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Just a quick tip for anyone going from Alexandria to Siwa. Don't believe LP about buses going to Siwa. Both buses that I was on where both very comfortable and didn't miss a beat. I read LP and thought it better to get to Marsa Matruh at least and then catch the so called more comfortable microbus to Siwa. Only problem there isn't any or least very infrequent. So after 3 hours waiting in Matruh I caught the same direct bus I could have caught from Alexandria with an extra 1.5hours in bed.
Some info on this wonderful place:
one direct overnight bus daily from Cairo Gateway station (Turgoman) operated by West & Mid Delta bus company to Siwa Oasis near Libyan border in the west. Takes 10-11 hours, departing Cairo around 9:30 (-ish) PM. When returning, the bus leaves Siwa 8 PM sharp. Getting out of the Cairo evening traffic as well as picking up several new passengers on every turn takes a while. Ticket is 75 Egyptian pounds and should be bought in advance, buses often full.
The place is centuries away from Cairo mayhem. It was a cloudy, dusty morning in a very small town as I was woken up by one of the last passengers stepping out of the bus upon our arrival in Siwa around 10 AM (the grumpy man who sat next to me hadn't bothered to wake me up!) I finally stepped out of the bus getting my bags and everything, only to realize nobody paid any attention to me around t... more »
I have a problem at the moment and wondering if anyone can shed some light...
I will be flying to Sharm El Sheikh on the 28/04/13 I have applied for a 90 day multiple entry Visa but my problem is is that I only want to purchase a one way ticket as I want to extend my visa (which you can do in Cairo) in the hope of applying for residency as such a return ticket will be a waste of money.
I have spoken to the airline I will be flying with but they have told me they will not allow me to fly if I don't have a return / onward ticket. I have contacted the embassy here in the UK but they are no help at all and have just told me I can extend my visa in Cario!
Does anyone have any suggestions as to what I should do?
Thank you in advance
How is the internet these days in Dahab?
I hear Egypt has been having some problems with it.
Any info appreciated.
Hi, I'm planning to move to Cairo to work but I have a stamp for Iraqi Kurdistan in my passport. Does anyone know if this will be a problem?
I will be in Cairo for two days in June and will use my entire time in Pyramids and Medieval Cairo.
Since there are many concerns about lack of small bills in Cairo i wonder:
Is it possible to stick to Us Dollars or euros to pay daily taxis and entrance fees? Or do I have to eventually change to E.P?
My hotel is ok, they can charge in Euros or Dollar.
If not, can I get a good exchange rate at the airport?
How much should I change for both days? 200 USD is ok? I know this depends on the degree of comfort I wnat but I wil use more or less 10 taxi rides, Pyramid fees, two daily food in a clean restaurant (no offense) and maybe a beer or two in a Zamalek bar one night.
Is it better to arrange an 'all day long' cab for some 25 or 30 USD or take separate cab rides?
Any coments are wellcomed
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Anyone have any good tips for the best way to get from Aqaba to Dahab?
Planning a trip to Egypt in the fall, and I would like to visit one of the oases. I figure to have probably four days to spend in the Western Desert; does anyone have a recommendation on Bahariya vs Dakhla oases?
The advantage I see to Bahariya is that it's only a 4-5 hour bus ride from Cairo, meaning I can bus there the first morning, return in the afternoon of day 4, and take the night train Cairo-Luxor. The sights of the oasis don't sound so amazing, but the proximity to the White and Black Deserts is appealing. I've read that the hassle is particularly bad there, and I wonder if it's the most touristy due to its closeness to Cairo.
Dakhla sounds more interesting, with the town of Al-Qasr and other attractions, but it's a full day to get there from Cairo and a full day to go onward to Luxor via Asyut.
Has anyone been to both? Which did you prefer? Is Dakhl... more »
I went to Israel last year for a 2 week trip and I am going to Egypt in May for a holiday. I'm flying in to Sharm. Does anyone know if the Israeli stamp in my UK passport will cause any issues or delays? Will they just question me a little more or is it totally fine?
I am looking to visit Cairo with my sister and father (total three adults) in third week of July. I am looking to visit only the main sites like the pyramids of Giza and in and around Cairo. I do not wish to spend more than 3 days in cairo. I have the following questions. Thanks a ton for taking the time and patience to provide answers based on your experience and knowledge. It is invaluable to me.
1. What would be a good budget hotel to stay that would not be too inconvenient. I would like to keep hotel costs low, so please do recommend simple hotels with clean toilets - nothing exuberant.
2. On an average, how much should I be budgeting for costs in Cairo for three adults - sight seeing, travel food etc. Your estimate will be very uself in planning my trip. How much does it cost to get to pyramids at Giza from cairo? How much should I be spending there? Is there a good inf... more »
I'm looking for a bank ATM in Egypt that will allow me to withdraw for no local fee.
I understand how my bank handles charges, exchange rate etc, so no need of an explanation of how that works, I'm just trying to find a local bank that won't charge me just for using their ATM to make a withdrawal. I'd be using them in Cairo (at airport, too), Luxor and maybe Alexandria.
I'm planning to fly into Cairo and spend a night there before flying onwards early the next morning.
Does anyone have any recommendations for hotels near the airport which are quick to get to and from?
I'm not too fussy about quality, can't afford anything too high end, so something budget/midrange would be ideal!
Hi we are heading to Egypt in August to celebrate our 25th Anniversary.
Any types on best places for Gold. Not stopping in Dubai, so I assume that Egypt will be cheaper than Italy.
Travelling to Cairo, Luxor and Aswan
I am not very familiar with Cairo Airport, and no body want to be ripped off so I would like to know How far is the terminal from the street is it within walking distance to get a street taxi
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