Lebanon Travel Facts

The Basics

Country: Lebanon

Where is it?: Lebanon is bordering the Mediterranean Sea, between Israel and Syria.

What are the main entry points?: Travelers usually enter Lebanon from the airport in Beirut. It has connections to many places throughout the world. If you’re traveling overland, the only way to reach Lebanon is through Syria. The border between Lebanon and Israel is closed and should be avoided at all costs.

Currency used: Pound

Country Code for Phones: 961

Area codes for Major Cities: Beiruit 1

Religion: Muslim 70% (including Shi’a, Sunni, Druze, Isma’ilite, Alawite or Nusayri), Christian 30% (including Orthodox Christian, Catholic, Protestant)

Population: 4.2 million

Ethnic Breakdown: Arab 95%, Armenian 4%, other 1%

Government: Republic

Languages: Arabic (official), French, English, Armenian

Travel Information

Major Cities: Beirut

Attractions: Beirut, Byblos, Tyre, Tripoli

Accommodation: Lebanon Hostels

Tourism Office locations and links: Lebanon Tourist Office

Tips for Visiting

Off-the-Beaten-Path: Beiteddine, Zahl

When to go: Lebanon can be visited most of the year. The heat in the summer can be intense, but if you’re on the beach, then it’s manageable. Otherwise, spring and autumn are cooler seasons and have less packaged tourists.

Common Phrases: Yes: Away/Na’am, No: La, Thank You: Shukran, Hello: Ahlan, How are you: Izzayak? How much: Bi Kaam?, If God is willing, than it will happen: Inshaallah, Please: Min Fadilak, I don’t understand: Ana laa Afham

Specific Events/Holidays: Lebanon is primarily Islamic so lunar holidays change from year to year. Major Islamic holidays include Ramadan, Eid al-Fitr. Feast of Mar Maroun: February 9, Independence Day: November 22, Qana Day: April 18

Getting Around: Distances in Lebanon are close so it’s not too difficult to travel far in a short period of time. Between major cities, travelers generally use taxis, joining others to cut down on the cost.

Good to know: Beirut is slowly becoming another great travel destination again.

Cheapest airport to fly into: The cheapest airport to fly into Lebanon is the Beirut International Airport.

Need more information?: Check out the Lebanon travel guide for more on what to see, where to stay, and how to get there.

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