Trains - when to buy tickets?
Replies: 6 - Last Post: Dec 21, 2012 12:30 AM Last Post By: kotagiri_tea_pl...
Dec 12, 2012 3:35 PM
Trains - when to buy tickets?Hello, I will be traveling Egypt Dec. 25-31 and would love some advise on buying train tickets. I already have my sleeper train ticket which I bought online from Cairo to Aswan. However, I have not purchased any other train ticket in advance.
I will be taking the train from Aswan to Luxor. Should I be able to buy that ticket the same day I travel or even on the train?
I will then travel by train from Luxor back to Cairo and I have not decided to take either the sleeper again or an overnight 1st class train. Should either of these tickets be bought in advance before I leave for Egypt or can i buy them when I am there. How long in advance or even same day?
I'm just nervous about getting times and days I want as I have a very tight schedule.
Thanks so much for any advise!
Dec 12, 2012 6:32 PM
1You are fine to purchase your tickets on the train. The only exception would be if you decide to take the sleeper back from Cairo, then buy them the day before you leave.
Dec 13, 2012 1:56 AM
2Good information here:
Dec 13, 2012 3:29 PM
Dec 17, 2012 12:58 AM
5Thanks for the link Crashdummy. We are looking at taking the train down to Luxor at about the same time.
Dec 21, 2012 12:30 AM
6I would buy the train tickets at least a day or so in advance. Buy them when you arrive at the train station and have it in hand. I don't know if this is the norm, but earlier this year, I hopped on a train to Aswan at Ramses station in Cairo, not one of the tourist sleepers. I was able to buy a ticket but it was standing room only for the first several hours of the journey, or sitting in the vestibule area between carriages. Many people were doing this.
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