I would like to travel to Lebanon this October and prefer not to fly, mainly for ecological reasons. Which options do I have?

Starting point would be nearly anywhere in Europe. Driving myself is not an option for me.

Top priority for me is that the route is safe, somewhat cheap and ecologically favorable. I don't mind it being laborious and slow.


I think that crossing into Israel is simply impossible but that the border with Syria is technically open so it might be possible to find a shared taxi from Damascus or something. Of course, you need to get there in the first place and the whole of Syria and even large parts of Lebanon (the entire Bekaa valley and all land borders) are not particularly safe and completely off-limit as far as any official travel advisory is concerned.

Options to come by sea are limited as well. I am aware of some freighters taking passengers and stopping in Lebanon but that's not cheap and they explicitly disallow disembarking there. The only halfway realistic option therefore seems to be a ferry from Taşucu to Tripoli but it seems that it's not operating at the moment. Tripoli itself is not as bad as the border but still not particularly recommended. I haven't been there personally.

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    There used to be a ferry from Taşucu to Tripoli, but it is currently not operating. You can't book any tickets for it and the time table is 'empty': akgunlerbilet.com/sefer_takvimi.php – Tor-Einar Jarnbjo Sep 14 '17 at 0:15
  • @Tor-EinarJarnbjo That may very well be but I don't speak Turkish and I am not sure what I am looking at. I see a table with a bunch of dates. – Relaxed Sep 14 '17 at 5:59
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    The time table URL does not seem to contain the route. Go to akgunlerbilet.com/online_bilet.php?dil=en (online ticket order form in English), select the Taşucu-Tripoli route and then click on 'Click here to view timetable'. – Tor-Einar Jarnbjo Sep 14 '17 at 11:58
  • @Tor-EinarJarnbjo OK, I see it, thanks, somehow following the link directly showed me another route or something. – Relaxed Sep 15 '17 at 22:44

Personally, I would take the plane; it is the lesser of many evils.

There are no real viable ecological options when it comes to traveling (other than biking or sailing or drive with an electric car)

You need to balance the cost, the time and the ecological footprint.

For example, from Paris, France which is more or less in the middle of Europe with many transportation options.

Plane is cheap and time efficient, so you will have a smaller ecological footprint.

If you decide to take the train, then it will take at least a couple of days and will have a big ecological impact (even if it is possible)

If you decide to take a ferry, you still need to travel to a port on the mediteranean (plane, bus, train... ); and boats are not really ecological; and you will loose a lot of time.

You could take a bus, but from what I can see, it takes about 60+ hours to get there, and buses are not really ecological.

couple of links decribing the itineraries and mode of transports.



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