~ Taxi's around Sharm El Sheikh ~
Its very easy to get a taxi in Sharm you only have to walk out the front of the hotel & wave your arms in the air & about 6 taxi's will pull up beside you.
Only use the blue & white taxi's as these are properly registered taxi's. Always agree a price with the driver before getting in otherwise they charge you well over the right price.
Look out for the sticker in the front window (Looks abit like a tax disc) this will tell u exactly how much you should pay & that is correct prices given by the government.
Bus and Taxis!
The best place to travel around Sharm el Sheikh is the taxi or the bus.
The taxi-drivers will stop you all the time if they see you walking on the street. If you travel by taxi haggle the price before you go in. They know you are a tourist and they will try to get more money!
The bus is blue and every 2 minutes you will find it on the road. You must stop them and say your destination.
The price for the local people is 50 piastres (like 0.20 cents (euro)), but if you are tourist normally you will pay 1 egyptian pound.
1 euro= 7,50 egyptians pounds
1 dollar = 6 egyptian pounds
Dont pay more than that!!!!!
And it will be better if you give them the exact amount, cuz sometimes they wont give you back the change!
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Taxi prices (correct April 2014)
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.
Getting around Sharm
The most commonly used way of getting around Sharm is by taxi, but it is also possible by a rented car or motor. It is necessary to make a deal with a taxi driver about the charge. They will usually drive your for 10 LE from Naama Bay to Old Market which is about 6-7 km away. If one doesnt want to drive you for this money let him go, next one will be there in a second.
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Taxi clean nice –Bargain a most
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
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The driving in Sharm can put the Italians to shame. It seems quite erratic but I fortunately was not involved in an accident nor did I see an accident whilst I was there which was a suprise and a blessing.
Try and ascertain a price before you get into a taxi. It is worth researching prices to and from places before you engage the services of a taxi driver. Ask at the airport or at your hotel to find out roughly how much your trip should cost before talking to a taxi driver.
Taxis to Naama Bay
At the Hyatt you have 3 choices to get to Naama Bay, they are:
1. Walk. I would estimate that it would take appx. 40 mins at a moderate pace to walk into Naama Bay from the hotel. I would also estimate that you would be a little crazy in the to head to actually do it.
Prior to arrival, I had imagined we might talk a gentle stroll into Naama Bay from the hotel, but I had not banked on the heat - even at night. I should think if you did walk, you'd get there very hot and sweaty which would mean discomfort for the rest of the evening, and therefore, I don't recommend this route.
2. Hyatt Mercedes transfers. The hotel itself has a fleet of black Mercedes as shown in the photo. They charge appx. £8 for a one way tranfser into the centre of Naama Bay. I'm sure that the drive is gentle and comfortable, and if money is no object then this would be my recommended mode. However, it's very expensive compared to.......
3. The Blue & White Peugeot Taxis. There are always a few of these outside the main gates of the hotel and they are in a sense the local cab company. The maximum we paid to Naama Bay was 30 Egyptian Pounds (LE) or appx £3 sterling. The lowest we paid was 20 LE. Some start as high as 40 LE, and it seems they expect to be bargained with.
I read that these taxis take you on a bit of a white knuckle ride. While I wouldn't go that far, it's still, shall we say, an experience.
Some drive better than others, some of the cabs are so old you think a wheel might fall off at any minute, some think they can squeeze their cab in between 2 other cars on the carriageway and then realise they can't at the last second.
BUT, it really isn't that bad, and it's the only method we ever used to get to and from Naama Bay - without any problems too. There is no way that my husband and I would I have let eachother ride in them if we had any major concerns, so my advice is to choose this option as the happy medium of the 3 choices. Have a chat with the drivers too, some of them are very entertaining!
the best way to get around Sharm without a shadow of a doubt is by local taxi! Just be sure to confirm a price BEFORE you get in! you may have to haggle ( hehe! ok ok you WILL have to haggle!) If you're not sure how much a journey should cost, ask someone in your hotel, they know the rough amount you should be looking for. The taxi drivers are very friendly, although let me warn you that I never travelled in one taxi that would have passed a UK MOT! and I never met a driver that had ever taken a test of any kind! But they are the best, maybe even the only way to get around!
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Taxis and example prices
The subject of Taxis could also be included in the Warnings section of this page.
It is very easy to get a taxi, they drive past you at a rate of 400 a minute and you normally have to say "no" about 3 times before they leave you alone.
Headlight bulbs in taxis must last for years and years because headlights are only used to 'flash' people who are crazy enough to cross the road. The drivers don't need to switch them on at night because they can see where they are going.
Once you find the courage to use a taxi in Sharm, it will be fairly cheap although the obligatory haggling will take place.
Sharm to Airport: 50LE
Na'ama Bay to Hilton Hotel 20LE
It's best not to discuss the conditions of the cars
SuperJet to Sharm
Sharm El Sheikh is not reachable by train.
Going there from Cairo, you have to hit the road by car or bus and by plane from anywhere.
From Cairo to Sharm by plane is 60 minutes while the Superjet bus will make it in 7-8 hours. If you are willing to drive to there then you can make it in 5 hours non stop with the a car speed of 120km average.
The bus fare ranges from 55-65 egyptian pounds for a 1 way.
The best time for hitting the road is the midnight bus but you still have around 4 different buses daily that goes there starting 7 am.
If you are in Cairo and want to book your tickets in advance, perefed, then ask for the sharm el sheikh bus station in Al Torgoman area.
Egyptians gets a discounted price so dont feel confused when your Egyptian friends gets a different price.
The Bus to Sharm is equipped with AC, Toilet, TV/VCR and drinks and food. The laster of course is not for free.
Have fun in Sharm and have a safe trip.
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Taxi Fares - 2007
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.
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.
Egypt taxi or bus?
I think that the best way to see Sinai is by taxi, ask for the price before the ride and compare the price against what You should pay if You go by Your travelagency.
Going by local bus is cheaper but You have to deal with noicy locals and if You have a woman beside it could be unpleasant.
It is free to call Refad when You want a cab.
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Sheap way to get around
If you don't want to walk from you hotell or your'e going to old Sharm. Just take the bus, they are everywhere. Go out to the main road an in a minute you will se the red buses with a green stripe on the side. Have a 1 egypt pund ready . Thats all you need.
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Hotel Free Mini Bus
The Hotel provide a free bus for all its guest, the bus does trips to the local beach 5 or 6 times a day and also a daily trip to the beach in Old Sharm.
In the Evening the bus goes to the Old Market Town and then later on from 8.30pm goes to Naama Bay up to 11.30pm with the last bus back at 12 midnight.
When getting on the 8.30pm bus in to Naama Bay make sure to get there 10 - 15mins before as sometimes it gets very busy and not all the guest have any manners an will push straight past you to get on.
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