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Micro bus v. Mini bus

Toronto
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Micro bus v. Mini bus

Hi All

Pls. excuse my ignorance. Some of the tours quote the service of a microbus and others quote a mini bus, particularly for road trips to Abu Simbel.

I don't know the differences between these types of buses and what are their pros and cons.

thank you for your help

Glasgow, United...
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1. Re: Micro bus v. Mini bus

We travelled from Luxor to Marsa Alam in what was termed a microbus.I would have called it a minibus.It could seat 12 and was incredibly uncomfortable for a long journey.

In addition, the micro/minibus drivers spent a lot of time trying to overtake each other or the coaches(a waste of time as we were in convoy and could not overtake the police escort).This made the journey rather hair-raising!

Bedfordshire
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2. Re: Micro bus v. Mini bus

I went to Abu Simbel in what I might term a microbus, I was lucky I was travelling alone and was first on the bus and took the single seat up front, plus I brought a light pillow all the way from UK for this journey. But the other seats did not look too comfortable, but worse, there were seats that folded down in the centre that looked very uncomfortable. So to sit on these for 6 hours must have been terrible. Which I think only one person did. So if I had a choice I would go for Minibus.

Phil

Australia
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3. Re: Micro bus v. Mini bus

"mini" - means small "micro" - means very small. I think microbuses carry up to 14 passengers and as the others have said are okay for short distances.

london
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4. Re: Micro bus v. Mini bus

If you can, take a full sized coach seating about 42, I think is normal. They have a toilet too.

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5. Re: Micro bus v. Mini bus

The unwritten rule says that a microbus is for locals. A minibus is for tourists.

Generally speaking, a microbus is smaller that a minibus. A microbus can take up to 8 people. A minibus takes more than ten and less than 20.

However, the general/unwritten rule is that Egyptians use the word microbus to refer to small white buses that are used in major cities as a public means of transportation. Those microbuses are only used by the LOCALS. In each microbus there is an assistant whose job is to inform the crowd outside about the final destination of the microbus, and to help collecting money from the passengers.

On the other hand, the word minibus refers to all the small buses used by TOURISTS (8 or 12 seats). Some tour companies still use the word microbus to refer to private small buses (6-8 seats).

CHEERS!

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