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How To Travel To Luxor

BY PLAIN

Luxor International Airport serves as a stopover for flights to and from Europe and the Middle East, as well as the primary southern hub for domestic flights inside Egypt. Direct charters from Europe (for example, London Gatwick) are prevalent during the winter peak season.

EgyptAir operates one-hour flights from Cairo, with a roundtrip ticket costing about $120. EgyptAir organizes day excursions from Cairo, making it simple for those who can tolerate lengthy days to see Luxor’s key attractions.

Many international citizens may get visitor visas upon arrival, soon after entering the airport building. ($15 or similar, around LE 86; most major international currencies accepted.)

Luxor Airport is relatively tiny, and getting bags off the conveyor belt is difficult.

You will most likely take a shuttle provided by your hotel from the airport.

Taxis are plentiful. A cab into town should not cost more than 50 GBP. Don’t be deceived by the taxi drivers’ cartel outside the airport’s entrance. Continue going until you come across a taxi driver in his vehicle, and then bargain. Don’t spend your time bargaining with half of the folks you assume are taxi drivers. Be cautious with your baggage since many may offer assistance by lugging it forcibly to your shuttle van or cab, which is just 10–15 feet outside the airport exit and will charge you a price. Refuse gently with “laa, shukran” and tighten your grip on your bags.

BY TRAIN

Train travel to Luxor is a terrific and very economical choice for individuals who do not want to buy a costly airline ticket, have more time to travel, and/or desire to visit more of the nation.

There are four alternative railway options between Cairo’s Ramesses Station, Luxor, and Aswan (some trains even start in Alexandria):

  • Daytime air-conditioned express train – Travelers visiting Luxor may select between first and second class carriages, both of which include luxurious aircraft-style seats. The drive down the Nile Valley takes 9 – 10 hours, but it is a peaceful opportunity to sit back and see Egypt’s rich agricultural environment, cities, people, and animals. Tickets from Cairo to Luxor cost LE 90/45 (December 2011) for first and second class, however tourists may be charged LE 165/90. (Dec 2011). Drinks and refreshments are provided. If available, the dining car may be less expensive. Purchase food and beverages ahead of time. Don’t be put off by folks who claim that visitors can only go by sleeper train.
  • Overnight air-conditioned express train – The night service, which begins at 10 p.m. or later, is the same as the daytime train. It saves time on touring as compared to going by day and costs less than the deluxe sleeper. For visitors, the first-class flight from Cairo to Aswan costs LE 165 (December 2011). Despite the shorter distance, Luxor is the same price.
  • Overnight deluxe sleeper – Abela Egypt operates contemporary air-conditioned sleeping-cars between Cairo and Luxor, reducing time and discomfort. Each train contains a mix of 1- and 2-berth rooms as well as a club / lounge car. The menu includes an evening supper and breakfast. Passengers traveling alone who do not choose a single-berth compartment will be placed in a 2-berth compartment with another, random traveller of the same sex. The cost of a one-way ticket from Cairo to Aswan is now $60 USD.
  • Slow trains – There are additional 2nd and 3rd class slow trains that travel between Cairo and Luxor, stopping at most stops; they are very rudimentary and are not advised for visitors, and are deliberately discouraged by the Egyptian government. You may be refused a ticket, particularly if you go alone or late at night.

Most travel agencies in your departure city may arrange tickets for you for a low commission. Alternatively, tickets may be bought immediately at Ramesses Station by navigating the turmoil to Platform 11, where signage will lead you to the ticket office. Tickets are best purchased a few days in ahead of travel, however the same day is sometimes sufficient. The only exception to this guideline is around Egyptian holidays, when it is preferable to book a ticket at least a week ahead of time. The busiest days for travel are the weekends (Thursday and Friday in Egypt).

Train tickets, printed in both English and Arabic, designate seats to a certain carriage and seat. Train travel without a reservation is feasible, but it will add LE 3 to the cost of your final ticket, and you will not be assured a seat for the lengthy ride.

BY BUS

Buses depart from behind the Luxor Temple on a regular basis for most major towns. The train is suggested for connections to Aswan and Cairo, but it is also a viable option for getting to Sinai (through Hurghada—Sharm el Sheik or via the Suez Canal).

BY BOAT

Boat cruises are available from Luxor to Aswan, as well as from Lake Nasser to Abu Simbel. If you have the time and money, they are said to be the most enjoyable and intriguing method to go there. A felucca trip on the Nile is an excellent choice for individuals who have more time but less money. The train comes in second and is significantly quicker.

According to river boat captains, it is difficult to go from Luxor to Aswan in 2011. Due to the river lock, the felucca must depart from Edfu and go to Aswan. The costs are quite flexible, but you’ll be haggling down from 700 EGP, so a two-day trip may cost a few hundred or more. The train journey is said to take four hours.

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