Named by Lonely Planet as one of the liveliest cities in the world, the city has maintained its status as a vibrant cultural and economic centre since 2009. Served by a range of international airlines, the Lebanese capital can be reached by direct flight from many European cities including London, Paris and Rome. If you're looking for a direct flight to Beirut from London, you can easily find a cheap flight to Beirut with airlines such as British Airways. Alternatively, Turkish Airlines is the best option for those wishing to fly from Dublin. The main airport in Beirut is the Beirut-Rafic Hariri International Airport. The capital city of Lebanon is a coastal city well-known for its vast shopping, dining and entertainment venues as well as its beaches. With 100+ restaurants, pubs and nightclubs in the central district, you will not have to go far for good nightlife. You can also explore the Beirut Souks, a prime shopping location in the central district's medieval market. Visitors who travel via a cheap flight to the Lebanese capital will also notice there are a number of beaches along the coast. You can walk along the coastline on Corniche Beirut, a 4.8km promenade that encircles the capital city's seafront.
To travel around the capital city and its surrounding areas, there is a range of transport options available. You can hire a rental car from the airport or use a taxi service to travel to and from the city with ease. There are also bus services (Route 1 and Route 5) which can take travellers into the Charles Helou bus station, Hamra or the city centre, but the bus stop is approximately 1km from the terminal building. Situated on the coast, the capital city is the gateway to Lebanon. It is here that you can shop 'til you drop on Hamla Street or in the 350+ retail outlets in the Beirut Souks. Alternatively, you can relax on one of the many nearby beaches that are easily accessible via the seafront promenade that extends from Saint George Bay to Avenue de Paris south of the city. One popular attraction along the coast, aside from the beaches, is the Pidgeon Rocks at Raouche. From the capital city, you can travel onward to a number of other popular Lebanese cities including Tripoli (approx. 90km away) and Saida (approx. 35km away).