There are three main ways to commute from Douz to Tunis:
- Fly from Tozeur: Take a louage to Kebili (30 minutes) and another one to Tozeur (1.5 hours) and fly to Tunis on TunisAir that operates daily flights between Tozeur and Tunis.
- Fly from Gabes: Take a louage to Gabes (2 hours) and fly to Tunis on TunisAir that operates daily flights between Gabes and Tunis.
- Train from Gabes: Take a louage to Gabes (2 hours) and then one of the two trains to Tunis.
Douz does not have an airport so to be able to fly to Tunis, you must go either to Tozeur or Gabes. One-way flight would cost anything between US$170 and US$250.
There are two daily trains from Gabes to Tunis – one at 11:15 and next at 22:30 (no weekend services). It takes about 6 hours to reach Tunis, via Sfax, El Jem, Hamamet, etc. Note that this train doesn’t halt at Sousse station.
Being on a budget, I chose the louage-train option and started from Douz hotel at 6:30am for a 10-minute walk to the louage/bus station. The hotel staff had mentioned the 7am SNTRI bus that takes 3 hours to Gabes and costs TND 3.500. But on reaching the station, I noticed that a louage was almost full and ready to leave for the 2-hour drive to Gabes, via Kebili. And knowing the fact that the buses cannot be reliable to be on time, I hopped on in the louage and reached Gabes at 9am.
The louage station in Gabes is at the eastern end of the town, which is just less than 2km from the train station. With about 2.5 hours in hand, I walked 3km to the Gabes post office for a stamp in my Postal Stamps Travelogue book, and then, some breakfast in a cafe right next to the station.
Gabes – Louage station and train station
It costs TND 26.500 one way to Tunis in first class. The train started on time at 11:15am and reached Tunis just after 5pm.
I had re-booked the same room from AirBnb in Tunis, which was a 20 minute walk from the Tunis station to the Kasbah.
Checked-in, headed out for dinner and called it an early day.
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 1.60.
|Water & snacks||$6.25||TND 10|
|Postal Stamps||$0.37||TND 0.600 for Gabes|
|Louage to Gabes||$3.25||TND 5.200 one-way.|
|Train ticket||$16.56||TND 26.500 one-way from Gabes to Tunis|
|Coffee in train||$1.25||TND 2|
|AirBnb accommodation||$109||For 2-nights, one person, incl fees & taxes|
|Dinner||$2.50||TND 4 for Chawrma sandwich|
|Total Costs||$139.18||Per person|
|Overall Costs||$794.42||Per person|
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