Replies: 4 - Last Post: Mar 27, 2012 12:30 PM Last Post By: amiramo
Mar 26, 2012 2:12 AM
BY CARHello next Sunday, my couple and I will go to Egypt, we will rent a car for make a trip, Cairo, Luxor Aswan, Hurghada and Cairo again. Please, I need to know if now there is a comboy for going to Luxor and Aswan or is possible to go as we like. One thing more, some recomendations for driving, about petrol, petrol stations, parking in the street, etc are wellkoming. Thanks a lot
Mar 26, 2012 3:27 AM
1There is no convoy as such but if you are driving yourselves you will find that the tourist police will want to accompany you in some places, in particular along the Nile Road. We found it was particularly the case north of Luxor. Others had the same experience on the western desert loop but we didn't. It is not really a problem but can slow you down rather. They will stop you at a road block then drive with you to the next, where you will have to wait for the next tourist police vehicle to arrive and accompany you to the next road block and so on. They tend to drive about 50kmph, but the road is in and out of towns so that's not a bad speed.
There is plenty of fuel and it is extremely cheap, but as a safety measure always keep filled up just in case.
Parking can be tough in the cities but it will generally be pretty apparent where you can park. In towns, and definitely in Cairo I would leave the car at your hotel and take taxis - much less stressful. We were driven into on our first day in Cairo. Fortunately no damage to us and clearly his fault as we were stationary at the time. It really is the worst driving I have come across anywhere in the world.
Mar 26, 2012 3:52 AM
2"There is plenty of fuel and it is extremely cheap, but as a safety measure always keep filled up just in case."
Since the revolution, there have been sporadic petrol and diesel shortages. At the moment, for example, the queues for diesel here in Luxor can be up to 3 or 4 hours. I am reliably told that while diesel is 1.10 EGP per litre, but widely unavailable, it is readily available on the blackmarket for 2 EGP. Also, it's good to remember that the vast majority of Egyptian vehicles have no insurance cover, so in the case of an accident; you're on your own!
Mar 27, 2012 1:31 AM
3If you're gonna rent a car, hire a a driver. It's not very expensive and it's safer, considering the crazy driving in Egypt.
Mar 27, 2012 12:30 PM
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