Domestic Transportation in Syria

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Means of Transport Recommended in Town

Taxis can be recognized by their yellow color. Most taxi drivers speak some English. In order to make yourself understood, ask someone to write the different destinations of your journey in Arabic on a piece of paper. To avoid unpleasant surprises, ask the driver to turn on the meter (adadd). There are many urban buses or "services" and they are very inexpensive. However, it is always difficult to know their destinations.
Maps of Urban Networks
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Transportation From Airport to City Centre:






Car Rental
Damascus (DAM) 29 km / 18 miles USD 15 / 30 min SYP 100 / 40 min - Available

Means of Transport Recommended in the Rest of the Country

Travel within Syria is usually carried out by bus. They run at various time, are very inexpensive, punctual and numerous, and they cover just about all of the country. From your arrival at the train station, you will be directed by the commercial agents to the counter serving your destination.
Rail Companies
Syrian Railways


Name Type Domestic Flights International Flights
Syrianair Traditional Yes Yes
Air France Traditional No Yes
Alitalia Traditional No Yes

You Can Consult the List of Airlines Banned Within the EU. Look Also at the rating of the United States Federal Aviation Administration (FAA).


Traveling By Yourself

The transportation network is in a very uneven condition (it is in the process of being improved) and the traffic is very unorganized. The Highway Code is not always respected and accidents are frequent. In the event of an accident, it is advisable to ask for the protection of the police and to leave the place of the accident. The other means of transportation inside the country's territory are collective taxis or individual taxis, buses and minibuses (commonly called "services").
Driver's License
In order to drive in Syria, an International license is required. It is also possible to drive with a French driver's license.
Conditions For Renting a Vehicle
Many car rental agencies (local and international) are located at the airport.
Rental Agencies
Sixt Agency (Damasco, Aleppo)
Road Maps
Syria road map
Parking Facilities
Due to the lack of infrastructures, the "informal" parkings are in full development: the street guards will help you park and will watch your car for a small tip.

Rules of the Road

Minimum Driving Age
18 years old.
Side of the Road For Driving
Safety Belts
Safety belt is mandatory for passengers in the front seat.  Many controls take place.

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