Or, the other thing that can happen, is that you get into a car with people already in the car, who might be going in an absurdly out of the way direction for you, but the driver still wants his next service ride (i.e., the standard 2000) after he drops off his current riders. You get fucked over again, and miss your connection bus to Tripoli at 7:20. This can also happen and it’s fucking annoying.
Anyways, how to get to the north? Best way is to go the Charles Hilu on a bus to Tripoli. Air conditioning, and he doesn't stop every 5 seconds to pick up riders. You can also go to Dawrah and get on a mini-bus, but these things stop every 5 seconds... and will wait like 5 minutes at every overpass and walking bridge and exit to try and pick up passengers, and drive will slowly... so take the Charles Hilu bus to Tripoli, and bus make sure you tell the driver where you want to get off.