Renowned for its rich history, ancient wonders and vibrant culture, Egypt is a country that beckons adventurers from all corners of the globe. From bustling cities to serene deserts, this is a place that merits exploration. But how best to get around and discover this enchanting land? Read on for our handy guide to transport in Egypt, and the myriad options that can take you on an unforgettable journey.

By Taxi

There are three main types of taxi in Egypt. The first are the old black and white ones, which have no meter and are therefore best avoided. Then there are the newer white ones, which have air conditioning and a meter (make sure the driver sets it when you get in though). You can hail these cabs on any main street, although try not to flag taxis right outside of hotels as they tend to overcharge. Finally, you have the yellow taxis, which you call through a company - ideally a couple of hours ahead - and they come to collect you. Outside of traditional taxis, there are multiple ride-hailing apps that operate in Egypt. Uber, Careem, Indrive and DiDi are the most popular.

By Boat

No list of transport in Egypt would be complete without mentioning the iconic River Nile. As the lifeblood of the country, the Nile has played a crucial role in Egypt’s history and continues to be an essential route. Embark from Aswan on a felucca, a traditional Egyptian sailboat, and let the gentle breeze guide you along the river’s tranquil waters. This leisurely journey offers an unique perspective on the country, with breath-taking views of ancient temples, lush greenery and local fishermen casting their nets.

For a slightly faster pace, consider a cruise. These luxurious vessels provide a comfortable and convenient way of exploring Egypt’s historical sites between Luxor and Aswan. Indulge in the opulent onboard amenities while immersing yourself in the captivating stories of the pharaohs. A stay aboard our very own iconic Steam Ship Sudan or traditional dahabiya La Flâneuse du Nil, is one of the best ways to discover Egypt’s ancient treasures at a gentle pace.

By Train

If you’re venturing beyond Cairo, the Egyptian railway system adds some local interest to your journey. The train network connects major cities, making it an efficient and affordable option for intrepid travellers on long-distance trips. If you’re heading to the ancient wonders and coastal beauty of Alexandria, the train offers a comfortable and scenic ride through the Egyptian landscape. The sleeper train also cuts through the country following the Nile. This nostalgic journey takes travellers back in time but offers few modern comforts and frequent stops can disturb a good night’s sleep.

By Bicycle

If you like discovering places that may be missed on traditional tourist routes, cycling in Egypt is an excellent option that opens a world of possibilities. For a scenic and historical journey, consider cycling along the West Bank of Luxor. This route takes you past the Valley of the Kings and ancient temples, while boasting sublime views of the Nile. If you’re seeking a more adventurous experience, head to the Sinai Peninsula. Here you can explore the rugged mountains, cycle through the stunning Coloured Canyon and even conquer the challenging climb up Mount Sinai. Cairo, with its bustling traffic and chaotic streets, may not be the most bike-friendly city. However, there are dedicated cycling lanes in some areas, such as Zamalek and Maadi, where you can enjoy a more relaxed ride.

By Tuk-Tuk and Camel

Transport in Egypt isn’t limited to conventional modes. Embrace the spirit of adventure by hopping in a tuk-tuk; a three-wheeled vehicle that zips through the streets of cities like Luxor and Aswan. Feel the wind in your hair as you weave through the bustling markets and ancient alleyways, immersing yourself in the vibrant local culture. For a truly unforgettable experience, try a desert safari atop a trusty camel. Let these majestic creatures guide you through the golden sands of the Sahara, as you witness stunning sunsets and camp under a blanket of stars. This ancient mode of transport allows you to connect with Egypt’s nomadic heritage and experience the vastness of the desert. 

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