Yemen Transportation

  • My driver for 5 days in Yemen
    My driver for 5 days in Yemen
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  • Shared Taxi in Yemen
    Shared Taxi in Yemen
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  • Shared Taxi in Yemen (for 7 pax)
    Shared Taxi in Yemen (for 7 pax)
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Yemen Transportation

  • Sana'a International Airport

    Located about six miles (ten kilometers) north of downtown Sana'a, Sana'a International Airport (SAH) is the main international gateway to Yemen. The airport handles flights to and from the Middle East, East Africa, Europe, and the Indian subcontinent.Airlines serving Sana'a International Airport: Air Arabia, Egyptair, Emirates, Ethiopian Airlines,...

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  • Aden International Airport

    Located on the coast just to the northeast of Aden, Aden International Airport (ADE) serves Yemen's main port city. Most of the flights into and out of the airport are domestic, but there are some international flights to destinations in nearby Africa and the Middle East.Airlines serving Aden International Airport: African Express Airways, Djibouti...

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  • Visas

    You have to obtain a visa to enter Yemen unless you are from Egypt, Jordan and Syria.In the UK you need to apply minimum of 2 weeks in advance of your trip and you can apply to the consulate in London or through an agency.Visas are also available on arrival in Sana'a - you need to take 2 passport photographs with you and all the completed forms.

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  • PASSPORT * VISA *

    FORMALITIES: ask to the nearest embassy as formalities changed often. You need a visa to get there and if you need also an invitation letter or the confirm of a local agency you can contact Gamal: FAX.:00 967 1 28 74 26FORMALITES: avant d'éffectuer un séjour dans le pays, il est indispensable de se renseigner auprès d'un consulat sur les...

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  • Riyan Mukalla Airport

    Riyan Mukalla Airport (RIY) is a small domestic airport located along Yemen's southern coast about half-way between Mukalla to the west and Ash Shihr to the east. All flights between Sana'a and Socotra, and between Aden and Socotra, make a stop at Riyan Mukalla Airport.Airlines serving Riyan Mukalla Airport: African Express Airways, Felix Airways,...

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  • Socotra International Airport

    Socotra International Airport (SCT) is the only airport serving the island of Socotra. All flights to the island, which originate in either Sana'a or Aden, make a stop in Mukalla before continuing on to Socotra. And flights from the mainland are only operated on a weekly basis. Airlines serving Socotra International Airport: Felix Airways and...

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  • The Land Cruiser is King

    In the largely urban and always small scale UK, these things ara plague, the Axles of Evil. But in this country vehicles like Toyota Land Cruiser actually make sense, and it is astonishing how many people and goats will fit into the crew-cab pickup.You can hire a 4X4 with driver for around $50 a day all found (including the drivers expenses when...

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  • Shared bus from Ta'iz to Aden

    Shared bus is a more flexible way to get around Yemen than using coaches. There is no fixed departure time - when the bus is full, it goes. You can find these buses by asking taxi drivers.We used the shared bus get to Aden from Ta'iz, because the RAHA coach departs only twice a day at 6am and 8pm, the time wasn't suitable.So we were in this shared...

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  • Tour Companies

    My trip to Yemen was organised by UK company The Traveller who specialise in group tours to cultural locations. They generally have a tour in November and one in January, and they can organise tailor made trips.Our tour company in Yemen were Universal Touring Company who have been running tours in Yemen for over 15 years. Our guide Sayeed is their...

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  • Shared Taxi in Yemen

    Shared taxi in common in Yemen, like other Middle Eastern countries. I took shared taxi in Saiyun for communing to Shiba and Tarim. Depends on the ccar type, it may take 5 pax (2 in front 3 at end) or 8 (2 +3+3). Taxi won't leave from terminal until it is full. If you want to take the front seat by sharing with another passenger, be at the terminal...

