Train vs Bus
Both forms of transport are incredibly cheap, but i guess the trains are a bit more convenient - Busses don't have 'stops' - at least trains have stations! there is a regular service between Monastir and Sousse (takes about half an hour). Apart from that, you never know when a bus is coming, or how long you going to have to wait...
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Arrival By Plane
Monastir airport is one of the most efficient airports that I have visited. Four times now I have been out of the airport complete with luggage and some currecncy changed within half an hour of landing. It is a modern airport and has never been excessively busy while I have been there. The airport is used by many of the major charter companies from the UK such as Thomsonfly and Mytravel. There are also charter flights from countries such as Poland, Germany, France, Holland, Finland and Italy.
Ther are many facilities at the airport including: Post Office, Bureau de Changes, Restaurants, Cafeterias, Bars, Duty Free Shop, Newsagent, Gift Shop, Travel Agent, Tourist Information Desk, Car Rental Facilities, and Taxi Rank. Just outside the airport there is a railway station with trains that run towards Sousse and Monastir. If you are taking a taxi to Skanes area, expect to pay no more than 10 dinars for the trip.
One little word of warning, there seems to be an endless supply of mosquitos waiting to bite you just outside the airport. They gave me a nice leaving present on my last but one trip!
Getting to Monastir from Sousse
There are three ways to get to Monastir from Sousse with the public transportation: by bus, by combined taxi (starting point is near North entry of Medina in Sousse) or by 'Metro'.
Metro is different from train. There is a regular line from Sousse to Monastir (and then to Mahdia). It is very cheap - 1TD oneway and usually there is a 'metro' every half hour. It takes about 45 minutes to get to Monastir.
Have in mind that on metro there is no toilet.
On my way back to Sousse the metro missed the schedule - instead of comming at 3pm it came at 3:30 when the next train was scheduled.
Getting off in Monastir follow sings 'Tourist route' to get to Habib Bourguiba Mosque, Mausoleum and Ribat.
Getting to Monastir by Airplane
Most likely you will land on the international Habib Bourguiba airport. This is the main airport for tourists and charters.
Have in mind that you may spend a hour their waiting to pass though passport control.
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Transportation in Tunis
If you decide to visit Monastir your hotel will be situated somewhere between Monastir and Sousse.You can use taxi(about 5-6din.*) or train(about 1.5din*) to get from your hotel to Monastir or Sousse.(*-Tunisian dinar).By my opinion train is much better solution because you can see how normal life works in Tunis and you can meet some interesting people.It's up to you...
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