Alexandria in detail

Flights & getting there

Air

Burg Al Arab Airport, about 45km southwest of Alexandria, handles all flights in and out of the city. Most services are to/from the Arabian Peninsula and North African destinations.

To & From the Airport

An air-conditioned airport bus leaves from outside the Cecil Hotel on Midan Saad Zaghloul three hours before all flight departures; confirm the exact bus departure time at the Cecil (one-way LE10, plus LE2 per bag, one hour). You can also catch bus 475 (LE5, one hour) from Misr Train Station.

A taxi to or from the airport should cost between LE130 and LE180.

Bus

The city's main bus station is Al Moaf Al Gedid Bus Station, several kilometres south of Midan Saad Zaghloul. To get there, either catch a microbus (LE2) from Misr Train Station or grab a taxi (LE35) from the city centre.

The main companies operating from Al Moaf Al Gedid are West & Mid Delta Bus Co and Super Jet; both have central-city booking offices, though Super Jet's is inconveniently located in Sidi Gaber.

Go Bus services leave from a separate terminal close by Al Moaf Al Gedid. Its ticket booking office is near Midan Saad Zaghloul.

Buses From Alexandria

DestinationPriceDurationTime (Company)
CairoLE50-652½-3hrhourly 5am-11pm (West & Mid Delta, Super Jet); seven daily (Go Bus)
HurghadaLE115-1509hr9am & 6.30pm (West & Mid Delta); 10pm (Super Jet); 8am & midnight (Go Bus)
IsmailiaLE605hr7am & 2.30pm (West & Mid Delta)
Marsa MatruhLE504hrhourly 6am-10pm (West & Mid Delta); five daily Jun-Sep (Super Jet)
Port SaidLE354hr6am, 11am & 2.30pm (West & Mid Delta)
Sharm El SheikhLE130-1508-10hr9pm (West & Mid Delta); 11pm (Go Bus)
SiwaLE759hr8.30am, 11am & 10pm (West & Mid Delta)
SuezLE605hr7am, 9am, 2.30pm & 5pm (West & Mid Delta)

Bus Services on the North Coast

Most bus services to Marsa Matruh can drop you off in El Alamein (one hour) or Sidi Abdel Rahman; you will have to pay the full Marsa Matruh fare though.

Servees & Microbus

Servees (service taxis) and microbuses for Aboukir, and servees for Cairo, depart from outside Misr Train Station; all others leave from Al Moaf Al Gedid Bus Station out at Moharrem Bey. Fares cost around LE50 to Cairo or Marsa Matruh. Sample fares to other local destinations include Zagazig (LE25), Tanta (LE15), Mansura (LE15), Rosetta (LE10) and Aboukir (LE6).

Train

There are two train stations in Alexandria. The main terminal is Misr Train Station, about 1km south of Midan Ramla. Sidi Gaber Train Station serves the eastern suburbs. Trains from Cairo stop at Sidi Gaber first and most locals get off here, but if you’re going to the city centre around Midan Saad Zaghloul, make sure you stay on until Misr Train Station.

At Misr Train Station, 1st- and 2nd-class tickets to Cairo are sold at the ticket office along platform 1; 2nd- and 3rd-class tickets to destinations other than Cairo are purchased in the front hall.

If you’re getting a taxi from the station, it’s advisable to bypass the drivers lurking outside the entrance as they're renowned for overcharging new arrivals – instead walk out on to the street and flag one down.

Major Trains from Misr Station

Ticket prices are for seats in air-con 1st-class.

DestinationPriceDurationTimes
AswanLE27017hr4.45pm
Cairo (direct)LE70-1002½hr7am, 8am, noon, 2pm, 3pm, 4.45pm, 6pm, 7pm, 8pm & 10pm
Cairo (stopping)LE603-3½hr6am, 8.15am, 10am, 1pm, 3.30pm, 8.10pm & 9.30pm
LuxorLE16015hr4.45pm & 10pm