Taxis are very cheap Hurghada & all Egypt, but there are too many of them. This means that there are taxis everywhere, but not enough customers for everyone. This makes dealing with taxis kind of art. Read here how to deal with the taxis in Hurghada and all Egypt.
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Moving around the city by taxi is very cheap in Egypt. Most people can’t afford to buy a car of their own, or actually, they don’t even need one because driving a taxi is ridiculously cheap in Egypt and Hurghada.
There are taxis everywhere and they want to take you for a ride even when you are sleeping. Seriously, you can’t hide from the gabs. In Hurghada taxis are orange-blue coloured and Cairo the taxis are white.
TAXI FARES IN HURGHADA EGYPT
Five kilometres by taxi costs about 20-30 Egyptian pounds (LE.) in Hurghada. It’s about five kilometres from Sakkala to Mamsha and from Dahar to Sakkala.
The distance between Mamsha and El Dahar is about 10 kilometres, and it will probably cost about 40 le.
If you have been Hurghada before, remember that in the last few years taxi prices have doubled because of the gas prices has gone up. So don’t expect a ride for 10 Egyptian pounds anymore. Taxi fares are still very reasonable.
If you don’t have any idea about the taxi fares in Hurghada, You can always ask someone how much you should pay, at least you have a clue. I’m sure your hotel stuff knows how much taxi is for example to Marina from your hotel.
HOW TO DEAL WITH THE TAXIS IN EGYPT AND AVOID THE PROBLEMS
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 is kind of art. Sometimes it hard, sometimes easy. As a tourist, you need to know what you do and how to deal with the taxis in Hurghada & Egypt.
To be honest, it’s not rare 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, some of the drivers try to overcharge the customers to get more income.
NEXT: TIPS FOR USING THE TAXIS IN EGYPT
Here are tips for how to deal with taxis in Egypt to avoid the problems.
Before I share my taxi tips, I want to remind you that there are also good and honest taxi drivers working in Hurghada and all of Egypt. But be prepared for the worst and you won’t be disappointed.
Follow these instructions when using the taxis in Hurghada & Egypt. When you know how to deal with the taxis, it will be much easier for you.
- ALWAYS Make a deal about the price beforehand. And make sure you both are talking about Egyptian pounds. Sometimes a driver can say at the end”The price is 20 British pounds, not Egyptian.” If the driver is asking a ridiculously high price from the beginning, ask him to go and start dealing with another one. 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 notes.
- Also, check the number of the car, which is written in the car.
NOTE! If you are a woman travelling alone, never go to sit to the front seat next to the driver. Always, use a back seat.
- INSIDE A 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 change 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 to the driver. Count the money and make sure you give the right amount of the money. You can even say: “Here are 25 Egyptian pounds.” 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 dealt about, 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 on the meter and pay the amount it shows at the end. Some drivers refuse to use meters, usually, they are “broken.” If you go with the meter, don’t pay too much, 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 more. For example, some drivers are willing to wait for you while when you go shopping and can take you to different places during the day. You use the same taxi for hours and at the end, you pay for example 120 pounds per hour, or whatever you have dealt with a driver. Pay a fair price for a good driver and everyone wins.
NEXT: OTHER WAY TO GETTING AROUND IN EGYPT
OTHER WAYS TO GETTING AROUND IN EGYPT
When I move around in Hurghada, I prefer using UBER, CAREEM OR ABC-TAXI. UBER and CAREEM are both working in Cairo. The cars are better than regular gabs and you don’t have to negotiate about the price. To use these services you need an Egyptian sim-card.
Read from this post how to get a sim card from Hurghada. HOW TO GET 4G CONNECTION FROM HURGHADA
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|GETTING AROUND
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?