Egypt raises transportation fares after hikes in fuel price

Ahram Online , Friday 22 Mar 2024

Egyptian governorates announced rising fares for public transportation and taxis, effective Friday, following an overnight hike in gasoline and diesel prices.

A public bus in Cairo (Photo: Mai Shaheen)


In Cairo, riding a public bus will now cost an additional one pound, with fares set at EGP 7 for regular buses and EGP 13 for air-conditioned buses.

For minibuses, fares increased to EGP 9 for fair distances and EGP 10 for distances exceeding 30 kilometres.

The fare adjustments for microbuses, which vary from one governorate to another, entail an increase ranging from 50 piastres to one pound for the majority of routes.

Slightly higher rates were set for longer distances within a governorate.

For inter-governorate microbus travel, fares rose roughly 15 percent depending on the distance.

White Taxi

The tariffs on white taxis were also raised across governorates.

In Cairo, the taximeter now starts from EGP 8.5 instead of EGP 7.5 for a one-kilometre journey, with each subsequent kilometre priced at EGP 4, up from EGP 3.5.

In the Mediterranean city of Alexandria, the starting fare of the white cabs increased by 10 percent to EGP 9.25, with each subsequent kilometre priced at EGP 3.25.

On Friday, the government announced new increases in the fuel prices.

The decision came two weeks after the recent flotation of the local currency, by which the Egyptian pound lost around half of its value against the US dollar.

In a statement on Thursday, the Ministry of Petroleum and Mineral Resources attributed the rise in petroleum product prices to the recent economic reform measures and the global surge in energy prices due to events in the Red Sea.

Municipal authorities will intensify inspection campaigns to ensure that the new fares are adhered to across governorates without any additional increases, Minister of Local Development Hisham Amna stressed.

Citizens can now lodge complaints about overcharging of transport fares through Crisis Management Rooms of the governorates, as well as the Soutak Masmou (Your Voice is Heard) initiative at the local development ministry.

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