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Getting there & away




Upper Egypt Bus Co (3847 3610; Sharia Misr; roughly 9am-1pm & 7-11pm) runs buses to Cairo (E£25, three to four hours) at 6.30am, 10am, 3pm and around midnight. Extra buses originate in Dakhla and pass through town around noon and midnight, stopping at the Hilal Coffeehouse at the western end of town and at the ticket office.

If you’re heading to Farafra (E£20, one to two hours) and Dakhla (E£40, four to five hours), you can pick up one of the buses from Cairo that are supposed to leave Bahariya at 12.30pm and 11.30pm. Passengers are usually dropped off at Popular Restaurant before the bus continues down the street to one of the coffeehouses at the western end of town, stopping for 30 minutes.

Only some bus tickets can be booked from the Upper Egypt Bus Co booking office in Bawiti. As most of the buses don’t originate here, you either have to book in Cairo or take your chances on standing.

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