In Cairo, there are four main modes of transportation: Bus, metro, taxi, and Uber. There are two types of buses: Microbus and Autobus. Microbuses are smaller and more cramped, but also slightly cheaper (about 75 and 1LE respectively). The Metro is a very efficient and cheap way to travel in Cairo, but only if you find yourself near a metro station, as there are only two lines that run through the city.
Taxis are always an option in Cairo, and you can find a handful on any street corner, ready to take you to any destination you might require. To secure a ride on one of theolder, black taxis, you must first barterwith the driver to reach an agreement on pricebefore the trip starts.If you’re not yet comfortable with effectively bargaining in Arabic, you have the option of taking a white taxi, which have meters in them that eliminate the necessity of bargaining.
Uber has gained considerable popularity as well as a form of ride sharing, and allows you to track your ride, pay by card, and not have to manually give your driver directions. It is the most expensive of the options, though most students still find Uber to be quite affordable.
Check out our blog post on budgeting for a cost and convenience comparison of the different forms of transportation!