View Full Version : Marsa Alam travel logistics
July 13th, 2006, 06:21 AM
Hi folks... I'm trying to figure out the logistics of getting to Marsa Alam to meet up with some old friends in October. If you are flying in from overseas, is Cairo the only int'l airport? Are there frequent (daily) flights from Cairo to Marsa Alam? Or is the only way is to fly in/out of Hurghada. Is Hurghada an int'l airport? Would there be any direct flights from say Dubai (I would be transiting thru Dubai). Also, how far is Hurghada airport from the resorts on Marsa Alam? Are there frequent buses or do you have to hire private cars?
Red Sea Shadow
July 13th, 2006, 09:47 AM
Hurghada airport is international.
Flights to Marsa Alam from Cairo are not daily.
Marsa Alam airport is privately owned. You can ask about flights from Dubai to Marsa Alam in Dubai.
The distance from Hurghada airport to Marsa Alam is about 250 - 300 KM. There're frequent buses to Marsa Alam but not good ones. You can ask for a pick-up service from-to Hurghada airport.
July 13th, 2006, 09:49 AM
thanks for the info Red... Looks like most of the international flights in to Hurghada are pretty much chartered flights from the UK or Germany...
July 21st, 2006, 03:53 AM
both hurghada and marsa alam are intl. airports. as far as i know, domestic flights to marsa alam have been cancelled. indeed you are right, most flights are charter.
comming from dubai you have the following possibilities:
fly to cairo
a) demestic flight to hurghda and then taxi to marsa alam approx. 2.5 to 3 hours
pls note: domestic flights to hurghada are more expensive for foreigners
many flights a day
taxi fare should be arround 30eur/approx 40us donīt forget to haggle
b) you can take an express coach cairo - hurghada (el gouna transport) very cheep
buy 2 seats ;-)) traveltime approx. 6 hours
advantage: cairo is an interesting city go and see the pyramides
c) fly to munich and then via charter direct to marsa alam. flights are on thursdays
only i believe. itīs easy done on-line, www.condor.de flighing time is about
4.5 hours. you can get one-way flights as cheep as approx. 100us
luggage allowance with diving gear 50kg.
depends on you nationality. visa can be bought upon arrival at the airport.there are counters which sell the stamps (donīt know for cairo but assume is the same). just have 15 us ready. i do that quite often even if a visa is in my trip included. buying one, you can save a lot of time at hurghada and marsa alam
the further south you go - the better the diving gets!!!
July 21st, 2006, 04:10 AM
swisstrav, thanks for all the info... unfortunately since my original post, found out I won't be able to take time off from work for that week to join my friends on the Red Sea. But thanks anyways. This info will be useful in the future!