Tunisia travel guide

Tunisia Tourism | Tunisia Guide

You're Going to Love Tunisia

Characterized by white villages and a cuisine that combines North African with European flavors, Tunisia is a country with a lot of history, warm people and miles of amazing beaches.

What to do in Tunisia

1. Walk the Streets of Tunis

A trip to Tunisia has to start in the capital. Visit the Bardo Museum and see fantastic Roman mosaics. Go shopping in the Medina of Tunis, one of the most impressive markets in the world.

2. Visit the Ruins of Carthage

Once the center of the Carthaginian Civilization, this is now a wealthy area of Tunis with villas and gardens galore. You can see the ruins that remain, and while there, head to Sidi Bou Said, a cliffside village with distinct white and blue houses.

3. Explore Whitewashed Mahdia

Mahdia also has a special location on a small peninsula with spectacular views of the Mediterranean. This village specializes in the fish industry and weaving, and has a lovely and well-developed beach stretch.

4. See the UNESCO World Heritage Site Dougga

Believed to be one of the best-preserved ancient Roman towns, this archeological site has to be seen to be believed, with a restored theater, a Temple of Saturn and wonderful background views.

5. Follow the Street Art Trail of Djerbahood

A true oasis of colors, you will find over 250 murals that have been created by artists from all over the world in the village of Erriadh, located on the island of Djerba.

1. Walk the Streets of Tunis

A trip to Tunisia has to start in the capital. Visit the Bardo Museum and see fantastic Roman mosaics. Go shopping in the Medina of Tunis, one of the most impressive markets in the world.

2. Visit the Ruins of Carthage

Once the center of the Carthaginian Civilization, this is now a wealthy area of Tunis with villas and gardens galore. You can see the ruins that remain, and while there, head to Sidi Bou Said, a cliffside village with distinct white and blue houses.

3. Explore Whitewashed Mahdia

Mahdia also has a special location on a small peninsula with spectacular views of the Mediterranean. This village specializes in the fish industry and weaving, and has a lovely and well-developed beach stretch.

4. See the UNESCO World Heritage Site Dougga

Believed to be one of the best-preserved ancient Roman towns, this archeological site has to be seen to be believed, with a restored theater, a Temple of Saturn and wonderful background views.

5. Follow the Street Art Trail of Djerbahood

A true oasis of colors, you will find over 250 murals that have been created by artists from all over the world in the village of Erriadh, located on the island of Djerba.

When to visit Tunisia

Tunisia in January
Estimated hotel price
C$ 105
1 night at 3-star hotel
Tunisia in January
Estimated hotel price
C$ 105
1 night at 3-star hotel

As summers tend to get really hot in Tunisia, the best time to visit the country is in spring, between the months of March and June, or in autumn in September or October.

How to Get to Tunisia

Entry Requirements

Citizens of around 50 countries, including most European countries and some African countries, can enter Tunisia without a visa for up to 90 days. Citizens of non-exempt countries must apply for a visa prior to arrival.

Plane

The main international airport in Tunisia is the Tunis-Carthage airport, and the national airline Tunisair operates nonstop flights to over 100 destinations. Lowcost flights are also available to and from Enfidha airport with budget airlines.

Boat

It is possible to travel to Tunisia by ferry from a few of the Mediterranean countries, including Malta, Marseille in France, and Sicily and Naples in Italy.

Entry Requirements

Citizens of around 50 countries, including most European countries and some African countries, can enter Tunisia without a visa for up to 90 days. Citizens of non-exempt countries must apply for a visa prior to arrival.

Plane

The main international airport in Tunisia is the Tunis-Carthage airport, and the national airline Tunisair operates nonstop flights to over 100 destinations. Lowcost flights are also available to and from Enfidha airport with budget airlines.

Boat

It is possible to travel to Tunisia by ferry from a few of the Mediterranean countries, including Malta, Marseille in France, and Sicily and Naples in Italy.

