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
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:
Getting Around Tunis:
Buses are run by SNTI (Societe Nationale de Transport Interubain) that cover the city well with over 200 routes.
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.
The Metro system with several lines links a large amount of areas to the city centre.
Bikes can be hired from numerous guesthouses and hotels.
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.
Travellers with time can leisurely explore the city on foot.