Fly To Tunis, Tunisia
Tunis is best known for housing the suburb of Carthage – the ancient city that formed the centre of the Carthaginian Empire. While the historic discoveries and ruins uncovered here are beyond fascinating, Tunis itself has escaped any major influx from the tourism industry. As such, this city is a diamond in the rough, filled with exotic scents, bright colours and vibrant energy, but lacking the crowds and tourist-trap establishments that have tarnished its neighbours to the north and south.
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Visa Requirements & SA Embassy Details
- South African Passport holders do need a Visa to visit Tunis, or anywhere else in Tunisia. Leave plenty of time for Visa processing, and don’t forget to check that your passport is valid for 6 months after your return date, and that you have 2 blank pages available for entry stamps.
- The South African Embassy to Tunisia is in Tunis. 7 Rue Achtart, Nord-Hilton, Tunis. Phone: + 216 71 798 449 / + 216 71 800 311 / + 216 71 801 918. Website: southafrica.intl.tn.
See and do
Central Tunis is divided into two distinct areas – the old town, known as the Medina, and the new town, known as Ville Nouvelle.
The Medina is the traditional heart of the city, made up of a tangle of alleys and passageways. It’s filled with boisterous traders and brightly coloured goods, and the scent of local foods and spices permeates the air. You’ll find wonderful souvenirs here made by local craftsman, including leatherwork, plastic goods, tin and exquisite filigree.
While you’re exploring the Medina, pay a visit to Dar Ben Abdallah. It’s smaller than the well-known Bardo Museum, but gives some interesting insights into the life of a wealthy merchant in the Ottoman era, and it’s housed in an original 18th century palace. Other Tunis landmarks worth checking out include the Cathedral of St. Vincent de Paul and the Zitouna Mosque. The souks around the mosque are also wonderful to explore, and you’ll find plenty of temptation to drop a few dinar.
Of course you can’t visit Tunis without visiting Carthage, so plan a day in this incredible place early on in your trip. You’ll find an abundance of ancient ruins here, dating back millennia, as well as the President’s Palace, and the World War II North Africa American Cemetery and Memorial. The views over Tunis and the gulf are spectacular, especially from the Basilica of Saint-Cyprien, and the Carthage Museum and Acropolium.
Public transport in Tunis consists of light rail and bus, as well as shared taxis known as ‘louages’. These are your most flexible option, but are slightly more expensive than buses, and run frequently, but not according to any specific schedule. The buses routes are less extensive than the louages, but still cover more ground than the trains.
Tunis-Carthage International Airport – TUN
Food and beverage: There are a few snack bars, restaurants and cafés located before and after customs.
Currency Exchange: There are six banks and several ATMs as well as a dedicated exchange office in the main building.
Lost Luggage: Lost hold luggage should be handled by your individual airline’s help desk. Report items lost or found within the airport terminal to the Lost & Found counter, located at the general information desk.
Airport Hotels: None on site. Nearby: Les Berges du Lac Concorde and Hotel Acropole Tunis.
Car Hire: Budget, Avis, Sixt and Hertz.
Airport Hub: Tunis-Carthage International Airport (code TUN) is a hub for Syphax Airlines, TunisAir, and TunisAir Express.