Getting Around Beirut and Lebanon

April 15, 2019

The best way to get to and from Beirut Rafic Hariri International Airport

Like most cities, there are a few things you need to know when you land at the airport in Beirut. If you don’t have a friend or relative who can help you, here are your other options… Getting from the Airport Here are your options: The Official White Airport Taxis […]
February 4, 2019

Laundromat / coin Launderette in Beirut for students, tourists and back packers

If you are in Beirut and staying somewhere without a washer and a dryer or if you don’t have time to do your own laundry, consider Pressto. You have probably seen many places that offer dry cleaning, but it can be difficult for find an affordable and easy place to […]
November 2, 2018

At a restaurant in Lebanon – How to ask for the bill in Arabic and other tips for eating out

When you go out for a meal or a cup of coffee, in addition to knowing what to say in Arabic, it is also important to know culturally what to do. So, in this post we will cover what to do and say in Spoken Lebanese Arabic  and contrast that […]
September 7, 2017

Taking Bus 4 in Beirut – to and from ALPS Beirut

For many students coming to classes at ALPS Beirut, taking Bus 4 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 […]
June 9, 2017

Uber in Beirut? If and when you might want to take an Uber instead of a service or taxi in Lebanon

Can Uber work in Lebanon? Before we begin, you should know that this post is based on personal experience and is not endorsed by ALPS or sponsored by Uber. Also Uber in Lebanon may have changed after the date of this post.  In Beirut, Uber is a bit different. First […]
March 8, 2016

Is Beirut safe?

Is it safe to study abroad in the Middle East? Chances are if you are studying Arabic this is a question you (or your parents) are asking.  We have helped thousands of students study abroad in Lebanon and their experience with safety has been overwhelmingly positive. Here’s a few examples about […]
September 11, 2015

How to take a bus in Beirut, Lebanon with Important Arabic Phrases

Getting around Beirut, or Lebanon, by bus is pretty easy and cheap. Busses in Beirut usually cost 1,000 LL ($ 0.66 US). There are just a few things you need to know. Busses have a fixed route – check out the map for details. However, there are no bus stops. […]
June 24, 2015

Best Internet Options in Lebanon

About a year and a half ago we posted about the slow internet in Lebanon. Since then the average download speed has gone up from 2.66 mbps to 3.9 mbps. That’s some progress!  You can learn more about the speed of the Internet in Lebanon here and test out your […]
November 18, 2013

Internet Speed in Lebanon and Best Internet Options

How slow is the Internet in Lebanon? At the time of this post Lebanon was the 166th slowest nation at 2.66 mbps. How does this compare to your home country? Find out here. Despite the recent improvements, be advised that the Internet speed is still slower than most of the […]