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  • My driver in Yemen

    I contacted a local Yemen travel agent and arranged for a driver and car for 5 days itinerary (per my Yemen main page). I think the most important is not the travel agent (or the middle man), but the driver. It is the driver who goes around with you every day from place to place. Travel agent is only negotiated the price and itinerary and then take...

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  • Yemenia aircraft - Sana'a and Seiyun

    I flew Yemenia airlines domestic flight from Sana'a to Seiyun round trip. It was US$145. The 737 aircraft looks quite new. Inside the aircraft, the monitors even has 3D flight path, which was the first time I have ever seen so far. Even Emirates, Singapore airlines, Cathay Pacific, Air France, Continental airlines which I have flown in the last 6...

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  • Itinerary suggestion

    One week would be sufficient to visit Sanaa and do some daytrips to destinations outside Sanaa (Wadi Dahr, Bait Bauß, Thulla/Kaukabam, Menackha/Hajjara). If you want to visit the Hadramaut too (recommended!), another week is necessary. A typical itinerary would include inland flight from Sanaa to Seyun, 1/2 day in Seyun, 1/2 in Shibam, a daytrip to...

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  • Fly or Drive?

    You can fly between most of the major cities in Yemen, certainly between the major tourist places. However, you will miss a lot of stunning scenery, mountain villages and atmosphere. The roads are mostly good and a lot of new roads are being built so the driving situation can only get better. The Chinese have built some new roads and many wealthy...

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  • Safety and Permits

    Tourist groups outside of Sana’a travel in 4 wheel drive vehicles to look less conspicuous than a minibus, after shootings in 2007. We travelled 3 people per car plus our drivers. There are many checkpoints along the roads and we stopped often. Tourist cars have to have a permit to travel from one place to another, which states your nationality,...

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  • Organized Travel vs. Independent...

    Usually my wife and I are independent travellers; our trips are usually self-drive & self-organized. In Yemen we relied on Arabic-speaking German and French friends who were hosts, drivers, guides and translators as well. Part of our tour was semi-organized, meaning a local tour operator customized our Hadramaut excursion according to our whishes....

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  • Sana'a - taxis around the capital

    A taxi to and from the airport should be about 1000YR ($5 / UK2.50) but I think I was lucky and most seem to be paying about 1500YR. Expect to pay more again after dark. A (private - not shared) taxi across the city will be around 400YR ($2 / UK1.00). There are two types of taxi, both yellow but easy to distinguish. The modern Roha company taxis...

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  • Option A

    Yemen is obviously lacking in tourism infrastructure so getting around requires forward thinking so most people usually select some form of a tour but I always encourage independant travel. Getting around Yemen usually requires getting a driver with a SUV and paying him around 40 or 50$ a day (tour agencies double that) and it is worth if you are...

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  • Cheap rides

    I am a firm believer in taking local transportation but this is one I would pass on. Sitting in the back of a Toyota pickup with 10-12 other people and a QAT stoned 14 yr old driver is not my idea of fun. If you read the local papers you will read about trucks such as this taking a blind corner a little too fast and killing all inside/outside....

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  • Yemenia (the local airline)

    Yemenia is the local yemeni airline and is probably the cheapest option to get to the Yemen. For inland flights, it is the only option. As most travellers want to travel both to Sanaa and to the Hadramaut region, an inland flight is recommended to avoid the troublesome province of Marib, where kidnappings have happened. It is also quicker than to...

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  • Yemeni Traffic

    Yemeni traffic is chaotic. Yemeni drivers disregard any traffic rule ever invented, and even though, somehow the traffic flows. It is common to disregard lanes, it is absolutely necessary to use the horn, and even when it gets dark don`t count on a Yemeni driver to turn on the lights. Crossroads are most chaotic of all, as traffic rules are only...

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  • The airport

    Yemen is a dry country meaning you can not legally buy alcohol in the country although you will see fake Becks beer everywhere. Only the 5 star hotels offer booze but if you are desperate for a drink then you can enter Yemen with 2 liters of spirits. Most people figure that you can not do this but I confirmed this tip/info with authorities in the...

