Getting Around Lebanon

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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 :-)

    airport

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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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    Taxi for a day

    by MalenaN Updated Dec 28, 2002

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    If you don't want to go by public transport or have little time, you can rent a taxi for a day. Be sure to negociate the price before.
    I and three other persons from the hotel where I stayed went with a taxi one day to south Lebanon. We paid 20 dollar each (lunch included) for the route Saida (to get the permits from the military), Beaufort Castle, Khiam, Kfar Khila and Qana. On the way back to Beyrouth we stoped for 15 minutes at closeingtime at the Hippodrome in Sour so that the person who hadn't been there before could see it.

    Parking in Qana
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    A Mercedes taxi?!!

    by DunaKal Updated Dec 4, 2005

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    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.

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    Taksee (taxi's)

    by Cham Written Jan 18, 2006

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    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.

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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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    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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    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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    From Aleppo (Syria) to Beirut

    by MalenaN Written Dec 18, 2005

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    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.

    Hariri Mosqu in Beirut
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    Beirut International Airport Facilities

    by sarrahh Written Jul 14, 2005

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    Special Care Unit

    The Special Handling Team is responsible for meeting the needs of passengers with special requirements. The team comprises highly trained personnel to look after unaccompanied minors, sick or disabled passengers
    and transfer them to and from ground to aircraft by fully equipped passenger assistance vehicles.

    Cedar Lounge

    The excellent facilities offered in the Lounge for VIPs , First, Business Class and commercially important passengers help its users relax and unwind. This facility is enhanced by specially trained staff who make sure their visitors enjoy their experience.
    This facilities and services are served esp. by MEA (middle east airlines)

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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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