Car Hire at Beirut Airport
This information is correct as of July 2015
Whether you want to party in Beirut, hit the beaches of Jounieh or get lost in an Aladdin’s cave of markets in Tripoli, you can find the best car hire at Beirut Airport with Skyscanner.
Where to hire a car at Beirut Airport
There are seven car hire companies with desks at Beirut Airport: Dealers, Avis, Hertz, Budget, National, City Car and Europcar. All of the desks are inside the terminal, so you don’t need to go far to pick up your car.
Petrol stations near Beirut Airport
Depending on your car rental agreement, you may need to hand your car back with a full tank.
Luckily there is a Hypco petrol station located just 11 minutes drive from Beirut Airport. Head east on Airport Road and continue onto Al Imam El Khomayni. The petrol station will be on the right hand side.
Driving around Beirut Airport
Beirut Airport is well connected to the region’s main roads. Beirut is linked with all coastal cities through the main coastal road. Entrances and exists off this road connect it to districts near to the coast such as Maten and Kesrwen. Beirut is linked to Zahle and Baalbeck (and the rest of Bekaa) through the Dahr Al-Baydar road which is linked to Emile Lahoud highway at the entrance of Beirut. There are four border crossing points between Lebanon and Syria which are Masnaa (on the Beirut-Damascus Highway), Qaa (at the northern edge of the Békaa Valley), Arida (north of Tripoli along the coast) and Aboudiyeh (northeast of Tripoli). While you can travel between Lebanon and Syria by rental car the current political situation makes it inadvisable to travel to Syria.
Getting to your destination
We’ve put together a quick guide on getting to the most popular destinations from Beirut Airport.
Once a sleepy fishing village, Jounieh has become Lebanon’s party town. Here, fabulous long stretches of sandy beach is where the young and old come to pursue pleasure. With mountains on one side and sea on the other, Jounieh’s buzzing clubs, crowded bars and glitzy casinos certainly have a beautiful backdrop. Enjoy its beauty to the full with a trip on the cable car Teleferique.
Jounieh is just a 40 minute drive from Beirut Airport. Get on to Hafez El Asad road and follow signs to Jounieh and the coast.
(Due to the crisis in Syria it is not safe to travel to Tripoli at this time).
With stunning Mamluk and Ottoman architecture and an Aladdin’s cave of souks with their colourful stalls, exuberant sellers and labyrinth of alleyways, Tripoli is a handsome and exciting city. Due to its religious population, there are few bars and clubs making Tripoli a pleasingly less touristy place than it could be. Instead, enjoy the city’s delicious sweet treats and cosy tea houses or take a walk along the seafront in the pretty port area.
Tripoli is just an hour and a half drive from Beirut Airport. Head east from the airport and get on to the Hafez El Asad road north and follow signs for Tripoli.
East meets west in Beirut. Bustling and busy, Beirut is a hive of activity from its outdoor markets and souks to its wonderful array of galleries and museums, trendy pavement cafes, lively bars, thumping clubs and mouth-watering restaurants serving the very best of Lebanese food. Beirut is the perfect base from which to see the rest of the country. It takes just 10 minutes to drive to Beirut from the airport. Head east from the airport and get on the Hafez El Asad and follow signs for the city centre.
There is both indoor and outdoor parking available in Beirut. Multi-story and off-street car parks are best as there is limited on-street parking. If you find on-street parking it is limited to two hours. Some shopping malls and many hotels in Beirut also offer free parking.