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Getting around

A taxi from Luxor International Airport (237 4655), 7km east of town, costs around E£25 to East Bank destinations and E£50 to West Bank destinations. There are no buses between the airport and town.

For about E£20 per hour you can get around town by horse-drawn calèche but bargain hard.

Regular baladi (municipal) ferries carry passengers between the East and West Banks. You’ll find the East Bank stop in front of Luxor Temple, and the West Bank stop in front of the dusty car park where the pick-ups congregate. A ticket costs E£1 each way. Private launches charge E£5 each way for the same trip.

Consider hiring a bike (E£6 per day) from the unmarked bike-hire place next to the Nour Al-Gurna Hotel; it’s one of the best ways to get to the sights.