Amanda | LVV Travel

Amanda is an Aussie backpacker who loves adventure, waterfalls and everything outdoors. Together with her husband, Daniel, they have been travelling the world for over two years and run LVV Travel. They share travel and backpacking guides and aim to help backpackers travel adventurously and sustainably.

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  1. Zsolt
    2 Dec 2018 @ 9:56 pm

    Hi Amanda! I was in Egypt for one week with my friends a month ago, and we rented a car! 🙂
    Update info for Taba-Eilat border crossing: the bus starts from Sharm el Sheikh to Taba at 09:00! This bus takes it 5 hours because of military checkpoints, one of them had held one hour: all passengers documents and luggages had checked by policemens, and two syrians passenger were investigated much more! Bus ticket is 80 EGP.
    The taxi trip is 1200 EGP+200 bakshis… but at least it’s just 2,5 hours.
    The crossing fee is 2 EGP, and 1,5 hours take in a row…

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  2. Jonah
    26 Nov 2018 @ 5:14 pm

    Hi There, My Friend and I are trying to plan travel from Eilat to Taba and we had a few questions. First off is it better to get egyptian pounds before the trip or just better to exchange in Taba? Next, where does the bus drop you off in Sharm El Sheikh? Third do you know how reliable the bus is? Does it leave at exactly 3pm from Taba to Sharm and at 10 am from Sharm to Taba? How hard is it to get a taxi from Sharm to Taba and do you have to haggle with the driver? I’ve also heard if you take a taxi they make you stop somewhere on the way between Sharm and Taba, is this true?

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    • Jonah
      26 Nov 2018 @ 5:16 pm

      Also how long does each side of the border control take? Leaving Israel and entering Egypt and leaving Egypt and entering Israel.

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  3. Anne
    22 Nov 2018 @ 8:56 am

    Hi Amanda, I’m flying to Eilat and I was thinking to stay in Movenpick Resort Taba 3 night and then go back to Eilat.

    Do I still need to pay the exit tax of 100 NIS per person plus 6 NIS commission?

    What about this Taba border tariff (400 EGP)? Should I pay it if only stay in Taba for a couple of days and then come back to Israel?

    Any information would be helpful. Thank you

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    • Amanda | LVV Travel
      28 Nov 2018 @ 11:55 pm

      Hi Anne, so sorry for the late reply. Yes, you need to pay the exit tax if you leave Israel, regardless of how long you leave for. I believe that Movenpick is within the Taba area so you don’t have to pay the border tariff. Thanks. Amanda

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  4. Hartini Chu
    15 Nov 2018 @ 1:51 pm

    Amanda, I am in Cairo now, heading to Dahab tonight, bit confusing here to ask questions, do you know where to catch bus from Dahab to Taba? Exact location? Is it DELTA BUS STATION? Is seat available for same day trip? You’re absolutely right about Cairo, tourist is being hassled and lied to. Thank you!

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    • Amanda | LVV Travel
      15 Nov 2018 @ 9:37 pm

      Hi Hartini, location is approx here https://goo.gl/maps/WeyJwyFEEm42. It’s a pretty plain building. You can buy tickets on the day though can be risky as you may or may not get a seat depending on availability. I would suggest getting tickets at least a day before if possible. Thanks! Amanda

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  5. Mariam
    12 Nov 2018 @ 2:38 pm

    Amanda! First of all, THANK YOU so much for this super helpful blog entry. I have a couple of questions about the Sinai Peninsula… Did you feel unsafe? Did you feel like it was worth the trouble of getting there? I know you have a post on why you hated Egypt, but I plan to go to Egypt either way. I am just wondering if you felt that the Sinai peninsula was a worthwhile stop OR if I should forgo it and head straight to Cairo, etc. I have read online that it is a) unsafe and b) a ghost town now that tourists are deterred from traveling there. Thanks for your suggestions/input!

