If you are in the planning stage of your Tunisia tour OR you have booked a tour, you may find the following information helpful about traveling in Tunisia.
Cash payment is the most common form of monetary transactions in Tunisia. Since the Tunisian Dinar is a non-convertible currency, the majority of Tunisians do not have access to international credit card accounts.
The Tunisian dinar is the currency of Tunisia and the abbreviation DT is often used across the country. The Tunisian dinar is counted in thousands of millimes – one dinar is equivalent to one thousand millimes. Prices are typically expressed in units of millimes rather than dinars. For example, 2 dinars is often expressed as “two thousand”. Coins represent values of 5 millimes, 10 millimes, 20 millimes, 50 millimes, 100 millimes, 200 millimes, ½ dinar, 1 dinar, 2 dinars and 5 dinars. Bank notes represent values of 5 dinars, 10 dinars, 20 dinars, and 50 dinars.
Fixed prices are often used only in supermarkets and select stores. Small shops and open market typically will not have a fixed price on display. This does not bother the locals since they already know what everything costs.
The Société Nationale des Chemins de Fer Tunisiens (SNCFT) or Tunisian Railways in English, is the national railway of Tunisia. Train travel in Tunisia is a good way to travel between major cities. The service between Sousse, Hammamet and Tunis is a good first-timer trip if you are looking to save some money.
Traveling by taxi is an easy and affordable option for traveling quickly around the city. Taxis are metered by distance (not time) and tips are not expected. Keep in mind that taxi services after 9pm is considered evening taxi service and the fares will increase dramatically.