Domestic Transportation in Lebanon

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Means of Transport Recommended in Town

Buses and taxis are the two main means of transport used in Beirut.
Buses are cheap and can be recognised by their colours: white and red. However, they are not regular and there are few of them. There is no existing route map and their itinerary is on a sign stuck to the buses' rear window.
Taxis can be recognised by their red number plates and the yellow light on their roof. Drivers understand French better than the English language however it is advised to show an address written on a piece of paper in Arabic. As they have no meters you have to negotiate the fare before you get in. There is a taxi service which can be shared by 5 people, the Lebanese call it "Services".
Maps of Urban Networks
UT Library on line
Urban Transport Agencies
Lebanon Commuting Company
Railway and Public Transportation Authority
Find an Itinerary
Google Maps
Taxi Companies
Lebanon Taxi

Transportation From Airport to City Centre:






Car Rental
Beirut - Rafic Hariri Intl (BEY) 8 km / 5 miles LBP 30 000 - USD 20 USD 1 - Available

Means of Transport Recommended in the Rest of the Country

Lebanon is a small country. Three hours are enough to cross it from end to end. To get around, there are bus lines leaving from the bus station in Beirut (Charles Helou stop). The most comfortable bus line is Adhab. From the Cola roundabout, you can catch a bus to Saida, Chtaura, Masna and Damas.
Shared taxis can also serve all cities in the country. To go to the South you may take them from the Cola roundabout. For Northern cities, you should go to the Dora roundabout.


Name Type Domestic Flights International Flights
Middle East Airlines Major No Yes

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Traveling By Yourself

Roads are generally in good condition. Petrol stations are easy to find. In the event of an accident, it is advised to stay with the vehicle and call the company representative that insures the vehicle. If the car comes from abroad, you may ask the concerned insurance company for a local correspondent in order to get contact details of their company representative.
Driver's License
An International Drivers Licence is required to drive in Lebanon.
Conditions For Renting a Vehicle
You are required to have been driving for 2 years and be at least 23 or 25 years old depending on the category of the car. The fares are about 35 USD per day.
Rental Agencies
Formula Rent a Car
Road Maps
Road map of Lebanon
Lebanon Tourism Office
Find an Itinerary
Itineraries in Lebanon
Parking Facilities
There are many parking facilities in the capital. Meanwhile, the road act is rarely respected and Lebanese tend to double or even triple park.

Rules of the Road

Minimum Driving Age
18 years old.
Side of the Road For Driving
Right side.
Speed Limits
No speed limit.
Safety Belts
The seat belt is compulsory for the driver and the front passengers. The offenders are liable for a 25,000 to 100,000 Lebanese Pound fine (17 to 67 EUR) and 10 days in prison.
National Roads Organizations
Ministry of Public Works & Transport

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