Cruise Port Atlas | Tunis (La Goulette), Tunisia Map | Location

Tunis (La Goulette), Tunisia Port | Map | Locations

Cruise lines that visit Tunis: Star Clippers, Voyages to Antiquity, Oceania, Silversea, Cunard, Holland America, Princess, Costa, MSC Cruises, Viking River Cruises

Key Attractions: Medina (Old Town), Bab El Bhar, Souk, Zitouna Mosque, Bardo Museum, Cathedral of St. Vincent de Paul, North Africa American Cemetery, Ancient Carthage, Sidi Bou Said, Gammarth Beach, La Marsa, Hammamet, Dougga, Kairouan, Great Mosque of Sidi-Uqba, Ichkeul Nature Park

In the area of Tunis the ancient Phoenicians established a trading outpost which came to be known as Carthage in the 9th century BCE. In the 3rd century BCE Carthage rivaled Rome, but the ancient city was conquered and destroyed by Romans who rebuilt in their own style and the region became a bread basket for the Roman Empire due to its fertile lands and long growing season. It was subsequently ruled by the Vandals, Byzantines, Arabs, Ottomans and French before becoming independent in the mid-20th century. It is now one of the most modern and welcoming of North Africa's Arab countries. In early 2011 the Arab Spring began in Tunisia and some unrest continues today. Nonetheless, Tunis still have a significant number of Cruise ship visits scheduled for the near future.

Undoubtedly the most popular attraction in Tunis is the old city or Medina which is filled with narrow winding alleys and innumerable shops where local products are sold. Also in the Medina is the Zitouna Mosque which does not allow non-Muslims inside. The Bardo Museum has one of the finest collections of Roman mosaics anywhere and is one of the cities top attractions. North of La Goulette and east of Tunis are the ancient Roman ruins of Carthage and the scenic seaside town of Sidi Bou Said. The beach resort area of Gammarth is just north of Sidi Bou Said. The Roman town of Dougga is an UNESCO World Heritage site and considered one of the best preserved Roman towns in Africa. Two hours south of Tunis is the city of Kairouan, another UNESCO site, which is considered the 4th holiest city by many Muslims and is the location of the Great Mosque of Sidi-Uqba.

Local Currency: Tunisian dinar | Current exchange rates at

Primary Language: Arabic, Berber

Secondary Languages: French

Visa requirements: Not required for US and Canadian citizens

Photo of Medina Souk by Tony Hisgett

Geography and Population

Tunis is situated about 10 KM inland from the port of La Goulette, the massive port that serves the large city. The flat area around the city features several large lakes include Tunis Lake between the port and the city. Tunis has a population just short of 1 million.

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How Far?

Taxis are very inexpensive in Tunis starting at 0.23 Euros with 0.25 added for each additional kilometer. Taxi information from (02/13).

From To Distance Average Time Local Currency Fare
La Goulette Cruise Terminal Tunis Airport 16 KM 26 minutes  
Cruise Terminal Medina (Old Tunis) / Bab El Bhar 12 KM 14 minutes  
Cruise Terminal Bardo Museum 17 KM 23 minutes  
Cruise Terminal Ancient Carthage 7 KM 10 minutes  
Cruise Terminal Sidi Bou Said 9 KM 14 minutes  
Cruise Terminal North Africa American Cemetery 10 KM 16 minutes  
Cruise Terminal Gammarth Beach 16 KM 19 minutes  
Cruise Terminal La Marsa 11 KM 15 minutes  
Cruise Terminal Hammamet 74 KM 55 minutes  
Cruise Terminal Ichkeul Nature Park 105 KM 1 hour, 15 minutes  
Cruise Terminal Dougga 120 KM 1 hour 40 minutes  
Cruise Terminal Kairouan 168 KM 2 hours  

Local Services - Addresses


Clinique Avicenne 4, Rue Mohamed Jemmeli, El Manar 2, 2092, phone -(+216) 71 888 000, 17 KM, 25 minutes

Nearby Banks and ATMs

Amen Bank, Avenue Habib Bourguiba, Ville Nouvelle, 12 KM, 13 minutes
Banque de Tunis, Avenue des Nations Unies, Ville Nouvelle, 12 KM, 13 minutes

Post Office

La Poste Tunisienne, Ville Nouvelle, 12 KM, 12 minutes

Port and Berths

Nearest Street Address - RR 23, La Goulette
GPS - 36.812566, 10.291461

Photo of Antonius Baths in Carthage by BishkekRocks