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Domestic Transportation

Flights:

Domestic flights connect all major cities in Egypt. They go several times a day. During high seasons it is recommended to secure flights pretty early to be sure of their availability on a desired time / day. To get from Cairo to Upper Egypt for a Nile cruise, and back, you have to buy a flight packet from Egypt Air. It is cheaper to buy domestic flights as a packet together with the international flight:

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Domestic flights are available from Cairo to: Kharga, Taba, Sharm, Alexandria, Luxor, Aswan and Abu Simbel and from Luxor to: Cairo, Hurghada, Aswan and Sharm.

During high season you may experience changes in flight schedules, in any case we will keep you informed. Weather conditions, like sand storms, may also cause disruptions of flight schedules.

 

Trains:

Trains run the length of the Nile valley and provide another means of domestic transport.

You can take the seating train Cairo-Luxor-Aswan, by night (for student groups or economy tourists), or you can choose the first-class sleeper train connecting Cairo and Upper Egypt. The sleeper train offers compartments for two persons, with washbasin and table. Dinner and breakfast are included, and there is a club car in the middle of the train; drinks, however, are not included.

The sleeper train goes well with a tour with 5*hotel accommodation in Cairo and Upper Egypt, because it saves 2 nights hotel. Another advantage is its early arrival (6a.m.) that leaves the day free for full day sightseeing!

 

Public busses:

For F.I.T. or single clients going from Cairo to an extension stay in Hurghada or Sinai it is possible to take the first-class coaches running these routes, since this is less expensive than hiring a private car for an 8 – 10 hour drive. The Superjet coaches are clean, air-conditioned, and equipped with a toilet and video. Drinks and snacks are offered on board.

 

Ferries:

A ferry boat on Lake Nasser connects Aswan to Wadi Halfa on Egypt’s southern border, where one can pass into Sudan with one overnight on board, leaving Aswan on Monday and Wadi Halfa on Wednesday. Another ferry connects Sinai to Jordan, leaving daily from Taba or Nuweiba port for Aqaba. The trip takes app. 90 minutes.

There is also a daily ferry connecting Hurghada to Sharm el Sheikh.

 

Taxi:

Taxis are to be found in all cities. Legally they should run a meter, but since the official fare does not cover the expenses, it is advisable to pay a bit over. Usually it is good to agree upon the price before starting out.

Drivers License:

Holders of an International Driving Permit may drive in Egypt, providing they keep to local traffic laws.