In Sharm El Sheikh we have three main transportation ways
Taxi – Microbus – Rent and Car
Taxi is bugging issue in Sharm El Sheikh as many taxi drivers are greedy and can simply over charge you if you don’t have clear idea of what you have to do
Sharm El Sheikh Taxi are modern of good car Types, Skoda Octavia, Hyundai, Kia, etc.
From the Airport you have many options to use , you can arrange with your hotel as most of the hotels have shuttle bus can arrange such a pick from the hotel either free or for charge , its better any how than Taxi ,
For Taxi you have to agree first before you ride it and don’t pay before you reach your hotel
You have to know the Exchange price for your currency USD or Euro so you can haggle and get the right price
Taxi price list in Arabic, English, Italian and Russian languages hanged everywhere in Sharm will help you to know exactly how much to pay
Next review will write about micro-bus
READ AL THE REVIEWS ABOUT SHARM AND GETTING FROM AIRPORT TO HOTEL , DIDNT BOOK ANYTHING AS WE BOOKED VERY LATE , DECIDED ARMED WITH TAXIS PRICES ETC THAT WE COULD HAGGLE A TAXI PRICE . AS WE LEFT THE AIRPORT AND HEADED TO TAXI RANK TO ASK THEIR PRICE THEY POUNCED IT WAS OBVIOUS THAT THEY WERE ALL ACTING AS A GANG FLEECING PEOPLE . THEY ALL DENIED THERE WAS ANY SET PRICES FOR TAXIS AND TOLD US OUR DESTINATION NAAQ WAS A LOT FURTHER AWAY . WE REFUSED THERE PRICE AND PROCEEDED TO WALK OUT OF THE AIRPORT TO FIND ANOTHER TAXI , THEY GOT IN THE TAXI AND FOLLWED US , WE FINALLY AGREED TO 250 LE ( YES I KNOW THATS A CRAZY PRICE BUT JUST WANTED TO GET TO MY HOTEL ) PAID UP FRONT AS THEY DEMANDED THE MONEY ,ONLY HAD 300LE WHICH THE DRIVER THEN GAVE TO HIS MATE , WHEN WE GOT TO THE HOTEL WHICH WAS A 10 MINUTE DRIVE ,THE BLOKE SAID HE HAD NO CHANGE SO WE ENDED UP PAYING A FORTUNE . MORAL OF THE STORY DO NOT GET A TAXI FROM THE AIRPORT THEY ARE NO BETTER THAN THEIVES DISGUSTING FIRST IMPRESSION OF SHARM ,NEARLY PUT US OF EGYPT .
BOOK TRANSPORT PRIOR TO YOUR TRIP OR FIND A TAXI SERVICE IN THE TERMINAL BUILDING THEY WILL BE CHEAPER .
Again you get Taxi's pretty much every where you go in the world. You have them in Egypt which we only used them to get around. The roads in Egypt are crazy with the roads being poor quailty of build and the cars not much better serviced. They pull out in front of each other and are very quick. Alot of the time i didn't think there was a speed limit as it was mental on the roads. The taxi's get you from A to B but your holding on most of the time. Plus agree a price before you get in the car because they will try to rob you. Also once your at the finishing place they try and get more money out of you so just give them to money and get out.
For the most part we travelled about using prebooked transfers but when we went to Naama Bay for the evening we booked a taxi.
As with many places you are warned to agree on a price before you go anywhere but luckily for us our hotel had a deal with a taxi firm and prices were already pre-agreed and on display in the reception. We stayed at the Aqua Blu but its worth seeing if your hotel has a similar arrangement.
Anyway the hotel booked us a taxi who took us to Naama Bay. We arranged a time for our taxi driver to come and collect us from Naama Bay (and he showed us where he would pick us up from). He was quite good as he played lots of Michael Jackson music and didn't want any payment until he returned us safely to our hotel - quite trusting on his part. It was good though because we had a pre set price and didn't have to bother haggling etc.
Take the night bus from Sharm to Cairo as it gives you value for money!!! You sleep on the bus and save on one day's hotel costs too!!! The bus leaves at 11pm and reaches Cairo early in the morning at around 5:00am. The Superjet bus has a good service on board the bus including a toilet and snacks, water bottle and tea served for free for the first time. Second servings cost you a lot of money. The ticket costs 95 EGP for one person for a one way journey.
The Blue and WHite cabs / Buses are the best to Travel around Namma Bay
By Blue and White 8 Seater Buses - Can travel anywhere from Namma Bay to Hotel in Namma Bay for 1 LE.
Going to Old Sharm from hotel should be around 1 or 2 LE Max.
By Blue and WHite Cabs - Start by 5 LE but Haggle to get a good price
Namma Bay to Airport - 55 LE (On street prices are around 70 - 80 LE) but if you haggle you'll get it for 55.
Because Taxies were expensive to go from our hotel to Naama bay and back, we tried what the locals call ( microbus) it was cheap yet clean and practicle..and great if you have a big family,you pay by person, which is wiser than taking two taxies.
Takes a bit extra if you want to be dropped inside the hotel main road.
Many tourists use it as well.
This may be a generalization, but this is what happened to me. First up, everyone else on this site tells you to negotiate upfront. They are right!!! Taxi drivers will rush you for anything they think they can get. My trip was from the airport to the Domina Resort. First mistake I made was to get in the car and only start haggling while he drove. Finalise the price before you get in. My driver started me at Euro 40, then $40, and I eventually knocked him down to $20. I still got ripped, but after a 5 hour delay for my flight and getting in at 05:00, I wasn’t haggling too hard. However, I only got him down to $20 when I started to get out the car while it was slowing at the exit.
