However, the Lzard Rouge is now up and running again. But you can take a train several times a day from Tunis to Ghardimadou which is the closest town to the Algerian border Although the border is open and there are bus services (but no trains) across Libya from the Tunisian border to the Egyptian border, the Libyan government does not grant visas to independent travellers, only to visitors on organised tours or whose travel is organised by a recognised Libyan tour agency.
2nd class is perfectly adequate, 1st class very comfortable.The Htel 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 It was closed for refurbishment for a while, but has now reopened in 2011.x = regular electric trains link Sousse Bab Jedid station (500m walk from Sousse Ville station) with Monastir & Mahdia every half-hour or so through the day. Trains leave Tunis at and arriving at Kala Kasbah at and respectively.C12 = Air-conditioned rapide with Classe Confort and 1st & 2nd class seats, see the photos below. Departures from Tunis at (Mon-Fri only), , (Fri & Sat only), (daily except Fri & Sat), . Returning, trains leave Kala Kasbah at and arriving Tunis at & respectively. There is no railway station at Kairouan, but regular SNTRI buses run from Sousse to Kairouan taking 1 hours, and from Tunis to Kairouan every hour taking 2 hours. Children aged 0 to 3 travel free, children 4 to 9 travel at 75% of the adult fare, children 10 and over pay full fare.Trains are comfortable, modern and air-conditioned. Tunis - Carthage - Marsa Tunis - Hammamet - Sousse - Monastir - El Jem - Sfax - Tozeur/Gab There is a light railway (run by SMLT) linking Tunis centre, La Goulette (for the ferry terminal to Marseille and Genoa), Carthage (for the ancient ruins & Byrsa Hill) and Marsa Plage.