The roads in, and around Tripoli, are not exactly what many Americans are probably used to see in a major urban center. The major highways along the ocean in reasonable condition, but even these often merge into a single-lane highway outside of the urban centers. Other roads are actually poorly paved and unpaved.

Within Tripoli the condition of the roads is much better, but even here you can expect roads in need of a major overhaul and constantly in need of repair. Even the sidewalks care typically in bad condition, so be sure to be cautious when walking around the city.

Rental cars are likely old and poorly maintained, so give the car a once over before signing anything or attempting to drive too far afield from Tripoli. Most, if not all, of the road signs are in Arabic… but it doesn’t matter because the other drivers are unlikely to pay attention anyway. You’re best avoiding to do any driving if possible. Private taxis, which are generally available, and can easily be flagged down, make for a better alternative. Just be sure to confirm the fare before beginning your journey.

The other alternate public transportation are shared taxis, which are yellow and white (as opposed to the black and white private taxis), that can be caught at traditional bus stops. These pick up several passengers and head to areas close together. This makes for a good substitute to the crowded public buses, which are loud and slow.