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  • Entry formalities at the airport

    Upon arrival you need to change some money into local currency in order to pay the visa which is the counter just next to it. In January 2006 all EU countries could get visa upon arrival (costing 10500YR). I was told that officials ask the agency you have made your travel arrangements (generally independent travelling is not encouraged). I think...

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  • Travelling around Yemen

    If you haven't booked through an agency, alternative options traveling around are:1. 4 wheel land cruiser (usually Toyota) with driver most people book through travel agencies2. Shared taxis (though I haven't tried them to know conditions, cost and if permits are requested) In Wadi Hadramout it is easier to rent a taxi (contract) as in Between...

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  • Travel permits

    Because of the frequent police check points, it is almost impossible to travel anywhere outside Sana'a without travel permits.If you book your trip through a travel agency then they'll arrange everything for you. In our case the Arabia Felix Hotel arranged it for us. In any other case you need to get them from a police station but I am not sure if...

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  • Sana'a airport

    Sana'a airport is small so it is advisable not to spend too much time there (specially when departing). Generally it is an aging structure in desperate need of renovation. I'd read that security & army personnel looks rather sulky, grim and aggressive, nevertheless I found them just fine and I was even welcomed to Yemen (much better than in my own...

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  • Getting to Yemen

    Yemen is served apart from its national carrier Yemenia (flies from Frankfurt/Paris/Rome) mainly from Middle East airlines (Emirates, Qatar Airways, Royal Jordanian, Syrian, Saudi Arabian) and Egypt air. From Greece the best price was offered by Qatar airways but unfortunately overnight accommodation was requested for both inbound and outbound...

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  • AFFITTO JEEP/BISOGNO DI UN AUTISTA?

    AFFITTO JEEP: é l' ideale : l'autista si occupa delle formalità, nessuna perdita di tempo, sicurezza, libertà d'azione (partenze, arrivi, fermate, cambiamenti d'itinerari…) Se l'autista è cooperativo (è spesso cosi) e astuto, vi farà fare delle scoperte che non avrete mai fatto da soli.PREZZO: circa 120 $/di tutto incluso (benzina, vitto e allogio...

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  • LOCATION JEEP/BESOIN D'UN CHAUFFEUR?

    LOCATION JEEP: meilleure solution: le chauffeur s'occupera des formalités, pas de perte de temps, sécurité, liberté d'action (départs, arrivées, arrêts, changements d'itineraires…) en plus si le chauffeur se montre coopératif, (c'est souvent le cas), et futé il vous fera faire des découvertes impossible à faire seul.PRIX environ 120USD/jour tout...

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  • RENT A JEEP/NEED A DRIVER?...

    RENT A JEEP: it's the best solution, your driver will do all the formalities, no wasted time security, sure to do what you want and when you want (departure, arrival, change of route…) and if your driver is really good he can show you different things that alone you will never discover. PRICE: around 120$/day all including (petrol and driver9 for a...

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  • TRANSPORTI PUBBLICI

    BUS: raggiungono solo le città importanti come Sana'a, Mareb, Hodeida, Hajja, Aden, Mukhala e altri centri: informazioni presso l'ufficio del turismo vicino alla Posta principale di Sana'a. I bus hanno orari regolari, posti numerati e si consiglia di prenotare la vigilia. Oltre ai bus locali lontani dai standard occidentali, la compagnia Yemit CO...

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  • TRANSPORTS PUBLICS

    BUS: ne relient que les principales villes comme Sana'a, Mareb, Hodeidda, Hajja, Aden, Mukkhala…:renseignements à l'office du tourisme près de la poste principale de Sana'a. Les bus ont des prix fixes, des horaires réguliers, des places numérotées et il est conseillé de réserver la veille. En plus des bus locaux parfois éloignés de nos notions de...

