There are about half-a-dozen means of public transportation to get around the city of Cairo, and while some are more expensive than others, nothing's cheaper than micro bus.
Both privately and government owned the micro bus is the most economical ride in town when the subway just won't do.
Starting at just one Egyptian Pound (about .30 cents), the buses are often filled to capacity and in a hurry to get where they're going. So potential riders spotting a micro bus in the mad-cap melee of Cairo traffic will fling up a hand or two and sign their desired destination to the driver.
If the signal matches the route, the driver pulls over, riders climb on and drop some coins into the palm of the driver's hand.
Without knowing the signs matching your destination, there's little chance a driver will even slow down, much less stop and take the time to fill a rider in on the route.
The following pictures show the bus, the signs needed to ride the it, and what they represent.
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