If you stay at the Domina, and want to go out, get a cab from the hotel. It’s much cheaper than getting one from the road. Also, they’ll charge you a standard 20-25 Egyptian pounds.
All over Sharm you'll find the blue cabs. They're old, run down cabs, that are readily available. You can't even take a walk down the street without being asked about 10 times if you want a cab. They will take you anywhere, for a very cheap price. Just remember to take small change with you, and to agree a fare before you get in the taxi. Agree the fare for your whole group, not per person and you'll be ok. Sometimes you get a driver trying to con you a bit but as long as you've agreed the fare, you'll be ok. If you have to, just speak firmly and you shouldn't have a problem. You can get hotel taxis that are nicer cars, but they charge nearly twice as much. Just walk out of your hotel and start walking down the road, and if you haven't been aproached by a cab within 2 minutes you're unlucky.
After reading previous posts, I was dreading the journey home, but things have changed It was straightforward, a lot easier than UK
Lots of scanners etc, but really fast, originally we were told no liquids, but the Local guide said we could take a litre of liquid, we took in two cans coke, no problem.
Buy snacks/drinks prior to going to airport, very expensive, duty free prices in dollars, 200 cigs approx £12.00, litre booze approx £10
Dont trust departure displays, listen for tannoy, it is clear, if you have hearing problems talk to one of the airport staff in departures, very helpful (without sticking hands out for tips)
Look for Anas, (see photo) he works on departure desks/area, lovely kind Fella (say hello from Tom & Mary)
I normally transit Cairo on my way to Sharm el Sheikh and pick up Egypt Air in Cairo. Departing from the domestic terminal in Cairo, Egypt Air offers flights starting around 6am through midnight to/from Sharm International Airport. The time of the flights varies each day but there are flights every day to/from Cairo.
The cost is approximately 100-120 Euros for a round-trip flight. Flights can be booked online through the Eygpt Air website or through a travel agent.
The several times I have flown with Egypt Air I've always been impressed with the quality of the airplanes...so don't be scared off by the simplicity and age of the domestic terminal! Most of the planes were new if not brand-new Boeing's. There was always a small snack and boxed juice drink served along with tea/coffee even though the flight is only one hour.
Inflight entertainment includes a monthly magazine called Horus and a video on the reefs in Sharm el Sheikh.
The minibus service in Sharm is much cheaper than taxis. However, there isn't really a schedule and the minibuses are not licensed to carry foreigners outside of Sharm.
Catch the minibus on the Peace Road heading the direction that you want. The cost is between 1-3LE for the ride. You will want to have near exact change (no large bills) as change will be hard to come by on the bus.
Tourists should be aware that the minibus service is the travel choice of many locals. Ladies should be modestly dressed as to not attract unwanted attention while riding on the bus. I have been on the bus and was the only female passenger on several occassions with no hassle (wearing a t-shirt and capri pants).
Another point is that the local police will sometimes pull over the minibuses at checkpoints to check the IDs of the local passengers. When they see European looking tourist, they normally do not request ID. Getting stopped at a checkpoint normally just takes a couple of minutes so sit tight and be patient.
In my free Sharm Entertainment Map, there is a listing of the transportation tariffs that are set by the city officials. Naturally taxi drivers will try to jack up the rate on you but use this as a guide so you know approximately what you should be paying :) Good luck and have fun!!!
White Bonnet Cabs
From - To - Price in L.E.
Downtown - Na'ama Bay - 15
Hadaba - Na'ama Bay - 15
Airport - Na'ama Bay - 20
Hadaba - Downtown - 15
Airport - Downtown - 35
Nabq - Downtown - 40
Peugeot - Blue Bonnet Cabs
From - To - Price in L.E.
Downtown - Na'ama Bay - 25
Hadaba - Na'ama Bay - 25
Airport - Na'ama Bay - 25
Hadaba - Downtown - 25
Airport - Downtown - 40
Remember it is important to set a price before you start off. Don't try to bargain below 10LE as it is the absolute minimum taxi fare.
Cabs are plentiful. You will get ripped off from the airport to your hotel but there's not a lot you can do. We shared a cab with some other people - the cab driver still made the outrageous amount he was charging but we only paid for half of it!
Find out how much you should expect to pay for each journey and confirm the amount with the driver in Egyptian Pounds before you get in. If you are unsure or hesitate you'll end up paying over the odds.
Keep small amounts of money in small demoninations in your wallet, away from larger sums - some cabs wont have a problem trying to get into your wallet and the less money they see the better! A lot of cabs genuinely don't have change but an awful lot claim they don't on the off chance that you'll write it off!
You will see taxis everywhere in Sharm, you don't usually even have to ask for one. Often, if you are by a road or walking towards a road people will ask you if you want a taxi.
If you are traveling from your hotel - stand outside it by the road and hold your hand out. A taxi will pull over. Make sure it a is a blue and white taxi though, these are the ones that are insured. When entering a taxi, there is a disc on the front winder (like a tax disc) on this will tell you how much you are supposed to pay.
Always negociate a price before you get in the taxi and if possible have the correct change or exchange money before you set off in the car. I was told by the rep at the hotel that some will say that they have no change and drive off.
Make sure that when you go to Naama Bay that you ask to be dropped off by Panorama, this is the main strip and where you want to be. The first time i went to Naama Bay by taxi the driver dropped us off by a back enterance and we got so much hassle, it was a bit daunting!
Be warned, taxis drive really fast and they don't indicate, or seem to look in their mirrors! It's such a relief when you have arrived to destination! Hehe.
From Dreams Beach Resort to Naama Bay i paid approximately 25 Egyptian pounds.