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    • Amanda | LVV Travel
      12 Nov 2018 @ 9:03 pm

      Hi Mariam, thank you! I didn’t feel unsafe at all in Sinai. Quite the opposite actually. I really love Dahab, it’s one of my most favourite places in the world so I definitely think it’s a must visit and you’ll be glad that you went for a couple of days. I don’t think it’s unsafe or a ghost town. Check out my post on Dahab and you’ll be convinced, I’m sure! Thanks. Amanda

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  6. Hartini Chu
    10 Nov 2018 @ 10:42 pm

    Amanda, I am traveling from Cairo to Dahab, then Taba to enter Israel thru Eilat, do I need EGP to pay passage fee 400EGP? Can I pay in USD? Thank you-Hartini

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    • Hartini Chu
      10 Nov 2018 @ 10:48 pm

      One more, if I have Egyptian visa, do I still need to pay this fee?

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      • Amanda | LVV Travel
        11 Nov 2018 @ 12:17 am

        Hi Hartini, yes, you will need to pay the fee regardless of what visa you hold. The fee must be paid in Egyptian pounds, however, if you have USD, they will accept it and give you change back in EGP. The problem is, they will give you a terrible exchange rate and will rip you off so it’s much better to exchange it first and then pay in EGP. Amanda

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        • Hartini Chu
          11 Nov 2018 @ 6:18 am

          Thank you Amanda!

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  7. Manu and Krishna
    7 Nov 2018 @ 1:53 pm

    My wife Krishna and I have been following your blog with great interest. We are in our seventees, but have recently been bitten by the travel itch. We are planning a 25 day trip to Egypt (10), Jordan (5) and Israel (10). Except for Jordan, where we are taking a 5 day tour, we shall be travelling as per our own itinerary, staying mostly in airbnb.

    The travel from Bangalore to Cairo and back is cheap. But we found that the travel by air between Cairo Amman Jerusalem Cairo cost twice as much for a distance that is one forth. That is where your blog came in handy. We now plan flying from Cairo to Amman ($ 160-170 ), and hope to use your inputs on entering Israel from Amman via the Allenby bridge crossing and exiting at Eilat for Taba.

    The egypt visit starts after we have finished Jordan and Israel.
    From Taba we head to Sharm el Sheikh and head to Hurghada by ferry and then to Luxor and to Abu simbel and back to Cairo, details not yet worked out.

    Many thanks for your blog which encouraged us to plan our trip. Thanks in advance for any suggestions

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  8. Victor Rogatis
    7 Nov 2018 @ 4:56 am

    Thank you very much for all the content you provided Amanda!
    I would appreciate if you could clarify a few questions please:

    1 – Do I need to pay this 400 EGP tax even if I choose to get a taxi instead of a bus from Taba to Dahab? When I return from Dahab to Taba will I need to pay it again?

    2- I will have a flight departure in Ovda on a Monday at 13:00. I am not sure if it is better to return to Eilat on Sunday or leave Dahab on Monday very early in the morning. What do you think it would be better?

    3- Do you know which bus line is better to take from the taba border crossing to ovda airport? 282 or 15?

    4- Do you think it is necessary to pre arrange a taxi from taba to Dahab? (Since I believe I won’t cross the border before 3:00 pm)

    Thank you very much in advance for youe time and attention 🙂

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    • Amanda | LVV Travel
      7 Nov 2018 @ 10:14 pm

