Hurghada - Sharm
I forget the cost (Not that cheap), but is a lot better than the bus trip which takes a full day.
The crossing time was about 4-5 hours, much longer than advertised.
Full of loud americans who were drinking vodka by the litre at 7am.
Still, it was bearable, pretty smooth and not too loud. Ok, it was very loud.
Was a bit hectic getting on board. Various lines of people, buy ticket, stamp ticket, check luggage etc etc
Day trip to Cairo
Travel with bus to CAIRO
First of all I would like to warn everyone to do this trip the way we did it. First of all you will enjoy having a tour-guide with you to, for information and knowledge. Second I will NOT recommend using non-tour busses, both because of trip-length and all factors around this trip as described under. Use egyptian air instead with tour guide.
We took the superjet night bus from Sharm to Cairo from a station close to old-town in Sharm. The bus went from the station about 8 in the evening. It costs about 90 egyptian pounds pr.person one way, and is mostly used by locals. Book in advance.(We were the only tourists)
The bus ride is long and boring. We had to show our passports atleast 6 times on the way, and the bus had to slow down every 5minutes when passing all these security gates. A 8-9 hours bus ride ended on a crappy place downtown Cairo at 5.30a.m in the morning. The place was of course sorrounded by taxi-drivers just waiting for us tourists. This was not the bus-station by the way, only a drop-off place really. Since we did not know where to go, one of the taxi-drivers finally convinced us to choose him. (I really felt this "pressure" annoying when we came off the bus, with all these drivers hasseling with you)
When returning later on the day (3.30p.m) we were glad to be back on the bus. The taxi-driver did actually put us off at the right station. He was ok by the way, but I feel we overpaid him a little.
All in all we were not prepared enough for Cairo, we did spend less than joining a tour-group, but I feel we would have learned and relaxed a bit more if we had travelled organized.
The taxi system at Sharm airport is manic so be prepared. You have probably read to get a price beforehand on every journey. At the airport they will be anxious to get you in the cab before giving you a price. We were quoted 250 Egyptian pounds (approx £25) but we stood our ground and got him down to 150. We later learned you could get it for 100 and with 1000 taxis in Sharm you are in a good position to haggle. Coming back is worse - or maybe we were just unlucky. The hotel got us a taxi for 100, the driver confirming the price on the street before we got in. Once we were on our way the driver said 150 and we were too tired to argue. Maybe this is a trick some use as they know you aren't coming back! We took numbers and names of all the taxis we used during our stay but didn't do so on our final journey. I wish we had and we'd have made a call to the hotel saying how dishonest he was.
port said to sharm
easy to get to, from port said - head south on the ismalia road, take the peace bridge over to the sinai and then keep driving south
its about 530km - takes between 5-6hrs to drive by car road is easy, but make sure u fill up when u get to half a tank - fuel stations not the regular
- Road Trip
One way to travel is by taxi!! that was an experience. on one of the days we visited Naama Bay and it took us 30 Mins by Bus from our hotel. However by taxi on the return it took 10! these are old taxis so be warned if your used to the lap of luxury these are nothing like your mercs etc.
1 word of advice agree a fee first then hold on!!!
In addition to scheduled flights to Cairo, Hurghada, Luxor and Alexandria, Sharm's airport is served by frequent charter flights to Italy, Germany, Ireland, Switzerland and the United Kingdom, among other destinations.
plane from cairo to sharm
you can go from Cairo to Sharm either by bus or by plane n i advice you to go by plane cuz its much easier n it will just take 45minutes to get there while going by bus will take 7hours moreover it will b a very tiring journey so it would be better to go by plane if you can afford it
We were told before we arrived to be careful in taxis, make sure you agree on the price before you get into the taxi,
A ten minute ride from the airport to the hotel should have cost about 7.00GBP, when we first asked the price the driver wanted 60.00GBP, If we did'nt already known a rough idea of what we should be paying we may well have paid this price.
We were also warned about taxi drivers pretending to get lost or taking tourist to different hotels and charging them more money, so just make sure you know where you want to go before you get in the taxi, the taxi driver we had drove right past our hotel, it was lucky that we spotted it and pointed this out to him, his reply to this was "Ah, you have been here before?"
Taxi in Sharm
The best way to get around is definately by taxi. They are very cheap, but you MUST haggle. The drivers expect it. Make sure that you agree a price BEFORE you get in the taxi, a price you are happy with.
The journey might be a bit hair raising, and I am not 100% certain that many of the taxis would pass an MOT - but treat it as an experience! (I don't think my husband blinked on any of our journeys in a taxi whilst we were there!).
Taxi prices (correct Dec 2013)
These prices are the ones fixed by the local Sinai government.The fixed price sticker for each type of taxi should be fixed in clear view on one of the windows,but may be hidden.They are about 4" across and round.I will update these prices if they change.
