Address: Sharm El Sheikh International Airport Building Airport Road, Egypt.
General Information telephone: 20 69 360 1140.
Most people fly in on package holidays and head straight for their air-conditioned hotel courtesy buses.
There is no public bus service but there is a regular minibus service that runs between the airport and the resort. The bus sets off every time it fills up, so there isn’t a timetable as such. You can also catch a minibus into town. Minibuses are small and blue and can be caught from the Peace Road outside the airport. It costs around 10LE and you’ll need the right change or thereabouts, as they won’t give change for large notes. Female travellers should dress modestly to avoid unwanted attention, as these buses are the favoured mode of transport for locals. Once you’re safely on board the journey takes about twenty minutes – a good way to adjust yourself to the heat and marvel at the desert scenery.
Taxis wait outside the Arrivals halls and operate on a fixed price basis. You should always agree the price before you get in, agree which currency you’ll pay in, and make sure you’re paying for the vehicle, not per person. Some taxi drivers will try to charge you triple the usual amount to get from the airport to your resort, assuming that you’re a ‘green’ tourist. You should pay around 25LE to get in to the centre of Sharm el Sheikh, and maybe 5LE or so more to get to more southerly resorts such as Hadaba. It won’t take more than 20 minutes to get anywhere in Sharm city proper.
Another option for airport transport is to arrange private car hire for the duration of your holiday, with the vehicle picked up when you arrive. Companies such as Europcar will provide this service. The airport sits just off the major road that hugs the coastline to Sharm El Sheikh. You really can’t miss it. About twenty minutes drive from the resort centre.
Parking at the airport isn’t generally an issue unless you’re a local. The vast majority of UK visitors are on package holidays. Transfers and transport are taken care of automatically. If you travel in or out of the resort by minibus or taxi, they’ll drop you off in front of your terminal. Most hotels have private parking facilities.
The airport website states: “There is a vast protected parking zone for passenger cars in front of the Sharm El-Sheikh airport Terminal 1. It's possible to leave the car both for short-time parking and for long-time parking”
You’ll find basic banking and currency exchange facilities as well as several decent places to eat. There’s a good range of shops, including a book shop, a newsagent, places to buy last minute souvenirs and some good jewellery stores. You can find wheelchairs at most airline counters but, wherever you’re going, it is always best to phone ahead before departure and make sure. Car hire at the airport includes Thrifty. Avis, Morgana Trade Centre, Budget and Noama Bay