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Getting Around in ALEXANDRIA

Alexandria has three basic modes of transport to get around the city.

Tram services -Trams runs on two routes - The Ramleh Line which uses blue and cream colored trams and The City Lines which use bright yellow trams. Tickets are bought on board. 

Taxis - Alexandria’s taxi service covers the entire city and sites at the outer parts of the city. However, it offers good connectivity to and from the airport. Taxis are generally not to be preferred, since there are chances that visitors may be deceived. If hailing a taxi, book in advance through your hotel and make sure you agree on the price before getting in.

Buses - A variety of local bus services are available but they are rather confusing for those who don’t live in Alexandria. Aside from city buses, you will also find ‘mini-buses’, which work on a ‘hop-and-go’ basis. They are 14-person buses, which will stop when you wave and stop where you need to get off.  The drivers don’t speak English, so make sure you know the Arabic name of your destination or where you want to stop.


By Air

Many international carriers fly to the Alexandria International Airport and the Borg al-Arab Airport. The Borg El Arab airport is located about 45 kilometres from the city. The airport receives flights from major cities in North Africa and the Middle East. Getting to and fro from the airport can be done by taxis or the local buses. Several bus operators provide services from Cairo to Alexandria.

By Water

Alexandria has 4 ports. They are namely Western, Eastern, Harbor and the Abu Qir and are generally used for commercial purposes.

Visa Requirements for EGYPT

Because a large part of Egypt’s economy is dependent on tourism, the country is quite lenient in its visa policy, especially for tourists. For entry, one needs a passport that is valid for at least six months from the date of issue of visa. There are three types of Egyptian visas namely 

Tourist Visa – Usually valid maximum 3 months and granted on either a single or multiple entry basis
Entry Visa – For non-nationals visiting Egypt for reasons apart from tourism, exampl...

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