Avis, 16 Maamal el Sukkar, Garden City
Bita, 15 Mahmud Bassiouni
Tel: 774-330, 753-130
Budget, 5 Sh el Maqrizik, Zamalek
Tel: 340-0070, 340-9474
85 Road 9, Maadi
Tel: 350-2724; 1 Sh Muhammad
Max Rent-a-Car, 27 Sh Lubnan, Mohandeseen
Tel: 347-4712/3 Fax: 341-7123
Also for four-wheel drive vehicles with or without experienced desert drivers. Branch office in Sharm el Shaykh
Sunshine Tours & Services, 106 Muhammad Farid
Tel: 760-559, 393-1955
Limousines are available for those who want to travel in style:
Bita Limousine Service, Gazirah Sheraton
Tel: 341-1333, 341-1555
Budget Limousine Service, Semiramis Intercontinental Hotel
Tel: 355-7171 x 8991
Limousine Misr, 7 Aziz Bil-Lah, Zeitoun
Egyptrav, Nile Hilton
Tel: 755-029, 766-548, 393-2644
The roads from Cairo to Upper Egypt are the longest, most congested, and most dangerous in Egypt. Most traffic moving south from Cairo must travel a route along the western shore of the Nile. In recent years a new road along the east bank of the river has been under construction. Although it too is a single lane road, it is less congested.
It is not advisable to drive at night; vehicles stop dead on the road and turn out their lights; unlit donkey carts move at a snail's pace and are usually not seen until it is too late, and long distance taxis and overloaded trucks travel too fast and are driven by drivers who use "stimulants".
There are gas stations throughout the country, with those operated by Mobil, Esso, and Shell offering full service with mini-markets on the premises. Fuel, inexpensive and sold by the liter, is available in 90 octane (tisa'iin) which is super, or 80 (tamaniin), regular. 90 is better for most purposes.
Road signs are similar to those used throughout Europe. Driving is on the right hand side of the road. Speed limits are posted on major highways and are enforced by radar.