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 microbuses.
Syria's trains 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
How to be careful
and how to deal with them:
With taxi 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, donít 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).
problem with many of the landlords in Syria is they canít 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.
What to do if you
have more serious problems:
In this case you
are to call your Embassy in Damascus.
Please email 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.
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.