Tunisia travel advice
The best way in to Tunisia is by direct flights to Tunis with British Airways from London Gatwick, or Tunis Air from Heathrow.
Flights depart to Tunisia most days of the week.
As it is only three hours away from the UK, Tunisia lends itself both to fuller itineraries taking in the whole country and shorter programmes of around a week which can concentrate more specifically on areas such as the Roman sites of the north.
Tunisia has a similar land mass to the UK (of which much is the Saharan desert), and driving around the country is often a much more sensible option than taking domestic flights, particularly where there are interesting stops en route.
Drivers and guides
You can travel either with a driver only or with a driver and a local guide during your stay in Tunisia, depending on whether you would prefer to explore the sites alone or require more detail from a knowledgeable guide
Arabic is the main language, but French is the dominant language in the media, commercial enterprise, and government departments, and you will find that Tunisians are comfortable in both languages - so much so that they often speak a hybrid of the two amongst one another! English is a third language in Tunisia, but many people will speak at least some.
Food & Drink
Tunisian cooking is a blend of European, Oriental and desert dweller's culinary traditions. Unlike other North African cuisine, Tunisian food is spicy hot. Harissa, a chilli paste with garlic and herbs, is liberally added to most Tunisian cooking, and is offered as an accompaniment to bread. As a general rule of thumb, the further south one ventures in Tunisia, the spicier the harissa. Couscous is the national dish of Tunisia and can be prepared in a dozen different ways. It is cooked in a special kind of double boiler called a couscousiere. Meat and vegetables are boiled in the lower half.
The unit of currency is the Tunisian Dinar. The TD is a soft currency, which means that the exchange rates are fixed by the government, it cannot be traded on the currency markets and it is also illegal to import or export it. Do remember that once into the departures section of the airport, transactions are carried out predominantly in Euros and that if you have any Tunisian Dinars left over, they will not be of any use.
A 10 percent tip is the norm at restaurants. In addition your drivers and guides will expect tips.
Our country specialists can advise on any safety concerns you may have. For current information, please refer to the Foreign & Commonwealth Office website.
When to go to Tunisia
You'll find temperature and rainfall information, together with a month-by-month guide on visiting, on our guide for when to go to Tunisia.
3 hours (direct to Tunis)