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  • 6 Budget-Friendly Bus Alternatives to Driving & Booking Expensive Rides


    To relieve you from some of the stress we all go through every day on our daily commute, we decided to gather all the best budget ride options for you in one list. Enjoy a hassle-free shuttle, forget about the stress of driving, and save around 75% of taxi fares by using the newest and freshest transportation solutions.


      • 1) Swvl: Re-inventing Public Transportation in Egypt.


    Fixed bus stops, fixed timings, fixed prices. Swvl is the premium alternative to public transportation in Egypt. The fixed prices range from 22-40 LE depending on your journey. Through the app, you can book fixed rate, affordable rides on their set routes. They offer affordable, convenient, and reliable everyday bus rides.


      • 2) Flare

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    There is no need to book the ride a day ahead, just open the app, see when your bus is coming, and go to the pickup location. Currently, the beta app has a rating of 4.5 out of 5 on the Play store, and it presents you with all the routes covered by the service, with a green dot to indicate the bus’s location.  The ticket price might be a little more than you expect from a public transportation method, since the buses are equipped with WiFi access points and USB charging stations!


      • 3) Buseet


    To save time, they operate smart routes whereby the bus will only stop at stations with bookings. There’s also the option for you to choose premium booking and enjoy an empty seat beside you, or you can go for the economy booking and save money! There’s also the option of exploring stations around you on their app or inside Google maps.

    Buseet prices are calculated based on the distance from the pickup point to the hop off point. In economy booking, the prices are as follows: first 10 KM is for 10 LE. An additional 10-20KM will add another 5 LE. And from 20-30KM, an additional 5 LE will be added to the total price. While every additional 10 KMs added to the trip after reaching 30KMs will add 3LE to the fare.

    On the other hand, the premium booking first 10 KMs cost 17 LE. An additional 10-20KM will add another 5 LE to the fare. And between the ranges of 20-30KM, a 5 LE charge will be added to the total price. Afterwards, each extra 10 KMs added to the trip after reaching 30KMs will add a 3LE fare.


      • 4) Careem


    On 3 December, Careem announced that it will introduce a new bus-booking service in Egypt. All you need to do is download the new app dedicated to the bus-booking service called ‘Careem Bus’. The app allows users to select their pick-up and drop-off location; it will display meeting-point options that are closest to those locations, as well as the pick-up times. They will use 13-seat air-conditioned buses. The pilot run covers four routes, covering main regions of Cairo such as Maadi, 6th of October, New Cairo, and Downtown, using 25 buses. With a fixed rate of 25 EGP per person regardless of the route, the service is available now in the application. The fares are 60-70% cheaper than those of the car service. And unlike Swvl, Careem Bus will be available for instant booking.


      • 5) Uber

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    Uber also announced that they will be launching a bus-booking service in our capital. Uber Buses will operate from Sunday to Thursday, for 12 hours between 7:30 am and 7:30 pm. The buses will cover areas such as Nasr City, Downtown, Dokki, and Mohandeseen. Unlike Careem, Uber Bus will have variable prices according to the route.

    For instance, a trip from City Stars to Gameat Al Dewal Al Arabeya would cost 19 EGP, while a ride from Shehab Street to Tahrir Square would only cost 10 EGP. And just like other Uber rides, you have the option to pay with cash, or through the app using your credit card.

    And like any other bus, you’ll have to pick the nearest pick-up location to you, and of course, choose the nearest drop off spot to your destination.

    Cairo will be the first city in the world where Uber introduces this service. In addition to the other services they offer such as Uber Eats and Uber Scooters.


      • 6) Mwasalat Misr


    You probably heard that Mwasalat Misr’s new buses have USB ports and free WiFi available for passengers. Tickets for their minibuses are 5 EGP, while the full-size bus costs 10 EGP. Another great fact about these buses is that they cater for people with disabilities. They cover Downtown, Nasr City, Imbaba, Fifth Settlement, and many other areas.

    By Dina Khafagy

    Cover by Abdelrahmaan Muhamme’d