Renting a car in Tunisia?
Renting a car in Tunisia gives you the freedom to see all that this eclectic North African country has to offer at your own pace. For the more adventurous, 4x4 rentals are always popular in Tunisia with the Toyota Prado being the most popular for off-road use. You should always check the rental agent terms regarding off-road use as restrictions will apply.
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The North African country of Tunisia lies opposite Italy on the other side of the Mediterranean Sea. This great location, which is guaranteed good weather during the summer, makes Tunisia a popular tourist destination. Visitors also like the fact that they can find cheap flights to Tunisia while costs in the country itself are relatively low for holiday makers. The currency of Tunisia is the Tunisian Dinar and one Tunisian Dinar is equal to roughly half a Euro.
To arrive in Tunisia you need not obtain a visa if you are coming from Europe, America, Canada or neighbouring countries such as Algeria. The country’s capital is Tunis and this is where the main airport Tunis-Carthage International Airport is situated. However, there are a number of other airports dotted around the country including Habib Bourguiba Skanes-Monastir which is Tunisia’s second biggest. Tunis Air is the national carrier of Tunisia but look out for charter flights in the summer.
The main roads of Tunisia are the A1, A2 and A3 which cover most locations in the country and you may want to learn some basic French or Arabic in order to have an idea of what the road signs mean. If you need to find somewhere to stay in Tunisia there are lots of hotels but one of the most authentic experiences might be to rent a room from a local person. This will also be your best bet if you want to try local Tunisian food.
In terms of cuisine, Tunisia is similar to what you might find in a lot of North Africa with lamb being the staple meat and dishes often involving couscous, peppers and olives. Be sure to try local dishes such as the Berber lamb and Coucha. Tunisia is a Muslim country but although the availability of alcohol is restricted it is possible to get beer, wine and spirits from some of the supermarkets such as Carrefour. Also most hotels will serve alcohol to guests without a problem. Women travelling on their own through Tunisia should exercise caution and dress modestly while tourists may occasionally be heckled to buy local products.
- Tunisia is the most northern country in Africa and is part of the Maghreb
- The name Tunisia is derived from the capital of the country, Tunis
- Tunisia has been used as a location for every Star Wars film apart from one
- There are 30 airports in Tunisia with Tunis Carthage International Airport and Monastir International Airport being the main ones
- The currency in Tunisia is the Tunisian Dinar (TND)
- If you are renting a car in Tunisia you can choose between class-leading rental agents such as Avis, Budget, Europcar and Sixt
Is car hire in Tunisia safe?
Hiring a car and driving in Tunisia is not dissimilar from other north African countries. It is generally very safe but always wise to research driving laws before you arrive. Our 'Drive Smart' country guides provide a wealth of information useful for anyone driving in Tunisia for the first time.
You should check Foreign Office travel advice and restrictions before visiting as some regions are advised against visiting. However, car hire is well appointed and major brands are present in Tunisia offering new or nearly new cars with low mileage to ensure reliability.