As a result of persistent brain activity of several generations of Egyptian ministers and parliamentarians, the activity of taxi drivers is now regulated by several different laws. Accordingly, black and white and white cars are subject to different rules. The appearance of yellow taxis is an initiative of private companies.
It is worth remembering that not all cities have all these three kinds present. In Cairo and Alexandria, you can find exactly one of them. In any city there are black and white taxis, but there may not be white or yellow at all.
Black and white taxi
The simplest kind of taxi and the cheapest. In the cabin of these cars there is usually no air conditioning, although, of course, some drivers install it at their own expense. In fact, black and white taxis are legalized "bombs". The procedure for legalization in Egypt is very simple - they just need to paint the car in the appropriate colors, hang a yellow (or white) lantern with the inscription "taxi" on top and get a check-up.
Also in these machines there are no meters, and it is necessary to negotiate with the driver about the price. Taxi drivers in Egypt behave the same way as in Russia - they never call the price themselves. Everyone hopes that you are not guided by the prices and name some very profitable figure for them.
In a civilized society, the primary price for goods and services is always assigned by the seller. Have you seen at least once a supermarket without price tags? Or the ticket counter, where do you put the price for the ticket yourself? There is a feeling that taxi drivers are everywhere the same, and everywhere they are "anachronisms of the dark Middle Ages".
It is very desirable to know the approximate price of the trip, in order to communicate with such taxi drivers. Let's try to give examples of several popular routes.
A trip from Cairo to Giza costs about 20 Egyptian pounds . Getting from Cairo International Airport to the city center costs 30 pounds on the meter, but in practice you have to pay more. A trip inside the city costs about 10 pounds. Short trips cost 5 pounds, for example, from a hotel to a market nearby or to a supermarket.
5 Egyptian pounds - this is the minimum price for which Egyptian taxi drivers generally put passengers in the salon. In the cities of Alexandria , Hurghada and Sharm el-Sheikh, this figure is even higher - 10 pounds.
If you do not know the price, then the situation becomes more complicated. The price can be calculated, for this take the distance to the destination and multiply by two. If you do not know the distance, ask at the reception desk of your hotel.
If you do not know anything at all, then use the method tried in Moscow. Call the minimum amount of 5 pounds. Drivers encounter two types of reaction to such an action.
The first reaction is that he simply leaves. In this case, you wait for the next taxi driver in the hope that he will be more inclined to dialogue.
The second reaction - he calls you his price, and you begin a dialogue about the final cost of the trip.