      Hi Victor, happy to help!
      1) Yes, you need to pay the tax regardless of how you enter (taxi, bus, walking etc). Returning from Dahab to Taba: No, you only pay it going one way as you leave the Taba area.
      2) You could leave Dahab very early in the morning but keep in mind: 2-2.5 hours to the border by taxi, 20 – 30 minutes to exit Egypt border, 1 – 1.5 hours for Israel border and 1.5 hours to the airport (but probably want to allow 2 hours just in case). So, that’s approx 6 hours all up minimum. You’d want to arrive at the airport by 11 so you would need to leave Dahab by 4:30 or 5 am and hope that you don’t run into any issues at the Israel border. For me, I would leave Dahab in the morning because accommodation in Eilat is more expensive, hehe!
      3) From the border in Israel to the airport, you need to take bus 16 (same line as bus 15 but opposite side) to the central station and then bus 392 to the airport. It will take 1.5 hours all up!
      4) From Taba to Dahab, you don’t necessarily have to arrange a taxi as there will be some on the other side but make sure you negotiate the price. We paid 700EGP ($40 USD approx).
      Let me know if you’ve got any other questions! All the best otherwise. Amanda

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      • Victor Rogatis
        8 Nov 2018 @ 2:21 am

        Thank you for taking the time to answer me, Amanda! 🙂

        A few more doubts showed up hehe:

        1- Can you explain to me please why the bus line 16 is better than the 282? According to this link from egged website, the bus apparently departs from taba crossing point and has Ovda Airport as the last stop? (Avoiding taking buses 16 and 382)

        http://mobi.egged.co.il/Article-4917%2C1420-Transportation-to-from-Ovda-Airport.aspx

        I confess this link got me confused because in the headline it states “Egged’s direct bus route No.282 will take you from Ovda airport to Eilat hotels without intermediate stops!” But if you scroll down, there are the bus stops including taba crossing point and Ovda Airport.

        2- I read you had a phone number of someone you could get people from dahab to taba and vice versa. Could you tell me his number?

        3- I also read in your post about Dahab you recommend free diving in the morning since it’s less crowded. But in case I just arrive in Dahab in the afternoon, is it possible to dive in the blue hole as well? And how you get there? With a jeep or camel ride?

        Thank you soo much Amanda! I really hope you have wonderful trip ahead and share with us all this experience 🙂

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        • Amanda | LVV Travel
          11 Nov 2018 @ 12:16 am

          HI Victor, oooh so I just looked at the site and it says ‘Bus No.282 timetable is synchronized with all flight arrivals/departures’ – so yes, that’s for sure the best option but that also means you have to be there at the right time otherwise you’ll miss the bus. Anyway, take that bus if you make it to the bus exactly 3.5 hours before your flight otherwise you know what the other option is. The driver’s number is +2 0109 1264 746 and name is Salem Juma. Regarding Dahab, your best option for freediving is to go with Dahab Freedivers (the one above Red Sea Relax hotel). They organise the equipment and the ride to the Blue Hole. They can also tell you re afternoon diving. Please don’t freedive alone. Thanks, Amanda.

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  9. Miriam
    12 Oct 2018 @ 1:34 am

    Does anyone know if there is any way of getting around having your passport stamped at the Taba border? Can they stamp a piece of paper for instance? I’m travelling to Lebanon and can’t have proof I was in Israel!

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    • Amanda | LVV Travel
      12 Oct 2018 @ 2:24 pm

      Hi Miriam, I’ve heard that apparently you can but haven’t met anyone that has been able to do it successfully. Can you speak Arabic? I found that the officers at the Taba border didn’t speak English so it wouldn’t be that easy to explain. There’s also a stamp out of Taba too so keep that in mind. If you’ve already booked your trip to Lebanon and really want to go to Sinai, consider flying into Sharm. That’s the only way you can be certain. You could of course risk it and just try your luck at Taba but will still need to pay Israel’s exit tax to do so. Let me know how you go as if you’re successful, I’d love to include it in the post. Thanks. Amanda

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  10. Sabrina
    10 Oct 2018 @ 7:45 pm

    Hey ! Thank you for your precisions 🙂

    If you have just the Free Sinaï pass, do I have to pay the Taba border tariff (400 EGP) ????

    I will go from Eilat to Taba/Nuweiba/Dahab for few days and come back in Israël.

    Thank you for your reply !

