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« Tunisia Itinerary

Day 4 – Gafsa, Tozeur

 
Day 3
Sousse, Monastir, El Jem
Medina, Ribat, Amphitheater.
 
Day 4
Gafsa, Tozeur
This section

« Nine days in Tunisia

 
Day 5
Tamerza, Chebika, Midas, Ong Jemal
Oasis towns around Tozeur.

 

Train services between major cities in Tunisia is quite reliable and cheap. But not all services run frequently and some of them don’t run on holidays and Sundays. For example, there are just two trains a day between Gabes and Tunis, one in morning and one evening, and the evening train doesn’t run on Sundays.

Of course there are more frequent louage (shared taxi) connections and cheaper than a train, but you will not get the comfort of a train seat and some times the drivers of a louage can be really rough on the roads. One other advantage of taking a louage is the direct non-stop service to your destination in comparison to a train that makes multiple stops, making it quicker to reach where you’re headed. The disadvantage of taking a louage is the wait for the taxi to get filled before it heads out. And that, sometimes, can take hours.

In short, weigh your options on taking a train or a louage.

Train – Book early?
In short, preferably yes.

Peak tourist season begins June and ends in September, which is when there are chances the seats may get filled. And on the flip side, not many tourists take the trains, but go in group tours, hence the buses. So depending on your travel time and the in-between towns, it’s considered wise to book your tickets at least one day in advance.

Advance tickets does not get you any discounts, and does not ensure a reserved seat, or perhaps even a seat. There is no seat number assigned to you so you can sit anywhere you like. Don’t assume that locals don’t take the first class seats!

There are two trains from Sousse to Tozeur – 11:40 a.m. and 10:50 p.m. Having some time between breakfast and the 11:40 a.m. train, I checked out of the hotel and walked to the medina of Sousse to check out some souvenirs and also get the postal stamp at the local post office for my collection.

Postal Stamp Memorabilia

photoInspired by the places I have traveled to, I have designed a book that will keep a track of all the cities or towns I have been to, in a unique way. All I have to do is walk up to the local post office of every town or city I visit. Purchase a stamp, glue it in the book and request the post-master for the postal-stamp.

Then add the date of stamp, address of the post office, currency (look for three character currency code at the back of the book), value and any other notes you would like to enter. It’s just my way of collecting memories.

 

The train station, Gare de Sousse, was about 3-minute walk from the post office. And after a 5-hour train with multiple stops I reached Gafsa.

Gafsa

 
This seems to be one of the main towns on way to Tozeur, but the only main attraction of Gafsa are the twin Roman pools at the southern end of Ave Habib Bourghiba, about 3.4 km north of the station.

About five meters deep, these pools were built with large blocks of carved stone and sometimes are fed with water at about 30°C. They are especially known for the Latin inscription dedicated to Neptune and the Nymphs.

When I reached there, they were dried up and honestly, it’s not worth visiting these! With disappointment up my sleeve, I walked back to the bus station less than half a kilometer away to take the louage for a 1 hour 30 minute drive to Tozeur.

gafsa

Note: I was hoping to take the Red Lizard train, but it doesn’t run at this time of the year.

Tozeur

 
The Residence L’oued hotel, rated highly on TripAdvisor, was at the south of the town, but a 8-minute walk from the louage station (which is right next to the bus station in the center of the town).

Residence L’Oued

Residence L'Oued

Value
Location
Cleanliness
Rooms
Service
Breakfast included: Yes.

Address: Sahraoui Entry, Tozeur 2200, Tunisia
Website: residenceloued.com

With great rooms, comfortable rooms and a fantastic pool in the central courtyard, this is an excellent option in the oasis town of Tozeur. Right off of the main street Ave Habib Bourguiba, you can see the palm trees from main gate or the poolside.

The hotel has English-speaking and very helpful staff. Breakfast is served every morning in the restaurant.

The two cons of the hotel are: 1) being right next to the palmarie, you can expect a lot of insects and mosquitoes. Make sure to have a repellent in your room. And 2) the entrance to the hotel is on a secluded, quiet street that may be uncomfortable to walk in the night.

All in all, a great hotel worth the $37 a night.

After a dip in the pool for a while, I headed out for a 5-minute walk to La Lune restaurant for dinner and back to the hotel for a relaxed night.

Costs

Note: All values in USD, unless otherwise mentioned, are approximate and based on the exchange rate at the time of publishing. Each cost is for one adult. The exchange rate at the time of publishing is assumed to be USD 1 = TND 1.6.
 

What Cost Notes
Water & snacks $3.75 TND 6
Sousse Postal Stamp $0.62 TND 1
Sousse to Gafsa $11.63 TND 18.600 one way, first class
Lunch $1.87 TND 3
Louage to Tozeur $2.19 TND 3.500
Tozeur Hotel $75 TND 120 for two nights, double bed with bathroom
Dinner $2.50 TND 4 for Mix grilled plate
Total Costs $97.56 Per person
Overall Costs $1,596.14 Per person

 

 
Day 3
Sousse, Monastir, El Jem
Medina, Ribat, Amphitheater.
 
Day 4
Gafsa, Tozeur
This section

« Nine days in Tunisia

 
Day 5
Tamerza, Chebika, Midas, Ong Jemal
Oasis towns around Tozeur.

NINE DAYS IN TUNISIA

 

 
Planning
Planning & Information

 
Day 1
Tunis
Arriving in the capital city.

 
Day 2
Carthage, Sidi Bou Said, Tunis
Gorgeous sea-side towns & sights of Tunis.

 
Day 3
Sousse, Monastir, El Jem
Medina, Ribat, Amphitheater.

 
Day 4
Gafsa, Tozeur
Commute from Sousse to Gafsa to Tozeur.

 
Day 5
Chebika, Tamerza, Mides, Ong Jemal
Oasis towns around Tozeur

 
Day 6
Chott El-Jerid, Douz
Largest salt pan & commute to Douz

 
Day 7
Douz, Matmata, Sahara Desert
Troglodyte homes & largest desert.

 
Day 8
Douz to Tunis
Commute from Douz to Tunis.

 
Day 9
Bizerte, Tunis
Northernmost city of Africa & capital city.

Expenses
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