Getting Around Lebanon

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    From Beirut to Aanjar and back

    by MalenaN Written Jul 6, 2005

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    To go to Aanjar you take a minibus from Cola station to Chtaura, where you change to a service taxi. To go to Cola station I paid 1000 LL for the service taxi (I said alf (1000) as I stopped it but thought the driver was going to say 2000 LL, which he didn't). The minibus from Cola to Chtaura was 3000 LL and it took about 1 hour. The service taxi to Aanjar from Chtaura was 2000 LL (and that was what everyone had told me). Leaving Aanjar the man at the ruins said I should pay only 1000 LL for the service to go back to Chtaura. To get the service back I walked down to the main road and there I just waited a few minutes before a service came. Back in Chtaura the bus was just about to leave for Beirut.
    Back in Beirut I wanted to go to Hamra. From Cola there are three city buses going there, number 1, 3 and 12. The city bus cost 500 LL.

    The prices are from June 2005.

    Aanjar Village
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    Buses & Service Taxis...

    by coceng Written Jun 23, 2005

    Buses & the service taxis are the best way to move around in Lebanon.
    They are reliable & almost on time.
    Furthermore, you can avoid dealing with some crazy drivers on the Lebanese roads !
    Also a good opportunity to see Lebanon when you move around.
    A service taxi looks like a mini van, smaller than a bus of course...

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    By car

    by spoutnek Updated Oct 27, 2004

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    The best way to go around Lebanon is defintely by car. Public transportation is very little organized. In case you dont have a car and you want to mouve inside the town better to take a taxi. There is also what is called SERVICE like a taxi but you may find yourself with four other people inside the car. You dont need to look for a SERVICE they will find you. Relatively you pay very cheap to go in a SERVICE.

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    Rent a taxi with the driver for the whole day.

    by Moscho Updated Sep 13, 2004

    We went to Lebanon with the ship. It was two nights cruise and we could spend there about seventeen hours. Instead of taking the ship trips, that would cost us $400 for just 8 hours, we arrange before we went there a mini bus for ten people with its driver. The price we agreed was $120. With that money he was driving us all these hours everywhere we’d like and was waiting us as well. He also recommended us some really nice places to go and I’m happy we trusted him, because it was worth it.

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    Best trip

    by dr.firas Written Aug 30, 2004

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    Bus to take you in a group tour is really a good solution to make a roam in the most famous places in Lebanon!
    The only bad thing that you have to obey the graphic,
    But after the daily program and in every evening you can be free and do what ever you want.

    Baalbeck

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    Taxi! Service! or tourist bus

    by uglyscot Written May 30, 2004

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    In Beirut the easiest method of travel is taxi but this can be expensive.
    A cheaper way is to ask for Service. The taxi will then accept you if you are going in his direction, and will pick up other passengers on the way. Fare for Service is 1000LL.

    Also available is mini buses which follow routes round the city. If one is going to your destination it will cost 500LL.

    For tourist travel within Lebanon it is wiser to use a tourist company. Buses may not necassarily be full ,as long as there are a reasonable number of passengers the tour will take place.
    I used NAKHAL. It also has a more expensive private limousine service.
    The compny will collect you from your hotel. A guide speaking English, French and Arabic accompanied us and gave detailed information along the route as well as at the sites themselves.
    Some tours are full day trips, others half day.
    Not all tours are available everyday, and some times there is an economy offer available. Day tours provide a meal at a good restaurant.

    Baalbeck, Anjar and Ksara tour costs $60
    Jaieta, Harissa, Nahr el Kalb costs $ 35
    Sidon, Tyre and Eshmoun costs $55
    Cedars, Becharreh and Kozhaya costs $50
    Byblos, Tripoli and Rachana costs $55
    Beiteddine, Deir el Kamar with lunch costs $38

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    A cheap way to move around!

    by DunaKal Updated Feb 16, 2004

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    The buses in Lebanon are considered one of the cheapest way to move around,,you only have to know the routes of each one...
    Ask any local person they will be very delighted to help you.It costs about 500 Lebanese Lira(about 1/3 of a $) per ride within one route.

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    around lebanon

    by call_me_rhia Written Jan 30, 2004

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    there are several ways to get around Lebanon. The cheapest is by bus - but you can also use minibuses, shared taxis 8service) or private taxis. Buses leave from Charles Helou station in Beirut for Tripoli and some cities in the south: you can also get shared taxis to Syria from here. Minibuses leave from Cola station (Beirut) for Baalbeck and some cities in the south. Shared taxis - within cities - usually cost 1000 Lebanse pounds per person - private taxis 5000. And by the way - you recognize a taxi by its red license plate

    red plate=taxi

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    cars and busses

    by xaver Written Dec 30, 2003

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    We maily moved from Beirut to the other places we wanted to visit by private car as they were not too expensive and, above all, having not so much time available, they were the best choice.
    We just toke the bus on our way back from Tripoli to Beirut and it was funny as, the sign on the bus, the time table, the seats number and everything else were written in arab, but a man in front of the bus shouting Ale Beirouttt made clear to everyone where the bus was directed.
    The tiket was incredibly cheap, less than one dollar and, only now, thank to my friend marimar translation, I can understand that it was a special offert for Ramadan month!

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    flyght

    by xaver Written Dec 30, 2003

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    We flew from Rome to Beirut with Middle east airline, a really good company, apart for the fact that they practically rmeind you to have a diet with their incredibly small seats, and they also would like you to not be lazy as their flyght from Beirut leaves at 6.30 am!
    Middle east a company to better your life style :-)

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    Boat trips

    by MalenaN Updated Nov 7, 2003

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    In the harbour in Jbail (Byblos) there are a few boats for sight-seeing.
    Whene I was there my second time I think the waves were to high for the boats to go on a tour, but a group with school children came and probably they had been looking forward to the tour. The boats with the school children went back and forth through the harbour opening, jumping on the waves. Hearing their shouts and cheering I think they had a fun time.

    Boat trip in Byblos (Jbail)
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  • Buses

    by hajar1979 Updated Oct 22, 2003

    definitely the way to go-still have fond memories of waiting for buses on charles helou avenue and buying one of those huge, inflated pastried they sell by the roadside and some orange juice for breakfast.
    smoking is allowed in the van but other than that, i love the buses in lebanon. a definite adventure travel for someone who hasn't travelled much, much less on her own. could not BELIEVE i was in lebanon every minute i was there.

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    Road from Bcharre to Baalbeck

    by sachara Updated Oct 19, 2003

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    From the ski resort the Cedars a road is leading through the mountains to the Beeka Valley. The road is only open in the summer months.
    When we visited the Cedars end April, we had a good look at the road from the parking lot in the Cedars and saw that the road was still covered with snow.
    After Bcharre was Baalbeck in the north of the Beeka Valley our next stop, but we had to make a detour, back to Beirut at the coast and from there we could cross a lower part of the mountains to the Beeka Valley.

    road to Baalbeck is still closed
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    Bus

    by dr.firas Written Sep 28, 2003

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    Bus to take you in a group tour is really a good solution to make a roam in the most famous places in Lebanon!
    The only bad thing that you have to obey the graphic,
    But after the daily program and in every evening you can be free and do what ever you want.

    Bus

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    Bus

    by dr.firas Written Sep 21, 2003

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    Of course from Syria to Lebanon or in Lebanon from Beirut to another point the best Transportation is a Bus!
    It is comfortable really cheap and the distance between Beirut and Tripoli is less than one hour,
    Yes Lebanon is a small Country.

    Bus

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