BEY (Beirut International Airport) lies 5 kilometers (3 miles) south of the city center.Middle East Airlines services daily to Abidjan, Abu Dhabi, Accra, Amman, Athens, Cairo, Cologne, Copenhagen, Dammam, Doha, Dubai, Frankfurt, Geneva, Istanbul-Atatürk, Jeddah, Kano, Kuwait, Lagos, Larnaca, London-Heathrow, Milan-Malpensa, Nice, Paris-Charles de Gaulle, Riyadh and Rome-Fiumicino, Warsaw-Okęcie.
Turkish Airlines, Cyprus Airways, and Czech Airlines are all good options for flights from the UK. Even direct flights from Heathrow with MEA or BMI are often cheaper with these three carriers. Czech airlines are always the most cost-effective option from Manchester.
Every hour, buses depart Damascus at a fee of 400 or 500 SYP. The journey usually takes 4–5 hours, depending on border traffic. It is important to note that while leaving Syria, you must pay a 550 SYP departure charge and get a 48-hour Lebanese visa on the opposite side of the border. Transit Visas are free, 15-day Transit Visas are LL25,000 (US$17), and single-entry 30-day Tourist Visas are LL50,000 (US$34), all of which must be paid in Lebanese Pounds. Money changers may convert money for a charge (usually $1).
The sole regular passenger ferry service between Turkey and Lebanon is Akgunler Denizcilik’s twice-weekly service from Tasucu, just outside Mersin, to the northern city of Tripoli. Apart from the solitary passenger ferry, the only method to get to Lebanon by water is to take a cruise ship or, for the more daring, a freighter.