Sidi Bou Said, Tunisia
There are some great day trips from Tunis if you have time to explore the surrounding area while visiting Tunisia.
One of the best day trips is to visit the ancient ruins of Carthage. Located just a short train or taxi ride away from the Tunis city center, Carthage is full of great archaeological sites and historical treasures. The ruins are spread over a vast area, and deserve a full day to be explored.
To get around to the various sites in Carthage, you can take the train or a taxi. If you are in the area at lunchtime, don’t miss the chance to try the excellent cuisine on the balcony of the Philipe Strack Villa Didon, which has great views over the sea below.
Another great day trip from Tunis is Sidi Bou Said. The town is picture pretty with its iconic blue and white buildings. You can get there by train or taxi from Tunis, and climb the hill up to the town. From there you will be rewarded with beautiful views of the Mediterranean.
While visiting Sidi Bou Said, make sure to visit the shops to look at the handicrafts and pick up souvenirs for family and friends back home. There are also great cafes and restaurants in Sidi Bou Said where you can enjoy a lunch or coffee break while on your day trip from Tunis.
Sidi Bou Said
Trains from Sidi Bou Said to Tunis are a great way to get from the iconic white and blue city on the sea to the capital of Tunisia.
Trains on this route are called TGM trains. They run from Sidi Bou Said to Tunis without requiring any changes.
Trains from Sidi Bou Said to Tunis leave from the Sidi Bou Said TGM train station at the base of the hill town. They arrive at Tunis Marine TGM station, which is located in the Ville Nouvelle at the east end of Avenue Habib Bourguiba.
Trains depart Sidi Bou Said for Tunis Marine TGM station every 15 minutes. The travel time is around 40 minutes.
Trains from Sidi Bou Said to Tunis are basic and old, but they are a great way to experience the local culture and transport. They also offer great views of Carthage and the sea en route.
Train tickets from Sidi Bou Said to Tunis cost around 2 dinars.
There are first and second class carriages on trains from Sidi Bou Said to Tunis, but there is not a lot of difference between them, and virtually no enforcement of where anyone sits.
Trains from Tunis to Sidi Bou Said is a great way to get from the Tunisian capital to the beautiful blue and white hill city on the coast.
Taking the TGM train from Tunis to Sidi Bou Said is a good way to experience the local culture, as Tunisians take the train regularly.
Trains from Tunis to Sidi Bou Said leave from Tunis Marine TGM station in the Ville Nouvelle at the eastern end of Avenue Habib Bourguiba.
Trains leave Tunis Marine train station for Sidi Bou Said every 15 minutes.
The train time is around 40 minutes.
Trains that run on the rails from Tunis to Sidi Bou Said are old and a bit bare, but the trip is a good way to experience the local transport and offers great views of Carthage on the way.
Train tickets from Tunis to Sidi Bou Said cost around 2 dinars.
There are first and second class carriages, although there isn’t much difference and virtually no enforcement of who sits where.