Traveling By Road in Tunisia

Taxi in Tunisia

Traveling by road in Tunisia is one of the best ways to explore this beautiful country. Tunisia has a large road network connecting all of the main cities and towns. The main motorways in Tunisia are well maintained. Even small cities have some form of public transportation. The road signs are written in French and Arabic.

While in Tunisia, you can rent a car, hire a taxi, or travel by coach.

Renting a Car in Tunisia

International and local rent-a-car companies can be found at every airport or major cities. You will have to be 21 years old to rent a car.

Taxi in Tunisia
Cimoi CC BY-SA 3.0 via Wikimedia Commons

Taking a Taxi in Tunisia

If you want to travel within the city, taking a private metered taxi can be a good option as taxi fares are reasonably priced. Just make sure the taxi driver runs the meter at the start of your journey to avoid arguing over the price at your destination. Keep in mind that taxi fares have an evening surcharge between 9pm to 6am across the country.

It is possible to hire a taxi driver for a half-day or full-day excursion. Be sure to negotiate a price with the taxi driver in advance rather than going by the meter. You should also specify the sites you want to visit so everyone will know what to expect from the trip. The taxi driver may even be able to offer you some suggestions for local sites to visit. 

Inter-City Travel in Tunisia

The long-distance taxis (called “louage”) travel from city to city. There are louage stations across Tunisia which serve as departure and arrival points for the country. Taking a louage is an affordable way to travel long-distance across Tunisia. Since louage is a shared taxi, the downside is that the louage has be be full before it departs for its intended destination. There are no specific departure and arrival schedule, which means there is no guarantee whether you will wait for 5 minutes or 1 hour before departure. Otherwise, taking a louage is considered the fastest means of transportation to travel from city to city.

Louage in Tunisia
LouageCC BY-SA 4.0 via Wikimedia Commons

Traveling by Bus in Tunisia

The national bus company SNTRI runs a fleet of air-conditioned coaches between towns and across the country. Unlike louage, buses run on a specific departure and arrival schedule. Purchasing a ticket at the bus station in advance is recommended.

  • The distance between Tunis and Djerba is 516 kilometers. Traveling by car or coach can be up to 6 hours.
  • The distance between Tunis and Tozeur is approximately 454 kilometers and about 5-6 hours.
  • The distance between Tozeur and Djerba is 310 kilometers. There are several routes that can be taken depending on the traffic. A typical car or coach ride is between 4 and 5 hours.

Private Tour in Tunisia 

Driver & Guide with Jonathan
Mosaic North Africa Driver & Guide with Our Happy Client

Exploring Tunisia on a private tour with your own private car and tour guide provides a seamless travel experience to discover the history and culture of Tunisia in a relatively short time. There is no time wasted to negotiate with a taxi driver, or to purchase a bus ticket in advance, or to wait for a louage to fill up before departure.

All of our Tunisia tours begin with an airport pickup where you will be greeted by your private driver, and the tour will end with an airport drop-off at the international airport for your departure flight. Don’t waste time on your vacation trying to figure out your transportation. Let us handle all of your transportation within Tunisia while you enjoy a hassle-free vacation of a lifetime. Contact one of our Tunisia Travel Experts today to start planning your private Tunisia tour.

About the author

Joshua Mok is a cultural enthusiast and adventurer who can speak 6 different languages. Joshua currently lives in Tunisia and has firsthand experience with the language, people, and culture of North Africa. At Mosaic North Africa, Joshua is combining his business marketing expertise with his passion for travel to help others discover and enjoy the cultural and historical beauties of Tunisia, Morocco and Algeria.

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