What you should know before hiring a car in Djerba
|Djerba city centre|
|Djerba Zarzis International Airport (DJE): 10 km from city centre|
Where to rent a car in Djerba?
The Tunisian island of Djerba is located in the Mediterranean, not far from the Tunisian mainland. The island is served by Djerba–Zarzis International Airport, from which transport options such as taxis, buses and rental cars allow visitors to continue their journey around Djerba. Of these, car rental allows the greatest level of freedom, with travelers able to move around the island on their own timetable. Car rental companies including Avis, First Car Rental, Budget and Europcar can be found in Djerba.
Driving in Djerba: parking and other tips
When driving in Djerba, be aware of the local rules of the road. The minimum age to rent a car in Djerba is 21 years old, although there may be an additional charge for drivers under the age of 25; check ahead to be sure. The speed limit in Djerba is usually 50km/h on urban roads; 90km/h on rural roads; and 110km/h on the motorway. Drive on the right, and only use a cell phone when in hands free mode. Tunisia operates a strict zero-tolerance approach when it comes to drink driving, with a blood alcohol limit of 0% - meaning drivers must drink no alcohol at all before driving.
Planning to rent a car in Djerba? Parking in Djerba can be found at the airport, while many hotels also offer parking spaces.
Road trips in Djerba
Discover beaches and traditional Tunisian towns on the island of Djerba, with these three road trip destinations to explore by rental car.
Located on the northern coast of Djerba, Houmt Souk is the island's principle town and is known for its markets. Its Aghlabid Fortress is a well-known landmark in the town, which is also home to the El Ghriba Synagogue. Once you've explored Houmt Souk, drive out of the city and head east, to Djerba's popular Plage Sidi Maharès beach. Around 10 miles from Houmt Souk, it's a great place to relax, with amenities such as restaurants and cafes along the seafront.
A Road Trip around Djerba
Djerba is a small island and as such, visitors traveling by rental car can explore much of the island in a short space of time. Devote a few days to traveling around the island and discover pretty towns and relaxing beaches. The market town of Midoun is known for its weekly market, held on a Friday; just under six miles from Midoun, the beautiful Plage de la Séguia boasts white sand and a relaxed atmosphere. From here, drive the 17 miles to the town of Guellala, known for its pottery. Watch local artisans at work before purchasing a locally made souvenir to take home.
The island of Djerba is connected to the Tunisian mainland thanks to a bridge over which cars can be driven, making a road trip to the popular Zarzis area an easy option. Located on mainland Tunisia, around 13 miles from Djerba, Zarzis is a coastal town and commune which is known for its white sand beaches. These include Sangho Beach, Casino Beach and Sonia Beach.