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About Beirut

Beirut is a cosmopolitan city which was once called as Paris of the Middle East and is trying to heal its wounds after the wars. Beirut, which is also the capital of Lebanon, has a coast on the Mediterranean. This port city is a center of attraction of the Middle East with its nightlife, historical and touristic places. 
 
Many people from many nationalities and religions, such as Syrians, Arab Christians, and Armenians, live in the city. There is not a taximeter in taxis in the city, so it is very important to make the bargain. There are nice restaurants that make the world-renowned Beirut food. They have foods such as bulgur salad-like tabula, hummus made with pine nuts, babaganuş being a type of eggplant salad and kebbeh being similar to stuffed meatballs. 
 
In Beirut you can visit the places, such as National Museum, Byblos, Place d'Etoile, Corniche, the city center, Pigeon Rocks, Al Omari Mosque, Saint Jeorge Maronite Church and Jetta. Mediterranean climate is seen in Beirut. Summers are hot and dry, winters are mild and rainy. The ideal times to visit are spring and autumn months. The air temperature is also high in the spring months. 
 
You can also do activities like golfing and hot air balloon tours in Beirut. It has also beautiful beaches for swimming. At the same time the Beirut-style entertainment venues are very popular. There are quite magnificent live musical entertainments every evening of the year. When you go, you may also go to the places offering examples from Beirut entertainment life. There is no public transportation from Beirut Rafic Hariri Airport to the city center. You can get access to the city center by taxi, but don't forget to bargin.

 

Transportation to Beirut City Center from Airport

Lebanon's capital city Beirut, once called "Paris of the Middle East", is still one of the most important tourist destinations in the region. Approximately 6 million of visitors coming to Beirut, which cannot turn to its old brilliant days because of the wars it has been suffering in recent years, enter the country from the Beirut Rafic Hariri International Airport named after the former Prime Minister Rafic Hariri who lost his life in an assassination. Unlike many capitals or the busiest airports, official municipality buses or services are not available at this airport.

Taxi

Taxis are one of the few ways to use for the transportation to the city from the Beirut Rafic Hariri International Airport, which is the only airport of Lebanon. Transportation to the Nejmeh Square, which is accepted as the center of the city, is about 30 thousand Lebanese pounds. That is 55 TL. It takes about 15 minutes to reach the city center by taxis located outside of the terminal building.

Car Rental

Renting a car is one of the ways to reach the city from the airport. Within the airport there are offices belonging to 7 different car rental companies. With the car you will rent from one of the car rental companies which are also well-known all around the world, you can reach the city center in about 15 minutes in a very comfortable way.

To get to the city, first of all you need to follow Hafez Al-Assad Street at the exit of the airport in the north direction. The name of this road, after a few kilometers later, will be Salim Salam and then it will change as Ahmad Mukhtar Beyhum Street. This road will lead you directly to the Nejmeh Square.

Private Services

At Beirut Rafic Hariri International Airport there are also private companies that takes passengers to different points of the city. These companies, offering luxury transportation service, demand amounts higher than normal prices. The company named Lebanon, which has an office at the airport, is a leader about this transportation option.

Last Updated: 25 Jun 2017
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