Tel: 744 174
The government owned buses are blue and white. They are run by Office des Chemins de Fer et des Transport en Commun (OCFTC) or the Railway and Public Transportation Authority. There are currently 12 bus lines in and around the city.
There are no designated bus stops, just put out your hand and signal and the bus will stop for you. However the official bus stops are where the route commences and where it terminates.
Bus service runs from around 5:30 am to 9pm. Take a bus if you have plenty of time and are in no hurry to reach your destination.
Buses also ply between Beirut and Lebanon’s major towns. The three main bus stations for these buses are:
Charles Helou bus station This is located just east of Downtown, for destinations north of Beirut (including Syria).
Cola transport hub This is in fact a confused intersection that is sometimes called Mazraa. It is generally for destinations south of Beirut.
Dawra transport hub Northeast of Beirut, and covering the same destinations as Charles Helou, it is usually a port of call on the way in and out of the city.
Charles Helou is the only formal bus station and is systematically divided into three signposted zones:
Zone A for buses to Syria
Zone B for buses servicing Beirut (these buses either start or terminate at Charles Helou)
Zone C for express buses to Jounieh, Byblos and Tripoli
Zone A and C have ticket offices where you can buy tickets for your journey.