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We always used to use the Limousine service from the airport because it is cleaner, though more expensive. When we arrived at 2am in January 2011 we were offered the usual mercedes but because a friend was with us and we had quite a lot of luggage , the company suggested a minibus instead. This cost us 120 EG Pounds.
Our return to the airport during the troubles was different, we used our old reliable black taxi driver to transport 3 adults and 2 children and 11 pieces of luggage.
Other alternatives are the white cabs, see previous tip, or the Cairo cabs which are yellow.
There is also the Airport Shuttle Bus. I don't know the price for these.
Phone: 19970 [Shuttle Bus]
new metered white taxi
Cairo has just been given a new taxi system. Instead of the old rackety black and white taxis, there is a new fleet of City cabs, pale yellow in colour or  white with a chequered black and white trim. The new cabs are airconditioned, comfortable and with electronic metres, so no need to bargain over the fare. The basic charge is 3.50 EP, then 1EP per kilometre. The drivers tend be more respectful, rarely smoke or make chit chat, and don't turn on the radio .
Type: Car/Motor Home
traffic in a normally quiet street
The best way to get around Cairo is by taxi. It only costs a few Egyptian pounds for a short journey, and to the airport it should not be more than 40 EP, but agree before hand..
However, there are certain times of the day that should be avoided : between 7.30-9.00 am and 3.00-5.00 pm. However even at 1.30pm there are problems with school children going home .
And pedestrians will find it extremely busy to cross from one side of the street to another, as everyone will be racing to get to work/ get home for a meal, and will not stop for anyone.
Sometimes when you stop a taxi and give your destination, he will tell you that he won't take you, possibly because he wants a longer trip with a larger fare. But it has been known when there is anti-Western feeling running high, that drivers will just ignore an obvious forigner, or even , as happened to one American woman, tell the passenger to get out of the taxi.
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