Most of the Tourists and Christian pilgrims going at the taba border crossing are in big groups hence many of the vehicles parked at the impromptu terminal at Taba's Wide Avenue are the Big Tour Buses that shuttles the tourists to various points in the egpytian red sea riviera like nuweiba or dahab or sharm al shiekh. Other Big tour buses are for the Christian Pilgrims who will do the mount sinai tour and trekking at Saint Katherine and then off to Cairo for the remainder of the pilgrimage. The big buses have 2 drivers of which do alternate driving shifts for the long travels from taba to cairo and saint katherine.
- Business Travel
- Road Trip
- Religious Travel
since many of the people crossing the Taba Border to Egypt are Israeli and foreign vacationers to the marvelous South Sinai Egpytian Riviera for multi day staycations and International Christian Pilgerims on the egyptian leg of their holy land pilgrimage, just outside the immigration area, about 200 meters away is the makeshift transport terminal full of local egpytian taxis and big tour buses who will fetch either the vacationers or the Pilgrimage groups to all points in the South Sinai and Beyond. the makeshift transport terminal is just at both sides of the wide avenue fronting the taba border crossing where rows and rows of big tour buses, local taxis and even private rent a cars are just parked, waiting for the arrivals of the tourists.
- Business Travel
- Road Trip
The East Delta company runs buses from Taba city (there is a stop in Taba Heights as well right outside the resorts) to Cairo. June 2010 we paid 70 egyptian pounds for a 1 way from Cairo (Turgaman station) to Taba heights. The bus is uncomfortable and the airconn was inconsistent, but it's cheap. Hard to know when to get off- make sure you ask as there are no announcements and the bus makes lots of random stops.
- Budget Travel
At the time of our trip to Taba Heights, we were flown in through Israel to Ovda airport for a border crossing.
What they don't tell you is that Ovda is a Military Airport. You are then transferrred by bus to the border where you have to pay to buy a Visa and then walk across the border, about 300 yards carrying your luggage, they don,t allow vehicles to cross. This is a real timewasting ball ache.
I had intended to go for a day trip back to Elat which was only 10 miles from Taba, but the border crossing was such a performance that I did not bother.
On the return journey the security checks by the Israelis were totally over the top. What a miserable load of humourless bastards they are. Everyone on the flight was unanimously agreed that they had enjoyed the holiday to Taba but would NEVER return by this route.
Was this some cunning plot to ruin the Egyptians efforts to build a competing resort I wonder. I mean I can understand security at this level if we all had flowing white beards and Kaftans, but a coach load of Brit's!!!
Thankfully, I understand that there is now an Egyptian airport at Taba now which should overcome this problem. But if you are offered a trip through Ovda, forget it.