The grand Mosque, Sousse, Tunisia.  Easy to reach without flying!

The Grand Mosque, Sousse

London to Tunisia in 48 hours without flying?

You don't need to fly to visit Tunisia.  Far from it.  You can travel safely, comfortably and affordably from London's St Pancras Station to Tunisia without flying, by Eurostar, TGV high-speed train and comfortable cruise ferry.  Take Eurostar to Lille or Paris and change onto a high-speed TGV train to Marseille, then sail to Tunisia by Corsica Linea or CTN ferry, ferries sail every few days.  This page is a step-by-step guide to planning, booking and making a trip to Tunisia by train and ferry, with no flying necessary!

  London to Tunis by train+ferry - times, fares, tickets

  Useful country information - tourist info, currency, etc

  Hotels & accommodation in Tunisia

On other pages...

  Train travel within Tunisia

Useful country information

Ferries to Tunisia:

Marseille-Tunis, Genoa-Tunis:,

Genoa-Tunis: Grandi Navi Veloci:


Train operator in Tunisia: 

Société Nationale des Chemins de Fer Tunisiens,

For train times, see the Train travel in Tunisia page

Time zone & dialling code:

GMT+1 all year round.  Dial code +216.


£1 = approx 3.2 Dinars.    Currency converter

Tourist information:      Recommended guidebooks


UK citizens do not need a visa to visit Tunisia.

Page last updated:

9 December 2018

London to Tunis

  Take Eurostar & TGV high-speed train from London to Marseille

Day 1, by Eurostar & TGV from London to Marseille:  Take Eurostar to Lille or Paris, then a 186 mph TGV from Lille or Paris to Marseille...

  Chill out by high-speed train along the Rhone Valley!

Chill out along the Rhone Valley...  The TGV flies past pretty French villages, crossing and re-crossing the River Rhone on huge viaducts.  Spend the night in Marseille.

  Boarding the SNCM ferry from Marseille to Tunis

Day 2, at Marseille, you board the ferry to Tunisia, with comfortable en suite cabins, restaurants, bars and sun decks...

  The ferry from Marseille arrives in the Bay of Tunis

Day 3, arriving in the Bay of Tunis, with the sun glinting off the sparkling waters, and the ruins of Carthage up on Byrsa Hill on your right...

London ► Tunis

Tunis ► London

How much does it cost?

How to buy tickets online...

How to buy tickets by phone...

London - Tunis via Genoa

It is also possible to travel from London to Tunisia via Genoa in Italy - the ferry may be a bit cheaper from Genoa to Tunis than from Marseille to Tunis, but the train fare from London to Genoa is usually more expensive and less convenient than London to Marseille.

Find hotels in Tunisia


Favourite hotel search & price comparison: checks all the main hotel booking sites at once to find the widest choice of hotels & the cheapest seller.  It's been named as the World's Leading Hotel Comparison Site in the World Travel Awards and I recommend it to find hotels in even the smallest places and to check that another retailer isn't selling the same hotel for less.

Favourite hotel booking site: is my favourite hotel booking site, and unless HotelsCombined throws up major price differences I prefer doing my bookings in one place here. 

You can usually book with free cancellation - this allows you to confirm your accommodation at no risk before train booking opens.  It also means you can hold accommodation while you finalise your itinerary, and alter your plans as they evolve - a feature I use all the time when putting a trip together.

Personal recommendation...

The Hôtel 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 reopened in 2011.  It's comfortable and central, and rooms with en suite facilities cost around £20 per night.


You should take a good guidebook.  For the independent traveller this means either the Lonely Planet or the Rough Guide.  I personally prefer the layout of the Lonely Planets, but others prefer the Rough Guides.  Both provide excellent practical information and historical background.  You won't regret buying one!

Click the images to buy online at

The European Rail Timetable has train, bus and ferry times for every country in Europe.  It costs £15.99 from

Lonely Planet Tunisia - click to buy online


Rough Guide to Tunisia - click to buy online


Thomas Cook European Timetable - click to buy online

Travel insurance & health card



Columbus direct travel insurance

Take out decent travel insurance, it's essential...

Never travel without proper travel insurance from a reliable insurer with at least £1m or preferably £5m medical cover.  It should also cover loss of cash & belongings (up to a limit), and trip cancellation.  An annual multi-trip policy is usually cheapest even for just 2 or 3 trips a year - I have an annual policy myself.  However, don't expect travel insurance to bail you out of every missed connection, see the advice on missed connections here.  Here are some suggested insurers, Seat61 gets a little commission if you buy through these links, and feedback from using insurance for rail & ferry travel is always welcome.

In the UK, use to compare prices & policy features across major insurance companies.

If you have a pre-existing medical condition or are over 65, see - 10% discount with code seat61.

        If you live in Australia, New Zealand, Ireland or the EU, try Columbus Direct's other websites.

  If you live in the USA try Travel Guard USA.

Get an EU health card, it's free...

If you're a UK citizen travelling in Europe, you should apply for a free European Health Insurance Card, which entitles you to free or reduced rate health care if you become ill or get injured in many European countries, under a reciprocal arrangement with the NHS.  This replaced the old E111 forms as from January 2006.  The EHIC card is available from  It doesn't remove the need for travel insurance, though.

Carry a spare credit card, designed for travel with no currency exchange loading & low/no ATM fees

Taking out an extra credit card costs nothing, but if you keep it in a different part of your luggage you won't be left stranded if your wallet gets stolen.  In addition, some credit cards are better for overseas travel than others.  Martin Lewis's explains which UK credit cards have the lowest currency exchange commission loadings when you buy something overseas, and the lowest cash withdrawal fees when you use an ATM abroad.

Get a VPN for safe browsing when you travel.  VPNs & why you need one explained...

When you're travelling you often use free WiFi in public places which may not be secure.  A VPN means your connection to the internet is encrypted & always secure, even using unsecured WiFi.  In countries such as China where access to Twitter & Facebook is restricted, a VPN gets around these restrictions.  And lastly, you can select the geographic location of the IP address you browse with, to get around geographic restrictions which some websites apply - for example one booking site charges a booking fee to non-European visitors but none to European visitors, so if you're not located in Europe you can avoid this fee by browsing with a UK IP address using a VPN.  VPNs & why you need one explainedExpressVPN is a best buy and I use them myself.

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