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Getting Around in Lebanon
 
 
 

By Air

There are no internal flights in Lebanon.

By Sea

The ports in Lebanon are served by coastal passenger ferries. Do check with the relevant local authorities for schedules.

By Road

Traffic drives on the right. Speed limit signs, traffic police and traffic lights are present but may not always be respected and driving, particularly in Beirut, can be quite unpredictable. As public transport is limited, roads in Beirut are over-congested. The worst times for traffic jams are 7:30am-9:30am and 4:30pm-7pm.

Bus

Intercity buses run by private companies are cheap and efficient. Many hotels also offer complimentary bus and other transport services.

The two main bus companies in Lebanon are the public bus company, OCFTC, and the private bus company, the Lebanese Commuting Company (LCC). Both OCFTC and LCC have buses that run on extensive routes from Beirut to towns throughout the country. The price of a one-way ticket is usually LL1,500 to LL3,000 (US$1 to US$2) per person. The two main bus stations in Beirut are Cola Roundabout (for destinations to the south and Syria) and Charles Helou Station (for destinations to the north). It is best to go to the station and ask someone which bus goes to your desired destination.

Taxi

Intercity taxis operate throughout Beirut and Lebanon. Travel is normally shared. Prices are negotiated in advance. Town taxis have red licence plates and an official tariff. There is a surcharge of 50 per cent after 10pm.

You should be sure to agree on a round-trip price ahead of time. Round-trip prices range from US$50 to US$125, depending on the destination and type of car desired.

Shared service taxis ('servees'), which run on set routes in Beirut and between towns throughout the country, are also widely available. These are a less expensive option than hiring a private taxi. Fares are LL1,000-LL2,000 (US$0.67-1.33) in and around Beirut, and LL2,000-LL10,000 (US$1.33-6.67) for destinations outside of Beirut.

Car Rental

Rental cars are widely available in Beirut, although the cost is relatively high compared to elsewhere in the region. Rental costs may range from US$25-100 per day, or higher, depending on the type of car. Most rental companies will also provide a driver with the car, for an additional fee of US$25-50. Fuel prices are relatively reasonable in Lebanon, by European and American standards.

Documentation: An International Driving Permit and Green Card are required.

Urban Transportation

Public bus services are available in Beirut, where bus services have recently been expanded, although service taxis remain the most widely used option.

 

 
 


 

 


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