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Orientation

There are two streets through Quseir -- the main road, which runs past the old fort in the middle of town, and a loop that goes down to the waterfront. Between the two is the town, a pleasant jumble of run-down old buildings, a few small stores, and not much else. The nicer of the old buildings are on the water. All three of the big hotels are on the northern edge of town.

Getting There

By Plane -- Quseir is more or less equidistant between the Marsa Alam and Hurghada airports. The greater frequency of flights into Hurghada means that coming from the north is cheaper and easier. All the hotels here can arrange a transfer from either airport. If you have to arrange your own transport (which may be cheaper, depending on your negotiation skills), you can do so with drivers at either airport or through New Line Tours (tel. 065/3366480; www.newlinetour.com).

By Bus -- You should get the bus driver to drop you off at the gates of the hotel if you're staying at one of the big three. If you're staying at the Al Quseir and you haven't arranged a transfer, it won't be a problem to rustle up a taxi at the bus "station" (tel. 065/3330033); LE10 ($1.80/95p) will be enough to get you to your destination.

Getting Around

Local transportation options are limited in Quseir. Most local activities, however, come with hotel pick-up included. If you want to move around independently, a car and driver are your best option, though the town is so small that unless you want to get out and see the surrounding desert, you'll probably only use them for the 10-minute ride into town and back.

By Car -- At the time of writing, there was no taxi company to recommend in Quseir, but Safaga is close enough that either Larose or Plus can send a car down for the day. Alternatively, check with the front desk of your hotel -- the odds are that someone has a car and the time to take you around for a reasonable price. It should go without saying in this case that you should check the condition of the car before coming to a final agreement and settle on terms before you get in.

On Foot -- Once you're in the middle of Quseir in the area of the fort or the short beach area, everything is within easy walking distance.

By Bicycle -- The Mövenpick has mountain bikes that can be used to get into town. This is a great way to see Quseir, with one proviso: check the prevailing wind before you leave. A tailwind on the way into town can make for a long, hard pedal back home at the end of the day.

Tourist Information

There are two Internet options in Quseir. Located in the modern, and very ugly, part of Quseir, Spider Internet is where the local kids go to play networked video games and chat with friends. It has 15 PCs and good bandwidth, and it's open daily 9am to 11pm. Rates are LE3 (55¢/30p) per hour. Caspian Internet, just around the corner from Spider, is not as new as the competition and has about half the number of computers. It's open daily 9am to 11pm and rates are LE3 (55¢/30p) per hour.

Note: This information was accurate when it was published, but can change without notice. Please be sure to confirm all rates and details directly with the companies in question before planning your trip.