Transportation in Luxor - Aswan
Luxor and Aswan are two important commercial hubs of Egypt, so transportation links are very well established. They both have International Airports offering both international and domestic flights to quite a few destinations. Domestic flights are quick, convenient and fairly inexpensive. Luxor and Aswan are also railheads so visitors can take a train if that is their preference. Egyptian railways run comfortable trains with air-conditioned coaches. Another option is to sail down the Nile from Aswan to reach Luxor or vice versa.
The perfect place to start an overnight felucca trip in Egypt is either Luxor or Aswan. The strong currents of the Nile propel boats north even when the winds fail.
You will find our Luxor and Aswan Transportation Guide useful for getting to, from and around both Luxor and Aswan. A simple, cost-effective and fun way to get around Luxor and Aswan is by joining a Luxor tour or Aswan tour. With so much to see and do in Luxor and Aswan, tours are a great way to ensure you see the many tourist attractions on offer. Take a look at our Egypt Transportation Guide for some useful travel information for getting to and from Egypt.
Luxor and Aswan Transportation Guide
Getting To Luxor
The Luxor International Airport is located in the eastern part of the city, six kilometres from the city centre. It is open to international flights so visitors can fly directly to Luxor from many European cities. The Luxor airport also handles flights from other parts of Egypt, with Egypt Air operating daily flights from Cairo. From Luxor to Cairo it is a comfortable 40 minute journey by plane.
For transport from the airport to the city (or from the city to the airport), we recommend Green Path Transfers, who offer eco-friendly airport transfers in hundreds of destinations around the world.
The principal railway station in Luxor is situated in the El-Mahata Square. Luxor is connected to Cairo by rail. Train services are frequent and visitors can get to Luxor from Aswan and other southern cities like Edfu and Kom Ombo by train.
There are regular buses that take tourists to Luxor from all other towns of Egypt. There are also taxis that can take visitors to Luxor from Cairo. To escape the fierce heat of Egypt, visitors would be well-advised to opt for one of the air-conditioned buses.
Getting Around Luxor
Visitors can choose to explore the city in numerous ways.
Air-conditioned tourist buses in Luxor are an ideal way to escape the heat. Local buses can be hot and stuffy, but give tourists glimpses of local life. Buses depart from the city centre every 15 minutes for the airport.
Taxis remain the favoured mode of travel in Luxor among tourists. However, they are also the most expensive way to get around. Fares are not fixed and taxi drivers are known to overcharge tourists. The best way is to negotiate the fare before hiring a taxi. Even better is to get the hotel staff to arrange a taxi as they are well-acquainted with the actual fares.
A ferry service operates close to the Temple of Luxor. A convenient and cheap option are the feluccas that operate along the eastern bank.
By Horse carriages
If time is not a factor, one way to explore Luxor is to get on a horse carriage for a leisurely ride around town.
Getting To Aswan
Connections-wise, Aswan International Airport is one of the busiest airports in Egypt and has many international and domestic flights to various parts of the world. There are six return domestic flights to Cairo every day. There is a daily morning flight between Luxor and Aswan too. From the airport, visitors will find a number of transport options to get to the city centre.
For travellers who prefer the road and don't mind a long bus journey, air conditioned bus services link Aswan to most parts of Egypt. Given the demand, however, visitors may need to book a seat in advance.
Train journeys into Aswan from Luxor, Cairo and the Nile Valley region are quite comfortable. The trains in Egypt are well suited to travelling long distances. Time-table wise, it has a convenient and regular service providing a good alternative to flying.
Another, much preferred way to travel to Aswan is on a cruise boat on the Nile. Visitors can choose either the large cruise ships with all amenities or small sail boats called feluccas. Daily services are available from Luxor and the longer cruises ply all the way up to Cairo. Almost a dozen cruisers sail from Luxor to Aswan every day. Visitors can book seats via an agent or directly with the cruiser.
Getting Around Aswan
Aswan is quite a small town and can be covered entirely on foot. For remote attractions like Philae, Abu Simbel, Aswan High Dam and the unfinished obelisks, visitors can either take a bus, taxi or ride a horse-drawn carriage. To access places of interest located on the river islands or on the West Bank, visitors will need to either take a motor boat or a felucca to cross the river.
Taxis in Aswan can be identified by their orange licence plates. All Aswan taxis have a number which is the same as the driver's licence number. There's another number attached to the dashboard which is the taxi's identity number.
Visitors can take any of the luxurious bus services that operate sightseeing services in Aswan. They are less likely to be crowded than the cheaper ones which are used by the locals for their daily commute.
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