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Sharm El Sheikh International Airport is Sinai’s major travel hub.

After the crash of Metrojet Flight 9268, all European airlines suspended flights in and out of Sharm El Sheikh Airport because of worries regarding substandard airport security. Rumours abound about when services will resume again but at the time of research, only a handful of international airlines have restarted direct flights including TUIfly Belgium (www.tuifly.be) from Brussels, Germania (www.flygermania.com) from Zurich and Royal Jordanian (www.rj.com) from Amman.

For now, to travel to Sharm by air you'll usually have transit through Cairo. Egypt Air (www.egyptair.com) has several flights to and from Cairo per day. Prices fluctuate wildly but fares start from about LE1000.

To & From the Airport

The airport is 10km north of Na’ama Bay at Ras Nasrany. Taxis wait outside the arrivals hall and quote around LE100 to Na'ama Bay. Prepare to bargain hard. Most travellers prefer to skip the taxi debacle completely and prebook an airport transfer with their hotel.

Boat

The La Pespes high-speed catamaran ferry service operates between Sharm El Sheikh and Hurghada three times per week. The journey takes 2½ hours.

Tickets can be bought from the ticket office near Sharm Old Market.

The ferry sails from Sharm El Sheikh Marine Port. Travellers must be at the port 90 minutes before departure time and have their passport on hand as proof of ID.

Bus

The East Delta Travel Co bus station is just off Peace Rd behind the Mobil petrol station. A taxi shouldn't cost more than LE25 into Na'ama Bay, though drivers at the station will try for LE40.

The taxi station, just behind the East Delta station, has ticket offices and is the main bus arrival/departure point for Super Jet and Go Bus (www.go-bus.com) services. Go Bus and Super Jet also have a new ticket office/station in Hadaba, near Sharm El Sheikh International Hospital, for passenger pickups and ticket purchasing. A taxi from here to Na'ama Bay shouldn't cost more than LE15.

Bus Services From Sharm El Sheikh

Alexandria

Price

LE150-260

Duration

10hr

Times/Company

9pm (East Delta); 3pm & 11pm (Super Jet); 2pm & 9pm (Go Bus)

Cairo

Price

LE95-240

Duration

7hr

Times/Company

9 services daily 7.30am-midnight (East Delta); 6am, 11am, 1pm, 2.30pm, 5.30pm & 11pm (Super Jet); 16 services daily 1.30am-midnight (Go Bus)

Dahab

Price

LE25

Duration

1½hr

Times/Company

7am, 8am, 9am, 3pm, 5pm & 9pm (East Delta)

Luxor

Price

LE175

Duration

16hr

Times/Company

6pm (East Delta)

Nuweiba

Price

LE50

Duration

3½hr

Times/Company

9am (East Delta)

Taba

Price

LE50

Duration

Times/Company

9am (East Delta)

As well as the East Delta buses to Dahab, a couple of Go Bus's direct Cairo–Dahab services will pick up passengers from the taxi station. Check with the office for the latest schedule.

Go Bus Services

Go Bus ticket prices vary hugely depending on the class of bus. Economic class buses (LE85) depart at 11am, 11.30am and midnight. Deluxe class (LE105) leave at 8.30am, 2.30pm, 4.30pm, 6pm and 9pm. All Go Bus services to Cairo finish at their office, just off Midan Tahrir.