Sharm el-Sheikh International Airport
The international airport of the Egyptian Sharm el-Sheikh used to be called Ophira Airport. There are two terminals and a third one is being built (opening 2012).
Many travelers complain about the service level at this airport. Especially the toilets are a point of criticism and are plainly called 'dirty' by some. The airport is mainly aimed at people who have booked an all-inclusive holiday, not at individual travelers.
IATA airport code: SSH
ICAO airport code: HESH
There's no train connection with Sharm el-Sheikh Airport.
Car and bus
The airport is situated 18 kilometers northeast of Sharm el-Sheikh and 10 kilometers from the popular Na'ama Bay Beach and is easily accessible by rental car. The airport lies on the El-Salam Road which leads to Na'ama and continues to Sharm el-Sheikh. The road is quite busy; as an alternative you can take the Ring Road.
Officially a minibus connects the airport with Sharm el-Sheikh, but it's not clear if there really is such a bus.
Car rental Sharm el-Sheikh Airport
There are no counters of car rental companies in the Arrivals Hall. Sixt has a representative in the Arrivals Hall. Other car rental companies have counters in hotels near the airport, such as Avis, Budget and Hertz. You can also book a rental car in advance using the service provided by EasyTerra; they compare the rates of several providers in a single quote.
There are no taxis outside the Arrivals Hall. If you walk via the parking lot to the road you'll be approached by taxi drivers. The official rate to Na'ama Bay is 40 Egyptian pounds. That's already a steep price for a five-minute ride, but drivers will ask much more. You need to negotiate hard and agree firmly on a price.
Outside the terminal there's a parking lot with places for short and long-term parking. We advise against leaving your car here at night.
There are no hotels at Sharm el-Sheikh Airport, but there are several hotels and resorts on the beach near the airport. Hotels nearby the airport include Hilton Sharks Bay Resort (Tel. +20(0)69 360 3333), Baron Palms Resort (Tel. +20(0)69 367 0170), Savoy Sharm el-Sheikh Hotel (Tel. +20(0)69 360 2500) and Tropicana Grand Oasis (Tel. +20(0)2 2268 0903). For more hotels and to book online, you can go to Booking.com. They offer a large range of hotels, at competitive internet rates.
Shops and restaurants
Sharm el-Sheikh Airport only has a limited number of eating and drinking facilities and shops.
You cannot store your baggage at Sharm el-Sheikh Airport. For lost-and-found objects you need to turn to the information desk.
In the central hall you'll find an information desk for inquiries about flight schedules and airport services. That is, if it's staffed.
There's a VIP lounge in Terminal 1 (Tel. +20(0)69 362 3304). Other than that there are no business facilities at Sharm el-Sheikh Airport. For this you need to turn to the larger holiday resorts, such as the Hilton Resort (see Hotels) which for example has meeting space and conference rooms available.
Sharm el-Sheikh Airport has limited accessibility for the disabled. There are wheelchair ramps, but no adapted toilets. This may change with the opening of Terminal 3 in 2012.
There are some exchange offices and ATM's in the central hall. You'll also find information kiosks and travel agents.