Popular airlines serving Tunisia

Lufthansa
Good (4,575 reviews)
KLM
Good (844 reviews)
SWISS
Good (919 reviews)
Delta
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Turkish Airlines
Good (2,273 reviews)
Air France
Good (971 reviews)
Emirates
Excellent (2,115 reviews)
Qatar Airways
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Air Canada
Good (5,649 reviews)
Brussels Airlines
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ITA Airways
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Egypt Air
Good (192 reviews)
Air Europa
Good (322 reviews)
easyJet
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Eurowings
Good (198 reviews)
Royal Air Maroc
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Transavia France
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Vueling
Good (814 reviews)
SAUDIA
Good (411 reviews)
Aegean Airlines
Excellent (491 reviews)
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Where to stay in Tunisia

Hotels and furnished apartments are the most common types of accommodation in Tunisia. If you are looking for a budget option, you can find some cheap rooms inside the Medinas in the cities.

Where to stay in popular areas of Tunisia

Most booked hotels in Tunisia

Sousse Pearl Marriott Resort & Spa
5 stars
Excellent (8, Excellent reviews)
C$ 106+
Hotel Bel Azur Thalasso & Bungalows
4 stars
Good (7.9, Good reviews)
C$ 99+
Mövenpick Resort & Marine Spa Sousse
5 stars
Good (7.3, Good reviews)
C$ 130+
Radisson Blu Resort & Thalasso, Hammamet
5 stars
Good (7.1, Good reviews)
C$ 135+
Hannibal Palace Hotel
4 stars
Good (6.8, Good reviews)
C$ 29+
Hotel Dar Ismail Tabarka
5 stars
Good (6.4, Good reviews)
C$ 116+

How to Get Around Tunisia

Public Transportation

The capital Tunis has a well-organized public transport system, which includes a subway, light rail, buses and regional trains. The rest of the country is mainly served by buses and trains.

Trains

The national railway company SNCFT runs trains that travel from Tunis to a variety of destinations throughout the country, including Sfax, Sousse, Carthage and Marsa.

Bus

In locations where trains do not arrive, your best option is to use minibuses that function like shared taxis, called Louage and white in color with a stripe on the side. The stripe color indicates the area that the Louage travels to and all prices are fixed. However, you should still agree on the fare before you get in. Some larger buses also operate between the major cities, such as Tunis, Hammamet and Nabeul.

Car

If you are planning to rent a car during your trip, brace yourself for a hectic drive in the cities and an easy drive in the countryside. Rental cars are usually handed over with an empty tank and it's up to you to fill it up. Alternatively, some private taxis offer long distance travel for reasonable prices - make sure you agree on the price before leaving.

Plane

Local flights in Tunisia are offered by TunisAirExpress, the domestic branch of the national airline Tunisair. Flights are available going to and from Tunis, Tozeur, Djerba and Gabes.

Public Transportation

The capital Tunis has a well-organized public transport system, which includes a subway, light rail, buses and regional trains. The rest of the country is mainly served by buses and trains.

Trains

The national railway company SNCFT runs trains that travel from Tunis to a variety of destinations throughout the country, including Sfax, Sousse, Carthage and Marsa.

Bus

In locations where trains do not arrive, your best option is to use minibuses that function like shared taxis, called Louage and white in color with a stripe on the side. The stripe color indicates the area that the Louage travels to and all prices are fixed. However, you should still agree on the fare before you get in. Some larger buses also operate between the major cities, such as Tunis, Hammamet and Nabeul.

Car

If you are planning to rent a car during your trip, brace yourself for a hectic drive in the cities and an easy drive in the countryside. Rental cars are usually handed over with an empty tank and it's up to you to fill it up. Alternatively, some private taxis offer long distance travel for reasonable prices - make sure you agree on the price before leaving.

Plane

Local flights in Tunisia are offered by TunisAirExpress, the domestic branch of the national airline Tunisair. Flights are available going to and from Tunis, Tozeur, Djerba and Gabes.

The Cost of Living in Tunisia

An inexpensive meal in Tunisia costs around 5 TND (2 USD), while a nicer restaurant meal will cost around 40 TND (14 USD) per person. A monthly local public transport card is about 30 TND (11 USD). Credit and debit cards are accepted in all major hotels, restaurants and outlets. However, for smaller vendors and for using transport, you will need to have cash on you.