Metlaoui is a town and commune in the Gafsa Governorate, Tunisia.

Métlaoui is important railway station of southern Tunisia.

The Red Lizard Train of Tunisia

Deep in the gorges of the rock canyons of southern Tunisia runs the Red Lizard Train. This old-fashioned train takes passengers on an adventurous journey that follows the natural path carved out by the Seldja Gorge at the foot of the Atlas Mountains. The train route gives passengers spectacular views of central Tunisia’s beautiful rocky desert canyons and landscapes, as well as passing through mountain tunnels, over steel bridges, near natural water springs, and then finally into a green oasis.

The original train was built in France in the 19th century.

Road transport

Located about 320 km south-west of Tunis, about 42 km south-west of Gafsa and about 40 km from Tozeur.