Getting there & away
Uncomfortable trains (E£18 in 2nd class, five hours) run to Cairo four times a day. It’s better to take the bus (E£13.50 to E£17, three hours, hourly). Other services include Alexandria (E£20 to E£22, four hours, four daily), Luxor (E£60, 12 to 13 hours) and Hurghada (E£45, 7½ hours). Taxi fares from the bus station into town (3km) cost E£5. Taxi fares within town cost E£2. Service taxis leave from the bus station and cost E£15 to Cairo.