Port Said

 

December 2014

 

 

The old city by the Mediterranean Sea is definitely worth a visit for expats living in Cairo. Seeing the city and watching the large container ships moving slowly down the Suez Canal can easily be done in one or two days, and the coaches can bring you to and from Cairo in only 3,5 hours, which considerable faster than the 5 hour 'express' train.

 

Port Said has a tasty selection of seafood restaurants and we were recommended the seafood restaurants in the complex 'El Borg', where you will find the variety of fish displayed on a bed of ice outside the restaurants. We picked the restaurant which was able to make us a good price for a good selection of the fish we wanted.

 

A good way to explore the area is to make use of the free ferries to Port Fouad, a 15 minute ride across the canal. In Port Fouad you will see the old British terraced houses, which was initially built for the families of the workers of the Suez Canal administration. From Port Fouad you can take a taxi to the container port, where yet another free ferry can take you and your taxi across the last canal to the coast of Sinai. The ride round the industrial port area can be very interesting and you will also see the large mountains of white salt that are being 'harvested' and exported to other countries in the region.

 

There is a wide selection of nice resorts along the water side that can be booked for around 600 le/night. We stayed at a run down colonial-style hotel called Hotel de la Poste, which is reasonably cheap and known to be the oldest hotel in town. The building and entrance is cute, but the rooms are very spontaneous and gives you nothing more than a bed and a bath room.

 

It is possible to take the train from Ramsis Station in Cairo for 27 Le, but you would need to buy the ticket minimum one day in advance to make sure to get a seat. You find the ticket office for Port Said around the Ramsis Station building to the left from the main entrance. It is not possible to buy a return ticket from Cairo, but you can buy the ticket on the train on your way back to Cairo. It is also possible to get a bus (large comfortable coach) for 30 Le one way, which only takes 3,5 hours. super Jet and East Delta are some of the companies that operate the buses to Port Said and busses leaves from Cairo and Port Said every hour from around 6am to 7pm. Be by the bus station at least 30 minutes before to buy your ticket if you haven’t bought it in advance.

 

 

 

Information

 

Transport:

Train (27 Le/one way) takes around 5 hours, and leaves three times a day from Ramsis.

Make sure to buy train tickets at least one day in advance.

Bus (30 Le/one way) takes around 3,5 hours and leaves from Ramsis and Port Said bus station every hour from 6am to 7pm

 

Hotel: We stayed cheap at Hotel De La Poste (200 Le/double room) call 0663229994 for reservations, but the corniche has a wide selection of nice 5 star beach hotels .

 

Duration: One nights stay will be more than enough, you can even do a one day trip if you dont mind weaking up early.