Public transportation in Hurghada=Microbus. Read here everything you need to know about using the microbuses in Hurghada.
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Microbuss=Small usually white minibus for 12-15 passengers. Operating anywhere around Hurghada and surroundings. The main station in El Dahar. No bus stops, bus stops whenever you want. The fare from 2,5 Egyptian pounds. Depends on how far you travel.
MY FIRST MICROBUS EXPERIENCE FROM 2004
Here comes my first microbus experience in Egypt from 2004. After this, there will be instructions for how to use the microbus in Egypt.
My first experience with microbus in Hurghada was in the year 2004. I and my mom were spending a Christmas holiday here in Hurghada at Siva Grand Beach Hotel in Mamsha. One night we decided to go out and took a microbus (MISTAKE!).
At this time there weren’t normal taxis available in Hurghada at all, so at the end, microbus was our only option. Our mission was to go to Hard Rock Cafe from Siva Grand Beach hotel. Distance between these two places is about 2 kilometres (We didn’t know it). So we took microbus and jumped in.
“To Hard Rock Cafe, please!” Off course the driver didn’t have any clue where Hard Rock Cafe was, and neither did I. So we drove around the dark city for ages. Or this is how I felt. Finally, after a long time, we found it. -YES, FINALLY! HARD ROCK CAFE! WE SURVIVED!
It was time to pay and the driver wanted us to pay lots of money for the ride. He didn’t know where to go, so we pay. I don’t remember anymore how much it was, but it was very much. We refused to pay the amount he wanted. He didn’t like this at all.
In the end, our only option was to run towards security in front of Hard Rock Cafe. We explained the situation and they negotiated with the bus driver.
In the end, we paid something and vowed that we never use microbus again. For many years it worked and I did my everything to stay away from microbuses. If I have told you to stay away from Microbuses, forget it. I have changed my mind. It’s not how it works anymore. These days microbuses operate like public transportation, not like a taxi (thank god).
I also thought for many years that Microbuses are called Yalla Yalla. Yalla means let’s go, not microbus. Just to let you know. Even though Microbus may look a little bit suspicious, it’s easy and safe to use them.
From the experience I have now, I could say that microbuses are the safest way to move around the city, especially if you are moving alone.
There is always someone else on the bus, you are rarely alone with the driver like you are in the taxi. Buses drive between different areas and you get along well if you only know which side of the street you should stand.
What comes to safety, I think they are fairly safe to use in the cities, but I wouldn’t do long trips with microbuses. The traffic is crazy in Egypt if there is an accident where a microbus is involved, is usually a bad one. So if you travel a long distance, take a big bus.
HOW TO USE THE MICROBUSES IN HURGHADA?
Go stand on the street, wave for microbus, hop in, pay and ride. You can always ask the driver, where the bus is going. The hardest part is to stop the bus. If you are sitting back and you want to hop off, just mumble something unclearly as I do. (I feel uncomfortable about screaming aloud in the bus). You can also say STOP or ALAGAMB in Arabic. Or mumble something like I do. Someone will hear you and stop the bus.
The best thing in microbuses is that they are very cheap, from Sheraton to Mamsha for example about 2,5 Egyptian pounds (le.). When you enter the bus, you say where you go for example “Sheraton Street” and the driver tells how many pounds it is.
You pay your “ticket” to the driver by passing the money through other passengers, in case you are not sitting behind him. And driver gives change back through other passengers as well. Try to keep coins with you when travelling microbus, it’s the easiest way. So when other passengers give you money, it’s not for you, just pass it forward. Follow the others and you are doing well.
Have you tried microbus? Do you have any experience of them?