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Damascus to Beirut and back in one day?

On my way to Damascus next week (vacation). Can anyone advise me on the following:

Is it possible to go from Damascus to Beirut and back in one day? How many hours does it take one way (is the road ok/better now?)?

How much would a taxi be and would it be wise to have the same driver take me there and bring me back?

Is it (relatively) smooth to cross the border and get Lebanese/Syrian visas?

I’m still waiting for my Syrian visa from Stockholm, but I’m expecting it won’t be the multiple visa I asked (and paid!) for…

If anyone can help me out with some answers I’d appriciate it!

From Helsinki,

Andreas

by Andreas von Weissenberg at 2007-03-20 15:49:20 UTC (ed. Mar 12 2008 ) Helsinki , Finland | Bookmark | | Report spam→

Hey there,

It is very possible to go to Lebanon and back to Syria in one day, the trip should take you 2 hours each way!! the roads are very ok now.. Except if it rains and snows then this would be a big problem, roads get blocked by snow in Lebanon.

Usually if you try to take a taxi, you share it with others of course, it should cost you 10 $ each way. Just go to the taxi station there.. You can take a bus, it would be for 6 $ I think or so.. I would take a taxi myself.. faster and you don’t wait a lot at the border!

If you get a multiple visa entrance, hopefully, to Syria, I think, you can surely get a visa at the Lebanese border to go in, they are giving visas very easily now at the airport, so should be the same at the border, I will double check for you and send you back a PM if not the case, I doubt it though..

You should try to have a 24 hours stay at least in Beirut if you can, it is worth it..

Let me know if you need anything else
Cheers from Beirut

Dalia

by Dalia Khamissy | 20 Mar 2007 16:03 | Beirut, Lebanon | | Report spam→
As Dalia says pretty easy, you will though need a multiple entry visa for Syria-officialy you need a visa issued in your country of residence before entering Syria although for some people there is little problem getting one at the border-double check first.
The journey can be a little slow at times due to traffic/weather and diversions due to some holes in a bridge or two.
You will have to wait for the cab to fill up with passengers-again depending on time of day etc, I waited an hour and half in Beirut last week-you can pay for the other seats though at $10 a seat.
Lebanese visa for 48hrs is free for most passports.
Have fun

by John Wreford | 20 Mar 2007 16:03 | Damascus, Syria | | Report spam→
Thanks Dalia and John for the info! I’ll try my best to find time to go. My schedule is such that I will only have one full day tops, so early morning from Damascus and back in the evening. Seems like a lot of trouble, but I just want to see Beirut. There’s something about the place… I can’t just be a few hours from Beirut and NOT go there. I’ll be happy with a 6 hour stroll in the city with my camera.

I’m taking up my studies in arabic later this year and hopefully I’ll have a chance to spend a lot more time in Beirut in the future.

John – I had a look at your website. Great, great work.

Dalia, I might drop an e-mail if/when I’m coming over – perhaps I can by you coffee.

Thansk again,

Andreas

by Andreas von Weissenberg | 22 Mar 2007 13:03 | Helsinki, Finland | | Report spam→
BTW – I DID get a multiple visa for two entries to Syria. But by the time I get to Beirut I’ve probably “spent” on entry on going to Jordan. But I’m sure it will be ok at the border.

/Andreas

by Andreas von Weissenberg | 22 Mar 2007 13:03 | Helsinki, Finland | | Report spam→
Oh congratulations for your multiple visa for two entries (kind of weird multiple but then only two :) but well..)

Yes please do send me an email in case you come here, would be a pleasure..
You will like it I think, the weather should be nice and sunny too now, spring..

Cheers and have fun in Syria

Dalia

by Dalia Khamissy | 22 Mar 2007 16:03 | Beirut, Lebanon | | Report spam→
Greetings from Beirut – sorry Dalia, had no time to contact you. We’ll meet next time. In Hamra right now, leaving for Damascus in a couple of hours. Beirut is great! I will come back, and soon. Thanks for all the logistical info, everything has been very smooth. Now my multiple Syrian visa is all used up (wen’t to Amman earlier) so let’s hope the syrians are kind at the border.

Andreas

by Andreas von Weissenberg | 05 Apr 2007 09:04 | Beirut, Lebanon | | Report spam→
Oh!!!

Well no worries, next time hopefully.. I am not going to be in Hamra until later this afternoon, have some stuff to finish. Otherwise we would have met for a quick tea.. Though I spent some 6 hours yesterday there, the weather was really beautiful, hope you didn’t miss it!!!
Glad I helped and you enjoyed.. Good luck at the border

Dalia

by Dalia Khamissy | 05 Apr 2007 10:04 | Beirut, Lebanon | | Report spam→

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Andreas von Weissenberg, HR Officer Andreas von Weissenberg
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