Beirut travel guide

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You're Going to Love Beirut

With 1,92 million inhabitants, Beirut is the most populous city in Lebanon. It is the most popular tourist destination in the country. We recommend you stay at least 5 days in order to fully appreciate everything Beirut has to offer.

Where to Eat in Beirut

If you’re looking for affordable options, Rossini Osteria e Caffe (Phoenicia Hotel Ground floor level) and Fawzi Burj Al Hamam - Hamra (Corner of Abdel Aziz & Makdessi Streets) are great picks.

When to visit Beirut

Beirut in February
Estimated hotel price
$34
1 night at 3-star hotel
Beirut in February
Estimated hotel price
$34
1 night at 3-star hotel

Looking for warm weather? Then head to Beirut in July, when the average temperature is 26 °C, and the highest can go up to 28 °C. The coldest month, on the other hand, is January, when it can get as cold as 10 °C, with an average temperature of 12 °C. You’re likely to see more rain in January, when precipitation is around 180 mm. In contrast, June is usually the driest month of the year in Beirut, with an average rainfall of 0 mm.

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How to Get to Beirut

Plane

When flying to Beirut, you’ll arrive at Beirut Airport (BEY), which is located 8 km from the city centre. The shortest flight to Beirut from Australia departs from Melbourne and takes around 20h.

Airports near Beirut

Airlines serving Beirut

Lufthansa
Good (1,378 reviews)
KLM
Good (292 reviews)
Air France
Good (298 reviews)
Turkish Airlines
Good (1,074 reviews)
SWISS
Excellent (357 reviews)
Qatar Airways
Good (932 reviews)
Iberia
Good (667 reviews)
Air Canada
Good (641 reviews)
Emirates
Excellent (663 reviews)
Scandinavian Airlines
Good (306 reviews)
Etihad Airways
Good (203 reviews)
Vueling
Good (263 reviews)
LATAM Airlines
Good (630 reviews)
LOT
Good (257 reviews)
Air Europa
Good (96 reviews)
ITA Airways
Good (36 reviews)
Aegean Airlines
Excellent (115 reviews)
Ethiopian Air
Good (127 reviews)
Pegasus Airlines
Good (172 reviews)
Eurowings
Good (54 reviews)
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Where to stay in Beirut

From 5-star hotels such as the 1866 Court & Suites to great affordable options like the Hamra Urban Gardens, Beirut offers a range of accommodations for every taste. Average rates range from around $169 per night for a double room in a 3-star hotel to $235 and up for a 5-star experience.

Where to stay in popular areas of Beirut

Most booked hotels in Beirut

Princessa Hotel
Excellent (9, Excellent reviews)
$94+
Gefinor Rotana
Excellent (8.1, Excellent reviews)
$159+
Mövenpick Hotel Beirut
Good (7.8, Good reviews)
$242+
Napoleon Hotel
Good (6.8, Good reviews)
$34+
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Hiring a car in Beirut

Hiring a car in Beirut costs $55 per day, on average, or $275 if you want to hire it for 5 days. Avis, Hertz and Europcar are the agencies with the best reviews in the city. The most popular location to hire a car in Beirut is the City Car branch at Beirut International Airport, which is 8 km from the city centre.

It’s generally cheaper to hire your vehicle outside the airport: locations in the city are around 1% cheaper than airport locations in Beirut.

Expect to pay $1.79 per litre in Beirut (average price from the past 30 days). Depending on the size of your car hire, filling up the tank will cost between $21.47 and $28.63. The most frequently booked car type in Beirut is Mini (Kia Picanto or similar). If you’re looking to save money, though, keep in mind that Economy car hire (Chevrolet Spark or similar) is, on average, 41% cheaper than other car hire types in the city.