Egypt is not only limited to taxis, if you are an Expat living in Egypt. I highly recommend venturing outside of the most common way to commute specially if you are living in Cairo. Now, there are downsides and positives to all of these 5 types of transportation but they are all effective.
It is the most common way to move around and it’s literally everywhere. It seems like most of the coffee shops are frequented by taxi drivers. If you are living in Egypt you can relate to me when I say that taxi drivers are a very “interesting” community. In fact, I believe there was a book written about Egyptian taxis (I can’t bother to google that and find the book because it’s too late here). I had a fair share of bad experiences, from drives over charging me to being kicked out of the car for not wanting to pay for the over charge. I don’t know if other parts of the world does this but taxi drives can refuse you as a customer. For example, you are outside and you signal for a taxi, the driver pulls over and before you get into the car you are suppose to ask him if he can take you to “so and so”. This is when the refusal comes about, he can now choose to say “no” because it’s either out of his way or the place you want to go is too crowded. If the place you want to go is crowded or there is a lot traffic to get there be prepared to be over prized. Taxi drivers love to charge their customers for the inconvenience of the crowd and the traffic.
2. METRO AKA SUBWAY
The Egyptian under tunnel is the oldest train in the African Continent. It is very safe and effective and did I mention it only cost 1 Egyptian pound (that’s like less than 1 cent). There is an option to ride in the women and mix sections of the train. I guess because the train is super overcrowded during rush hours, the women prefer to be packed like caught sardines with all women rather than men. Don’t take it lightly, I feel like the women in the ladies sections are super aggressive and at times it will be a very uncomfortable ride. Apart from that, the metro is the easiest way if you are heading towards downtown Cairo.
I think Uber doesn’t need any introduction but Careem is an Middle Eastern app that does exactly the same thing that Uber is out to do. I tend to use these apps, when I don’t know how much the fair will cost me, or when I am out and about with the kids because I know that the driver will not “cheat me” with the fare fees. Uber or Careem is very effective, the cars are supper clean and in good shape. The drivers are extremely professional and some of them have main jobs and do uber/careem as a part time option.
These are mini cars imported from India and are used in areas with very tight streets where its hard for cars to drive by. If you need to go somewhere really quick and there is traffic than tuk tuk drivers go in between cars really fast which can seem like you are riding a roller coaster at times.
These are independent mini bus owners that drive people around almost 24hours a day within a short route. These mini buses are very popular among Egyptian especially if they do not own a car and there isn’t any public transportation to the place they want to go and can’t afford to pay for a taxi all the time.
Off course, there are other types of transportation in Egypt but these 5’s are the most popular. If you know any other type of transport in Egypt that you would like to recommend, please let me know in the comment section. I am also thinking about writing a post about what I’ve learned from riding a microbus. Let me know if that is something you would be interesting to read about. Also, let me know what were your favorite posts here and what you would like me to write next.