The grand Mosque, Sousse, Tunisia.  Easy to reach without flying!

The Grand Mosque, Sousse

London to Tunisia in 48 hours without flying?

You don't need to fly to visit Tunisia.  Far from it.  You can travel safely, comfortably and affordably from London's St Pancras Station to Tunisia without flying, by Eurostar, TGV high-speed train and comfortable cruise ferry.  Take Eurostar to Lille or Paris and change onto a high-speed TGV train to Marseille, then sail to Tunisia by SNCM or CTN ferry, ferries sail every few days.  This page is a step-by-step guide to planning, booking and making a trip to Tunisia by train and ferry, with no flying necessary!

On this page...

London to Tunis by train+ferry - times, fares, how to buy tickets

Useful country information - tourist info, currency, dialling code

Hotels & accommodation in Tunisia

On other pages...

Train travel within Tunisia

Sponsored links...

 


Useful country information

Ferries to Tunisia:

Marseille-Tunis, Genoa-Tunis:  www.sncm.fr, www.ctn.com.tn.

Genoa-Tunis: Grandi Navi Veloci:  www.gnv.it.

 

 

Train operator in Tunisia: 

Société Nationale des Chemins de Fer Tunisiens, www.sncft.com.tn

For train times, see the Train travel in Tunisia page

Time zone & dialling code:

GMT+1 all year round.  Dial code +216.

Currency:

£1 = approx 2.1 Dinars.    Currency converter

Tourist information:

www.cometotunisia.co.uk.      Recommended guidebooks

Visas:

UK citizens do not need a visa to visit Tunisia.

Page last updated:

24 March 2014


London to Tunis

  Take Eurostar & TGV high-speed train from London to Marseille

Day 1, by Eurostar & TGV from London to Marseille:  Take Eurostar to Lille or Paris, then a 186 mph TGV from Lille or Paris to Marseille...

  Chill out by high-speed train along the Rhone Valley!

Chill out along the Rhone Valley...  The TGV flies past pretty French villages, crossing and re-crossing the River Rhone on huge viaducts.  Spend the night in Marseille.

  Boarding the SNCM ferry from Marseille to Tunis

Day 2, at Marseille, you board the ferry to Tunisia, with comfortable en suite cabins, restaurants, bars and sun decks...

  The ferry from Marseille arrives in the Bay of Tunis

Day 3, arriving in the Bay of Tunis, with the sun glinting off the sparkling waters, and the ruins of Carthage up on Byrsa Hill on your right...

London ► Tunis

Tunis ► London

How much does it cost?

How to buy tickets online...

How to buy tickets by phone...


London - Tunis via Genoa

It is also possible to travel from London to Tunisia via Genoa in Italy - the ferry may be a bit cheaper from Genoa to Tunis than from Marseille to Tunis, but the train fare from London to Genoa is usually more expensive and less convenient than London to Marseille.


Find hotels in Tunisia

 

◄◄ Hotel search & price comparison.

www.hotelscombined.com checks all the main hotel booking sites at once to find the widest choice of hotels & the cheapest seller.  It was named as the World's Leading Hotel Comparison Site at the World Travel Awards 2013 and I highly recommend it, both to find hotels in even the smallest places and to check that another retailer isn't selling your hotel for less!

www.booking.com is my favourite booking site.  It's really clear and you can usually book with free cancellation and so confirm your accommodation at no risk months before train booking opens.

   
  Majestic Hotel, Tunis

The Majestic Hotel, Tunis

Personal recommendation...

The Hôtel Majestic on the main Avenue de Paris in Tunis has the best French colonial facade in town and is a great place to stay, see www.booking.com/hotel/tn/majestic.en.html.  It was closed for refurbishment for a while, but has now reopened in 2011.  It's comfortable and central, and rooms with en suite facilities cost around £20 per night.

 

 

 

 

 


Guidebooks

Lonely Planet Tunisia - click to buy onlineRough Guide to Tunisia - click to buy onlineThomas Cook European Timetable - click to buy onlineYou should take a good guidebook.  For the independent traveller this means either the Lonely Planet or the Rough Guide.  I personally prefer the layout of the Lonely Planets, but others prefer the Rough Guides.  Both provide excellent practical information and historical background.  You won't regret buying one!

Click the images to buy online at Amazon.co.uk

The European Rail Timetable has train, bus and ferry times for every country in Europe, including European Turkey from Istanbul westwards.  It costs £15.99 from www.europeanrailtimetable.eu.


Travel insurance & health card

 

 

Columbus direct travel insurance

Get travel insurance, it's essential...

Never travel without insurance from a reliable travel insurer with at least £1m or preferably £5m medical cover.  It should also cover loss of cash (up to a limit) & belongings, and cancellation. An annual multi-trip policy is usually cheapest even for just 2 or 3 trips a year (I have an annual policy myself).  Don't expect travel insurance to bail you out of every missed connection, though, see the advice on missed connections here.  Here are some suggested insurers, Seat61 gets a little commission if you buy through these links, and feedback from using insurance for rail & ferry travel is always welcome.

In the UK, use www.confused.com to compare prices & policy features across major insurance companies.

If you have a pre-existing medical condition or are over 65 (no age limit), see www.JustTravelCover.com.

        If you live in Australia, New Zealand, Ireland or the EU, try Columbus Direct's other websites.

  If you live in the USA try Travel Guard USA.

Get an EU health card, it's free...

If you're a UK citizen travelling in Europe, you should apply for a free European Health Insurance Card, which entitles you to free or reduced rate health care if you become ill or get injured in many European countries, under a reciprocal arrangement with the NHS.  This replaced the old E111 forms as from January 2006.  The EHIC card is available from www.ehic.org.uk.  It doesn't remove the need for travel insurance, though.

Get a spare credit card, designed for foreign travel with no currency exchange loading & low/no ATM fees

Taking out an extra credit card costs nothing, but if you keep it in a different part of your luggage you won't be left stranded if your wallet gets stolen.  In addition, some credit cards are better for overseas travel than others.  Martin Lewis's www.moneysavingexpert.com/travel/cheap-travel-money explains which UK credit cards have the lowest currency exchange commission loadings when you buy something overseas, and the lowest cash withdrawal fees when you use an ATM abroad.

You can avoid ATM charges and expensive exchange rates with a Caxton FX euro currency Visa Card, or their multi-currency 'Global Traveller' Visa Card, see www.caxtonfx.com for info.

Get an international SIM card to save on calls & mobile data...

Mobile phones can cost a fortune to use abroad, so consider getting a global pre-paid SIM card for your mobile phone which can cut call & data costs by up to 90%.  At the time of writing, www.roamsure.com claims a definite 25% saving within the EU and up to 90% saving in the rest of the world.  Incoming calls are free in 73 countries, including all of the EU, the USA, Australia & South Africa.  There's no contract or commitment, and at time I write this Roamsure is offering a global SIM card for free when you buy £20 of call credit.  Seat61 gets some commission to support the site if you buy airtime from Roamsure.

 


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