Cairo has also a fleet of metered, air-conditioned Yellow and White Taxis with which you should book your taxi one hour before your journey (Tel: 16516-19155-19730). Ask your hotel desk for assistance.
Taxis can provide receipts, but make sure the receipt printer is working before you take off. It is also preferable to agree with the taxi driver on the expected fee.
Renting a car in Egypt is easy; all the international car hire agencies have offices in Egypt’s airports and towns. Rates are comparable to international car hire charges and many companies offer online reservation facilities. Visit the agencies’ websites for more details on the car rental procedures.
In order to rent a vehicle and drive in Egypt, you’ll be asked to provide an International Driving License.
Egyptians drive on the right-hand side of the road, and the official out-of-town speed limit is 90 km/h.
If you’re thinking of driving around the cities, keep in mind that traffic is dense, especially in Cairo.
In the deserts, driving off road without a guide is not advisable.
One last tip about driving: always keep your identity papers and driving license at hand, you might be asked to show them at police checkpoints.
Buses are by far the best transportation mean for day trips. They are very affordable, but you have to think of making your reservations at least one day in advance.
In general, buses tend to stop frequently. Therefore, if you are travelling long distances, the railroad or domestic flights operated by EgyptAir might be considered as better options.
Bus travel time (in hours) between major cities in Egypt
Cairo-Sharm el-Sheikh: 9:00
Cairo-Marsa Matrouh: 6:00
Aswan-Abu Simbel: 5:00
The Egyptian national airline, Egyptair, operates all domestic flights in Egypt and serves 11 major airports: Abu Simbel, Alexandria, Assiut, Aswan, Cairo, Hurghada, Luxor, Marsa Alam, Marsa Matruh, Sharm el-Sheikh, and Taba.
Please find below a sample list of domestic flights durations (in hours):
Cairo-Sharm el-Sheikh: 1:00
Luxor-Sharm el-Sheikh: 0:50
Check EgyptAir’s website for more info about the flights’ schedules and tariffs.