TAXIS

You certainly don’t need to rent a self drive car in Luxor and indeed with the driving being somewhat haphazard it is not recommended. Taxis are plentiful and cheap. You will find a group of them outside any of the hotels, or you can easily flag one down in the street if you’re coming off a cruise boat. Whilst the majority of the taxis have been ancient Peugeot five seater vehicles in various states of repair with non-working seat belts, the taxi fleet is being upgraded to new vehicles and  this should be completed in 12 months. None the less, the intrepid traveller can hire a taxi for a short trip across town for around  5  to 20 Egyptian pounds (LE), depending on the distance and time required  to around 100-150 LE for a morning trip to the West Bank to visit the Valley of the Kings & Valley of the Queens. Do make sure you negotiate the price before you leave in LE for the whole trip and for all passengers. Private limousines can also be hired from tour companies. These are brand new sedans - usually Toyotas - and have to pass strict testing before they can be licensed as do the drivers. This mode of transport is recommended and certainly a safer way to travel. Costs are approximately 50LE from the airport to your Luxor Hotel and 85 - 120LE to the West Bank and all the vehicles have factory fitted airconditiong.

For day trips and long distances, research the price from the tourist office in the train station before negotiating the price with the taxi  driver and be willing to walk away. When negotiating indicate where you wish to go, how many passengers and how much you are prepared to pay. Then start haggling to the price you are prepared to pay.  At the end of the trip make sure that all the passengers have left the vehicle before handling the monvey to the driver and walk away.  Be firm with the taxi driver  if he is being pushy and be aware that Tourist Police are often nearby if there are problems.

 

 

ORGANISED TRIPS/TOURS

Alternatively you can book an organised trip either with a local tour operator through your hotel. Whilst this will give you the security of having an organisation behind you with all the guarantees that this offers, it lacks the fun and adventure of taking your own taxi. In the end it is bargaining with the driver and deciding where you want to be yourself and remaining there for as long as you want, as opposed to what your tour  leader decides.

 

 

SERVICE TAXIS

Service taxis are usually minibuses which cover a set route for a fare of 50 piastres (went up from 2-5 in May 2008) or 5LE on the West Bank if you have one of the pickups 'special cars' to yourself, eg after 8pm. However trying to work out their route and destination is definitely problematic. These minibuses have a haphazard route and usually only the Egyptians themselves know the itinerary and the areas that they service.  Most of them do either an end to end trip in Luxor or a circular route.  Give it a go, it can be an adventure and fun and you will see parts of Luxor you wouldn't normally see.  You can always get a taxi back to your hotel.

 

 

CAR RENTALS

To the extent possible, travellers should avoid renting cars to be driven inside the town.  Taxis and horse carriages (caleche) are cheap and will deliver you any where and will also be on call each time you leave your hotel..  The driving style in Luxor and Cairo requires a honed and acquired skill and is not for the faint hearted.  It is also hard for non-locals to rent cars as often foreign driving licences are not recognised  by the local police and you could expect hassle in this regard.