Domestic Transportation in Egypt

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Means of Transport Recommended in Town

In Cairo, the two best means of transport are the metro and the taxis. The metro has only two lines but a third is being constructed. Using metro would allow commuters to avoid heavy traffic of the metropolis. There are a huge number of taxis and they are convenient. However be careful, for at times the taxi meters are only for decorative purposes and also, taxi drivers have the tendancy of exaggerating the tariff. Moreover, the drivers do not speak English and do not always know the schedules. Since 2006, there is a metered yellow taxi service, the Cairo City Cab. In Alexandria, there are tramway lines and taxis. Buses and urban minibuses are not recommended.
Maps of Urban Networks
Cairo Metro map.
Find an Itinerary
Cairo subway map
Taxi Companies
Taxis Egypt
Cairo Airport transfers

Transportation From Airport to City Centre:






Car Rental
Cairo Intl (CAI) 19 km / 12 miles EGP 70-80 / 30-60 min Available Available Available
Alexandria - Borg el Arab Intl (HBE) 60 km / 38 miles EGP 80-100 / 40-45 min EGP 6 Not available Not available

Means of Transport Recommended in the Rest of the Country

There is a good railway network which serves all the cities along the Nile. There are also many buses stopping at the primary destinations of the country and notably Sinai. It is advised against taking the minibuses criss-crossing the country since they are very dangerous. Finally, there are domestic flights serving among others Sharm El Sheikh, Luxor, Alexandria, Aswan, Taba, Marsa Matrouh, etc.
Rail Companies
Egyptian National Railways


Name Type Domestic Flights International Flights
Egypt Air Major Yes Yes

You Can Consult the List of Airlines Banned Within the EU. Look Also at the rating of the United States Federal Aviation Administration (FAA).


Traveling By Yourself

The major roads are convenient. It is better to avoid night driving outside the towns. There are very few gas stations. In the event of an accident, help is almost nonexistent. Hence you must rely on the help from other drivers. Only third party insurance, cheap but not of high value, is compulsory. It is advised to take additional insurance once you are in the country.
Driver's License
An international driver's license is required.
Conditions For Renting a Vehicle
Minimum age: 25 years, an international driver's license is required. Rental prices are high in the country: between USD 50 and 100 per day for a small car and between USD 100 and 200 per day for a 4x4.
Rental Agencies
Smartlimo car rental
SIXT car rental
Road Maps
Egypt Maps
Find an Itinerary
Via Michelin

Rules of the Road

Minimum Driving Age
Minimum age for driving is 18 years.
Side of the Road For Driving
Speed Limits
Car and motobikes: 60km/h in built-up areas, 90km/h outside built-up areas, 100km/h on the desert roads. 50km/h when towing a trailer.
Safety Belts
Compulsory for all seats.
Permitted Amount of Alcohol in the Blood
Zero tolerance.

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