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Getting from Sharm El Sheikh Airport to the City Centre

Located on the southeast side of the Sinai Peninsula, Sharm El Sheikh is one of Egypt’s most prominent seaside resorts. Due to its favourable climate, it attracts visitors all year round for its pristine beaches, scuba diving hotspots, desert adventures, gastronomy and warm, genuine hospitality.

Based on its traffic, the city’s airport is one of Egypt’s busiest. To get from Sharm El Sheikh airport to your hotel, there are two options; taxi and minibus. The minibus is the most affordable transportation method, costing around €2 per traveller. The ride takes approximately 15 minutes, not including waiting times. The fastest option is a Sharm El Sheikh airport taxi, which will take you to your hotel’s doorstep in 7-8 minutes for €14.

Welcome Pickups offers meet and greet services and a friendly introduction to Sharm El Sheikh at the same price as a regular taxi. Click here to see the cost.

Comparison of the options

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Taxi €14 8min 24/7
Shared Bus €4 15min 24/7

How to get from Sharm El Sheikh airport to the city centre by taxi

An airport taxi is the quickest and most comfortable way to travel directly from Sharm El Sheikh airport to your hotel. Availability is 24/7, and taxis are lined up outside the arrival terminals. All you have to do is head to the front of the queue and board. If traffic is not heavy, you usually arrive at the doorstep of your hotel in less than 10 minutes.

Taxi fare from Sharm El Sheikh airport to the city centre

There are no set-rate fares for taxis in Sharm El Sheikh. The final amount you will pay depends on the taximeter’s indication at the end of your journey. In normal traffic conditions, the ride costs around €14 during the day and €17 at night.

To avoid hidden costs and delays, we recommend you book your transfer from Sharm El Sheikh airport to your hotel in advance.



Trip Duration

8 Minutes

Prices may be subject to variations unless booked in advance.

Value for money

Taxis are available 24/7 at the airport.

Where do I get the taxi from?

Sharm El Sheikh airport taxis queue up at the stand in front of the arrival terminals. As soon as you step out of the door, you will see the white and blue vehicles waiting for their next ride.


Nothing compares to the comfort of a readily available back seat after arriving at your destination tired from the trip. Imagine having someone to help you with your luggage and take you to your hotel’s entrance with zero waiting time; convenience guaranteed.

Editor’s Note

A taxi offers incomparable convenience and comfort. However, the minibus is a decent alternative if you are travelling on a tight budget, as long as you don’t mind the potential wait times.

Useful Tips

There are two kinds of taxis in front of the airport arrival halls: the blue and white taxis and the tourist ones. Prefer the blue and white ones, as they are officially registered.
Before your ride starts, ask the driver for an estimate of the trip’s cost and ensure the taximeter is on.

How to get from Sharm El Sheikh airport to the city centre by bus

Minibuses, which are owned by private companies, cover the short distances between the city’s districts. They run all day and it takes approximately 15 minutes to get from Sharm El Sheikh airport to the city centre if you choose that mode of transport. You can enquire more information at the airport kiosks upon exiting baggage claim.

How much is the bus from Sharm El Sheikh airport to the city centre?

The shared minibus is a highly affordable option for your transfer from Sharm El Sheikh airport to your hotel. Although there are no set rates, the ticket for most distances costs around €2. While boarding, tell the driver your precise dropoff point, and they will inform you of the exact amount you have to pay.



Trip Duration

15 minutes

The waiting time cannot be predicted in advance, as usually, drivers wait for the minibus to fill up with passengers before departing.

Value for money

Minibuses run up and down the main roads all day long.

Where do I get the bus from?

You will see the bus stop next to Terminal 1, upon exiting.


The shared minibus is not the most convenient transportation option to get from Sharm El Sheikh to the city centre. Drivers wait for the minibus to fill up before they get on their way, which could take a while. Plus, not all operating buses are air-conditioned – a downside, to say the least, especially during the hot months.

Editor’s Note

Minibuses are blue and white, just like registered taxis.

Useful Tips

Public transportation by the shared minibuses in Sharm El Sheikh is a bit peculiar, as there are no marked stops on the route. For your pickup and drop-off, you have to inform the driver.
To avoid unpleasant surprises due to misunderstandings, make sure you settle the amount of your ride with the driver before boarding and if possible have your full address written down, and ready to show to the driver.

Welcome Pickups transfer

Welcome Pickups

Book a trained, English-speaking taxi driver to pick you up at the same price as a regular cab from the line

If you feel more relaxed knowing that somebody is waiting for you, you may as well book a Welcome Pickups transfer. As soon as you arrive at the airport you will be greeted by your driver. He will be waiting for you at the terminal of your arrival with a sign that has your name on it. Your driver will help you out with your luggage and together you will make your way to the vehicle. While he is driving you to your accommodation, the driver can give you some tips and recommendations on what to do during your holidays in Sharm el sheikh. Our drivers are hand-picked and speak fluent English. No need to worry about miscommunication issues that you may face with the local taxi drivers regarding your destination. Relax and enjoy your ride.

Best drivers

Hand-picked english-speaking drivers

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Drivers are always on time

Quality support

24/7 email & phone support

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Same price as a regular taxi from the line


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Frequently asked questions

How far is the Sharm El Sheikh hotel area from the airport?

The central hotel district of Sharm El Sheikh, where most hotels are concentrated is Na’ama Bay. The distance from the airport is 11 km.

How long is a taxi transfer from Sharm El Sheikh airport to the hotel area?

If traffic is not unusually heavy, a taxi will take you from the airport to your hotel in less than 10 minutes (8 minutes is the norm in most cases) as the distance is just 11 km.

Is there public transport from Sharm El Sheikh airport to the hotel zone?

There are private carriers that operate shared minibuses from Sharm El Sheikh airport to the hotel area in the city. The minibus will take around 15 minutes to get from Sharm El Sheikh to the city centre and the ticket costs €2. Keep in mind that the bus will need to fill up before departure.

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