±JOIN OUR NEWSLETTER
±Compare Expat Providers
±Expat Focus Partners
±Latest Financial Articles
· Top Tips for Buying a Property Overseas in 2018
· World Events And Currency: Why Politics Affect An Exchange Rate
· Expat Focus Financial Update November 2017
· What Might Brexit Mean For Expat Finances?
· Halloween Traditions in Countries Across the World
· Expat Focus Financial Update October 2017
· How To Make The Most Of Your Retirement Abroad
· Expat Focus Financial Update September 2017
· 10 Things To Think About Before You Move Abroad In Your Middle Age
Driving and Public TransportBack to top Back to main Skip to menu
Egypt - Driving and Public Transport
Some companies supply their employees with a car, or an allowance to rent one that satisfies corporate safety standards. Some provide drivers and defensive driving classes, others require commentary drives before an employee is allowed to drive here. If a driver is not provided and you decide to hire one, your company may require that you choose from their list.
Because late model cars carry a heavy import tax that can double their value, if not provided by their company and unless they can buy one from an expat who is leaving and the tax has already been paid, most expats rent one. Depending upon make and model, the monthly cost can range from $750.00 to $1,500.00+
Added March 2007 by Susan:
The cost of renting a 4x4 in Cairo that passes employer's standards is now between 2400 US and 3500 US. A family sedan rental is now 1350 US per month including driver.
At best, driving anywhere in Egypt is a frightening experience, but if one wants to get the hang of things, it is best to begin to drive immediately before stark terror sets in.
Stop lights are rare. Stop signs are nonexistent. Roads may be marked with lanes, but if they're full, Egyptians create new ones (sometimes going in the wrong direction) so they can get to their destination 20 seconds faster. Cars and trucks stop dead on roadways, headlights, turn signals and tail lights either don't work or aren't used. One-way streets may be marked as such, but it's not unusual to find a truck heading straight for you. Donkey carts don't stay to the left; neither do the micro buses that discharge passengers in any lane the driver finds convenient to stop in. If you're going to drive outside Cairo, for your safety, do so only in the daylight.
Cairo International airport offers flights around Egypt as well as direct or connecting flights to any place in the world you need to get to, but not necessarily when you want to leave or arrive. There are international airports in Alexandria, Aswan, Luxor, Hurghada, and Sharm al-Sheikh. Their schedules are more limited than from Cairo.
First-class trains are available between Cairo and Alexandria and via sleeper car from Cairo to Aswan in Upper Egypt. Sleeper cars do not provide their own bathrooms, but there is a public one on each car which, by morning, is beyond disgusting. There are no bathing facilities.
In Cairo and Alexandria, inexpensive taxis can be found on every street corner.
If you don't have a regular driver, when you find a taxi driver you like, get their phone number. For about 25 LE per hour (currently about $4.50), they'll take you on all your errands, help you with your Arabic and introduce you to the places where they shop.
Mini vans and public buses
Don't take mini vans or buses. Not only are they poorly maintained and overcrowded, most drivers are untrained, exhausted, and drive like Kamikaze pilots.
Cairo's subway system is one of the best in the world. It goes all over downtown Cairo and to the suburbs of El Maadi and Helioplois. The first two cars on each train are for women only.
Read more about this country
Expat Health Insurance Partners
Our award-winning expatriate business provides health benefits to more than 650,000 members worldwide. In addition, we have helped develop world-class health systems for governments, corporations and providers around the world. We want to be the global leader in delivering world-class health solutions, making quality health care more accessible and empowering people to live healthier lives.
At Bupa we have been helping individuals and families live longer, healthier, happier lives for over 60 years. We are trusted by expats in 190 different countries and have links with healthcare organisations throughout the world. So whether you're moving abroad for a change of career or a change of scene, with our international private health insurance you will always be in safe hands.
Cigna has worked in international health insurance for more than 30 years. Today, Cigna has over 71 million customer relationships around the world. Looking after them is an international workforce of 31,000 people, plus a network of over 1 million hospitals, physicians, clinics and health and wellness specialists worldwide, meaning you have easy access to treatment.