There are lots to do in Egypt, the adventurer’s paradise, from archaeological exploration to sun-kissed relaxation. Thankfully, Egypt’s well-developed transportation system will get you where you need to go while also enriching your trip experience.
For those hoping to save time with a jam-packed agenda, air travel is at the heart of it all. The majority of the country’s biggest attractions, from temples to resorts, are accessible by 45-minute domestic flights. Cairo International, Abu Simbel, Alexandria, Aswan, El Gouna, Hurghada, Luxor, Marsa Alam, Marsa Matrouh, Port Said, Sharm el-sheik, and St. Catherine are among the airports on the list.
If you prefer the scenic route, there are many options, some of which are suitable for the less adventurous traveler.
Egypt’s air-conditioned trains, which cover a smaller network from Cairo to Alexandria, the Delta, and Canal Zone, along the coast to Marsa Matrouh, and up the Nile Valley to Luxor and Aswan, are fantastic for the long haul, providing a more comfortable option to driving. The Egyptian Railways website (enr.gov.eg) has schedules and pricing, as well as the ability to purchase tickets online. First-class is the most luxurious, featuring waiter service, reclining sofas, and onboard entertainment. Seats can be reserved up to seven days in advance, however, keep in mind that return tickets may not be available at the place of origin.
If you want to travel in utmost luxury, take one of the more expensive sleeper trains. Passengers are provided with a spacious two-bed cabin with a sink, as well as breakfast and dinner, as well as access to a dining car and bar.
Egypt’s three main bus companies, all situated in Cairo, give another option for individuals who prefer to travel by road. The Upper Egypt Bus Company travels to the Nile Valley, Fayoum, the inner oasis, and the Red Sea Coast down to El-Quseir, the East Delta Bus Company to Sinai and the Canal Zone, and the West and Middle Delta Bus Company to Alexandria, Marsa Matrouh, Siwa, and the Nile Delta. Independent bus companies also cover other important routes such as Cairo to Alexandria, Sharm el-Sheikh, Hurghada, Dahab, and El Gouna.
By Service Taxis:
One of the best elements of Egyptian transportation is collective service taxis (servees). These taxis, which run on every route imaginable, are faster and less expensive than trains and buses, but they are only for the more experienced passenger. The taxis are either seven-seater saloons or 12-seater microbuses. In the terminal, ask around or listen to drivers screaming the intended destination. The cab leaves as soon as it is filled. Although it can be used to travel vast distances, such as from Cairo to Alexandria, this means of transportation is preferable for shorter trips, particularly between coastal towns or to important destinations outside of Cairo.
Driving in Egypt is not for the faint of heart, but renting a car pays off handsomely if you’re short on time or want to see more isolated places. If driving isn’t your cup of tea, renting a car with a driver isn’t that much more expensive.
Bicycles and motorcycles
Motorcycles or bicycles can be leased in a variety of locales, including Luxor, Aswan, Hurghada, and Siwa Oasis, and are a fantastic way to move around small towns and reach local sights or beaches.
In a Boat:
Along the Nile, hundreds of steamers operate, with over two hundred in Upper Egypt alone. The majority of cruises travel from Luxor to Aswan (or vice versa) in three to five days, stopping at the temples of Esna, Edfu, and Kom Ombo along the way. These opulent floating palaces will permanently alter your perception of travel.
Small sailboats, known as feluccas, are also used for transportation. This popular attraction allows you to enjoy the Nile’s various moods while lounging in delightful indolence. A felucca cruise between Aswan and Luxor is popular among vacationers.
Local ferries also cross the Nile and the Suez Canal at several sites. From Nuweiba in Sinai to Aqaba in Jordan, there are rapid and slow ferries. From Aswan to Wadi Halfa in Sudan, there is also irregular and less dependable boat service.
Egypt’s less populous areas are usually easily accessible by foot. Local transportation, on the other hand, is useful in larger cities. Learn Arabic numbers to get the most out of the cheap buses, minibusses, and trams that run throughout Alexandria and Cairo, which also feature river taxis and a fantastic metro/subway system.
Egypt’s kingly range of thrill-seeking ventures is matched by an equally spectacular array of transportation alternatives to suit any traveler. There are as many ways to experience Egypt as your imagination will allow, whether you wish to see it from above the clouds or from the perspective of a hitchhiker.