Getting to Sidon by public transportation - mainly by mini-buses and service taxis - is easy. The main terminal is Cola bus station in southern Beirut. As a personal preference, I'd go for the mini-bus as I feel safer in it than in a service taxi. There are no defined schedules - buses leave as and when they're full. The ride takes about hour along some scenic seaside roads, oftentimes.
Going back to Beirut, you take the same mini-buses at the bus terminal in Sidon (picture 1). The best part of my ride back to the city was the company I had - a very loquacious kid named Yahya (picture 2) who speaks very good English. For such a young kid, he had mature views on politics, economics and of course, football. But he was most proud of his elder brother (picture 3), whom he regards as one of the best boxers in Lebanon.
This encounter once again underscores the delights of travel - meeting and connecting with locals and getting to know their points of view on world issues.
Getting to Sidon is very easy. From Beirut there are several minibuses that leave once they are full, From Charles helou station, if I remember correctly. The trip costs about 1000 Lebanese pounds and the minibus drops you off where you want. Same price and procedure from Sour/Tyre. It's also possible to get there by private taxi, if you are in a real hurry: for this you'll pay either 20 US dollars or 30000 Lebanese pounds
Getting to Sidon from Beirut,I recently started to use the bus,it`s air-conditioned,very conveneint,and cheap.
Take the Bus from El-Cola bridge stop in Beirut,the bus stops at Sidon`s downtown staition( Sahet El-Nijmeh).
Buses from Beirut stops at Sahet en-Nejmeh, a square in the modern part of town.
From Beiruts Cola Station you can take a bus to Saida. There are different kind of buses and they are leaving often.
The big local bus takes the road by the sea and stops often. It costs 750 LL.
The minibus is quicker and costs 1000 LL.
The big air-conditioned bus takes the highway and is faster. The price is 1500 LL.
The prices are from August 2002 when I visited Saida.
The central minibus ststaion allows you to transfer another minbus to beirut or type. The cost is the same 1,000 LL (Nov 04). If you do a day trip from Beirut to Sidon and Tyre, you should go to Tyre first, meaning taking 2 sectors of minibus. It is much easlier to go back to Beirut from Sidon than from Tyre in the late afternoon.
You must walk across the causeway to reach the Sea Castle. It is too narrow for vehicles and I think approaching the castle by boat would be quite difficult.