The best way to get around is by taxi or a shared
taxi known locally as "service taxi".
Taxis and service taxis are distinguished by red
number plates, and on some cars a red and white
Today driving in Beirut and along the coast to
Jounieh can be a real treat at night !
The roads are all illuminated and are, more often
than not, pleasant for an evening stroll. Unfortunately
we cannot say the same for the day time. Asphyxiating
pandemonium is a good description for it. We prefer
to drive only against the traffic which flows
into the city in the morning and out of the city
from the early afternoon to early evening. It
must be said however that on the odd weekdays
- rush hour traffic flows quite well and the roads
are being improved on a daily basis.
Most international car rental agencies are available
in Lebanon, however, the local car rental services
provide better rates in most cases. For those
with sufficient confidence, driving is not a problem.
A few words of advice:
Always look out in all directions, many drivers
in Lebanon are reckless!
Always stop at army checkpoints and turn on inside
It is normal to cut people off, but do it safely!
Don't drink and drive - it's the law!
A Tourist in Lebanon, just like any big city,
is the first person to get ripped off. With the
following information a traveler can feel comfortable
knowing how to proceed with transportation costs.
Tourists are statistically safer here than any
major city in the world. In fact Lebanon's strongest
asset is Tourism and visitors discover quickly
the wholehearted welcome from the Lebanese who
are always eager to show off their country. Taxis
from the Airport to Beirut have a non negotiable
The following are taxi companies operate 24 hours a day:
|Auto Tour Taxi
|| +961 1 888 222 / +961 1 882 888
|| +961 4 960 179
|| +961 1 397 903
|| +961 1 346 690 / +961 1 354 372
|| +961 1 888 316 / +961 1 268 040
||+961 1 353 152 / +961 1 353 153
|| +961 5 451 817
There are both private and state-owned buses
which can take you anywhere for only 500 Lira
- these are the small buses with either a red
or blue stripes. Stop them by flagging them down
at the bus stops. A number of different size buses
are available either on scheduled routes or for