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Transportation in Safaga

Safaga is a getaway that is easily accessible from most major towns and cities in Egypt including the hotspots of Luxor, Hurghada and Cairo as well as places further afield like Alexandria. Hurghada is a quick 45 minute drive about 60 km away to the north. Luxor is 225 km from Safaga to the southwest. Quseir is 85 km and Qena about 160 km from the town.

If you're travelling between the Nile Valley and the Red Sea, Safaga is likely to fall along your route if you take the shortest direct road.

You will find our Safaga Transportation Guide useful for getting to and around this part of Egypt. Taking one of our Safaga tours is a great way of getting around, seeing the sights, and learning about their extensive history and culture. We also have some useful travel information for getting to and from Egypt in our Egypt Transportation Guide.

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Safaga Transportation Guide

Getting to Safaga

By Air

Cairo and Luxor offer the best international connections into Egypt. Flights arrive here from major cities in Europe and connect to other domestic airports. Another option is to fly in to Hurghada's International Airport and then take a shared taxi or bus drive to Safaga. It will take you about 45 minutes to get from Hurghada to Safaga. Charter flights can get you straight to Hurghada.

For transport from the airport to the city (or from the city to the airport), we recommend Green Path Transfers, who offer eco-friendly airport transfers in hundreds of destinations around the world.

By Road

Safaga has efficient bus services running between its town centre and Cairo, Luxor, Hurghada and Qena. If you plan to arrive from Cairo, remember to reach the bus terminal at least 30-45 minutes before the scheduled departure to get a seat. Advance reservations are not necessary. Air conditioned buses leave every morning. Minibuses also ply these routes. Almost all services have food and restroom stops along the way.

Some bus services operate every day between Safaga and Aswan, Alexandria, Quseir and Marsa Alam.

Shared taxi services are also an option for travelling between Hurghada and Qena. For longer distances, buses are the only way to reach by road.

By Sea

Safaga is one of the oldest ports located on the Red Sea coastline. Daily ferry services connect Safaga with places like Jeddah and Duba in Saudi Arabia. Remember, these are not high-end ferries, so services are basic and facilities are not very clean. However, this mode of transport in Safaga comes cheap.

Getting Around Safaga

Local transport options are plenty. Travel is inexpensive and you will find it easy to get around Safaga once you have made your choice of mode of transport. You can choose from buses, minibuses, taxis, shared taxis, cruisers and just plain old walking.

By Bus

Minibus services operate during the day and night and can help whisk you from beach to hotel to sights further away. These buses seat about a dozen people and are popular with locals and tourists.

For those venturing out on a minibus, being prepared with route maps in advance is important. Ensure the bus is going in the direction you want to head to before you get on.

By Taxi

Opt for taxis only for long distance drives, for the rest a minibus or a shared taxi will do just fine. Shared taxis will involve huddling in a taxi with 4-5 others, but is an inexpensive and quick way to get around Safaga. If you decide to go solo in a taxi, decide on a fare in advance or be prepared to be taken for a ride!

Vintage Peugeot station wagons as well as modern blue and orange taxis are available. Always check to see if the meter is turned on as soon as you hop in. If you are using a shared taxi, the fare is per head while a regular taxi charges per car regardless of how many people there are in your group.


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Eltorgman bus station


Egypt Air
International Airport
Tel: 00202 - 24830888 or 00202 – 26823271

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