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    • Amanda | LVV Travel
      12 Oct 2018 @ 2:19 pm

      Hi Sabrina. Yes, you will need to pay the border tariff if you leave the immediate Taba area. Unfortunately, it doesn’t matter how long you stay for! But I can say that it’s worth it to visit Dahab – you should check out our article on Dahab for some travel tips 🙂 Thanks. Amanda

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  11. Stephan
    29 Sep 2018 @ 11:15 pm

    Hi there – thanks a lot for the great post & the detailled informations about crossing the border. I am plannig on flying from Berlin to Eilat on october 29th – arriving 11.30 am and then going to egypt to an eco lodge on the sinai side. My daughter is 5 years old and it sounds pretty easy to cross the border. ONLY ONE THING that bothers me: Could it happen that the border is closed from one day to the other? and what then? Is there a site to check if it is oben – kind of in realtime- ? And does anybody know if it has been closed in the last months? Thanks a lot for your help / comments! Cheers, stephan

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    • Hartini Chu
      30 Sep 2018 @ 1:27 am

      Hello Amanda, I will be Cairo on Nov 11 thru 17, planning to travel to Israel by crossing Taba/Eilat border on the 18th, I can’t find any transportation from Cairo to Taba, do you suggest I go to Dahab or Sharm Sheiks from Cairo and continue to Taba?
      Thank you your help! Hartini

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      • Amanda | LVV Travel
        30 Sep 2018 @ 9:20 pm

        Hi Hartini, there isn’t a bus directly to Taba so you will have to go to Dahab or Sharm El Sheikh first. From either places, there is only 1 bus a day to Taba in the morning. I highly recommend going to Dahab rather than Sharm El Sheikh and you should spend at least a couple of nights there if you can! Here’s a guide if you decide to go 🙂 https://www.lavidaviva.com/middle-east/egypt/guide-to-dahab-egypt/ Cheers, Amanda

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        • Hartini Chu
          30 Sep 2018 @ 10:37 pm

          This great info. I could not find this in google or anywhere else. Thank you Amanda! Sorry few more questions, is bus from Cairo to Dahab daily? 7-9 hoursride? Using el delta? From Eilat, is it easy to catch bus to Jerusalem the same day I depart from Dahab? I don’t mind staying in Eilat, it is worth to stay one night? Again thank you so much!

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          • Amanda | LVV Travel
            30 Sep 2018 @ 11:06 pm

            Happy to help! There are different companies that go from Cairo to Dahab. I recommend Go Bus if you to book online (English website – https://go-bus.com/en) and just have it locked in so you don’t have to worry about it. It’s a few dollars more than other companies like East Delta but then you know the schedule, don’t have to worry about getting tickets on the day and can make plans around it. There are several stations around Cairo to choose from so timing depends on where you’re planning on departing from. It will take around 10 hours.

            Once you’re across in Eilat, just take the bus from there to the main bus station (make sure you keep some Israeli Shekels on you for this trip). From there, you’ll find various buses throughout the day to Jerusalem either directly or through Tel Aviv. All very easy to navigate. I think after staying in Dahab, you don’t need to stay in Eilat overnight. Let me know if you have other questions. Amanda

          • Hartini Chu
            2 Oct 2018 @ 11:51 am

            Amanda, thank you so much for the info and sharing your traveling experience, I m glad I found your website! I certainly will be more mindful about Egypt’s salespeople (I read your article “Why I hate Egypt”. I value your honesty. Happy travel, hope to hear more your experiences!

