Getting there & away
Characterful and colonial, Ramses train station (Mahatta Ramses; 575 3555; Midan Ramses, Downtown) is Cairo’s main terminus. It has a left-luggage office charging E£2.50 per piece per day and a tourist information office (9am-7pm).
The train is particularly recommended for the journey to Luxor, which, with its Nile views, is something of a classic.
The Abela Egypt Sleeping Train (574 9274; www.sleepingtrains.com) leaves at 8pm, arriving in Luxor at 5.05am the next morning, and Aswan at 8.15am. To Luxor costs US$53/74 per person one way in a double/single cabin. Tickets must be paid for in US dollars or euros (cash only). The price includes dinner and breakfast and the experience is enjoyably old-fashioned.
Aside from the sleeping train, foreigners can only travel to Luxor and Aswan on train 980, departing Cairo daily at 7am; train 996, departing at 10pm; and train 1902, departing at 12.30am. First- and 2nd-class fares to Luxor (10 hours) and Aswan (13 hours) are E£67/45 and E£81/47 respectively.
You must buy tickets at least a couple of days in advance.
EgyptAir (392 7649; 6 Sharia Adly, Downtown) has a number of offices around town.
Cairo International Airport (Terminal 1 265 5000, Terminal 2 265 2222) is 20km northeast of Cairo. Terminal 1 services EgyptAir’s international and domestic flights and Terminal 2 all international airlines except Saudi Arabian Airlines. You’ll find ATMs and exchange booths in the arrivals halls.
Bus 356 is air-conditioned, and runs at 20-minute intervals from 7am to midnight between both terminals and Midan Abdel Moniem Riad, behind the Egyptian Museum in central Cairo (E£2, plus E£1 per large luggage item, one hour).
A black-and-white taxi to central Cairo costs around E£45 to E£60. To the airport it costs E£30 to E£35.