How To Go To Siwa Oasis
How To Travel To Siwa Oasis
A traveler to Siwa Oasis has a ton of options to choose from when it comes to transportation means to use to go to that amazing Oasis. Here is the short list.
West & Middle Delta Bus Co buses depart from the bus stop opposite the tourist police station,
although when you arrive you’ll be let off near the central market square. The ticket office is at the bus stop.
It’s sensible to buy your ticket ahead of time, as buses are often full.
There are three daily buses to Alexandria (eight hours), stopping at Marsa Matruh (four hours); these leave at 7 am, 10 am and 10 pm. There’s one daily departure to Cairo at 8 pm, except when there’s not.
Microbuses going to Marsa Matruh leave from the main square near the King Fuad Mosque.
They are more frequent and way more comfortable than the West & Mid Delta bus; tickets cost the same.
A new road linking the oases of Siwa and Bahariya began construction in 2005, and after many delays actually seems to be moving forward though no one can guess when it’ll be finished. About half the route is well asphalted, and the whole distance (about 400 km) can be crossed in 5 hours. 4WD is still necessary (there are no buses or service taxis), and drivers and the required permits are easy to arrange at either end.
You’ll pay about E£1500 per car, so team up with others to share the cost. If you can afford it, it is totally worth it, both for the scenery and to avoid the buzzkill of going through Alexandria and Cairo just to travel from one oasis to the next.
Ensure that the vehicle is a roadworthy 4WD and that you have food and water.
Though Siwa is only about 50 km from the Libyan border, it’s currently illegal to leave or enter either country along this stretch of the frontier.
The closest place to cross is up on the coast at Sallum.