Transportation in Egypt : Here
are a few practical tips to feel more comfortable in Egypt and avoid any
Car Rental : You'll find most of
the big international car rental companies in Cairo, Alexandria and in
local car rental companies, so take time to shop around.
Taxis : All of the major cities
have plenty of taxis to drive you around town. There are a few simple
rules you should follow, to ensure that your journey runs smoothly :
- Make sure you know where you're
- Don't accept a stop if your driver
- Negotiate the price of the journey
from A to Z before you set off.
- Before you leave your hotel, ask the
receptionist how much the journey should cost.
- The taxis that wait outside hotels
charge almost double, so it often pays to walk to the next block.
The train is one of the best ways to travel between major Egyptian
cities. There are three types of trains available: the ordinary, the
express and the turbo. The express and the turbo are more expensive but
they will get you to your destination rapidly. It's also worth investing
in a 1st class ticket to travel in air-conditioned carriages. The turbo
train takes under two hours to go from Cairo to Alexandria.
The Underground :
Cairo's brand-new Metro system runs over several kilometres. It has two
lines, a new line currently under construction and three more in the
pipeline. Clean and comfortable, it's the best way to mingle in Cairo's
hustle and bustle. The front carriage is always strictly for 'women
only' so pay attention.
Buses : Most of
Egypt's major cities have their own bus system and there's an extensive
network of buses running between each city too. In general, buses stop
more frequently. So, for a long journey we advise you to go by rail.
Useful phone numbers
|140, 141, 142
||Telephone Bill Inquiry
Telephone complaints service
Do's & Don'ts :
... stock up on sun
cream to avoid sunburn, especially between 11am and 2pm.
... wear sunglasses and
a hat to protect your eyes and head.
... make sure you have
a rough idea of where you're going and always have a map or guide book
close at hand.
... learn a few common
phrases so that you can ask for help when needed. People will appreciate
you making the effort.
... respect customs.
There are dress rules when visiting mosques, holy places, and some other
public places too, so be aware.
... keep a currency
converter close at hand. Remember that haggling is to be expected.
... keep your valuables
and all your important documents in a safe place.
... take your camera
with you. That way you won't be disappointed.
... forget to take
enough money with you on your daily outings. Never carry all your money
and credit cards around with you.
... take anything from
the natural habitats that you visit and don't feed the animals.
... get into a taxi
without negotiating the price with the driver beforehand.
... go on holiday
without telling your friends or family how to reach you.
... leave your hotel or
any other accommodation without some form of identification.
... forget to put life
jackets on children if you plan on taking them on a felucca or any other
... and don't forget to
bring a suitable hat if you want to go horse-riding.