Monastir Airport Mini Guide
Monastir Airport or Habib Bourguiba International Airport is the main airport for visitors to the resorts of Sousse
and Monastir in Tunisia.
How do I get There?
You can easily connect there with airports in Tunisia. There are scheduled and charter flights to some major cities in Europe - France
and the UK
have the most available.
How can I get to the Resorts?
Taxis are readily available outside the terminal building. A light rail system leaves from just outside the airport, every 30 minutes for the resorts of Sousse and Monastir. If you decide to hire a car, you’ll find the car hire desks in arrivals, both resorts are just a short drive away.
What Facilities Does the Airport Have?
If you feel a bit lost there is an airport information desk and tourist information desk for all your enquiries. Five banks have branches at the airport including Attijari Bank and Banque de L’Habitat, you can change money or use the ATMs there. Alternatively, the post office on the ground floor will change your money for you as well as offering postal services. Once you are in departures you can eat and shop or wait in the large comfortable seating area.
I am Hungry!
There is a restaurant on the first floor, main terminal, which has fast food and local and international dishes. Once you are airside there are 4 cafes, you can try the stylish Greenpoint for Mexican and American food or Flightpoint has a good selection of sandwiches and salads for something lighter. If you are thirsty, there are 2 bars at the airport, one in check-in and one in arrivals.
Can I buy Souvenirs and Trinkets?
You can buy local handicrafts and souvenirs in the variety of shops in departures, leather and pottery items are the most popular. A news kiosk is nearby, if you need to grab some sweets and a magazine for your trip. There are 3 duty free shops with spirits and cigarettes and a selection of perfumes.
My Flight has Changed, Where can I Stay Near the Airport?
The nearest hotel is the 4 star Amir Palace it is just 1km away from the airport. It has 339 rooms with wired internet for a charge. The hotel has its own beach with pool and fitness/spa facilities. In the evening you can eat at one of 4 restaurants within the hotel or relax in one of the 5 bars.
If you’re heading for the beaches of Monastir or Sousse then Bourgiba Airport is a good option but there’s more than just the beach. In the film ‘The Life of Brian’, the setting for Jerusalem was nearby Ribat. This is a fascinating old town, mostly unoccupied, which makes for a wonderful day exploring the ruins. You’ll really feel you’ve gone back in time to the year zero there.
For another unusual visit, use your hire car to get to the Mausoleum of Bourguiba where in the middle of a sprawling cemetery, you’ll find the huge tomb of the first president.