Monastir, Tunisia

From its white sandy beaches with turquoise waters to its subtropical climate and fabulous Mediterranean cuisine, Monastir has everything (and more!) for a memorable and relaxing beach holiday!

A flight to Monastir not only takes you to this delightful old seaport town, but also close to surrounding coastal towns like Sousse. If you’re looking for a bit of culture or a fun excursion, you’ll find it all in Tunisia. How about a ride across the Sahara on a camel or quad? In El Djem, you can visit the second largest Roman amphitheatre in the world (second only to the Colosseum in Rome and amphitheatre in Capua).

When are you flying to Monastir?

With its subtropical climate, Monastir is delightfully warm all year round. Wide white sandy beaches offer respite from the summer heat and, during the winter, are delightfully quiet and a pleasant 18 degrees. Don’t forget to visit the Medina (old city) in Monastir. Wander around picturesque narrow streets packed with shops selling ceramics, silver and leather goods. Once you’ve mastered the art of haggling, you can buy great souvenirs for next to nothing.

Practical information

Transport to/from the airport

Monastir’s airport is located about 8 km from the city centre. You can travel to/from the airport by taxi, bus or train.
  • Taxi

    There are taxis at the arrival hall to bring you to the city. You can recognise them by their white or yellow colour. The white taxis are more expensive but more comfortable. 
  • Bus

    Buses run from the airport to the centre of Monastir on the hour between 6 am and 7 pm. Buses run from the city centre to the airport between the hours of 5:30 am and 6:30 pm. 
  • Metro

    The metro station is under the airport. It takes about half and hour to get to the centre of Monastir. 

Transport in the city/region

Travel anywhere within Monastir:
  • Metro

    If you want to travel quickly around Monastir, then take the metro! This runs from Sousse to Monastir and then on to Mahdia. 
  • Bus

    Monastir has a good bus network. The buses go to different parts of the city and it is the cheapest way of travelling.
  • Taxi

    Taxis in Tunisia are much cheaper than in the Netherlands. You can hail them on the street, order them at the reception desk of your hotel or pick one up at the taxi ranks.

Important information

  • It is recommended to be vaccinated for Hepatitis A and DTP. This is not obligatory.
  • About 96% of Tunisia’s population are Muslim so topless sunbathing is not appreciated. Make sure that you are decently covered if you visit any places of worship.
  • Bringing Tunisian Dinar into or out of the country is strictly prohibited. You can obtain money from an ATM machine and pay with credit cards and traveller’s cheques.

Passport and visa

You need a passport that is still at least valid for at least 6 months when you arrive.

Time zone

GMT +1 (no summer time)
There is no time difference between Monastir and the Netherlands in winter. In summer, it is 1 hour earlier in Monastir than it is in the Netherlands. 


The currency used in Monastir is the Tunisian Dinar (TND).

Duration of flight

The flight to Monastir takes about 2 hours and 45 minutes. The outbound and inbound flights may be shorter if the wind direction is favourable. 

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