Beirut is the capital of Lebanon. During the lingering Lebanese civil war the city (once known as the Paris of the East) was severely damaged. The last few years many buildings in Beirut have been restored and the city regains some of its former glory.
The exact number of inhabitants of Beirut isn't known, since the last census dates from before the civil war. It's estimated that two million people live in the city.
Beirut is centrally located on the coast, on a peninsula that stretches out in the Mediterranean. East of the city lie the Lebanon Mountains.
Beirut used to be the financial center of the Middle East. Although banking is still prominently existent in the Lebanese capital, the civil war has drawn heavily on the economic sector. The Jordan capital Amman seems to have overtaken a large part of the financial services in the region.
There are also silk and cotton factories and the trade of gold and silver are still alive. Since the end of the civil war tourism to Beirut is increasing again.
Rafic Hariri International Airport is situated nine kilometers south of the city center in the southern suburbs of Beirut. Outside rush hour, the airport is easily reachable with a rental car via freeway Hafez El Assad.
Beirut has an excellent public bus system, consisting of large blue-white city busses and smaller red-white mini busses. There are no stops: you simply raise your hand to make the bus stop.
Traffic and Parking
Traffic in Beirut is busy and chaotic and during morning and evening rush hour traffic is stuck in many places. Besides the city center is a pedestrian area.
It's also difficult to find a parking space in the street. In addition in most streets you may park for no more than two hours. You better park your rental car in one of the parking garages or in a guarded parking lot.
The Lebanese capital has a large supply of accommodation. The prices are however somewhat higher than in other countries in the region. Most budget accommodations are concentrated in the old city center. Luxury hotels can be found mainly in Ain El Mraish, by the sea. Beirut draws ever more tourists; it's therefore recommended to book your hotel room well in advance.
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Frequently asked questions
Is EasyTerra Car Rental the cheapest?
Yes, we offer a guarantee of the lowest price - because we compare various retailers, we can always offer you the best price in town.
What do I need to do when picking up a car?
To pick up your car, you will need your voucher, passport, driver's license and a credit card. It is very important that your driver's license and credit card are in the same name as the main driver. Keep in mind that the local rental company will reserve a certain amount on your credit card as a deposit. This requires the PIN code for your credit card. If your driver's license is foreign (for example, in Chinese), you must bring a translation with you. Only your original passport and driver's license will be accepted - a copy is not sufficient.
Are there any additional costs?
Our rates are all-inclusive. Our reservation department will inform you in advance should additional costs apply. You can always cancel your booking free of charge if you do not agree (this must be done at least 48 hours prior to the start of the car hire period).
What kind of insurance is applicable to my car rental?
In general, Liability Insurance, Fire Insurance, All-Risks Insurance and Theft Insurance are included in the cost of your rental car.
What is a worry-free label?
This label indicates that a rental car satisfies the following requirements: Unlimited kilometers, no excess liability (and no excess cover available), sustainable energy policy, and that the car rental company has a good reputation. Availability of cars satisfying these four requirements will speed up the selection of a suitable vehicle for you.
How can I change or cancel my reservation?
You can cancel your reservation through "My Account". We recommend contacting us by phone if your changes to your booking or cancellation takes place at short notice (48 hours or less).
When will I get a confirmation of my booking?
Most reservations will receive confirmation within minutes after payment takes place. We recommend contacting our Booking Department for last minute reservations (pick-up within 48 hours).
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