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Tyre (Arabic: Sour صُوْر) is in a city in Lebanon.
The cheapest way of getting into Tyre is by private bus. Large, air-conditioned buses go from Cola Junction, Beirut, throughout the day for approximately $4 and take about 2.5hrs.
Privately run minibuses also go frequesntly throughout the day and late into the evening from Cola Junction, Beirut and from the bus station in Sidon. They take a variety of routes and will often stop and start throughout the journey to let passengers on and off.
Minibuses that go via the coastal roads are must slower (Beirut to Tyre can take 3-4hrs), but some minibuses will take the motorway route (2.5hrs from Beirut, about 1hr from Sidon). Prices are usually 2-3,000 Lebanese Lira (approximately $1.50-2) from Beirut.
Do check when you get on board how much the price is as tourists will often be charged more than locals. If you're not sure how much the fare should be, try speaking to someone on the bus - many people speak English and you will very likely find someone to help you out.
There are two ways to get to Tyre via taxi - the first is a simple private hire ($20-30 from Beirut), or the 'service' option where you can share with other people who are travelling in a similar direction ($10 would be reasonable from Beirut to Tyre). The journey will take approximately 2.5hrs from Beirut, depending on any stops that have to be made.
A number of military checkpoints operate on the roads between Beirut, Sidon and Tyre. There are also occasionally other checkpoints which are run by Hezbollah soldiers. If you bus or taxi is asked to stop, make sure you have your passport to hand, and take off any sunglasses or hats to ensure proper identification. Generally you will be waved through without any further problems. Do not be alarmed if you are asked why you are travelling.
You can get around the small city of Tyre by taxi, on foot or by local transportation. Taxis are pretty cheap and some are even comfortable to travel in.
Traffic is typical Lebanese - if you want to go, you must go regardless of the 'western' way of thinking in the traffic.
If you can't find a taxi, even some locals can offer you a ride inside the city, if you ask nicely.
The main hotel in the city is located on the beach with minibusses departing towards Beirut just a short walk away.
Ancient Roman ruins in the city: parts of a city, cemetery and a large hippodrome, which is said to be the filming site for the multi-Oscar-winning Ben Hur.
The city is located on a peninsula extending west to the Mediterranean. The most western point is a nice place to observe the sun go down.
Also the markets in the western parts of the city are worth seeing.
Nothing much to do around this small city except to bask in the sun during the hot summer months. Diving and other watersports can offer something to do and the few archeological sites are quickly done.
Good places to have a meal:
Le Phenicien: Fish and Sea Food, excellent cuisine, beer, wine liquors
Skandars: Lebanese and international cuisine, beer, wine liquors
Al Nabeel's Cake Shop: famous Lebanese speciality cake shop, wonderful and kind staff and some of the most amazing cakes you will ever eat
The Resthouse: Lebanese and international cuisine, beer, wine liquors
Al Fanar: Lebanese and international cuisine, beer, wine liquors
Tyros: Fish,, Lebanese and international cuisine, beer, wine liquors
Baquettos: Fast food
See above, also Diver's Inn. Night life is not so active, as there are no night clubs. The UN people might have a night out at the Skandars or the Diver's Inn.
Perhaps the best-known place for visitors to stay is the Resthouse hotel on the beach. The beach and the pool is exclusively only to the hotel's guests although others can use them too by paying a small fee - this fee is mostly to keep 'unwanted people' off the premises. At the beach you can order drinks, narghile, rent a sun chair or perhaps attend a diving course.
Al fanar has been renovated recently and is also a good place to stay in.
The Artizan Hotel, on Rue Senegal, is a second floor bed and breakfast and is popular with locals and visitors alike. The reasonable rates and air conditioned rooms, combined with beautiful views onto the Mediterranean, make it one of the best value places to stay in the city.