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.