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Cosmetic surgery in Tunisia: Travel and accommodation

Tunis Carthage International Airport is located eight km from the centre of Tunis. The best way to get from the airport to the centre of town is by yellow taxi. Although there are buses from the airport to the centre of town they can be unreliable but the NY-style taxis are plentiful and charged by the meter. The taxi journey will cost approximately 6 Dinar (under £3) and traffic permitting takes around 20 minutes.

Tunisia has six other airports that are served mostly by charter airlines, for example, Thomas Cook flies into Djerba, My Travel, Britania Airways, First Choice, Excel Airways, Thomas Cook, Airlines Astraeus and East Line Airlines fly to Monastir while the other four airports in Tunisia, namely Sfax, Tabarka, Gafsa and Tozeur are offer flights to and from various international locations.

To get around the country Tunis Air operates from Tunis to Djerba, Tozeur and Sfax. Alternatively, towns and cities are linked by a reliable, good value rail service and timetables can be obtained from any main train station. If you’re staying for a week or two it’s a good idea to buy a weekly rail card which allows unlimited travel on all routes as well as entry into museums and monuments. These can be bought from mainline train stations with two-passport photographs and cost approximately €20.

An electric train network operates in Tunis. This runs between the city centre and the suburbs of La Marsa, La Goulette, Carthage and Sidi Bou Said, and a tram service operates in the city centre. To get about town the Louage taxi (a shared taxi which goes to a fixed destination and leaves when full), is the local mode de transport. The louages connect all towns and villages and tour companies offer excursions, but in resorts such as Djerba the best option is hiring a bicycle because the island is flat and you can take in the atmosphere much better. Local buses are good value and available over most of the country, as are taxis which are mostly run by meter.

The usual international car hire services such as Avis and Budget, are available from the airport and major cities and driving is on the right.

The time zone in Tunisia is GMT + 1 and European citizens do not need visas, just their passport to enter Tunisia.

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