Travel Information

What to know before you travel to Beirut Lebanon.

November 11, 2015

The Lebanese Lira and the US Dollar

You don’t need to bring too much cash with you when you come to Lebanon. If you have an ATM card that works internationally you can get cash here when you arrive. Bigger stores accept credit and debit cards, but for many transactions it’s easier to use cash – including […]
October 23, 2015

How much does it cost to live in Beirut?

Technically, Beirut is an expensive city. Ranking 44th on the Mercer’s list for most expensive cities in the world, Beirut comes in at number four in the Middle East. And yet, as with most things having to do with Lebanon, there’s more than meets the eye. So what does it cost to […]
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. […]
August 26, 2015

Three tips to successfully use airbnb to rent a room or apartment when traveling to Beirut, Lebanon

Note: this post is by Andrew and is based off of his experience with airbnb. ALPS Beirut cannot endorse or guarantee airbnb listings. Have you tried airbnb yet? This can be a great option if you are looking for short term lodging and are staying in Beirut for a month […]
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 […]
July 15, 2013

Cheap Eats: Best Lebanese Restaurants in Beirut for less than $10 a Person

In this audio post we asked two of our teachers, Nadia and Nevine, where they like to eat near ALPS in Hamra. Spoiler alert: Nadia recommends the fatayer sbeinigh and fajita at Barbar Check out the menu here: Nevine likes the man2uusheh at Zaatar w Zeit           […]
October 17, 2012

Walk Beirut When You Are Studying Arabic in Lebanon

  Even if you are just visiting Lebanon for a week, make sure you go on the Walk Beirut tour. Our students love this experience and always come back with rave reviews and excited about the new things they learned. Take an afternoon and walk through Beirut and discover the […]
March 7, 2012

What visa do I need to travel in Lebanon?

Option 1-Get one at the Airport When you fly to Lebanon a tourist visa is automatically included with your ticket. After your first month in Lebanon you can extend your visa for another 2 months. ALPS will certify that you are studying Arabic and provide the necessary documentation to extend […]
November 4, 2011

Furnished Apartment for Rent

shi2a2 mafruusheh lil iijar (furnished apartment for rent) is an important phrase to know when coming to Lebanon.  Furnished apartments are a great option to save money and stay comfortably while you are in Beirut.  You can also join this facebook group for furnished apartments in various areas within Beirut.  These apartments are […]