We went on a Mediterranean cruise with MSC and one of our stops was Tunis. We didn't want to do a cruise excursion and we read a bit about transportation options and decided to take the train from the cruise port.
It is a bit of a walk to the train station and the whole way cabs were coming up to us offering us rides. When we got to the train station to buy our ticket they wouldn't take Euros, only Dinars. We asked where we could get Dinars and they said at the bank, but it didn't open for half an hour. At this point another cab drove up offering to take us to the market in Tunis for 5 Euros. We accepted.
While we were in the cab he "upsold" us to let him drive us around all morning taking us to the three main tourist attractions in Tunisia -- Sidi Bou Said, Carthage and the market in Tunis. I am SO GLAD WE DID THIS. We got to see all of these wonderful sights and our cab driver patiently waited at each one for us to be done so he could take us to the next place. I can't remember the cost but it was much less than any of the cruise ship excursions. I would do this again in a heartbeat!
This is the cruise port. As you can see it is quite a ways from the old part of the city.
Points of interest
We made a brief stop here. Our cab driver took us to spots where we could see some of the ruins without paying the entrance fee.
Sidi Bou Said
This is a quaint, small village that our cab driver took us too.
My first detail didn't get the right spot. This should point to the old part of the city where the big market is.
Medina is the old part of the city and it contains a huge, maze-like market.