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Why take a taxi?
Egyptians call it Micro bus and pronounce it Macro bus !
I found the Micro bus in Hurghada is more civilized than that in Cairo !
It's the cheapest way to get around the town. it costs 2 pounds and you give it directly to the driver as soon as you get in. if you are sitting in a front seat don't be shocked when another passenger ask you to pass the fare to the driver!
There are everywhere, so it's not gonna be hard to find one! all you have to do is point at one
Expect it to be cramped as the driver expects all the seats to be full ! almost 15 passengers will be in that small bus, there's no stations so the driver will stop only when you ask him to.
This is a collective transportation way and is the cheapest way. There are loads of minibuses and they drive through the different parts of the city, all hours.
If you want to get on one just stand next to road and wave. (Sometimes you don't even have to do that, they will ask you if you want to get along.)
Don't ask for the price ahead. A trip from New Hurghada to Sakalla costs 1 LE. From New Hurghada to Down town 2 LE. Don't pay more than that, no matter what the driver says. When it's time to get off, simply just hand over the money to the driver or his companion who's sitting at the door. Always have the correct amount.
Drivers always try to fool the tourists. Almost all of them will offer you a "special taxi". The driver will then drive you straight to your destination without picking anybody else up. These "special taxis" are very expensive and then it can cost you everything between 5-30 LE. Say no to this and if there's an discussion, simply just take another minibus.
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In Hurghada there it is not problem with the mini-bus. They go the all day and the all night. You must only wave one`s hand and the mini-bus is stoping.
There are 2 arts of those mini-buses: the common mini-buses and the taxis called mahsus. In the common bus you pay 1-2 EL for the transporting, in the mahsus 10 EL. But the price you must consolide before you sit in this mini-bus... becouse after they can say you an other price.....
You must say for the driver the name of the place where you want go. The driver have too an assistant.
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Before you get into one of the mini-buses, make sure you agree on the fare. It shouldn't be more than 1 Egyptian Pound/person. And even that may be too much. I witnessed the drivers charge less to the locals than to tourists. After that, I was able to talk the drivers to 1 EP for 2 people. But it's really what you're comfortable with. And most important of all, look like a local. When in the bus, don't swing your neck around like you're some alien taking in the sights. Keep quiet & look straight ahead. Also, always try to have exact change. Some unscrupulous drivers will try to short change you if given the chance. It's kind of hard having smaller bills because shop owners really don't like giving it out as well. But try your best.
There are a lot of minibuses in Hurghada. I can say - it's the main transport here :-) You cann't miss minibuses - why - all drivers, when see some tourist - signaling. :-)))
Actually, when i return back to Latvia first thing what i notice was silence in the streets :-)
Price: we pay 0,50 LE, you can pay 1,- LE, too, but not more. Of course, everything depends on how far you like to go :-) Bur as told some local - locals pay only 0,25 LE....
So, everything after you! :-)
If you're staying outside of Hurghada it's pretty easy to take a small minibus in front of your hotel, you don't need an expensive taxi.
Always discuss the price for your trip, they will ask you the double or even more.
The egyptians pay about 1 or 2 pounds to get around......the driver will ask you 20 pounds!!
MiniBus in Hurghada
Within the resort it is possible to catch mini-buses to get around. Just stand around on a main round and one will be along in a few minutes. You only need to pay 1 Egyptian Pound despite requests/demands for any more money and they may even try to tell you that it is a 'taxi' if you are the only passenger.
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