LE = Egyptian pound
Minibus (fixed routes)
From-Old Market, To- Naama Bay, Price= LE 1
From-Old Market, To-Airport ,Price= LE 2
From-Old Market, To- Nabq,Price= LE 3
Taxi (white Bonnet)
From-Naama Bay, To- Old Market, Price=LE 15
From-Naama Bay,To- Hadaba,Price= LE 15
From-Naama Bay,To- Airport,Price= LE 20
From-Old Market,To- Hadaba,Price= LE 15
From-Old Market,To- Airport,Price= LE 35
From-Old Market,To- Nabq,Price= LE 40
Peugeot (Blue Bonnet)
From-Naama Bay, To- Old Market ,Price= LE 25
From-Naama Bay,To- Hadaba,Price= LE 25
From-Old Market,To- Hadaba,Price= LE 25
From-Naama Bay,To- Airport,Price= LE 35
From-Old Market,To- Nabq,Price= LE 45
To work out the price of the complete journey that is not listed just add the 2 or 3 legs together. I.E. from Hadaba to the airport in a taxi it would be LE 15 for the Hadaba to Naama Bay plus LE 20 for Naama Bay to the airport making a complete fare of LE 35.
Unfortunately you will never get these prices from the taxis inside the airport,they normally want at least 4 times the proper rate. To get these prices we walk the 100 yards from the terminal building up to the main road and get one from there,these will still try it on but can be beaten down to the right price pretty easily.
TRAVEL IN SHARM
There did not seem to be to much in the way of public transport in Sharm, most of the hotels and resorts run their own shuttle buses, some are free, ours was.
There are hundreds of taxis and you will find them pulling alongside you and sounding their horns every two minutes ploying for trade, the rule is that you should find out from your reps or hotel staff the going rates first, always agree a price with the taxi driver before getting into the cab, make sure you have the right change and just give them the agreed price and no more, if they try and ask for more than agreed when you vacate the cab just say no and walk on. Most taxi fares only work out at a couple of English pounds.
Ok so EVERYONE tells you to always get the price of the taxi before you get in! Well we all found out that the best thing to do is get in the car without asking about the price (make sure it is a blue and white bluebird) and give them what you think is fit when you arrive at your location. Aslong as what you give them is fair, this keeps them happy and stops you from being ripped of! If you ask your receptionist at your hotel, he will give you rough fares that you should be paying. This tip is especially good when getting into a taxi from the airport as the bigger taxi companies bully the other taxis into charging high prices when asked!
TAXIS from hell
Taxis in sharm are a wonder, you know like "how the hell did we get out alive LOL" you have to barter the price and if you find them a bit hard to barter then as long as you know the area your in and the area you want to go to then you should be ok, just look at the windscreen and on there you will see a disc a bit like uk road tax disc, on there are displayed area to area and the price you should pay, although they will always try to get more out of you ,just tap the windscreen and point to the price structure and you should be ok
Taxi seems to be the way to get around,but make sure you set the price before you go anywhere and be prepared to argue with the driver even if you do agree a price.I needed to take a trip in a taxi, have the taxi wait for 2 minutes and then bring me back.A good deal for the driver because he already had me paying for his trip back to the taxi rank.We got half way to our destination when he turned around to me and said that the price we had agreed was no good to him anymore and that if I did not pay him more he would not take me back.I said nothing.He did wait and took me back but he only got what we agreed.Not a happy taxi driver, so be warned.There are 3 different kinds of taxi in Egypt.There is the Peugeot estate taxi,yes, they are all peugeots,that are used for the longer trips and because they are 7 seaters are the most expensive,these have a blue bonnet.Next are the "local" taxis as they are called.These are usually saloon cars,Ladas etc but they do sometimes use old estates,these have white bonnets.Both of these taxis have identical blue and white bodywork except for the bonnet .They both have a fixed price sticker in the windscreen.Cheapest of all is the Mini bus.These only follow set routes but most destinations are covered.These carry about 15 people and are dirt cheap.The maximum fare on a mini bus at time of writing is LE3(30p)
You may have trouble getting a mini bus to stop for you if you are standing outside a hotel,they dont like to pick up tourist,they prefer to let the taxis try and rip you off.
get a taxi- cheap and cheerful
we went everywhere by taxi in sharm, never had a problem. a good driver will wait for you all night if you want, but please be kind and give him a bit extra. we did have the 'poor wife and children at home ' line tried on us but if you treat it with the humour it is ususally meant with its ok. agree a price before getting into the car and stick to the price, if the driver was gooddo tip him, they remember this and appreciate it, taxis are so cheap it doesn't hurt to be kind. the drivers can give you some good tips on where to go and what to do, after all they spend their lives taking tourists from one place to the next. a driver may try to give you his fone number, don't worry this isn't some tacky chat up line he just wants to be your personal chauffeur. it is reaasuring to sort of know who you are getting in the car with.
be prepared for a roller-coaster ride though the standards of driving are a little different to ours, the only way i can describe it is London, on a match day, in 40 degree heat, when there is a bus, tube and rail strike - it is mayhem! but the drivers cope with it , there is a lot of good (and bad) natured blowing of horns. if you are too worried SHUT YOUR EYES!
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