Getting There & Away
Syria has two
international airports, one 35km (22mi) southeast of Damascus,
the other just northeast of Aleppo. Both Damascus (DAM) and Aleppo
(ALP) have regular connections to Europe, the Middle East, Africa
and Asia. There's a departure tax of about 500.00.
Buses run between Damascus and Istanbul (Turkey), Amman (Jordan), Beirut
or Tripoli (Lebanon) and Riyadh (Saudi Arabia). Trains go from
Aleppo to Istanbul and from Damascus to Amman. Service taxis also
run from Damascus to most of the neighboring countries.
There are internal flights between Damascus and Aleppo, Qamishle, Lattakia
and Deir ez-Zur. Syria's road network is excellent, and buses
are frequent and cheap - most Syrians use the bus, as few of them
have their own car. Distances are short and most trips take under
five hours. Bus types include the traditional coach, minibuses
and Japanese vans known as microbuses. Service taxis operate on
the major bus routes but are considerably more expensive than
are modern, cheap and punctual. The main line connects Damascus,
Aleppo, Deir ez-Zur, Hassake and Qamishle with a secondary line
along the coast. There are a few car-rental companies in Syria,
remember that Syrians drive on the right.
- You are
to be careful when you deal with taxi drivers and landlords of
rental houses or apartments.
How to be
careful and how to deal with them:
drivers: Never get in any taxi that is without a meter.
If you do, you should leave it and find a different one.
You are to
keep small change in your pocket in order not to be over charged
by those taxi drivers with the pretence of unavailability of
change with them.
Pay the Taxi
driver according to the meter, with only between (3-7 sp Max)
extra. And face his anger with deaf ears and leave him politely.
Try to use
the buses or minibuses which are cheaper and safer.
If you arrive
to Damascus by bus, don’t use a taxi from the bus station, they
will over charge you for sure, so you are to walk less than
50m to get to the main road and to get any passing taxi with
taking in consideration the points I mentioned above. If you
arrive in Damascus via the airport you are either to use the
public buses (which are very cheap) or the airport taxis, which
have fixed prices. (For more information please email me).
The problem with many of the landlords in Syria is they can’t
accept the idea that they are not responsible of the rented
property any more, so they keep annoying the tenant with their
silly questions and nonsense notices and instructions, however,
many of them are nice and helpful. Deal with only what
you are satisfied with.
do if you have more serious problems:
case you are to call your Embassy in Damascus.
me in order to provide you with the details of your embassy or
look online for locations and phone numbers of the nearest embassy.
Most embassies suggest that you register with them upon arrival.
Some information that mentioned about can be changeable, so
I would like to apologize for any inconvenience that you might
get if prices or anything change, however I will do my best to
keep this website updated.