Living costs in Tunisia are cheaper than in most other Arabic-speaking and French-speaking countries you are likely to visit. Accommodation is widely available to suit a variety of budgets, preferences, and living circumstances. Cars can easily be hired with international or foreign driving licences but the cost can be quite high. You can check with us for recommendations about car-hire companies. You can easily get around Tunis using taxis, collective taxis, and the metro, although we recommend using apps like Bolt if you are just arriving as this will make your life a lot easier.
Tunisia is mostly a cash-based economy and so you will generally not need to use credit and debit cards apart from for ATM withdrawals and at more upmarket shops and malls. Some major supermarkets, such as Carrefour, will accept international bank cards.
Tunisia is a safe country for the most part, despite the ongoing challenges faced by neighbouring Libya. There are some closed military zones several hours south of Tunis, such as the Jabal Chaambi region, where there has been terrorist activity in recent years.
However, the capital itself is safe and the Taa Marbouta Language Centre is next door to the Presidential Palace and so could not be in a more secure place.
Fresh fruit and vegetables, meat, dairy, and bread is all widely available and usually organic, whether you are buying from the local supermarket or a stand or shop on the street corner. Other processed foods are also widely available. Fast food are everywhere in Tunisia and they’re cheap and tasty.