over 200 routes.

    Taxi:
    Taxis are convenient, comfortable and not overly expensive. Ensure the meter is on to avoid being overcharged. Hiring a taxi for a day or half a day works out cheaper when bargaining the price instead of going with the meter.

    Train:
    The Metro system with several lines links a large amount of areas to the city centre.

    Bicycle:
    Bikes can be hired from numerous guesthouses and hotels.

    Car Hire:
    Visitors have a widespread network of roads that connect all key towns and cities with the majority of roads tarred and in fairly good condition, except for potholes on minor roads and smaller roads not tarred. Be alert as Tunisian drivers are extremely unpredictable.

    Renting a car is quite costly but charges normally include break-down cover and insurance. Local and international car hire companies are located at TUN and within larger towns and include: Sixt, Europcar, Hertz, Avis and Alamo.

    Walking:
    Travellers with time can leisurely explore the city on foot.

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