Public transport in Beirut is not very well established as most residents use their own vehicles for getting around the city. Buses operate along set routes, but schedules can be erratic. They are generally modern, comfortable, and importantly, air-conditioned. To avoid embarrassment, men should be aware that seats at the front of the bus are usually reserved for women. Taxis are a popular mode of transport and can easily be hailed off the street. They are not metered so it's best to agree on the fare before getting into the vehicle. Car hire is available and a viable option for travelling around Beirut. However, traffic congestion can be extreme during peak times and Lebanese roads have a very poor safety record, so travellers should consider this option carefully.
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