BY BUS OR TAXI
By bus from Cairo, it takes 9 hours and departs many times daily from Turgoman station (central), Abbasseya station (30 minutes from the center), and Heliopolis (near airport). Not all buses run from/to every station. It is best to purchase tickets in advance, particularly for the night bus (departs Abbasseya midnight, arriving Dahab 9am).
By bus from Sharm El Sheikh International Airport: The most difficult aspect is getting from the airport to the Sharm bus terminal. Taxis often charge between 80 and 100 LE for this 10 kilometer journey. Try walking towards the airport site exit and telling them you’ll get a cab (or microbus) outside. They’ll tell you it’s impossible and that there’s no longer a bus to Dahab – just keep going. The blue microbus costs one pound every journey, however you must change buses once to reach the bus terminal. Many cabs are denied airport authorization. You’ll be OK if you can bargain them down to 30 LE for the journey to the bus stop.
The bus timetable from Sharm to Dahab is as follows: 6:00, 7:00, 8:00, 9:00, 14:30, 17:00, and 20:30. As of October 2013, only the 9:00, 15:30, and 17:00 departure times have been confirmed. Dahab to Sharm bus schedules are as follows: 8:00, 9:00, 10:00, 11:30, 12:30, 15:00, 16:00, 17:30, 19:30, 20:30, 21:30, 22:00, 22:20
Dahab Bus Office: +20-69-3641-808, although they seldom pick up.
By bus to St. Catherine: As of the end of October 2011, a twice-weekly minibus service to and from St. Catherine is available. The Bedouin Bus operates on Tuesdays and Fridays and costs 50LE one trip. Details about pick-up and drop-off locations in Dahab and St. Catherine may be found on the website.
Taxi from SSH: The listed fee is $98; however, an experienced Dahab traveler would never spend more than 150 LE ($23) for the whole ride to Dahab (bargaining generally starts at 300-400 LE, sometimes higher). Make your own decision, but don’t go over the 250 LE limit. A cab from Dahab to the airport may readily be had for $20 (135 LE) with minimal haggling. Decide on a price that “including all taxes, tips, and tickets.” Before you leave the airport, exchange money. You may ask the Information desk to take you to the ATM in the departures section through security. If you are trapped, drivers will accept euro or dollars, although you may wind up paying a little extra. It’s difficult to negotiate a cab at the airport; it’s advisable to phone a taxi driver before you arrive.
A negotiation tip: enter it in good faith. It’s unusual for Europeans to have to haggle for everything, but it’s the standard here. “I paid this much a week ago and a driver was pleased,” typically works.
If you don’t want to haggle, ask for an airport pickup via your hotel or camp. Check through E-Mail at least one week in advance; response times may vary. As part of a package booking, such service should be limited to 150 LE.
By private minibus from Sharm el-Sheikh: 35 Euros for transportation from the airport or city to Dahab (price is total, not per person, correct as of Jan 2013)
From Taba, there is one bus every day at 3:00 p.m., which costs 45 LE (Jan 2015). Taxis cost between 350 and 400 LE. The 175-kilometer travel takes around 2.5 hours, depending on how long you wait at the multiple security checks. (As of November 2014)
A ferry connects Aqaba, Jordan. The best way to get to the Nuweiba boat station is via cab. The 10:30 a.m. bus to Nuweiba arrives early enough to catch the 3 p.m. swift ferry to Aqaba. In congested areas, you can count on the quick boat to arrive on time. During slower periods, it is preferable to arrive at the ferry station around 11 a.m. to reserve tickets. Sometimes the quick boat operates, and other times just the slow ferry. If you’re taking the slow boat, board and travel right away; if you’re using the quick ferry, go to little duna or Terabin to rest for a couple of hours before sailing. Keep your driver with you till you know which ship you’re on Because it’s a lengthy walk from the port to the lovely parts of Nuweiba.
You’ll be brought directly to your hotel via cab.
You will arrive at the Dahab bus station in the Medina via bus. When you arrive at the bus terminal, you will be mobbed by a throng of taxi drivers eager to force you into their vehicle. If you don’t resist, you’ll wind up spending a ludicrous amount of money. A reasonable fee would be 5 LE within the median/Laguna region, or 10 LE into Masbat/Mashraba. Paying more reinforces their aggressive behavior.
If a decent 20- to 25-minute walk doesn’t frighten you off, you may walk as well, whether as a bargaining tactic or to disassociate from the uncomfortable scenario. Standing in front of the bus terminal (buses arrive at the rear), facing the entrance, and gazing at the “East Delta Travel” sign: turn right, proceed a few meters, turn left into “Dr. Ahmed Zwel St.,” and go about 200 meters. Take the first right onto “El Nasr Road.” Turn left at the pharao statue after about 300 meters onto “El Mashraba St.” Take the way less traveled. After 400 meters, you’ll come upon a two-dolphin monument; keep going, you’re nearly there. The road will soon make a 90-degree left bend, and you will see several building sites as well as the beach. Turn left and walk into Mashraba by following the road.