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  • PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION

    BUSES: run only to and from big towns as Sana'a, Taëz, Mareb, Hoddeidah, Hajja, Adem , Mukhalla… information near the central post office on tourism office in Sana'a. buses have fixed prices, regular time table, seats with number and so better to reserve one day before. If the local buses have a different standard to whom we are used Yemit Co have...

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  • TRAVELLLING/VOYAGER/

    in the past years some tribes kidnapped people and so now you need a permit delivered by the police to discover the country. Sometimes some areas can be close for tourism. If you choose public transportation or a jeep with a driver you will need the permits. Traveling with a driver you reduce thee risk of misadventure because the driver warrants...

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  • SCORTA MILITARE

    anche se i sequestri di turisti sono ora quasi inesistenti non devono essere totalmente sottovalutati. Per assicurare la sicurezza dei viaggiatori, le autorità hanno provveduto con misure speciali : occorre un permesso di circolazione rilasciato dalla Polizia (a volte sospeso per certe zone) e sono stati intensificati i controlli. Scegliere il...

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  • ESCORTE MILITAIRE

    les tribus armées avaient, les dernières années, pris l'habitude de recourir à l'enlèvement d'étrangers afin d'obtenir des subsides et des infrastructures, aussi les autorités yéménites ont pris un certain nombre de mesures pour assurer la sécurité des touristes: autorisation delivrée par la Police pour circuler dans le pays (parfois exclusion...

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  • VIAGGIARE

    anche se i sequestri di turisti sono ora quasi inesistenti non devono essere totalmente sottovalutati. Per assicurare la sicurezza dei viaggiatori, le autorità hanno provveduto con misure speciali : occorre un permesso di circolazione rilasciato dalla Polizia (a volte sospeso per certe zone) e sono stati intensificati i controlli. Scegliere il...

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  • HOW TO GO? Y ALLER'? ANDARCI?

    HOW TO GET THERE: the plane is the fastest way to get thereCOMMENT Y ALLER: l'avion reste le moyen le plus rapide pour arriver a Sana'a. la Yemenia airlines assure des liaisons directes depuis les principaux aéroports européens et offre un bon service.COME ANDARCI: in aereo; la Yemenia airlines assicura voli diretti da Roma con un buon servizio a...

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  • Don't forget to reconfirm your Yemenia...

    i like Yemenia policy to remind its passengers that they must reconfirm their flights 4 days before flying with them.

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  • Yemenia in the air!

    Though this Yemenia flight from Sanaa to Djibouti city was around 2 hrs but they used good planes with TV and they were showing the flight status and map time to time in order to update its passengers about the location of the plane and flight time left. I wasn't expecting such things in such a short flight from a small airline like Yemenia but it...

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  • Yemenia plane from inside

    Yemenia planes from inside are decorated with the pictures of various national & historical monuments/places in Yemen. Dar Al Hajar being the most famous national symbol of Yemen, you can see it inside this Yemenia flight its photo.

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  • Flying Yemenia from Sanaa to Djibouti

    My flight from Sanaa to Djibouti was confortable and punctual. I enjoyed it very much and you can see the satisfaction on my face sitting in the Yemenia aircraft on Sanaa airport before taking off.

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  • In a scrapyard

    The best is to hop onto a mini bus and ask around to get to the old city or wherever else, the people of Yemen are ver helpful, kind-hearted and concerned. Bound to find someone who'll take you to your destination plus show you around for a tip.

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  • Convoys

    Some areas of Yemen are still risky for tourists, authorities claim. In particular, the region of Ma'arib and the areas near the undemarcated border to Saudi Arabia. There, local bedouin tribes do kidnap from time to time groups of tourists that are kept as hostages (well treated apparently) that they then trade with the government for improvements...

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  • Desert driving

    Crossing the Northern Yemeni dessert was an amazing experience. Even if there were no roads or tracks wahtsoever, our driver managed to find our way in the middle of the most absolute lack of points of reference.The journey was long and exhausting, but we finished it totally in awe and covered by three or four layers of a fine dust.

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