Serving over a million passengers a year, Tunis Carthage International airport has a laid back, hometown feel to it yet all the perks and services of a tourism and business transport facility. In North Africa often the various countries have smaller facilities that are well connected to European African and American destinations.
Just because the airports are more traditional looking does not mean they are underdeveloped. In fact the system works very well and one of the best things we noticed about the traffic in Tunis Airport is that it fits smoothly into the gates and services available. The architecture is immediately impressive. The designs are certainly influenced by Islamic art with ornate ceilings filled with mosaics of gold and polished stones in repeated shapes. The lighting is ethereal and the while walls and white stone floors reflect the cherished color of choice that describes much of Tunis.
The airport has several locations inside the secure area and outside for food. The cuisine is a blend of typical fast food shops, traditional Tunisian eateries and snack stands and coffee shops. Prices are affordable and the service is quick. There are plenty of ATM’s available but one would best wait to get into town so as to avoid any fees. The exchange booths upon last use had a good exchange rate. The airport has a post office, haircare facilities, a tourism office, car rentals and plenty of onsite parking. A note that it is not possible to store baggage at the airport.
Getting from the airport directly to Tunis or the surrounding sites of ancient Carthage or towns further afield is not a hassle because the country has good roads and frequent services for travelers. Car Rentals, Taxi’s and Buses are the main ways to get to and from the airport as there is no train system linking it to the surrounding area. For Buses the airport is linked directly to the city center as it is only 8km away. The public bus line is called SNT and it leaves every half hour but runs less frequently in evening hours. It is extremely cheap to get into town costing just 1 dinar. There are also TUT buses which are more upscale and depart every 15 minutes for a little more money. Taxis are notorious for trying to trick one into paying more than the ride is worth, typically a ride anywhere in and around town should be no more than 5 Dinars, the price is pretty good already so don’t fight it to the last penny, but don’t allow drivers to gauge you for ridiculous amounts. Insist on the meter always although some of them are rigged. Renting a car should only be done if you are confident you know where you are going since many streets and addresses remain unmarked.