All participants are kindly asked to arrange their transportation to and from the conference venue (Bibliotheca Alexandrina). Transportation from the hotel to our premises will be provided only for the speakers; however, daily shuttle bus services from Cairo to Alexandria and back will be provided along with your registration fees (if required).
A) Intercity Transportation
1) Limousine Services: Limousine services are offered by different companies for fixed fees. Desks can be found upon arrival at the airport and at hotel lobbies. To reserve in advance, call Misr Limousine at +(202) 2599381. Limousines from Cairo to Alexandria usually cost between EGP 350 and EGP 500.
2) Public Buses: Public buses cover the major cities and are much cheaper, but are usually crowded. However, there are similar air-conditioned buses that charge EGP 2 per trip and prohibit standing on the bus. They are located in the main squares in Cairo and Alexandria.
3) Public Taxis: Public taxis are found all over the cities of Cairo and Alexandria. Cairo taxis are notable with their black and white color, while taxis in Alexandria are famous for their orange-yellow and black color. When taking a taxi, you should agree on the fee before your ride.
4) Call Taxis: Call Taxi Service is also available in Alexandria and Cairo. Services are available 24 hours, 7 days a week. A maximum of 3 passengers is allowed for each ride. Payments are paid in cash only and the fare depends on the distance travelled. It is preferable to call the company at least 30 minutes in advance.
- 19559- +(203) 4291397- +(203) 4210111- Toll Free: 08009999999
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5) Metro (Cairo) and Tram (Alexandria): The cheapest and fastest means of transport in Cairo is the “Metro system” whose station locations are marked by a big red 'M' sign. The Metro runs daily from 5:30 am to 12:30 am. Tickets cost less than one Egyptian pound, depending on your destination, and the front car of every train is for women only. In Alexandria, the cheapest (but not the fastest) means of transportation is the Tram, where the tickets, also, cost less than one Egyptian pound. Like the Metro, the Tram has a specific car that is restricted to women only.
6) Car Rent: If you prefer driving your own car and have a valid international license, you can rent a car from car rental services found in all major hotels in the city. To rent a car, you must be over 25 years of age, have a passport, have a credit card, and must pay part of the charge in advance. This is not recommended unless you are familiar with the roadways and directions. The table below includes some of the car renting companies.
Cairo International Airport Center
16 Makmal as Sukkar, Garden City, Cairo, Egypt
Fax: +(202) 3413790
5 Makrizy, Zamalek, Cairo, Egypt
27 Sharia Libnan, Mohandiseen, Cairo, Egypt
195 Sharia 26th of July, Mohandiseen, Cairo, Egypt
33 Sharia Missaha, Dokki, Cairo, Egypt
1 Al-Entesar, Heliopolis, Cairo, Egypt
B) Transportation between cities: The distance from Cairo to Alexandria is approximately 220 km northwest. The Cairo International Airport is located about 22 km from downtown Cairo. There are two terminals about 3 km apart from each other.
1) Trains: Each major city has a central train station. In Cairo, it is in Ramses Square and in Alexandria, it is in Sidi Gaber. Trains to and from Alexandria leave almost hourly. They are the most comfortable means of travel from Cairo to Alexandria. Train schedules are shown below, but it is recommend that you call ahead to reserve. The number is +(202) 5753555. For more information about the Egyptian Railway, please visit their website at http://www.egyptrail.gov.eg/docs/index.html . For online reservations, please go to: http://www.egyptlegend.com/trainreservation.htm
Time of Departure
2) Buses: To travel between major cities, you can choose from several bus companies. West Delta, Super Jet and The Federal Arab Land Transport Company are the companies most popular. Tickets cost ranges between EGP 25 and EGP 35 and you may call ahead to determine if there are any changes in the bus schedule. +(202) 5798181.
3) Air Travel: If you don’t mind paying extra and do not want to waste your time, domestic air travel is also available between most major cities.