    • Amanda | LVV Travel
      30 Sep 2018 @ 9:15 pm

      Hi Stephan, thanks. I queried at the border the last time I was there and was told that the border is open 24 hours a day. I have been there during the day and then again at around 9:30pm – both times without issues. I have only ever heard of the border being closed a couple of times and that was when there were some tensions and threats to security. The border should otherwise always be open so I wouldn’t worry about it. As said, I crossed it twice in April and in July without any problems. Enjoy your time! Amanda

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      • Stephan
        1 Oct 2018 @ 5:11 pm

        Hi Amanda, thanks for your reply! Feeling better & more confident now! 😉 All the best, stephan

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  12. Katy
    11 Sep 2018 @ 11:16 pm

    Hi there and thanks for the helpful post!
    I will be in Jordan for three weeks with my son this November and he would love to cut out two or three days to go and see the pyramids in Cairo. I have found several tour operators who offer this kind of package, but the prices seem ridiculous compared to what an individual trip would cost us. At the moment I’m looking at the ferry Aqaba to Taba and then a bus from Taba to Cairo, but going through Israel could be an option as well. I was told several times now that I must be crazy to even consider doing this as a western woman with a six-year old, but your post really makes me feel more comfortable about it. Do you have any idea whether the fees are applicable for kids as well or is there some sort of “discount”? Oftentimes children don’t pay tourist taxes and the like, would be interesting to know and be able to calculate with.
    Tour operators usually mention between 65 and 95$ for visa/border crossing fees. I understand this is mere fraud and you basically pay them a big bonus for handing in the papers for you. We could just get our visa for roughly 25$ in advance, is that true?
    I would love for this little add-on to our trip to work out, but I’m not willing to throw 600$ at a tour operator for two days in Egypt. 😀

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    • Amanda | LVV Travel
      12 Sep 2018 @ 3:12 pm

      Hi Katy, thanks for reading! So, firstly, being a western woman with a child – no problem at all. I did not feel unsafe at any point in my 4 months there (I have an article on safety in the Middle East with contributions from other travel bloggers if you want to send that to anyone freaking out! Haha).

      Ferry to Taba: You can only book this ferry if you are booking a return trip. Ticket prices are $75USD for children (6 – 12 yrs) and $90USD for adults. If you are only travelling one way (to Egypt and then departing from there), you should take the ferry to Nuweiba instead. I’m pretty sure that if you arrive this way, you do not have to pay the tariff but you should confirm this with AB Maritime (the ferry company) in advance.

      Crossing through Israel: Yes, you can definitely do it this way BUT if you are doing a return trip back to Jordan, it isn’t going to be worth it given you’ll have to pay Israel’s exit tax twice – applicable to children and adults. Also, I’m certain the Taba tariff is applicable to all (the sign just says “individuals” with no separate mention of children). If you have a look at my ferry to Nuweiba post, you’ll see a cost comparison to weigh things up easier.

      Egypt visa: You can get this on board on the ferry for $25 USD otherwise at the embassy. Check out this post for more info.

      Also, bear in mind that reentering Jordan may require another visa so you should factor that cost. Personally, I don’t think it’s worth it to go just for a few days. You’ll spend around 2 days travelling and the most interesting part of ancient Egypt is actually in Luxor which is far more impressing than the pyramids in Cairo. I think it would be better to save Egypt for another trip down the line and spend at least a couple of weeks there. I’m sorry! Just my two cents! Let me know what you decide 🙂

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  13. Katy
    11 Sep 2018 @ 11:01 pm

    Hi there and thanks for the helpful post!

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  14. Diego
    9 Sep 2018 @ 10:03 pm

    Hi Amanda, I’m flying in november to Eilat and I was thinking to cros this border and stay in some camp in Taba. What about this Taba border tariff (400 EGP)? Should I pay it if only stay in Taba for a couple of days and then come back to Israel? Any information would be helpful. Thank you

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    • Amanda | LVV Travel
      9 Sep 2018 @ 10:35 pm

      Hi Diego, my understanding is that unless you’re staying in that immediate area at the border (Movenpick Hotel for example), the tariff is applicable. We paid upon exiting the bus station which is only 1.5 km down the road. I’m sure that most camps in Taba are past the tariff point so you will have to pay to pay the fee. Don’t forget as well that you will also need to pay Israel’s exit fee. Hope that helps! Amanda

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  15. Alejandra
    25 Jul 2018 @ 7:38 am

    Hi Amanda! I am a solo traveler that just wanted to update your information since I crossed the Taba border from Israel to Sinai yesterday and I saw there is some important changes!

