My Brutally Honest GoBus Egypt Review as a Tourist

GoBus Egypt Review

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Before I took a GoBus in Egypt as a tourist, I read awful reviews of unsafe drivers, dirty buses and bad experiences. 

So, I was pretty surprised when I walked onto my amazingly air-conditioned bus and found a professional driver that greeted me with a smile. I also found pristine spacious leather seats, USB charging ports, amazing WiFi and touch screen TV with Hollywood movies (and in English too)!

GoBus Egypt is one of the leading companies for bus travel across the country. They reach many destinations and are extremely affordable which appeals to tourists and locals alike.

But, what’s a journey onboard the GoBus really like? 

In this complete GoBus Egypt review, I’m going to explain how to book the GoBus, what services they offer and try to demystify the whole travel experience. 

Practical information before you visit Egypt

  • You will need a tourist visa for Egypt. These can be bought for $25USD at the border or in advance online. Check out my post all about securing one as a UK citizen but this applies for most countries.
  • You will need travel insurance for Egypt I always choose World Nomad’s as their policies cover a wide range of adventure activities. I would also consider buying camera insurance from a separate provider in case something goes wrong. I chose Ripe Insurance. 
  • Egypt uses the Egyptian pound and at the time of writing £22 Egyptian Pounds = £1 British Pound. 

What is GoBus Egypt?

GoBus Egypt is an Egyptian bus companythat offer coach services connecting people with many destinations across Egypt. 

I had never heard of these guys before I landed but many locals recommended their services, even my guide on my Nile cruise. So, I thought I’d give them a shot. 

They have a massive fleet of coaches in all different classes and many services that run daily throughout Egypt. 

They are the perfect choice for those not looking to do a tour, travel around Egypt independently and if you’re on a tight budget. 

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GoBus Egypt office in Hurghada

Who is the GoBus Egypt for? 

  • The budget traveller in Egypt who wants to save some serious money on travel costs – the GoBus is so cheap compared to flights and trains
  • Anyone who wants to avoid those dreaded mini-buses (aka death machines) – bigger buses means slower and safer travel. They do run a ‘minibus’ service to Alexandria from Cairo, I would NOT recommend this. Take the larger classic or elite plus buses.
  • The traveller who wants comfort on bus journeys- leather seats, footrests and snacks, bliss!
  • The unorganised traveller who likes to book travel on the fly – compared to the train ticket system in Egypt, GoBus has an app, it’s instant and a breeze to book on the day
  • The traveller who wants to go somewhere trains don’t run a service for i.e. Hurghada / Sharm El Sheikh / Dahab
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Not the greatest picture but the GoBus coaches were pretty plush compared to local buses

Is GoBus safe? Are GoBus drivers safe?

I was a solo female traveller in Egypt and caught the GoBus eight times while I was there! On every occasion, it was completely safe, even late at night.

The drivers were always incredibly friendly, patient and there was never any road rage at all. In fact, compared to India (where I used to live), I hardly heard them beep the horn at all!

There are single seats available so you don’t have to sit next to someone if you don’t want to, which I found a huge comfort. 

The roads in Egypt are pretty smooth and the traffic wasn’t all that bad. So, the driver didn’t have any reason to speed. It’s a big coach so that makes speeding practically impossible anyway!

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A GoBus Elite Plus bus – the top-rated service and well worth the money for long journey’s 

Where does the GoBus run in Egypt? 

The GoBus in Egypt has many stations across the country;

  • Cairo – Giza (for the Pyramids!), Abdel Moniem Ryiad, Nasr City, Qolali, Almaza
  • Alexandria – Sadi Gaber, Abis, Moharam BK, Mahtet El-Ramel
  • Luxor – Luxor bus station
  • Hurghada  – Hurghada bus station, Rogina, El Gouna, El Sakalla
  • Sharm El Sheikh – Watania, Royssat
  • Dahab – Dahab Bus Station

Quena, Marsa Matrouh, Porto Sokhna and Marsa Allam too.

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I caught the GoBus from Luxor to Hurghada

The GoBus does not run to… 

  • Aswan – no GoBuses run to Aswan, but a train takes only a few hours and first-class is cheap. Read my Aswan guide here.
buying gold in egypt

GoBus classes and services

First up, before you even consider booking a GoBus. I would review the different services or classes they offer. 

