Tunis is the capital city of Tunisia
and the country's largest city, we have rental cars available from both the airport and some city locations. It is at the edge of Lake Tunis and the Mediterranean Sea. The city extends along the coast and out into the surrounding hillside. The city retains its character in the old quarter called the Medina. There the streets seem to fall in on each other and amongst the shadowy alleys the sights, sounds and scents assail the senses.
Driving in Tunis - here's what you need to know:
Road conditions in Tunis can vary. Major roads and highways are generally in decent condition, but you may encounter potholes or uneven surfaces on some smaller streets.
Roads in urban areas are often crowded, and traffic congestion can be common, especially during rush hours. Tunisia has been investing in improving its road infrastructure in recent years, with upgrades to major highways and routes.
Traffic in Tunis can be chaotic, particularly during peak hours. Be prepared for heavy traffic in the city center and on major routes. Tunisians are known for their assertive driving style, so driving defensively is advisable.
While Tunisia is generally considered safe for tourists, it's important to exercise caution when driving. Observe local traffic laws and be aware of your surroundings.
Keep your vehicle locked when not in use, and avoid leaving valuables inside.
Distance from the Airport and Nearby Cities/Resorts:
Tunis-Carthage International Airport
(TUN) is located about 8 kilometers (5 miles) northeast of the city center of Tunis. The drive from the airport to the city center typically takes around 15-20 minutes, depending on traffic.
Nearby cities and resorts include Carthage, Sidi Bou Said, La Marsa, and Gammarth, all of which are within a short drive from Tunis.
Places to Drive to and Road Types:
Tunis has several attractions and places to visit, including the ancient ruins of Carthage, the historic Medina (old town), Bardo Museum, and the seaside town of Sidi Bou Said. Most of these attractions are easily accessible by road. Roads in the city center can be narrow, and parking can be challenging to find. Be prepared for one-way streets and congested areas.
Best Type of Vehicle:
For driving in Tunis, it's advisable to choose a small to mid-sized vehicle. Smaller cars are more maneuverable in heavy traffic and can be easier to park in crowded areas.
If you plan to venture into rural areas or the desert, a 4x4 or SUV might be more suitable.
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