initially i might say i got ripped off at the airport bein new place n' all..paid something like us$30/- which should cost me us$20/-..the best way is using the 'service taxi"..where means its shared and u get droped off at apoint & take another taxi..till u get ur point!..it takes lonfg timez, but its far more intresting & fun opting this way and get to see & experince more of lebanese ways!...its cost abt US$ 1-2/- trip at timez or less..
a fully engaged taxi can set u back abt US $ 10 - 30/- at any time..especially at night it costs more!..
overall its well connected country by these buses and service taxis, and yes bypassing all the traffic though there are plenty of cars on road..."just hope other far-more developed countries in the gulf middleeast get their act together & learn from rest of the world operates"..
MEA and British Airways are the only two airlines offering direct flights into/out of Beirut Intl. Airport (aka Rafic Hariri Airport). While BA has daily flights, and the duration of these flights is around 4.30 -5.00 hours, MEA also offers flights on most days of the week.
MEA is part of the Skyteam, if you're interested in increasing your miles.
With both airlines you can book online or with your local agent. Also, check out the sites for special offers and flights.
There are daily flights between Beirut and most European and Middle Eastern capitals. Lebanon's flag carrier, Middle East Airlines (MEA), connects Beirut with most European capitals, other parts of the Middle East, some African capitals and Singapore Through Beirut Int'l Airport (code :BEY). BIA is situated 16 Km from Beirut City center. There is duty-free shopping within the airport.
There are no domestic air services. There are two int'l motorways with a total length of 570 km. Buses are efficient and economical means (most fares at LL 1500) to travel within Beirut and to the Suburbs. Privates taxis charge anywhere from LL 2000 to LL 10000 upwards depending on the distance of the journey. Service sharing taxis charge LL 2000 per person and pick up other passenger going the same way. In this case, however, one might have to change cabs for fairly long distances.
while doing my tours of byblos & balbeek & anjar i employed a company by the name of lebanon taxi to provide myself with a driver & guide . good price . excellent modern & safe vechile provided and fluent english speaking driver i strongly recommend them & i myself would use them again with out hesitation . 5 star all the way
If you are flying from Romania or you want to use Tarom, try to use the flight RO187 that departures every Tuesday. For return to Bucharest, use flight RO167 that take off from Beirut every Monday and Wednesday. Tarom flights this destination as triangle (bucharest-beirut-amman-bucharest) and if you fly with one stop in Amman, you will make around 4 hours to Beirut.
Tarom is a good option for this route, they fly a 2007 A318.
There are currently no ferry boats running between Cyprus and Lebanon. They stopped a few years ago. I actually took the ferry between them, but they have been stopped for a couple of years now. You can go to Syria though.
The link below shows all ferry services between Cyprus and other countries of the region. If they every re-instate the service, it would be listed here.
You can, however, fly between the 2 countries.
hopefully you have a friend there like i did ,and she drove everywhere as public transportation is almost noexcistant,taxi's to go no more than 3 miles was $25,gasoline in 2003 was $17 a liter that 4 liters a gallon you can do the math
If it's your first time in the country and you don't know anyone take a tour with either wild discovery (speak to vt member Ronza) or Nakhal and they will let you know which tours are running and which days they run on.
I'm not a particular fan of doing things by tour bus but in lebanon things were different. The tours are really nicely priced especially when a lot of them are a full day, and it's an easy way to do a whistlestop tour if you don't have the time or if like me, you wanted to get an overview of what you liked then go back to the places that really stood out (see baalbek).
The tourguides on every tour i went on were very informative but do paint a very rosy picture of everything. If you have friends there they will give you like an alternative tour to everything you see, and the lebanese sense of humour is an artform in itself.
The tours run every day to various places and the company will pick you up from your hotel and drop you back there at the end.
the lebanese don't walk anywhere, always take a car, and having walked around most of beirut in the middle of the day i can see why, sometimes you can't find shade. Personally though i would rather walk i have found some really interesting places that you would never even notice if you took a taxi
taxi's are the main type of transportation for anyone without a car in lebanon. The taxi has many different guises here... you will hear them beeping at you all the time... it's not that they're hounding you, they are actually just being polite and asking if you want to go somewhere.
The first type of taxi is similar to a minicab in that they are usually plush cars that you call a central office (such as allo taxi or safe taxi) and they send a car out to you. This is usually the most expensive but comfortable way of travelling.
The second type is the service taxi... you'll see these as older mercedes travelling around the city... make sure when you speak to them you ask sarveess (service in french accent) and the place you want to go... they will either drive off (meaning no) or tell you to get in... usually a service taxi is very cheap costing between 500 and 1500LL depending on how far you are going. This taxi will take a little longer to get to where you are going because the driver will pick up other people on the way like a bus. If you don't mention "service" then the driver will become a normal taxi and charge you a different rate... although it's still not that expensive.
The last kind of taxi you will see, are big big old american cars that look like they are held together with bungee cords etc... but they are comfortable to sit in the back of. These taxi's generally drive all the way through to syria and back again. Although i would check on this before you try because of the current political situation between lebanon and syria. The journey to syria takes a couple of hours.
Buses to Beirut from Aleppo cost 300 SP and takes about 6 hours. When I travelled it took 6,5 hours as it took quite long time at the border. The buses leave from Karajat Hanano (Ibrahim Hanano) an to go there by taxi from the clock tower is 25 SP.
In Beirut the bus stops at Charles Helou Station.
I travelled with Serraj bus company, which had good confortable buses and gave everyone a small bottle of water in the beginning of the ride.
If you are going from Damascus the beses leave from Baramke bus station and it takes about 4 hours to Charles Helou in Beirut.
Car rental is available at the air port which can be less expensive on the long term.And Lebanon is developing it`s street signs which sometimes can be helpful or it can be
My husband and I usually rent from (City Car rent -a-car).
a small car usually cost us 28USD$ per day.
To go around beirut :
it is easy to use the (service)taxi, where you share the taxi with other passengers,this will cut on the price but this taxi only goes in a certain route,which makes it more expensive if you want to be dropped off at a certain place.
I was going to go from Beirut to Amman, but was told it was much more expensive to go direct. It is cheaper to go to Damascus and change there. I took a service taxi from Beirut to Damascus for 15 000 LL (10 dollars) and it took less than three hours. In Damascus I found a service taxi to Amman (500 SP) that was leaving just after a few minutes. Three years I travelled the other way round (Damascus to Beirut) with bus. It was of course cheaper, but took about four hours with border crossings.
Both buses and service taxis leave Beirut from Charles Helou Station.
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