This usually was the deciding factor for me on the time I left the destination on my GoBus. Different services run at different points of the day. 

The first one I got from Luxor to Hurghada was on their classic service. It was okay, clean and comfortable and it was only a short 4-hour journey.

But, when I found out about the GoBus luxury classes this changed it all for me!

After that, and for longer journeys, I would go for their Business Class or Elite Plus.

These services had spacious leather seats, WiFi, a private touch screen TV so you could watch movies of your choice. They also provided snack boxes and hot drinks. 

It made the tedious long journey leg from Hurghada to Cairo and Cairo to Sharm El Sheik that much more comfortable. 

Although, I did watch IT on the bus so spent the whole journey petrified that Pennywise the clown would jump out at me! 

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The GoBus seats fully recline and had touch screen TV

How do I book a GoBus in Egypt? 

There are 3 ways to book the GoBus in Egypt;

  • At the GoBus counter – just pop in and let them know where you’d like to go and when. I would usually only do this if I was heading out at that moment. Make sure you ask to see where they have allocated your seat. GoBus usually have a nice waiting area for your bus in the air con.
  • Online via their website – super easy. There’s an Arabic and English version. You just say where you’d like to go, look at classes, services and prices, select your ticket and pay via card online. You can select your seat and away you go. 
  • Via the GoBus app – my personal favourite so I could book on the go! I also found that the payment by card option worked so much better on the app too. Plus, your details get loaded onto the app and they remember you for next time. You can select your seat, look at classes and load a profile of you as well. Click here for iPhone or here for Android.  
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A screenshot from the GoBus Egypt app!

Luggage on board GoBus Egypt

There is no limit to the amount of luggage to board the GoBus. Not any that were actually enforced anyway. 

But, obviously, you can’t use it to move a whole house! As a tourist, I presume you’ll have a set amount of suitcases anyway.

There is no charge online to load your luggage onto the bus, but I found that people asked me for a 5 Egyptian Pound tip or backsheesh for luggage handling. 

This varied from bus to bus, some guys charged no money at all and some tried for 10 and I refused and gave 5EGP. No locals seemed to be paying though, only tourists were asked. 

So, I’m not entirely sure if it was actually a real charge with GoBus or a scam but a 5EGP tip is fine by me. Even though I could easily load my own luggage in the hold lol. 

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People would load large bags in the hold and pay a ‘tip’

Food and snacks onboard GoBus Egypt

It was never going to be luxury cuisine, I knew that before I boarded. But, I have to admit the GoBus snack boxes were great!

You would get a bottle of water (mini so for long journeys stock up), packaged biscuits, juice and a packaged sandwich.

I also loved the buses where you received tea or coffee with the journey too. The roads are really smooth so no spilt drink situations. 

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GoBus Egypt food snack box onboard

WiFi and TV onboard GoBus Egypt

The thing I loved was the fact that the GoBus has FREE WiFi. The WiFi is notoriously bad in Egypt so don’t expect super-fast connection but you can get connected in built-up areas! 

I did find that the WiFi router is close to the driver, so I would book a seat at the front of the bus. 

As for the TV, on the classic service, you’d watch the movie on the overhead. It was usually in Arabic so I had no clue what was going on and no English subtitles either.

If you want to find a way to stay connected, click here for the WiFi Hotspot I recommend

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Terrible selfie, but here’s the TV

But, on the Elite and Business Classes, I was super impressed by the choice. It was like a media system similar to what you’d find on an aeroplane. 

There were TV shows, Hollywood movies, Bollywood movies, Egyptian cinema, games, you could even connect to Facebook on their app. 

On the super-long journeys from Cairo to Hurghada, this was the best thing. I watched IT, Beauty and the Beast, The Mummy, Rampage and even Avengers. There was so much to choose from.

So make sure you have some headphones with a jack connection handy to be able to listen to the sound. 

