Easy to get there!
During the embargo it was not possible to get to Tripoli by air (except may be from some communist block countries) and from Europe the route was Tunis and then by car. Today, the Libyan company Afriqiyah (http://www.afriqiyah.aero/infowherewefly.asp) operates from several European capital cities; this company goes to many African countries, and if you go to an African country, why not use it and make a one or two days stop over in Tripoli? Direct flights with KLM, B A, Alitalia, SN Brussels, are now available from Amsterdam, London, Rome or Brussels.
The airport of Tripoli is like many African ones and you must be prepared to queue for some time before getting out, in non-air conditioned environment.
The arrival at Tripoli airport looks a bit weird with the old plane dispersed over the airport area.
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Funduq Safwa !
I generally walked to the office or came back walking; I used sometimes the taxi. Just weave your hand at the black and white cabs (the others, the yellow ones are shared taxis, and they may not stop) and tell where you want to go; in my case I told “Funduq Safwa” (Hotel Safwa), and then, if the taxi does not know where it is, and if like in my case your Arabic language knowledge is very limited, “speak” with your hands; to the contrary of other countries spoiled by tourism or my recent Central Asia experience, the taxi drivers of Tripoli are very helpful and I never experienced a cheating attempt; so, it is not that difficult to get around here, and quite cheap (10 Libyan Dinar (approx 5Euros) for a 3 km ride)
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You can see most of Tripoli's attractions on foot. If you need to travel farther afield, you can flag a taxi easily. The black-and-white taxis are everywhere and you shouldn't have to pay more than 2 LD to go anyhere in the central area.
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Not that any visitors are going to need this for a while to find where that nice little hotel they read about is but the link here is a clear map of the city that anyone following the situation in Libya might find interesting.
Al Misabah al Khadra (the long "square" near the old city) is Green Square. The somewhat triangular group of streets fanning out from there towards Garden City is the Italianate section of the city, built during the years of Mussolini's occupation.
The main street leading into Green Square from the south-west is named for Omar al Mukhtar, the leader of the long and bitter rebellion against Italian rule. Like the current uprising, that rebellion came out of the Benghazi region.
Click on the link to the Naval map at the bottom of the street map page for an interesting aerial view of the Medina - the old walled city. The walls still ring the Medina today though the warren of streets and houses depicted in the map has many gaps and open spaces now, and the city of the 21st century extends far beyond the area shown.
The Oea link shows a plan of the Roman city.
The Musheer link shows an interesting perspective looking across Green Square through the walls into the Medina, whilstv the other links show the castle and a street in the Medina. The photo I have included is a view of the Medina and port taken from the Corinthia hotel.
This is a dark hour for Tripoli and the people who live there. Politics are not the business of VT but I hope anyone reading this will take a moment to read some of the pages written about Libya on VT by those members who have visited and come to know the country and her people and will say a prayer for the many brave and hospitable people who call it home.
There are two ways to get...
There are two ways to get here. 1)A plane. I would like to visit Tripoli again, so I checked resent possibilities. The best connection from Europe offers KLM. 2) Take a taxi or minibus from Tunisia. It's well known way.
I think the best way to see the city is walk around, but you may take a taxi (negotiate price first!)
you can get there by Airplane...
you can get there by Airplane or by ship or car or bus , Libya has had no railroad in operation since 1965 bat the Highways
Total: 83,200 km Paved: 47,590 km Unpaved: 35,610 km (1996 est.) and from Tripoli International Airport to City Center
The airport lies 21 miles (35 km) from the city center. Regular bus and taxi service exists to the main hotels and into town
inside tripoli you can use minibus cost/0.250 LD and you can use taxi low cost too and you can rent car costing from 60to 100 LD 24 hours
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I'm female, originally from tripoli, Libya, and I have some tips on some things.
In general when you arrive to Libya will find that it is the principal means of transport here is either a taxi or bus, usually taxi at the airport there is the most common forms of rapid movement anywhere and the color of the car is black and white,Ask a taxi driver if he knew where u want to go ,if he know u discuss the asking price to take u There.
((Note: the type of money here is the deal the Libyan dinar))
Uh, for there are many hotels
There are no major hotels in the city's claims in Arabic (al madena) near the coast and there are also some old houses in the Old City had been restored to become a hotel and the prices reasonable.
Of course, if you want a cheaper way to move then you can use the bus, you just question the station you want to go to ride the right bus.
and i Will tell you later on some words that will make things easier for you and the names of some areas that should u know ,and some areas you sould visit.
And, of course, Welcome to Libya Especially Tripoli (bride of the sea and the river) at any time.
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Tripoli is compact enough to walk around. In the oldest areas transport is more a hindrance than a help. But be careful when crossing the roads as the drivers do not work on a conventional traffic system. We met their Minsiter for transport who said that Libyans did not have the right temperment for drivign. A little harsh perhaps, but it is defintely an interesting mix of Italian and Egyptian techniques!
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