June 3, 2009

Nuweiba's East Delta Bus Station
Nuweiba, Egypt

This is a quick overview for travelers interested in transiting from the AB Maritime ferry at Nuweiba's port to the East Delta Company bus terminal.

The arrival into Egypt at this point of entry can be a chaotic and nerve-wracking experience, and there's simply no need to exasperate the situation by not knowing where to go for onward transportation and who to avoid.

Nuweiba's Port to the East Delta Bus Company Terminal

Even before exiting the port gates you'll be approached and pulled by men attempting to wrangle you into their transport. Adding to the confusion is a refueling station and bus congregation point within the confines of the port, directly in front of you as you exit the customs 'inspection.'

Don't be mislead, these aren't the buses you're looking for. Nor are the empty promises from the gaggle of taxi and minibus drivers waiting for you opposite the gate.

It's only a handful of meters to walk the distance from the exit of the port terminal to the indifferent employees at East Delta Bus (see image above). There's no need to wait in line with dozens and dozens of passengers inside the port's terminal to use the single ATM, as there are two international-capable machines along the way where you can pull out the Egyptian pounds necessary to pay for your bus ticket.

At the time of writing, 60 EGP/ticket was the price for the 9:00 a.m. departure for Cairo (via Taba).

Daily Buses Timetable from Nuweiba

Unless you're actually staying in Nuweiba and planning your departure, it's generally pointless to pay attention to any bus departure timetable you'll dig up. Not only are the arrivals and departures of East Delta Bus erratic, but so too will be any transport bringing travelers into Nuweiba. Simply take comfort in the notion that there will always be a cheap bungalow at Green Beach if you're not inclined to wait or get extorted by the Egyptian minibus wranglers (who'll always be happy to take you and your money at most any time of day).

With that being said…

06.30: Dahab » Sharm el-Sheikh » Tor » Suez
09.00: Taba » Cairo
12.00: Taba
15.00: Taba » Cairo
16.00: Dahab » Sharm el-Sheikh
Nuweiba: Information Guide

Cairo (E£70 to E£80, seven to eight hours) at 9am, 11am and 3pm going via Taba (E£15 to E£20, one hour); Sharm el-Sheikh (E£20 to E£25, three hours) at 6.30am, 8.30am, 10am and 4pm going via Dahab (E£10 to E£15, one hour). There's a bus to Suez (E£45 to E£50, four hours) at 6.30am, and an inconvenient connection from Nuweiba to St Katherine via Dahab departing at 8.30am (E£22).
Lonely Planet: Nuweiba, Getting There & Away

Note: The bus makes frequent stops along the route between Nuweiba and Taba. If you're staying at a hotel or bungalow camp you can simply wait by the roadside and flag it down. Payment is either accepted on board or at the ticketing window in Taba.


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September 20th, 2010

This is the reason that I signed up for your email updates. This is priceless information. Thanks again, Craig.



September 23rd, 2010

When I was in Nuweiba back in 2007 I went to use one of the ATMs and it was out of order. The security guard standing there pointed at the one across the street (that I had already spotted) and dared to ask for a tip for this, with the stupidest grin on his face and extending his hand. WTF. Needless to say, all he got from me was an angry look back at him. These guys do not impress me at all. Exactly what kind of "service" had he provided that in his mini brain I needed to tip him???

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