Transport System in Tunis

Tunis is the capital city of Tunisia with a population of over 743,000  people and an area of over 212.63 km².   The Tunis area is served by the métro léger and TGM (Tunis-Goulette-Marsa), as well as bus services, and is linked to other places in Tunisia by SNCFT, the national railways. The city has, as of the beginning of the 21st century, a public transportation system developed under the management of the Société des transports de Tunis (STT). Other forms of transport are taxis (individual and collective taxis).

Railway

Tunis has a system of trams and trains which cover much of the suburbs of the city and are useful for getting to destinations on the outskirts such as the Bardo museum or Carthage and Sidi Bou Said. There are 5 lines which converge on the city centre at either Place Barcelone to the south of Bourguiba or Place Republique to the north.

Tunis is a main hub of Tunisia railway system at Tunis Railways stationnear Place de Barcelone. The railways are operated by the Société Nationale de Chemins de Fer Tunisiens (SNCFT), the Tunisian national railway.

Taxis (Individual and Collective)

  • Individual taxi, they are almost always limousines, mostly compact size, but you also can find small taxi buses with 4 seats, which can carry larger luggage as well. All taxis are fitted with taxi meters that must be turned on during a trip. A passenger should, therefore, always insist that the meter is being turned on and refuse fixed prices and payment for additional unjustified services.
  • Collective Taxis (louages), long-distance shared taxis are called louages, they are the quickest public means of transport. Collective taxis are minibuses with 8 or 9 seats, or compact cars with 5 seats. Louages that go from one town to another are usually painted in white color with a red stripe on the flanks of the car. Collective taxis drive more or less fixed routes

Buses

The green-and-white buses run pretty much to schedule, and connect Tunis with other larger urban areas several times a day. There are two bus stations in town, with Gare Bab el Fellah serving southern destinations and Gare Bab Saadoun serving those to the north. Buses are run by SNTRI at both stations.

Air transport

Tunis is served by the Tunis-Carthage International Airport, located 8 kilometers (5.0 mi) northeast of downtown, which has been operational since 1940 under the name of Tunis El Aouina.

Ferries

Ferries connect Tunis to a number of international destinations including Trapani, Palermo, Naples, Civitavecchia,Livorno,Malta Genoa and Marseille. The main ferry terminal is at La Goulette.

Tuc Tuc

The tuc tuc is a small means of transport and carries around six persons.

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