In hurghada you will easily spot out the main means of transportation and being the cheapest , The Microbus). It takes you from one end to the other for maximum 2 egyptian pounds (20 US cents). it takes almost 14 passengers.
Some drivers might need to acr smart and rip you off but dont hassle and talk a lot . get inside the car when u reach the destination get out of the car and give him the amount and leave.
Mini-Bus is the way to move around Hurghada. Here are a few tips:
1. Drivers will always ask for huge amounts of money (they usualy start with 20 e.pounds)
2. They will deffinitely take you anywhere for 1 or 2 e.pounds per person depending on distance
3. You can bargain a higher price to be driven directly to your destination (which is a smart thing to do for long distance drives). Just say "direct" or "taxi" and start bargaining.
In our case we paid 15 e.pounds for 4 people and a 25-30 km drive.
4. Do leave the van if you are asked for a higher price. There are always many more comming right away.
The last resort in case you end up fighting with the driver is to just mention the words "tourist police". (In my 2-weeks stay, there was never even a need to think of this option.)
The mini-bus bussiness is very important to local people (cost of gas for the vans is 50 piasters and they can fit up to 15 people inside - you do the calculation), so they do their best to keep it realy safe.
Enjoy the cheap prices and don't stay in your hotel resort or the first bar/restaurant you went to.
Egypt was and is on risk of terrorist attacks, especially groups of tourists on the road which leading to Luxor and Karnak. Until year or two ago the local police used to organizing convoys with military escorts, because of previous several hard attacks. Nowadays military escort isn't neccessary anymore but police is discretly monitoring the buses with forign tourists.
I took the bus from Luxor to Hurghada. You need to note that the proper bus terminal has been relocated to somewhere about 11 km outside of the city centre and is way out of the airport direction. There are 3 buses leaving in the morning from Luxor, 6:30, 8:30 and 10:00 am (25 EGP). In fact the first 2 (0630 and 0830) are leaving from the main bus terminal. I chose the 10:00am one because it leaves from the city center bus ticket office. But the real situation is that I took a transfer bus (5 EGP) at 10:00 am from city bus ticket office which goes to the bus terminal. At 11:00am, the bus left from the main bus terminal to Hurghada. When I arrived Hurghada, it was almost 5:00pm. There was an half hour tea break around 1:30pm somehere along the way. The tea was 1 EGP. What a trip. But the scenery along the main road was spendid and I mostly enjoyed the last part as the bus passed through the valley of the mountains. I am glad I took the day bus.
See more pics for the bus, tea break, and scenery in the following page: Luxor to Hurghada
Please try to understand what i will say.
In any society there are the goods and bads. In some cases you meet one or both. A European friend of mine (a lady) was travelling to sharm with the bus and when she arrived and we met she was very nervous about something. Do you want to know what?
She was complaining from a stupid man who was sitting in the seat behind her. the man kept touching her hair and body.
She paniced to the extent that she couldnt handle the situation in the right way.
My advice to her and to you of course is the following: If the above happens to you, please go straight to the bus driver and make your complaint . If the driver didnt make any firm action, then wait till you reach the police check point (there are many of them on the road and the policemen comes up to the bus to check IDs) and make a report. The stupid man will be grapped and face problems.
Please dont be silent towards such acts cause your silence can generate real troubles not only to you but to the Egyptian tourism industry.
I took the high speed ferry from Hurghada to Sharm el-Sheikh. It costs US$45 or 250 EGP (May 2006). I bought the ticket at the ferry pier as I think May is low season. It runs only 4 days a week. The one I took was Saturday 8am. Better to check out the schedule a few days before your plan. I took a minibus from Four seasons hotel to the ferry pier for 10 EGP. Just it was so early and I didnt wantr to miss the ferry. I think you can pay much lesser than that. You need to have a passport for inspection.
The ferry is very confortable and a cup of tea/coffee on board was 6 EGP. Bring along some food and enjoy the hot drink there. The whole journey was about 2.5 hours, despite they claimed 1.5 hours. I know some travellers experiences 3 hours before.
Upon arrival in Sharm el-Sheikh, you need to take taxi or so to get out of the ferry pier. I took a minbus bus await at the pier to go direct to Dabah. (30 EGP).
If you are going to Luxor it is recommended that you join the convoi throught the desert. Egypt takes good care of their tourist - as tourism is the biggest industri in the country. After the terroristattacks in Luxor in 1997 where 58 tourists were killed they take no chances - even though the extremist-group that performed the attacks are non-existing today.
The police deside when the convoi can drive, and they can change the schedules with no notice.
Our convoi started from Safaga early in the morning. The trip through the desert to Luxor takes about 5 hours, and they drive like CRAZY!!
Going from Cairo to hurghada and opposite by bus is not a bad idea and definatly cheaper than any other means of transportation.
There is no rail road to and from Hurghada so logically there wont be a train.
The bus ranges from 35 to 60 egyptian pounds (10 dollars max) for a 1 way trip.
The Super Jet is one of the well known companies along with Al Gouna company.
Both companies operates lots of buses and most of them are equipped with AC, VCR, toilet and food and drinks (not for free).
The trip takes 5-6 hours with a stop in the middle for a rest in many cases.
Have a safe trip.
There are three shuttle bus lines in El Gouna.
1. Downtown line between Moevenpick hotel and downtown.
2. Marina line between Downtown and Abu Tig Marina (trough Sheraton Miramar)
3. Golf line from downtown to Golf course
In addition the weekly shuttle bus ticket (10 LE per person) is valid for shutlle boats (between downtown and Zeytona beach and between downtown and Moevenpick hotel).
If you are in hurry or want to take transportation from 'door to door' you can order tok-tok (5 LE per person) or take taxi (El Gouna limousine service).
Best way to learn the city is start by driving all three shuttle bus lines trough at the very begining of your holliday.
i have never seen such a colorful bus. You are in the Arabian night world. This bus came from Pakistan. It is used around El Gouna-Hurghada area. I took this bus from El Gouna to Marina and back to El Gouna.
Go Bus Transport is the name of the bus operating company. it used to be called El Gouna Bus Co. but they have changed it to Go Bus but still known to people as El Gouna Bus and El Gouna bus station.
From Cairo you can find the station next to Ramsis Hilton Hotel at El-tahrir and there's other location in Nasr City in front of El-Seka sporting club. in Hurghada its located at El Nasr Rd. El-Dahar
the bus is comfy.However, it depends on the class ! from Cairo to Hurghada I took the first class bus cost (100 pounds) it was cramped with uncomfy seat and no space but in the return trip I took the business class bus cost (150 pounds) the bus was way better, very comfortable seat, you have your own space. no one will be sitting next to you.
In both buses they give a complimentary free meal ( juice, bottle of mineral water, 3 croissants and Nescafe packet)
Bus to Sharm el Sheikh (or Nuweiba) will be cheaper then the boat, but much more slow. I don´t think there is a bus Sharm el Sheikh to Aqaba, but a Ferry from Nuweiba:
You can get there by bus from Cairo, but if you are looking for the bus remember that the locals call the town 'Al Ghardaqah', so ask for that otherwise you might end up on the wrong bus.