    Now the prices are:

    Taba border tariff – 400 EGP ( I know it’s a huge change!!)
    Bus from Taba to Dahab – 60 EGP
    Bus from Taba to Sharm El Sheikh – 85 EGP

    Egyptian Visa for 1 month that I got on the consulate of Egypt in Eilat – 150 NIS ( took my one morning from 10 to 12 to get it but they were telling me that normally it is ready for the next day)

    I didnt check the Taba border tariff when you go to Israel so it’s only this information I have I hope you find it usefull

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    • Amanda | LVV Travel
      25 Jul 2018 @ 9:20 pm

      Hi Alejandra, THANK YOU so much for sending through updated info for us. We have updated the post. Really appreciate it!

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      • Alejandra
        28 Jul 2018 @ 7:24 pm

        Your welcome! I found so helpful your post that I would love to help you and other travelers like me looking for update info 😉

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  16. Ankita
    29 Jun 2018 @ 7:51 pm

    Hi Amanda, this was really helpful. We are going to take this route in November, but are travelling with a 1 year old. How is the taxi service at either sides of the border, if we do not wish to take the bus?

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    • Amanda | LVV Travel
      2 Jul 2018 @ 5:52 pm

      Hi Ankita! Sorry for the late reply, your comment was marked as spam so I missed it. Taxi services are definitely available on both sides of the border so no issues there. On the Israeli side, you’re looking at paying around 60-70 NIS (approx $20 USD) from Eilat – pretty expensive! I’m not sure how much the taxi will cost on the Egyptian side but will make some enquiries when I am there next week and let you know! Are you going to Sharm? Thanks. Amanda

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    • Amanda | LVV Travel
      25 Jul 2018 @ 9:11 pm

      Hi Ankita, updated info for you! We took a taxi from Dahab to the border (Egyptian side) and paid 700 EGP ($40 USD). It’s better if you book a day in advance and I would suggest calling your hotel to book. I can get a contact number for a driver as well if you like. Let me know! Amanda

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  17. Cristina
    27 May 2018 @ 4:31 pm

    The reason why you haven’t found any up to date information about the Eilat – Taba border crossing is because everything is in Hebrew haha. The Bedouin holiday camps on the east coast of South Sinai are incredibly popular among Israelis. People who aren’t Israeli or Egyptian don’t usually go there and it’s hard too as nobody speaks English.
    Though I’ve never traveled all the way from Israel to Sharm El Sheikh, we are told that it’s kinda dangerous but I don’t know wether that’s true or not. I mean, just from Taba to the Bedouin Camp we went (only 70km away from the border) we passed like 5 or more checkpoints from the Egyptian army.
    So, how was it? Did you feel like it was safe? Was the bus alright? And did you take a flight from SES to Cairo?
    Sorry for all the questions but I’d love to visit Cairo some time but flights are too expensive.

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    • Amanda | LVV Travel
      27 May 2018 @ 11:03 pm

      Hahaha, that must be why!! Well, I’m very happy to put out information in English then because it was such a struggle. I didn’t find it dangerous at all! The bus from Taba to Sharm was fairly empty and basically only had male passengers. I was glad to be travelling with my husband and a friend. She said to me that she wouldn’t have felt comfortable if she were travelling alone. We also passed a lot of checkpoints but never had our documents checked – they only checked Egyptians. The bus was fine. Just got annoying when they started smoking. From SES to Cairo we also took a bus and booked with go bus. The bus was an overnight bus and there were checkpoints where we had to get off for them to check bags a few times. Waaaay cheaper than flying and definitely safe!!

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      • Cristina
        29 May 2018 @ 11:11 pm

        I know right! Somebody really needed to put out this information in English – thanks for doing that.
        Alright, thank you very much for the information! Now I just need to convince my boyfriend that it’s safe haha.

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