Hotels and alternatives
One of Tunis' better options among the friendly 3-star downtown hotels.
Tunis has many hotels, covering all scales and standards. In town centre and the medina, the cheapest alternatives are found. Value for price is not always good, and many unclassified hotels have little to offer, compared to one star options.
Mid-class hotels are slightly more expensive here than in most other parts of the country but if you arrive early in the day, you will have plenty to choose from all through the year.
High-class hotels are often overpriced, this absolutely applies to the two ugly hotels Africa and International. Better is to go for some of the international chains.
Restaurants and alternatives
There are no problems getting a good meal in Tunis. In downtown areas you can choose between food stalls, simple and filling cheapies, and cosy French-style restaurants.
If you should go for a splurge in Tunisia, Tunis is the place where you get most for your money. Chez Nous is one of many really nice places, cheap compared to Europe and expensive in Tunisian terms.
If you want to get filled for almost no money at all, Carcassonne is a classic and highly recommended.
Despite being the capital of Tunisia, night life here is not terribly exciting. When it gets good, it happens in conjunction with Islamic festivals, like during Ramadan and the Great Feast. And then most things happen in the streets, and do not involve the consumption of alcohol.
Discos are rather few, and many of them are dominated by men. The few women coming out, are often together with friends, brothers or husbands. There are however no reason for female travellers to stay away, the male clients are friendly.
There are some places to go out and have a drink. These places are often seedy to say the least, and not recommended for women. Bars in good hotels are far better, but most of the places I have visited have been quite boring.
All options, all over. ATMs, cash withdrawals in banks, currency change in banks and at hotels. Many shops, restaurants and hotels accept major credit cards (American Express can be a bit of a hassle).
All possible connections with either train, buses, shared taxis or airplanes to other destinations in Tunisia. The airport has also connections with all major international destinations.
But Tunis offer one challenge for people in a hurry: It does take a bit of time to get through the town, and if you're changing transport (which is most likely if you're just passing through Tunis) expect that you will have to take the tram or a taxi to get from one station to another.
There are numerous stations for shared taxis and buses each serving its part of the country.
There are some car rental companies here. Cars can be of variable quality, check for things like extra tire, mirrors, side mirrors etc.