Getting to St. Katherine

You can get to the Sinai and to St. Katherine through an Egyptian airport (check the Cheap Flights to Egypt section), and from Israel and Jordan. There are regular buses in Israel to the Egyptian border at Taba, check the relevant section below. There is a daily ferry service connecting the Jordanian port of Aqaba to Nuweiba, check the relevant section below.

Cairo and Suez
There is a daily East Delta bus service from Cairo to St. Catherine at 11.00 AM. Buses depart from the New Turgoman Bus Station and arrive in St. Katherine around 7 PM. Tickets cost LE 40 for non-Egyptian citizens. From St. Katherine to Cairo buses leave at 6.00 AM from the bus station (opposite the mosque) and stop at the hotels to pick up passangers. The bus stops at Suez, Ras Sidr, Abu Zenima, Abu Rudes and Wadi Feiran.

Minibuses run from Cairo to Suez regularly, from where you can change to another minibus to St. Katherine. From Suez the last minibuses depart in the early afternoon (at no specific time), so you have to start relativley early from Cairo. The fair, if vehicle is full, for the Cairo-Suez strech is around 20 LE, and for the Suez-St. Katherine part around 30-50 LE. From St. Katherine minibuses start from the mosque from around 6.00 AM until about 1.00 PM. You can organize a minibus or a taxi at any time of the day if you are paying for the whole vehicle. The cost is about 400 LE to/from Suez and 650 LE to/from Cairo. You can book minibuses through any of the tour operators listed on the site.

Dahab
There used to be, but there is no public bus service between Dahab and St. Katherine. You can get to St. Katherine by public transport through Sharm el Sheikh, but it would involve 2 changes and would take all day. See the Sharm el Sheikh section below if still interested.

There are regular minibuses in the evening taking people for the night climb. Most hotels can organize it for you. You can approach individual drivers too. The fare one way should be around 50 LE if vehicle is full.

You can organize a minibus or a taxi at any time of the day if you are paying for the whole vehicle. The cost is about 250-300 LE. You can book minibuses through any of the tour operators listed on the site.

Sharm el Sheikh
From Sharm el Sheikh you can take a shared taxi for about 20 LE to the city of El Tur. From El Tur there are minibuses heading to St. Katherine at 2.00 PM and 9.00 PM, they stop in front of the Mecca Hotel (Funduq Mecca). From St. Katherine to El Tur minibuses depart at 7.00 AM, 7.30 AM and 2.00 PM from the mosque. The fair should be around 20-30 LE.

There are also regular public buses to Dahab, but your choices from there are limited.

You can organize a minibus or a taxi at any time of the day if you are paying for the whole vehicle. The cost is about 400-450 LE. You can book minibuses through any of the tour operators listed on the site.

Nuweiba
There are regular public buses to Dahab, but your choices from there are limited.

Between Nuweiba and St. Katherine on Sundays and Wednesdays there is a microbus, operated by Sayed Abu Matar (mobile: 010 368 6842), which departs from St. Katherine at 8.00 AM from the mosque, picking up people in Nuweiba Port at 14:30, at the fish restaurant Kafeteria Hamdi. The fare is 50 LE per person one way.

You can organize a minibus or a taxi at any time of the day if you are paying for the whole vehicle. The cost is about 200-250 LE. You can book minibuses through any of the tour operators listed on the site.

Taba
There are regular public buses to Nuweiba and Dahab, but your choices from there are limited.

You can organize a minibus or a taxi at any time of the day if you are paying for the whole vehicle. The cost is about 300-350 LE. You can book minibuses through any of the tour operators listed on the site.


Main Car Rental Companies in Cairo:

AVIS

Phone: 794-7400
Fax: 796-2464
16 Mamal as-Sukkar, Garden City
Cairo, Egypt

Nile Hilton – Phone: 576-6432
Cairo International Airport – Phone: 291 4288
Heliopolis Sheraton – Phone: 291 0223
Meridien Heliopolis – Phone: 290 5055


BUDGET RENT-A-CAR

Phone: 340 0070
Fax: 341 3790
5 Makrizy, Zamalek
Cairo, Egypt

Cairo Marriott – Phone: 340 6667
Cairo International Airport – Phone: 265 2395


EUROPCAR

Phone: 347 4712/3
Fax: 303 6123
27 Sharia Libnan, Mohandiseen
Cairo, Egypt

Cairo International Airport – Phone: 291 4288


HERTZ

Phone: 303 4241
Fax: 347 4172
195 Sharia 26th of July, Mohandiseen
Cairo, Egypt

Ramses Hilton – Phone: 574 4400
Semiramis InterContinental – Phone: 354 3239, Fax: 356 3020
Cairo International Airport – Phone: 291 4288


J CAR

Phone: 335 0521
Fax: 360 3255
33 Sharia Missaha, Doqqi
Cairo, Egypt

Cairo International Airport – Phone: 291 4288


THRIFTY

Fax: 266 3313
1 Al-Entesar, Heliopolis
Cairo, Egypt

Cairo International Airport – Phone: 265 2620

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