Live updates: Government raises transportation costs nationwide following fuel price hikes

Egypt’s government is raising the tariffs on transportation as well as fares for regulated private taxis, hours after significant hikes for fuel prices were announced as part of a wider structural adjustment program agreed on with the International Monetary Fund (IMF).

Millions of Egyptians use semi-official microbuses every day as their main means of transportation. These microbuses are privately owned but follow the regulations of their governorates in terms of prices and transportation lines. Governors are also setting fares for private taxis to reflect new fuel costs.

Egypt raised prices of fuel on Saturday morning, with LPG cylinders (used in households and some commercial outlets as an alternative to gas) and 80-octane fuel and diesel (used to fuel trucks and microbuses) seeing the largest increases. This will have a pronounced impact on overall inflation levels, hitting lower-income households — which rely heavily on these fuels for day-to-day living — the hardest.

These are updates for the new transportation costs as they issued by each governorate:

Greater Cairo

In the vast, expensive capital, costs of transportation increased on Saturday by a minimum of LE0.5, meaning that for those who take the shortest rides, costs increased by a staggering 40 percent. However, the overall majority of increases in transportation costs were between 20 percent and around 30 percent.

Transportation type Tariff before increase (2017) Tariff after increase (2018) Change (%)
Microbuses LE1.25 LE1.75 40%
LE1.5 LE2 33.3%
LE1.75 LE2.25 28.6%
LE2 LE2.5 25%
LE2.25 LE2.75 22.2%
LE3 LE3.75 25%
LE3.5 LE4.25 21.4%
LE4 LE4.75 18.8%
LE4.75 LE5.75 21.1%
LE5 LE6 20%
LE5.25 LE6.5 23.8%
LE5.75 LE7.25 26.1%
Taxi Starting fare LE5 LE6 20%
Fee per km LE2 LE2.5 25%

Assiut

In Upper Egypt’s Assiut, increases in prices of internal transportation within the city were less steep than in the capital and mostly fell between 8 and 25 percent.

Transportation type Tariff before increase (2017) Tariff after increase (2018) Change (%)
Microbuses LE1 LE1.25 25%
LE1.25 LE1.75 40%
LE1.5 LE1.75 16.7%
LE2 LE2.25 – LE2.5 12.5% – 25%
LE2.25 LE2.5 11%
LE2.5 LE2.75 – LE3 10% – 20%
LE3 LE3.25 – LE3.5 8.3% – 16.7%
LE3.5 LE4 14.3%
LE4 LE4.5 12.5%
Taxis Starting fare LE6 LE7 16.7%

Alexandria

The second largest city in the country in terms of population saw the cost of internal transportation rise between 12.5 and 30 percent. Alexandria, the main summer destination for lower middle-income earners, will now see vacationers’ budgets sharply affected by rises in transportation costs within the city.

Transportation type Tariff before increase (2017) Tariff after increase (2018) Change (%)
Microbuses LE1.25 LE1.75 40%
LE1.5 LE2 25%
LE2 LE2.5 25%
LE2.5 LE3.25 30%
LE2.75 LE3.5 27.3%
LE3 LE3.75 25%
LE3.25 LE4 23.1%
LE3.5 LE4.25 21.4%
LE3.75 LE4.5 20%
LE4 LE4.75 18.8%
Taxis Starting fare LE5 LE6 20%
Fee per km LE2 LE2.25 12.5%

Daqahlia

On Saturday, Ahmed al-Shaarawy, the governor of Daqahlia, set the transportation tariff within the governorate at LE1.5, marking a 15 percent increase. He also raised taxi tariffs by 100 percent.

Gharbiya

Transportation tariffs in Gharbiya, meanwhile, were raised by between 15 and 20 percent on Saturday. The increases announced by Governor Ahmed Deif Sakr (listed in the table below), however, note an increase of up to 35 percent for some public transportation routes.

Public transportation Tariff before increase (2017) Tariff after increase (2018) Change (%)
LE1.25 LE1.50 20%
LE1.5 LE1.75 16.7 %
LE1.75 LE2.25 28.6 %
LE2 LE2.5 25%
LE2.25 LE2.75 22.2%
LE2.5 LE3 20%
LE3 LE3.5 16.7%
LE3.5 LE4.25 21.4%
LE4 LE4.75 – LE5.25 18.8 – 31.3%
LE4.25 LE5 – LE5.75 17.6 – 29.4%
LE4.5 LE5.5 22.2%
LE5 LE6.75 35%
LE6.5 LE7.5 – LE8 15.4 – 23.1%
Taxis Starting fare LE4 LE5 25%
Fee per kilometer LE1.5 LE1.5

Minya

Tariff increases in Minya ranged between 14 percent and 33 percent. On Saturday, Governor Essam al-Badawy raised the tariff for transportation within Minya city from LE1.25 to LE1.75, while the cost of transportation between Minya and New Minya increased from LE1.75 to LE2.25.

Public transportation Tariff before increase (2017) Tariff after increase (2018) Change (%)
Microbuses LE3.5 LE4.5 28.6%
LE6.5 LE7.5 15.4%
LE7 LE8.5 21.4%
LE8 LE9.5 18.8%
LE9 LE11 22.2%
Taxis Inside Minya LE6 LE8 33.3%
Between Minya and New Minya LE10 LE12 20%

Port Said

Port Said Governorate announced a 33.3 percent increase in microbus tariffs, and an increase of between 27.3 and 33.3 percent for taxis, with tariffs changing depending on whether the journey is within one area, or between certain neighborhoods.  

Public transportation Tariff before increase (2017)  Tariff after increase (2018) Change (%)
Microbus LE1.5 LE2 33.3%
Taxis Inside a neighborhood LE5.5 LE7 27.3%
Between neighborhoods LE6.5 LE8 23.1%
LE7.5 LE10 33.3%

Suez

Despite statements from the governor of Suez asserting that the increase would be limited to 20 percent, the new tariffs announced by the committee overseeing microbus pick up and drop off points in the governorate reveal an increase in the tariffs of internal transportation and taxis of between 13 percent and 36 percent.

Tariff before increase (2017) Tariff after increase (2018) Change (%)
Microbuses

 

LE0.75 LE0.85 13.3%
LE1.10 LE1.50 36.4%
LE1.25 LE1.50 20%
LE1.75 LE2.10 20%
Taxis Starting fare LE4 LE5 25%
Fee per km LE1.6 LE1.9 18.7%
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