Fly To Tripoli, Libya
The port city of Tripoli is Libya’s capital and largest city. Its history dates back to the 7th century, when it was founded by the Phoenicians, but Tripolitania, the region around Tripoli, was already a prosperous area in Roman times. As a result, there are many wonderful ruins in and around Tripoli. If you have a taste for the exotic and want to visit Libya, Travelstart can help you find and book the cheapest flights to Tripoli from South Africa.
Visa Requirements & SA Embassy Details
- South African passport holders travelling to Tripoli do require a Visa to enter Libya. The Libyan Embassy in South Africa is at 900 Church Street/Balmoral Street, Arcadia, Pretoria. Leaving Libya requires the right stamps in your passport. Your hotel is expected to present your passport to the authorities where your Visa will be stamped – make sure this is done prior to checking out. Ensure your South African passport has at least 6 months remaining on it from your return date and that you have at least 2 blank pages available for stamps.
- The South African Embassy in Libya is in Tripoli. Address: Al-Jamhuriyah Street (Al-Qadisiyah Square), Bin Ashour, Tripoli. Phone: +218 21 333 7006.
See and do
The Arch of Marcus Aurelius, the only surviving Roman monument in the city, is proof of Tripoli’s Roman occupation in the 2nd century AD. It stood at the crossroads of the two great Roman roads of the city – the cardo maximum (running north to south) and the decumanus (running east to west).
The Gurgi Mosque, just west of the Arch of Marcus Aurelius, was built in the 19th century, and was the last mosque built in Tripoli under the Turks. The interior of this mosque is the most beautiful in the city – the main prayer hall contains marble pillars from Italy, ceramic tiles from Tunisia and stone carvings from Morocco.
The city’s old town, the Medina, is still unspoilt by mass tourism and retains much of its serene old-world ambience. The Red Castle Museum, on the outskirts of the Medina, is a vast palace complex, with courtyards, alleyways and houses. There are some classical statues and fountains from the Ottoman period scattered around the castle.
There are many fine traditional wares to be had at the bazaar in the Medina, but there are also some excellent shops elsewhere in Tripoli. A few that stand out are the Carpet Bazaar, Ben Zeglam’s Shop, Fergiani’s Bookshop, the Tripolitania Bookshop and Ghadames Art Gallery.
Tripoli International Airport – TIP
Tripoli International Airport is Libya’s largest airport located 34km south of Tripoli city centre. Before the Libyan civil conflict of 2011 the airport was operated by the Civil Aviation and Meteorology Bureau of Libya; currently it is operated under ad hoc management. It was temporarily closed by NATO during the conflict, but was officially reopened for civil aviation operations in October 2011.
Tripoli International Airport is capable of handling 3 million passengers annually. There are plans to upgrade the terminals and to build an airport hotel to serve passengers in transit.
Airport Hotels: Al Waddan Hotel, Corinthia Hotel Tripoli, Thobacts Hotel, and Libya Hotel are within 2km of Tripoli Airport.
Car Hire: Avis, Europcar.
Airport Hub: Tripoli International Airport (code TIP) is a hub for Afriqiyah Airways, Buraq Air and Libyan Airlines.