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Settling in for the journey with Jumanji on TV

Typical GoBus Egypt routes and timings & prices

I did go on a fair few journey’s with GoBus Egypt and found that some of their bus timings could be more of a prayer than a plan. I’ll list out some typical tourist routes and their timings;

  • Cairo – Alexandria – 2 hours and a half (Elite Plus 115 EGP = £5/$6)
  • Cairo – Hurghada – 8 hours (Deluxe Plus 225EGP = £11/$13)
  • Cairo – Sharm El Sheikh – 11 hours (as we had people on board who were being questioned, there’s LOT’s of security stops (Deluxe Plus 225EGP = £11/$13)
  • Cairo – Luxor – 12 hours (Deluxe Plus £255EGP = £12.50/$15)
  • Luxor – Hurghada – 4 hours (Deluxe Plus 135EGP = £6.50/$8)
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The GoBus station in Hurghada

GoBus rest stops on the journey

Although you do get fed on some of the GoBus journeys, they still stop at rest stops on the way to your destination for a well deserve toilet and tea break.

Even if the journey is only 2 hours, you’ll stop somewhere. 

Some of the services we stopped at were like massive modern food courts with a subway, supermarket, burrito stall. With Mexican music playing oddly. 

Others were more like a shack on the side of the road. But still, the food, service and more importantly toilets were clean.

A lot of the tourist stops you will have sit down toilets as well as squatters (as I like to call them). But, you will get charged for toilet roll and be expected to tip at the end. 

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I did get to meet some furry friends at the rest stops too!
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A rest services in Egypt

What to pack for your journey with Gobus Egypt

Before every bus journey, I’d make sure I had the following nearby so I was prepared;

  • A blanket, socks or warm clothes – the air con can get freezing on these buses
  • Headphones – so I could listen to the movies on the TV screen
  • My phone charger cable – there are USB ports to charge equipment 
  • A bottle of water – the one they give you is like a thimble so pack extra
  • Snacks – I always buy the equivalent of Oreo’s with me just in case 
  • Toilet roll – I’m happy to pay but the toilet roll they give you is so thin and they are scrimpy with it. I would always pack a roll with me and just gave an extra tip if they were annoyed about it. 

Click here to read my complete packing list for your vacation in Egypt

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Single seats on the bus and heavy air con means wrapping up!

Where does the GoBus drop you off at your destination?

Most of the time, the GoBus will drop you off at their office in the city if they have one. They had one in Sharm El Sheikh and Luxor.

In Cairo, I missed my stop for Giza and ended up near the airport which resulted in an expensive Uber back to Giza. 

Yes, there is Uber in Egypt and it’s safe. I have a whole article on how to use it here.

In some areas like Hurghada, Cairo (Tahrir) and Alexandria, they will drop off and pick up at the city bus station. 

If there is no Uber available, it’s then an overpriced taxi journey into the main city. Make sure to haggle hard and try to buddy up with some travellers to keep the price down.

Bus Station in Alexandria
Bus station in Alexandria

Top tips for using GoBus Egypt

  • I would always book a bus seat near the front of the bus if only so I could get a better WiFi signal. Also, the journey was less bumpy this way. 
  • GoBus is strictly no smoking (thank god somewhere was in Egypt) but there are stops if you need a fix. 
  • Some of the buses don’t have toilets on the bus, others do. But, if it does, try to avoid a seat next to the loo as you’ll smell it the whole journey.
  • Always make sure you turn up at least 15 minutes before your bus. In Cairo, the bus stop was actually over the road from the GoBus office and someone chaperoned us over through the traffic. But, remember, these usually run on Egyptian time, which means LATE. 
  • Solo female travellers may choose to book single seats if these are available. These were always my choice. 
  • Personally, I always lock my luggage up with a TSA lock (my big suitcase and carry on), just to be safe. I haven’t read anywhere about stealing but it’s best to make sure and keep it in sight.
The views weren’t too bad either to pass the time if there is no TV or WiFi

Personally, I loved GoBus Egypt

I don’t know if some of the bad GoBus Egypt reviews that have been written were legit or fake; Egypt has a massive track record of fake reviews by other businesses to take each other down. 

But, what I do know, is that I went on these buses 8 times and each time I had a comfortable journey with a professional service. Add in free snacks and movies to pass the time and I couldn’t have asked for more. 

I never at one moment as a solo female traveller in Egypt felt unsafe, the drivers were never angry, the driving was calm and I felt in good hands. 

It’s an affordable, comfortable and safe way to travel in Egypt and I will use GoBus for many of my trips to come. 

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Clean comfortable and affordable travel in Egypt

Looking for more information on Egypt?

