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.
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.
1. General Rules of the Road:
- Tunisia follows right-hand driving, which may be different from what some travelers are used to.
- Observe traffic signals, signs, and local road rules.
- Seat belts are mandatory for all passengers in the vehicle.
- Avoid using a mobile phone while driving unless you have a hands-free system.
2. Traffic Conditions:
- Traffic congestion can be an issue in major cities like Tunis, especially during rush hours.
- Roads in rural areas and less touristy regions may have lighter traffic.
3. Road Terrain:
- Tunisia has a variety of road types and conditions. Major highways are generally well-maintained and suitable for most vehicles.
- In more remote or rural areas, roads may be narrower, less well-maintained, or unpaved. In desert regions, sand can be a road hazard.
4. Best Type of Vehicle:
- The choice of vehicle depends on your travel plans:
- Compact or Economy Cars: Suitable for city driving and short distances.
- Midsize or Full-Size Cars: Comfortable for longer journeys and families.
- SUVs: Ideal for exploring off-road areas, such as desert regions.
- 4x4 Vehicles: Necessary for off-road desert adventures.
5. Distances from Airport to Main Resorts:
6. Emergency Number:
- Tunis-Carthage International Airport (TUN): Located approximately 8 kilometers from downtown Tunis.
- Monastir-Habib Bourguiba International Airport (MIR): About 8 kilometers from Monastir and around 160 kilometers from Tunis.
- Hammamet (from Tunis): Approximately 60 kilometers from Tunis, depending on the specific resort in Hammamet.
- Sousse (from Tunis): About 140 kilometers from Tunis.
In Tunisia, the emergency number for the police is 197
. If you need medical assistance, you can call 190
for an ambulance. For fire emergencies, the number is 198
. Always ensure you're familiar with local emergency numbers when traveling to a new country.
Before renting a car, ensure you have the necessary driver's license and insurance. Familiarize yourself with local road signs, conditions, and driving practices. When driving in Tunisia, be cautious, especially in unfamiliar areas, and respect local traffic regulations. Keep in mind that road conditions may vary, so plan your routes accordingly.
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