Taxis are very cheap to use in Hurghada and in all Egypt, but there are way too many of them. This means that there are taxis everywhere, but not enough customers for everyone. This is why dealing with taxis in Egypt is difficult. Read here how to use the taxis in Hurghada and all Egypt.
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Taxis are very affordable to move around in the cities of Egypt. Most of the people can’t afford to buy a car of their own, or moreover, they don’t even need one since driving a taxi is ridiculously cheap in Egypt and Hurghada.
Taxis are everywhere and they want to take you for a ride, even when you are sleeping. Seriously, you can’t hide from the taxis. You see and hear them everywhere you go.
In Hurghada taxis are orange-blue coloured and Cairo the taxis are white.
Taxi fares | How much does it cost to use taxis in Hurghada
Five kilometres by taxi costs about 20-30 Egyptian pounds (LE.). The distance between Sakkala and Mamsha is about five kilometres, likewise from El Dahar to Sakkala.
The distance between Mamsha and El Dahar is about 10 kilometres, and it will probably cost about 40 le.
Read more about the different areas in Hurghada:
If you have visited Hurghada before, you should know, that in the last few years taxi prices have doubled. So don’t expect to travel for 10 Egyptian pounds anymore. Anyways, taxi fares are still very reasonable.
If you don’t have any idea about how much you should pay for the taxi in Hurghada, you can always ask someone. I’m sure your hotel staff knows how much taxi is for example to Marina from your hotel.
How to deal with the taxis in Egypt and what to do to avoid the problems
So, regular taxis in Hurghada are coloured orange-blue in the Red Sea area. In Cairo they are white.
Like said earlier, dealing with the taxis in Egypt can be difficult and frustrating. Sometimes it is hard and sometimes it is easy. As a tourist, you need to know what you do and how to deal with the taxis in Hurghada & Egypt. When you know the basic rules, it’s much easier to understand the taxi culture.
To be honest, it’s very common to disagree about the price with the taxi drivers. From my point of view, the problem is that there are way too many taxis in town and lots of drivers. When there is no work enough and you need to feed your family, some of the drivers overcharge the customers to get more income.
Next: Tips for using the taxis in Egypt
Here are the tips for how to deal with taxis in Egypt to avoid the problems.
Before I share my tips, I want to remind you that there are also good and honest taxi drivers working in Hurghada and all of Egypt. But it’s good to be prepared for the worst, at least you won’t be disappointed.
Follow these instructions when using the taxis in Egypt. When you know how to deal with the taxis, it will be much easier for you.
Things to notice before going inside to the car
- Always remember to agree on the price beforehand. And make sure you both are talking about the Egyptian pounds. Sometimes a driver can say at the end “The price was 20 British pounds, not Egyptian pounds.” Or he can say also that the price which you agreed on was for one person and since there are three passengers, you need to pay a triple price. In these cases pay the price you agreed about and walk away. There is no need to pay a triple price or in foreign currency!
- If the driver is asking a ridiculously high price from the beginning, ask him to go and start dealing with another taxi. When you have managed to deal a good price, jump in the taxi. Don’t forget to double-check the price.
- Make sure, you have an exact amount of money for the taxi. This is why you should always save small banknotes.
- Also, check the number of the car, which is written in the car before going in.
If you are a woman travelling alone, don’t go to sit to the front seat next to the driver. Always, use a back seat.
Things to notice when you are inside the taxi
- Go inside a gab and try to relax. The traffic is crazy in Egypt and horns are the most important part of the car. First time in the taxi can be scary.
- If the driver starts to raise the price, when you are already inside (this happens a lot), ask him to stop the taxi and get another. Don’t pay anything, since you probably moved only a few metres. For sure, there will more problems coming.
- When you arrive at your destination, get off the car and give the money through the window. Count the money and make sure you give the right amount of the money. You can even say: “Here are 25 Egyptian pounds.” A scam that is commonly used by the taxi drivers is to change the money and claim that customer didn’t give enough money. A driver can change 50 Egyptian pounds to 5 pounds banknote and say that you paid 5 Egyptian pounds by accident. This is why it’s crucial to be precise with the money.
- It’s better to pay when you are already outside. If there come any problems, for example, a driver is asking more money, just walk away. You paid the price you agreed on, that’s it. If the driver causes problems, you can always call tourist police. In this situation, tourist police is an effective word and usually helps.
You can also ask a driver to turn the taximeter on. Some drivers refuse to use taximeter, usually, they are usually they say it is “broken.” The problem with a taximeter is also that you never know if the meter has been fixed or not. There are lots of different tricks taxis use to get extra money. So be prepared.
Anyways, don’t be afraid to use taxis. Not all the drivers are bad. If you find a good driver, use him. For example, some drivers are willing to wait for you when you go shopping. They can even take you to different places during the day. You can use the same taxi for hours and at the end, you pay for example 120 Egyptian pounds per hour, or whatever you have agreed on with a driver. Pay a fair price for a good driver and everyone wins.
Next: The other ways for getting around in Egypt
Other ways for getting around in Egypt
When I move around in Hurghada, I prefer using UBER, CAREEM OR ABC-TAXI. UBER and CAREEM are both working also in Cairo. The cars are better than regular gabs and you don’t have to negotiate about the prices. To use these services you need an Egyptian sim-card.
If you decide to move around in the city, you can also use a microbus. Microbus is, even more, cheaper than the taxi (about 2.5.le/person) and very simple to use (just hop in and off).
Read more about the microbuses in Hurghada from this post: Microbuses in Hurghada
Some hotels in Hurghada have their own shuttle buses. Ask more details from your hotel staff.
All in all, don’t be afraid to move from your hotel, explore Egypt, there is lots to see!
WHAT KIND OF EXPERIENCES YOU HAVE ABOUT THE TAXIS IN EGYPT? DO YOU PREFER REGULAR TAXIS OR UBER?