"My friend of the day" was Saakib, the taxi driver. We caught him on the Nile bank close o the museum. If you want great adventure, take the cab. All he time of the ride, he was only beeping and try to explain us how other drivers don't know to drive. We think that he is one of them.
For the ride from Museum to our hotel, which is close to the Pyramids, he took 25 Egyptian Pounds (7 E.P. = 1 Euro). And don't know the mileage but he was driving us about 45 minutes.
Apart from our initial bad experience with taxis, we had a good time with Ashraf, who was our driver for a few days. His number is below.
I can not remember how much we paid, but it would have been reasonable.
We only had one near accident, (which I think is impressive considering how they drive in Cairo)
Photo is of Myself, Ashraf & Helen in a Giza rooftop, how many times have I used this photo! (~_~)
The best way to get around an Egyptian town or city is by taxi but there are several problems. First, you must bargain for everything in Egypt taxi service included, so you have to be prepared and patient in negotiating a price. Second, there are no traffic rules the Egyptians obey while driving, they drive everything that can run on 4 wheels, cars with no lights, no breaks ... Their cars are nothing like the one in the photo. However, one thing must be ok and that is the sirene. They use sirens every now and then in order to communicate with others.
Taxis are the perfect means of transport to get around the city of Cario. Not only are there taxis everywher in Cario but they are very cheap and they get you around the city very quick. On average a 10-15min cab ride cost us no more than about 2 dollars Canadian and we used theese taxis every day numerous times. Do not use the private taxis outside your hotel as the prices are heavely inflated, instead walk out to street and flag down a taxi by yourself which is no problem as the seem to be every second car, but always make sure to set a price before departure.
Taxis are averywhere in Cairo. Especially if you look like a tourist (skin colour is enough for egyptians to identify you as such) taxis will honk at you and stop right next to you in an instant. Sometimes (when you dont need a ride) that can be rather annoying, but helpful if a ride is needed. Within the city of Cairo i never paid more than 10 pounds (1,5$) for a trip and i guess thats a rather fair price since no driver really complained. Dont try to dicuss the price ... rather tell them "drive me for 10 pounds". If they want more just walk away. They'll accept or you'll find another taxi within a few sec.
Also if you need a longer taxi ride to any destination further away (e.g. pyramides, airport) reluctantly talk to a taxi driver the evening before you want to go. You'll find out that you will get really good prices for those trips if you "book" in advance. When I first did that I was worried wheter the driver would be there the next morning but I was never disappointed. But actually there was no risk because of the number of taxis around.
Getting around Cairo is not much of a problem. There are plenty of taxis and buses around. A taxi to the museum or around the city shouldn;t cost more that 20 pounds.
However, those taxi rides that I took freaked me out a bit. Some of them drive ruthlessly. Gosh, they just drive like no body's business. Remember to bargain for the price before getting into a taxi to avoid getting cheated. Some taxis do not use a meter taxi.
I travelled practically everywhere by taxi in Cairo, but be prepared to use your haggling skills. A taxi ride from Giza to where I was staying into town would cost usuallly between 5-10 Egyptian pounds. It helps if you can learn an understand some arabic numbers, as few of the taxi drivers understand English.
If the price is too much, just walk away and flag down another, there are plenty of taxis around in Cairo.
Taxies are cheap and plentiful and their drivers are always ready to talk, even if you don't understand . Most rides in the city cost less than £2. Limousines, which are considerably more expensive, can be rented for a journey or a day at all leading hotels.
Cap-drivers here are extremely expensive..Forwhich..i strongly recommend the 'CTA' which is an AC bus covers the touristic &important sights in cairo&giza..it's cheap..clean..but always take into consideration, the CTA bus is a new service so you won't find it in guide books:P ,so you'd need to ask the locals about it's sations..
with the CTA bus..
The traffic is crazy in Cairo and so are the cab drivers! I would recommend traveling within Cairo by taxi, but do not get into a taxi without negotiating your price first! Be very firm about the fare. If you get into a taxi without arranging the price first you may be in for a shock when you arrive at your destination- it will be at the whim of the driver.
We did get around mainly by foot. Only to the pyramids we took a taxi (which is very cheap if you bargain right...) As taxis are very cheap one shouldn't even think of taking a bus when travelling alone...
The only advantage by going by feet you get in much more contact with the people and a better feeling of this astonishing town.
This is a real trip. Taxi's are very easy to find. Be sure to have a correct address witten down in arabic and negotiate a price with the driver 'before getting into the cab'. Upon arrival at your destination get out of the cab with all your belonging and then pay the driver. Do not cheat him but be aware he may try and tell you that you owe more. If he gives you a hard time just yell 'cheat', a merchant or tourist policeman do not like 'cheats' and if available will come to your rescue. If not take the drivers information and turn him into the authorities.
Taxi's. Trying to drive in Cairo is like playing bumper cars and is an extreme challange to any western experienced driver. But the Egyptians are very good. If weak hearted then set in the back seat NOT THE FRONT. Women should always set in the back seat!
BLAKC AND WHITE IS ARE THE COLORS OF TAXI CARS IN CAIRO
IT DEPENDS HOW MUCH U WILL PAY ON HOW FAR THE DESTINATION U R GOING TO OR NEAR BUT THE AVERAGE IS E.P.
WHICH MEANS 0.80$
Taxis are cheap, Again agree on a price before you go.
Also I recommend having your hotel arrange for the taxi ,
I have always had a very good Driver when any Hotel that has arranged the taxi.