Getting there & away
The 15th of May bus station is behind Sidi Gaber train station. The tram trip from Midan Ramla takes 30 minutes. There are services to Cairo (E£28, 2½ hours) every 30 minutes from 5.30am to 10pm.
Hourly buses to Marsa Matruh (£23, 4½ hours) go via El Alamein (E£15, two hours). Daily buses to Siwa (E£27, nine hours) leave at 7.30am, 11am and 10pm. Other services go to Sallum (E£23, eight hours, six daily), Sharm el-Sheikh (E£88, 10½ hours, two daily), Port Said (E£24, four hours, five daily) and Hurghada (E£85, nine hours).
Cairo-bound trains depart from Misr train station, Alexandria’s main terminus, and nearby Sidi Gaber train station, next to the main bus station. The fastest and most comfortable trains are the express Turbini (E£36/28 in 1st/2nd class, 2¼ hours), which leave at 8am, 2pm and 7pm. To be assured of seats, book ahead.
The Abela Egypt Sleeping Train (393 2430; www.sleepingtrains.com) travels daily to Aswan, via Cairo and Luxor, and leaves at 5.20pm. It arrives in Luxor at 5.25am the next day and terminates in Aswan at 8.50am. It costs US$56/74 per person one way in a double/single cabin. Tickets must be paid for in US dollars or euros. The price includes a basic dinner and breakfast.
It costs E£5 for a taxi from the Misr train station to Midan Ramla, or E£10 for a taxi from the parking area.