Getting here is easy and flights arrive daily to Cairo, Taba, Sharm El Sheikh or Hurgada from all over the world. For convenience Sharm El Sheikh is the closest airport to Dahab (just one hour away by road). Whilst Taba airport which receives some European Charter Flights is 2 hours away by road. From Hurgada a ferry can be taken to Sharm El Sheikh (The Hydrofoil takes about 1hour 30 mins). From Cairo a bus runs direct to Dahab 4 times daily (8 - 10 hours) or domestic internal flights are available from Cairo to Sharm El Sheikh.
We can arrange transportation to collect you from either Sharm El Sheikh Airport/Bus Station/Ferry Terminal or from Taba, Nuweiba and St Catherine's. From Cairo we can arrange for someone to meet you from the airport and assist you in getting to Dahab as well as taxi services.
From Cairo airport it is possible to fly to Sharm El Sheikh by Egypt Air http://www.egyptair.com with regular flights daily, the flight time is around 1 hour. Or a bus can be taken from Cairo to Dahab which usually takes about 9 hours.
New options by bus from Cairo to Dahab via St Catherine's or back. There is now a twice daily mini bus sponsored by Bedouin Paths from St Catherines to Dahab and from Dahab to St Catherines. The price is 45 egyptian pounds each way per person for this journey which takes almost two hours.
Contact us for up to date information on a new bus service that runs from Dahab to St Catherine's Monastery. We can also provide information of public bus services to St Catherine's from Cairo (there is currently no public bus running between Dahab and St Catherines).
Taxis from Sharm El Sheikh to Dahab
We work with Zahid's Taxi's which is a Bedouin owned taxi collaborative who have over 80 years collective driving experience in South Sinai. We offer a safe a reliable transfer service using new Toyota Mini Bus Taxis which are fully insured and licensed South Sinai Mini Bus Taxi's.
Our prices also include a donation towards carbon offsetting your taxi journey (8 Egyptian pounds from each taxi journey will go towards local Bedouin agricultural projects).
The price is 210 Egyptian Pounds, that's £24 or €26 each way for the taxi journey from Sharm El Sheikh to Dahab in your own private minibus (based on two persons sharing a taxi). The journey takes just over one hour.
Please book this through us or in advance as taxis from Sharm El Sheikh airport to Dahab will usually double these prices, email us your full flight details at least two days in advance of your arrival date.
Not staying at Sheikh Salem House - no problem we can still organise your taxi where ever you are staying in Sinai. Check our reviews on Trip Advisors Dahab Forum about our service. Email us with your full flight details (including airline, departure airport, departure time, flight number, and arrival time) along with your holiday dates and we will send you a quotation and reservation details.
Taxis from Dahab to Taba or Nuwebia
We can organise licensed mini bus taxis from Taba and Nuweiba to Dahab. For prices please let us know the number of persons and the time of your journey. From Taba the journey time to Dahab is 2 hours and from Nuweiba one hour.
Airlines to Sharm El Sheikh
Many airlines fly direct to Sharm El Sheikh, this is a list of some of those airlines, more airlines are adding services all the time. If you need help to get here from a specific destination please let us know. Many of these airlines offer special offers and prices from £69 or €89.
There are lots of new airlines adding routes to Sharm El Sheikh, see some of the new and existing airlines below.
- Easy Jet - from London http://www.easyjet.com/
- Air France - European cities to Cairo or Sharm El Sheikh
- TUI - charter flights from many UK and European Airports
- Thomson Fly - charter flights from many UK and European Airports
- Monarch - Charter flights from London http://www.monarch.co.uk/flights
- Ukraine Airways - flights from European cities
- Siberia Airways - flights from Russian cities
- Sterling Airways - flights from Norway
- Viking - London and UK Airports http://www.vikingairlines.com/
- Jet2 - UK Airports including Leeds http://www.jet2.com/
British Airways - London Gatwick http://www.britishairways.com/travel/globalgateway.jsp/global/public/en_
- Koral Blue - London Gatwick http://www.flykoralblue.com/koral/home.html
- Flyglobespan - From Edinburgh and more cities http://www.flyglobespan.com/
Egypt Air - From European Cities to Cairo and Sharm El Sheikh http://www.egyptair.com/English/Pages/Default.aspx
It is also possible to fly to Taba airport (cheap charter flights are sometimes possible). We can assist you with specific information relating to where you are travelling from if you need it. Please contact us if you need help.
What to bring
What you need to bring with you will depend on the time of year you are coming and what activities you may want to try. In general the advice of guide books like the Lonely Planet and Rough Guide are ideal proposed lists. In winter is it pleasant during the day but can become a little chilly at night. So a few warm sweaters or fleece will do.
Our main recommendations:
- Reef shoes, dive or swim shoes or boots - protect your feet from potential reef hazards e.g. stone fish and sea urchins when swimming (or can be purchased here at reasonable prices)
- Mosquito repellent - on nights when there is no breeze these blighters like a bite to eat
- Sun hat and a good pair of sunglasses
- Flip flops - for day and night in Dahab you wont need much else
- Plenty of sun protection
- Some cover up clothing (loose trousers and light weight long sleeve top) for sun protection and for visiting holy sites
- A torch - always handy for overnight trips in the desert, or the odd occasion of power failure
- In winter the days are fairly warm but the nights can get a little
chilly, so bring a fleece or sweatshirt.
No special vaccinations are required for travel to Egypt, but check with your doctor that you are up to date on tetanus and hepatics vaccinations.
The tragic events in April 2006 were a sad shock to everyone in Dahab, and the world. With the help and support of our friends and families in Egypt and around the world, things returned to normal very quickly. Everyone who lives here is more vigilant today than before and security has been tightened throughout the region. We all just want a peaceful life, so it is as safer here now than it was before, however the risks remain where ever you are in the world.
You must check the advice of your embassy for the most recent information and guidance.
© Sheikh Salem House October 2009