If you’re heading to Egypt and looking for detailed and informative guides on classic destinations, I have a few articles here that may like to check out; 

The top things to do in Cairo

Why you must visit Naguib Mahfouz Cafe in Cairo

My Luxor itinerary for travelling independently

A Nile Cruise from Aswan to Luxor 

Top places to visit in Aswan

How to get to Abu Simbel

Hurghada or Sharm El Sheikh which should you choose?

Should you go to the West Desert in Egypt? 

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12 thoughts on “My Brutally Honest GoBus Egypt Review as a Tourist

    • Sophie Pearce says:

      Hi Brew, which class of bus are you on? When you book your tickets it tells you what facilities are on that bus. So, if you book an economy bus – it’s not going to have the same facilities as a business or luxury bus class! I stated that on the post. The economy class has no facilities with a shared TV (it says that on the website). The business class/luxury class has charging ports, lunch etc. Next time, on the app or website, check what facilities it has before you book by the icons. You get what you pay for! Sophie

  1. Franz says:

    Hi Sophie,
    Nice review. Maybe you could help my with online reservation. You have written that it is super easy and only require to put in the trip details to buy a ticket. How did you manage to do that without creating an account, and (what is more important) without having egyptian phone number? When I try to register I am stopped by “Please enter a valid phone number” alert :(

    • Sophie Pearce says:

      Hi Franz, I created an account via the website on the GoBus App with my facebook account when prompted. Facebook requires a phone number to sign up and so this probably stopped the requirement of a phone number on the GoBus App. I would try and create an account this way and try again. Or, have you tried on the actual desktop website rather than the mobile app? Hope you get it sorted! Sophie x

  2. Hanna says:

    This is exactly what I was thinking about when reading all the bad reviews. Been travelling by Go Bus many times and totally agree with you. I think the busses are great, especially when you think about the price. I don’t know what people expect. If the bus stops at the roadblocks, it takes longer, but I wouldn’t blame the company.

    • Sophie Pearce says:

      Hi Hanna, totally agree. I loved GoBus and it was a cheap form of transport so you can’t expect too much for the low price. The service was always friendly. I got caught up with security checks to Sharm El Sheikh but that isn’t GoBus’ fault! Thanks for reading. Sophie x

  3. Amanda Tapp says:

    hey sophie, as a fellow solo traveller, I really your blog. this article is so helpful for me, especially because I am about to go on a solo trip to Dahab from Cairo using GoBus. I took GoBus once from Alex back to Cairo, but I booked the ticket at the bus station. I’ve gone on the website and then even downloaded the app, as you suggest in your piece, but neither seem to provide the option of selecting different class seats – only deluxe plus- which seems to be the most standard one. I’d really appreciate any advice you can give. Keep up the good work :)

    • Sophie Pearce says:

      Hi Amanda, Thank you firstly for reading and your kind words. I really hope you’re enjoying your solo travels across Egypt! I know I loved mine. In terms of the GoBus options, you’ll find that the whole bus is a Deluxe plus bus or it’s an elite bus etc. So, every seat on that category bus is the same price. They don’t have some seats that are cheaper and some more expensive etc. So, if you would like to ride business class, I would try to expand your search on dates or be flexible with dates to look for an elite option. Sometimes they may not run every day and sometimes they only run at certain times! So, I’ve just looked at Cairo Tahrir to Dahab on Monday 26th October and there’s an Elite DD that leaves at 1.40 am or 5.30 am. It’s a long journey and during the day but I’d take an Elite DD over a Deluxe any day of the week. The Elite has food, nice leather seats, TV, toilet, charging ports, WiFi etc! Hope this helps, more than happy to answer any more questions. Sophie x

      • Sophie Pearce says:

        Also, just to add Cairo has like so many bus station options. But, the most buses run from the Tahrir station :) Safe travels! Sophie x

  4. Anastasia says:

    Hi Sophie!
    Thank you for your very useful useful overview. I have a question about Elite Plus + class and Deluxe Class do they both have toilets?

    • Sophie Pearce says:

      Hi Anastasia, sorry about the late reply! the Elite Plus and Business has a toilet but I’m not too sure on the Deluxe. You’ll need to check the icons by the bus when you’re booking it at the time as they all have different services. Hope this helps, Sophie x

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