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How To Travel To Aswan

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On the west bank, immediately south of the high dam, Aswan International Airport is located 25 kilometers southwest of the city. Because public buses do not run to the airport and security on the approach road to the terminal is strict, it is usually best to use a cab, for which you must pre-arrange a fare. It is possible to get the fee down to LE25, but for most foreigners, LE30 to LE40 is more practical (and simpler).

Air Memphis (to/from Abu Simbel) (VERY terrible quality), Astraeus (to/from London Gatwick), EgyptAir (to/from Abu Simbel, Cairo, Luxor), Iberworld (to/from Madrid), and LotusAir (to/from Cairo) all fly to Aswan International Airport.


Between Cairo and Aswan, Egypt’s passenger rail service travels along the Nile. On 1st/2nd class AC services, travel time from Luxor is roughly three hours. Each day, five AC express trips depart from Cairo; the travel takes roughly 13–14 hours and costs 57LE for second class and 113LE for first class. In addition, two sleeper trains leave from Cairo’s Ramsis station at 8 p.m. and 9:35 p.m., with fares starting at $60. Tickets tend to sell out quickly, so get them a few days ahead of time.

The Aswan railway station is located on the outskirts of the city, a few hundred meters inland from the Nile. Allow plenty of time to purchase tickets, since counter service is sluggish. There are a number of eateries and modest motels on the blocks between the station and the river, and mini buses leave from outside the station (turn right as you exit the terminal).


Buses from Hurghada (513 kilometers) cost 50LE. Tickets are sold on the bus, but make careful to inquire about the price at the ticket office, since the bus ticket salesman may often increase the price by 5LE or more and pocket the difference if you are a foreigner.


Every day, many of cruise ships sail from Luxor towards Aswan. These may be booked via travel brokers or directly on the ships. Once a week, a passenger boat operated by the Nile River Valley Transport Corporation departs from Wadi Halfa, Sudan. The journey takes over 24 hours, and first-class tickets with a cabin start at E£385.

How To Get Around In Aswan

Aswan is small enough to be easily navigated on foot. You may take a cab or a horse-drawn carriage to go to Philae, the High Dam, and the unfinished obelisks. A taxi ride to all of these attractions should cost between 80LE and 100LE each car. You'll need to cross...

Prices in Aswan

MARKET / SUPERMARKET Milk1 liter$0.95Tomatoes1 kg$0.45Cheese0.5 kg$4.02Apples1 kg$1.51Oranges1 kg$0.45Beer (domestic)0.5 l$0.95Bottle of Wine1 bottle$7.00Coca-Cola2 liters$0.88Bread1 piece$0.33Water1.5 l$0.25 RESTAURANTS Dinner (Low-range)for 2$11.00Dinner (Mid-range)for 2$19.50Dinner (High-range)for 2$26.00Mac Meal or similar1 meal$4.50Water0.33 l$0.25Cappuccino1 cup$1.45Beer (Imported)0.33 l$1.95Beer (domestic)0.5 l$1.05Coca-Cola0.33 l$0.40Coctail drink1 drink$ ENTERTAINMENT Cinema2 tickets$6.00Gym1 month$30.00Men’s Haircut1 haircut$2.80Theatar2 tickets$60.00Mobile (prepaid)1 min.$0.03Pack of Marlboro1 pack$2.85 PERSONAL CARE Antibiotics1 pack$Tampons32 pieces$Deodorant50 ml.$1.80Shampoo400 ml.$2.10Toilet paper4 rolls$0.50Toothpaste1 tube$0.60 CLOTHES...

Sights & Landmarks In Aswan

Aswan Town and the East Bank Nubian Museum (opposite the Basma Hotel, south of the Old Cataract Hotel, at the southern edge of Aswan town on Sharia Abtal al-Tahrir - approximately a half hour walk from the city centre.). daily 9AM-9:00PM. Nubian antiquities salvaged before the inundation of Nubia are shown in this...

Museums & Galleries In Aswan

NUBIAN MUSEUM This museum chronicles Nubia's history from its first settlements to the current day. Nubia is defined as the territory bounded between Egypt's Aswan and Sudan's Khartoum. Address: El Fanadeq St. Downtown, Aswan 81111, Egypt ANIMALIA Nubia's information resource center (nature and culture) It is a three-part ethno-biological museum. 1-nubian typical home 2- The museum...

Food & Restaurants In Aswan

Al-Masry Restaurant, Sharia Al Matar. Locals like it. Excellent kebabs and kaftas, as well as pigeon and chicken, all served with bread, salad, and tahini. Dishes ranging from 8LE to 30LE.Aswan Moon, Corniche an Nil (Situated on pontoons along the Nile),   +20 97 231 6108. Appropriate meal served by a cheerful staff. Local fish...

Shopping In Aswan

The souqs (markets) of Aswan are delightfully unique, without the high-pressure sales tactics seen in certain tourist destinations farther north. In general, Nubian handicrafts are of greater quality and more affordable in Aswan. All other things will be more costly than in Cairo, owing to the higher shipping expenses...

Nightlife In Aswan

Night Shows As the sun sets, Aswan comes alive with its fascinating night entertainment, most of which are based on fascinating mythology. You should not miss it if you are a history enthusiast or interested in learning about the local art and culture. If you prefer to spend your evening surrounded...

Festivals & Events In Aswan

Miracle of Sun Festival This multicultural event attempts to bring people of different religions together. The celebration may be traced back to the Pharaohs' reign. King Ramses, who is widely considered as the most holy of all Egyptian monarchs, is honored at the event. This event takes place over two...

Stay Safe & Healthy In Aswan

In general, Aswan is a pretty secure city. However, keep an eye out for obvious pickpocketing efforts at the souq. These crooks may approach you with scarves, shirts, or even papyrus in one hand, offering to sell you something while the other hand tries to get into your pockets....



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