are ageing white Peugeots with blue markings. There are some newer vehicles
in operation which have air conditioning but they are usually more expensive,
smaller and do not generally have roof racks for extra luggage, however,
they are very comfortable. The taxis vary widely both in the quality of
the vehicle and the expertise of its driver. The cost of a journey in
town was until recently 5 LE but is now 10 LE due to the increase in the
cost of fuel. If you wish to go to the outer edges of town (Sheraton end
or Karnak end) you can add a further 5 LE.
Terms for longer journeys are negotiable. If you try and negotiate the
price of short journey then you are showing the driver that you do not
know what the rate is and then he will generally over-charge you. Just
get in the taxi, tell him where you want to go and then give him his 10
LE as you leave - preferably after you have got out of the vehicle. He
may argue with you but it is usually a game that will nearly always end
amicably. Compared with European prices this seems ridiculously cheap
but it is the going rate. If you wish to pay more than that is your privilege
and you can always say that the fare was 5 LE and the rest is baksheesh.
Most of the taxi ranks outside restaurants and hotels have been moved
for security reasons but there is still a rank at the side of Luxor Temple
and outside the Railway Station.. As taxis constantly patrol the streets
looking for business, they are not difficult to find at any hour of the
day or night.