Frst of all, they are maniacs on the road ! The lucky thing is that they usually drive very old cars so they can't mannage the very high speed, but still.....
Now, how to use taxi all over the Egypt:
1.Agree the deal before entering the vhiacle
3.Pay trough the window after leaving the car
4.If they still complain, just walk away
5.In extreme cases just tell you are going to call tourist police (this one will surely help)
I dont like repiting the tips but I have to put this one on every of my Egypt pages
Cross the streets carefuly, and I mean, EXTREMLY CERAFULY !!! I have to tell you, it is dangerous!
Some tourist never cross the buisy streets in Cairo, well, I think that is ridiculous.
Here is a tip how I did it.: I have allways waited for the group of locals then I would cross the street among them. It worked:)
Imagine gridlock in another city in the west. Now imagine that the cars in this gridlock dont realise theyre in a jam and drive anyway. there seems to be a sort of rule for this. they are in a jam, need to be somewhere and when they see something that slightly resembles a space they push the gas peddle and the horn at the same time. i am convinced that some close their eyes too! The best thing to do if you want to cross the road is to get a taxi! Seriously!
If youre getting a taxi make sure they quote you a price before you get in it and pay what they quoted at the end. Also make sure they know the address as we were in a taxi who drove up and down and up and down just because he wanted a fare, but didnt know the address!
We travel there yearly to visit my husbands family. The first year we were there, taking a taxi to the family apartment, we came upon a congested area full of pedestrians and traffic. One boy stood out further from the rest of the crowd, looking past us and then looking to the opposite side in order to gauge when he should cross. I started to say be careful, but before i knew it, he walked out and was hit by the taxi driving us. Fortunately the boy fell back into the crows and got up immediately. The taxi driver never even stopped.
The year after that, I counted 5 occassions in 5 days, where the taxi driver became frustrated with the traffic, and elected to drive on the wrong side of the road. (What are the odds of that?)
Mostly, I trust the cab drivers. Most of them drive under circumstances where I wouldnt drive myself. I used to complain about Houston, TX traffic but whenever I return from Egypt, it doesnt seem all that bad!
Traffic in Cairo is horrendous and road rules are totally ignored - red traffic signals and pedestrian crossings simply don't exist in the mind of an Cairo driver! The attitude is that the driver goes where he wants to go and everyone else must avoid him. Crossing the road is highly dangerous.
The locals wander in and across the road as though jaywalking was compulsory and they have an instinct which vehicles to avoid and which they can walk in front of. The safest way to cross a road is to walk alongside a local.
If you want to cross the street in Cairo, you need to be fearless. Watch the traffic and just start walking. Do not turn back - the cars will avoid you as you are crossing (they are generally going quite slowly anyway).
The cars do not stay in their lanes.
They will all beep to let you know where they are.
Don't hesitate when you see a gap. You don't know when the next one will be.
Don't worry abuot it too much, you'll be fine! I thought it was quite fun, actually. Sort of like Extreme Road Crossing.
I guess traffic will be around the clock in Cairo. Everytime we went out, we spent some time in the traffic. Many crazy drivers in here and they like to horn many times. Oh my. You can imagine how the traffic will be when everybody will horn.
Keep in mind that in Cairo and mostly in all Egypt there are almost no working stop lights. Cars drive without headlights on at night and usually are very old and probably mechanicaly not very convenient for fast driving. Traffic is hectic and very dangerous! Look both ways before croosing the street and take a good start before running across.
Traffic jam could be a nightmare is you travelling in old town like Ramsis and Attaba.The easiest way to get around is by using underground train or 'Metro'.The price is reasonable and cheaper than taking a taxi.Try to avoid peak hours as the train will be crammed with commuters.
speedy taxi drivers can take you from a place to another place in few minutes, but you will never feel yourself in secure during the trip. the taxi without speed meter, or counter, or without the mirrors is normal thing . keep yourself be ready for these surprises..
If you are travelling in Cairo be very careful and stay fully aware of everything happening around you while walking or crossing the streets. They drive like maniacs there. My friend was just killed last week by one of these crazy local drivers. She was minding her own business while walking down the sidewalk and a car WHO WAS SPEEDING AS ALWAYS lost control jumped the curd and killed my innocent friend. She was just starting her life. She spend years in university and was celebrating the fact that she was now done and could being her life. Nothing is happening to this crazy driver because predestrians have NO RIGHTS there. This is STUPID AND SOMETHING NEEDS TO CHANGE THERE FAST SO THIS DOESN'T HAPPEN TO ANYONE ELSE BUT APPARENTLY THIS HAPPENS SEVERAL TIMES A DAY
When you first get in a car driven by a local person you get scared for sure. (I was thinking that people in my city are not driving well but after the Cairo experience I feel better.).
The red light is taken into account as a "stop" sign (or even a "don't stop" sign - is there something like this?): they cut some speed, they look left, look right and move on. So be careful if you are a pedestrian, even if you are crossing the street where the traffic lights are - you are never safe :)
If you can skip out on crossing any road all together ..then you'd still be at a risk of getting run over by something lol No seriously, be careful of when and how you cross a road. The traffic is heavy and the drivers are crazy....well, they supposedly know what they're doing and how they're driving..but unless you've lived there for some time, you will be driving in a completely and I mean a COMPLETELY different way :o) I say this and Im Lebanese...so SERIOUSLY be careful!
DONT even think of crossing the road! drivers will NEVER stop for you!
if you have to cross the road take a taxi and let him drop you off the other side,I`m not kidding!
or atleast ask the policeman to stop the traffic for you,they usually would do that for free,but a tip of one or two pounds with a thank you,wouldn`t hurt!
In this picture you can see yellow fonts written on the road in Arabic ?
It says,"Pedestrians",but everybody just ignores that!
You will find that the traffic is always hectic in Cairo, you see trucks with people hanging off them & everything, i once saw a truck which was loaded with lots of house furniture & there were loads of men sat on the back of the truck & it honestly looked as though the truck was going to tumble over.
Here is a photo i managed to take of two guys on a Scooter & the passenger was holding a stand up Fan on the back of it.... how dangerous is that??
Watching the traffic is very interesting but you got to be aware of all the hazards too.