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MARSA ALAM - THE TOWN
To book an excursion to the town of Marsa Alam email steven@marsaalam.com or telephone Steven on +20 1010 4545 98.

Fewer than one in a hundred tourists coming to the Marsa Alam area ever venture into the town itself.  And for the few who do,  there seems little reason, at first glance,  to linger. 

The wide wind swept main street is virtually empty during the day, the architecture is uninspiring  and much of the town is little more than a giant building site.  However it is gradually starting to feel more inviting as it grows.

Already you will find several small grocers and souvenir bazaars, a hardware shop, an electircal outlet, at least two pharmacies, a bureau de change and even a tiny bank.  So it's a great oasis for those  essential purchases.

But don't rush off once you've filled your shopping bag.  If you look beyond the visible you will soon discover that the town does have an upside.  The people here are among the most hospitable and affable in Egypt.    

When I stroll round this small town in the evening, chatting to the residents, I feel strangely attracted to the place.  Everyone has a boundless optimism. 

"Hurghada was just like this twenty five years ago,"  says a man who has just sunk his life savings into buying a tiny souvenir bazar.  "But in ten years this place will be bigger than Hurghada or Sharm.  Buy property here.  You can't loose."

The hotel workers, who live here, sit in groups in one of the various small cafeteria or in The Father of the Crazy Ones pizzeria.  They play draughts and dominoes,  smoke shisha, or watch football on an outdoor television.   There's always much laughter.   

If you are looking just for tourist sites you may wish to forget this town and head instead for El Quseir, Luxor or the Wadi El Gamal National Park ( see our  What To Do page ).  However if you need to buy a few provisions or wish to make some new friends then Marsa Alam town,  despite its' rough and ready appearance, is the perfect place.

If you want to stay overnight  there's a small clean budget priced hotel on the higher (West) end of the main street and a cheap laundry in a narrow walkway just off the souk where you can get a small bag of clothes laundered and ironed for around 50 LE.  There are also two internet cafes on the main street that are currently charging just a few Egyptian pounds an hour and a bargain compared with the rates which some of the nearby hotels charge. 


GETTING HERE AND LEAVING.

FROM CAIRO.

BY BUS -  The GoBus Company usually runs two buses a day in the afternoon from Marsa Alam's town centre (usually opposite the mosque) to Cairo for around 280LE (as of the summer of 2019), returning from Cairo late in the evening or in the early hours of the morning. If you are using the Tahrir terminal in Cairo it is located not far from Ramses Hitlon. There is also a terminal in Nasr City. However please check all the details with their website where you should also be able to make bookings.

The journey time is about eleven hours over a distance of 790 km and takes you along a coastal route via Hurghada, Safaga and El Quseir. Disembark early at El Quseir and take a servees (minibus) taxi if your destination is north of Marsa Alam airport.   The servees should cost you around 30 to 45LE depending on distance. 

BY AIR - please see our flights page.


FROM MARSA ALAM
TO CAIRO AND HURGHADA

BY "SERVEES"/MINIBUS.

You can travel to Hurghada in two or three stages by service taxi (minibus) stopping first at El Quseir and then possibly at Safaga.  Marsa Alam's mowqef or minibus station is just on the northern edge of the town.  It should cost you from around 30LE per person  total.

However if going on to Cairo, you'll need to go to one of the major bus stations in Hurghada.  El Gouna is probably the best with buses for Cairo leaving every couple of hours and taking around 7 hours and the price varying between 55 and 150LE one way. 

BY BUS

Last time we checked (as of summer 2019) there seemed to be three. One leaving for Hurghada at about 6 pm (and returning the following morning at about 8 am) and the other two, operated by Go Bus, which will usually stop at Hurghada (if requested) on route to Cairo, which both leave during the afternoon. However, please check with the GoBus website to confirm all the details. 

You might be able to buy bus tickets at an office in Marsa Alam close to the mosque. 


BY TAXI

A taxi from Marsa Alam to Hurghada should cost you around 1100 LE one way as of early summer 2019.   However you'll need all your bargaining skills.  Try to make sure he's properly licensed for the journey to prevent problems later on at the police check points.  Also find out whether he wants you to change to another taxi in El Quseir as this could delay your journey.  We would advise you tried contacting Steven's limousine by email at steven@marsaalam.com or telephone Steven directly on +20 1010 4545 98 - for more information see our Marsa Alam taxi page.

BY AIR

Please see our flights page.  The airport is about 65 km north of the city.  A basic taxi to the airport should cost you around 530 LE - a "limousine" taxi a little more.   


TRAVEL BETWEEN MARSA ALAM
AND THE NILE VALLEY.


There are regular bus services connecting Marsa Alam with Edfu, Aswan and Luxor but the problem is that foreign tourists are not allowed to use this route.  Any tourist wishing to travel to Luxor must travel in convoy along the Safaga to Qena road which means you have to backtrack two thirds of the way back to Hurghada before crossing over to the Nile valley. 


         The view from my bedroom window.



  Main Street is deserted during the day time.



             Father of the Crazy Ones Pizzeria



        Another popular Marsa Alam restaurant.
 

                          A grocer in Marsa Alam's market.




MARSA ALAM MARKET - EVENING STREET SCENE 


An evening street scene in Marsa Alam's market area. 
Oct 2017 - 0.28 mins - 1+ likes - 48+ views 



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MAP 1 - MARSA ALAM TOWN AREA INCLUDING THROUGH ROUTES





MAP 2 - MAP OF 68 STREET - MARSA ALAM'S MAIN STREET




                                           
                                             
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Most of the town is under construction -






And this is the main post office !   













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