For many students coming to classes at ALPS Beirut, taking Bus4 is the easiest and cheapest way to get to Hamra. Bus Fours are usually 12 person mini vans with a “4” in the window. Like this:
And no matter where you get on or off on the cost is the same 1000 Lebanese Lira ($ .66).
Where does Bus4 go?
The route forBus4 starts in Dahiyye at the Lebanese University and goes right in front of our building in Hamra before it loops back and ends where it began at the Lebanese University. Check out the map with the Bus4 route and the other busses in Beirut. Below are a few landmarks Bus 4 passes by and if you are staying walking distance of any of these then Bus4 could be a good option for you to get to Hamra.
Beshara al Khoury – close to Sodeco
Near the “Big Blue Mosque” Downtown
When you see a Bus4 just wave it down and here are a few etiquette tips when on a bus in Beirut:
Greet the driver and let him know where you’d like to get off.
If possible, sit towards the front if you are getting off soon
If the driver invites you to sit next to him feel free to do so and use the chance to practice you Arabic. If you are a man and there is an open seat next to another man greet him and take that seat. You can sit next to someone of the opposite sex if there are no other options.
Say “3moul ma3rouf” (meaning something like if you please or do me a favor) when you want to stop and that will let the driver know when to pull over
It’s preferred to pay when your get off with a 1000 LL bill or a small bill