To travel by train is the cheapest possibility to go from Luxor to Cairo
or Aswan. And the railways are safe, even you will find other news with
the content, that for foreigners it is only allowed to travel to Cairo
Connections and prices
(December 2003, all prices for one way tickets)
Luxor – Cairo / Cairo – Luxor
Departure Luxor 9.15 a.m., travelling time appr. ten hours
1st class LE 62
2nd class LE 35
Departure Cairo 7.30
and 11 p.m.
This train has many stopps, its design will remind you to the plastic
culture of the 50th, mostly the
adjustment of the air condition is very cold.
Departure Luxor 9.15 p.m. and 11.10 p.m., travelling time around nine
1st class LE 67
2nd class LE 40
Departure Cairo 10
p.m. and 12.30 a.m.
This trains have only a few stopps, the fabric covered seats are comfortable
(first class three, second class four seats each row). Acceptable adjustment
of the air condition. This trains offer also the special car "Nefertiti"
(cabins with six reclining seats) for LE 60
Luxor – Aswan / Aswan – Luxor
Departure Luxor 7.15 a.m. and 9.30 a.m., travelling time appr. three hours
(night trains from Cairo)
1st class LE 30
2nd class LE 21
Departure Aswan 6
p.m. and 8 p.m.
Departure Luxor 5.30 p.m., (as above mentioned as plastic culture)
1st class LE 26
2nd class LE 16
Departure Aswan 6
On all this trains non-alcoholic drinks and snacks will be served. No
smoking in the cars. We
recommend to take a light blanket in your hand luggage (sometimes the
air condition is adjusted very cold).
Every night there are running sleeper trains from Aswan,
Luxor to Cairo and vice versa. On the way from Cairo to Aswan it is possible
to make a 72 hours break in Luxor without extra costs. But it is necessary
to make good time planning because you have to buy two tickets with exactly
time to continue your trip as from Luxor. Including dinner and breakfast
(both reminders to the meals on charter flights) the prices per cabin
are (the same if to/from Luxor or Aswan):
for a single cabin 70 US Dollar or 60 €,
for a double cabin 100 US Dollar or 85 €.
Since December 2003
the tickets will be sold in foreign currencies only!
Train 84: dep. Cairo
8 p.m., arr. Luxor 5.05 a.m., dep. Luxor 5.15 a.m., arr. Assuan 8.15 a.m.
Train 85: dep. Aswan 6.30 p.m., arr. Luxor 9.30 p.m., dep. Luxor 9.45
a.m., arr. Cairo 6.45 a.m.
Train 86: dep. Cairo 9.40 p.m., arr. Luxor 6.55 a.m.
Train 87: dep. Luxor 8 p.m., arr. Cairo 5.05 a.m.
So-called regular trains also offer 1st and 2nd class cars with only little
comfort. The best for this trains is to buy the ticket in the train (supplementary
fare LE 2), because often the ticket office at the railway station refuses
to sell this tickets to tourist.
To Cairo LE 15,
to Aswan LE 6,50.
Seats in closed cabins to Cairo LE 23,50, to Aswan LE 9,50.
Attention: The information centre inside the Luxor railway station is
very helpful. The staff is very
friendly, speaks good English. It's recommended to buy the tickets some
days in advance, especially for trips on weekends or during the holiday
season. Even so you can her for a trip to Cairo: Sorry, fully booked.
In this case ask for a ticket from Aswan to Cairo. Mostly than you will
get a seat for some more pounds. The reason: Every town gets a limited
number of seats, from Aswan mostly it is easier to find a seat than from
Luxor. All prices are for one-way tickets.
From Luxor you can
travel b< overland busses to Aswan, Hurghada, Cairo, Sharm el Sheikh,
Dahab and Suez. Departure by Upper Egypt Travel in Karnak Temple Street
behind the exit of the Luxor temple. There you also can buy your ticket.
Especially if you like to go to Cairo, Dahab or Sharm el Sheikh it is
highly recommended to buy you ticket at least one day in advance. Usually
a ride to Hurghada will be without problems, except you urgently need
to take the bus that continues from Hurghada to Cairo. Attention: Tickets
to Aswan are sold inside the bus only! You reach Cairo in aproximately
nine, hurghada within four hours, to Sharm el Sheikh appr. 13 hours. All
busses are equipped with air condition (frequently adjusted very cold!)
and TV (if most of the guests are Egyptians it propably becomes very noisy).
In addition busses to Cairo are equipped with a toilet. Soft drinks are
available but are very expensive.
Connections and prices to Hurghada:
6.30, 8.15, 9.30, 10.30 a.m. LE 15
noon LE 17
1.30 p.m. LE 22
2.30 p.m. LE 16
3.00 p.m. LE 22
5.00 p.m. LE 21
7.00 p.m. LE 20
8.00 p.m. LE 21
The bus at 5 p.m. continues to Dahab (LE 50) and finally
to Sharm el Sheikh (LE 100).
To Kairo there starts a daily bus at 7 p.m., the price
is LE 60. Final station for all other connections is Suez
(LE 43 up to LE 45).
The bus to Aswan costs LE 10. Busses depart at 7.15,
9.30, 11.30 a.m., 2, 3 and 8 p.m..
All connections are daily.
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