Tunisia Travel Overview

Tunisia Travel Overview

At a glance

Capital: Tunis

Official language: Arabic

Currency: dinar

Continent: North Africa

Vacation in Tunisia

According to Countryaah, the state of Tunisia is located on the Mediterranean Sea in the north of Africa. Above all, the approx. 1,300 km long coast in the north, which mostly consists of sandy beaches, attracts many people every year to vacation in Tunisia. In the south of Tunisia is the Sahara desert, which fascinates with salt lakes, dunes and oases.

City vacation in Tunisia

The capital is Tunis, which you should visit when on vacation in Tunisia. In the center of the city is the medina (old town). It is one of the most beautifully preserved medieval cities in the Islamic world. The medina is separated from the new town (Ville Nouvelle) by the Place de la Victoire, which was laid out by the French in the 19th century. Other attractions include the Ez Zitouna Mosque and the Port Gate (Bab el Bhar). The market district is located around the Ez Zitouna Mosque. The individual market lanes (souks) are traditionally assigned to a certain economic sector. Carthage is a suburb of Tunis. In ancient times it was the capital of the sea and trading power of the same name and should definitely be visited on a vacation in Tunis.

Tunisian seaside resorts

For a holiday by the sea, for swimming, the coastal towns of Hammamet are very popular. Hammamet is about 65 km from Tunis. The core of the city is the old town, called Medina, which is completely walled.

Another popular seaside resort is Nabeul. Nabeul is located on the south side of the Tunisian peninsula about 10 km away from Hammamet. It is primarily considered a center for pottery and ceramic arts.

Many tourists also spend their holidays in Sousse. Sousse is the third largest city in Tunisia and an important port city on the east coast. After all, the cities of Port El Kantaoui, Monastir and Mahdia are also extremely popular for a seaside vacation.

Djerba island

The island of Djebra is also a very popular destination for a vacation in Tunisia. It is the largest island in North Africa, which is connected to the mainland by a 6 km long dam.

Important facts

Capital: Tunis

Official language: Arabic


Currency (sub-unit)

Dinars (1000 millimes)

ISO 4217 code

TND / 788


Continent: Africa

Region: North

Geo coordinates: N 33 ° 53 ‘12.9 ” E 9 ° 32’ 15″

Highest mountain: Jabal ash Shanabi (1,544 m)

Total area: 163,610 km²

Mainland: 155,360 km²

National border: 1,424 km

Coastline: 1,148 km


Dependency: France until 1960

UN member since: 1956

Other political affiliation: Arab League

Form of government: Presidential Republic


Tunisia GDP - gross domestic product

Export goods: Phosphate, iron ore, petroleum

BSP: $ 31,673,000,000

GDP: $ 34,585,600,000

GDP purchasing power parity: $ 88.97 billion

Economic growth: 4.6%

GDP share of agriculture: 12.9%

GDP share of industry: 31%

GDP share of services: 56.1%

Inflation rate: 2.8%

Unemployment: 14.4%

State budget revenue: $ 4294967295

State budget expenditure: $ 4294967295

National debt: 58.6%

Export: $ 11.4 billion

Import: $ 14,120,000,000

Foreign debt: $ 17,570,000,000

Gold and currency reserves: $ 4,973,000,000

Electricity consumption: 13,090 million KWh

Gas reserves: 77,870 million m³

Gas production: 2,100 million m³

Gas consumption: 4,000 million m³

Oil reserves: 1,700 million m³

Oil production: 83,000 million m³

Oil consumption: 97,000 million m³

Cultivation area: 30.03%

Bovine: 710,000 pieces

Sheep: 7,100,000 pieces

Fishing: 124,000 t

Demographic data

Residents: 10.175.100

Residents in cities: 6,605,700

Average age: 27.8 years

0-14 years: 24.6%

15-64 years: 68.6%

> 65 years: 6.8%

Population growth: 0.99%

Birth rate: 15.52 / 1,000 residents

Death rate: 5.13 / 1,000 residents

Migration: -0.5 / 1,000 residents

Ratio men / women: 1.02

Fertility: 1.74 children / woman

Infant mortality: 23.84 ‰

Life expectancy men: 73.4 years

Life expectancy women: 76.96 years

Country codes and abbreviations

ISO 3166 Alpha 2: TN

ISO 3166 Alpha 3: TO DO

ISO 3166 numeric: 788

Top Level Domain: tn

IOC country code: TO DO


Source: Abbreviationfinder


Telephone connections: 1,321,000

Cell Phones: 4,160,000

TV: 2,480,000

Computer: 650,000

Internet users: 1,070,000


Railway lines: 2,153 km

Paved roads: 14,082 km

of which expressways: 206 km

Cars: 637,000

Merchant fleet (ships over 1,000 GRT): 9

Pipelines: 4,607


Number of doctors: 7,930

Daily food intake: 3,330 kcal / resident


Illiteracy: 25%


Foundation: 814 BC Chr.

Last sovereign since: -1956 BC Chr.


Main religious group: Muslims


Prison inmates: 25,600


Armed forces (troop strength): 35,000

Main battle tank: 90

Warplanes: 20th

Helicopter: 40


Arriving by plane

The national airline is called Tunis Air (TU) (Internet: www.tunisair.com.tn). Direct flights from all major European cities, including Frankfurt, Berlin, Hamburg, Düsseldorf, Munich – Tunis, Monastir; Vienna – Tunis, Monastir; Zurich, Geneva – Tunis. Lufthansa (LH), Germanwings (4U) and Air France (AF)

also offer direct flights to Tunisia. Air Berlin (AB) flies from several German airports to Djerba and Monastir and from Cologne to Tunis.

Flight times

Frankfurt – Tunis: 2 hours 20 minutes; Vienna – Tunis: 2 hours 10 minutes; Zurich – Tunis: 2 hours 10 minutes; Geneva – Tunis: 1 hour 50 minutes; Frankfurt – Monastir: 2 hours 40 minutes; Frankfurt – Djerba: 2 hours 50 minutes; Vienna – Djerba: 2 hours 35 min.

Arrival by car

There are theoretically several border crossing points from Algeria (Babouch, Tabarka, Ghardimaou, Bou Chebka, Sid Youssef and Hazoua), but political unrest can create difficulties for tourists. From Libya you drive along the coast to Gabès via Ben Gardane and Ras Ajdir. If possible, travel within Algeria should be made by air.

Arriving by train

Daily connection between Tunis and Algiers. Often, travelers in international traffic have to change trains, because if the Algerian SNTF does not bring a through car, the Tunisian SNCFT does not deliver one. If possible, travel within Algeria should be made by air.

Arrival by ship

Regular ferry connections, including with SNCM (Ferry Terranée) (Internet: www.sncm.fr) and with the Tunisian shipping company CTN (La Compagnie Tunisienne de Navigation) (Internet: www.ctn.com.tn), from France and Italy to Tunisia. Ferries can also be booked through Viamare (Internet: www.viamare.com)

All ferry companies have agencies in European cities. The tourist office will provide details. The main ferry connections with the respective duration of the crossing are as follows:

Marseille – Tunis: 21-24 hours.
Genoa -Tunis: 21-24 hours.
Trapani – Sousse: 7-8 hrs.
Livorno – Tunis: 25 – 27 hrs.

Costa Cruises offers cruises from Civitavecchia / Rome and Catania to Tunisia in the summer months. A deep sea port is being built in Enfida.