Aswan in detail

Flights & getting there

Travelling from Aswan did not require police convoys at the time of writing. However, foreigners are advised to travel on the sleeper trains between Aswan and Luxor and Cairo, and tickets should be booked ahead. Officially it is not allowed to travel on slow local trains, but in reality foreigners can board those trains and buy a ticket on the train.


Aswan Airport is located 16km southwest of town. EgyptAir has several flights daily to Cairo and three flights per day to Abu Simbel, Sunday to Thursday.

To & From the Airport

A taxi to/from the airport costs between LE100 and LE150 depending on your bargaining skills.


Aswan is the most popular starting point for Nile cruises. It's also the best place to arrange an overnight or multiday felucca trip.

Wadi Halfa Ferry to Sudan

The ferry to Wadi Halfa in Sudan (1st/2nd class LE520/380) leaves every Sunday and Wednesday. Purchase tickets in advance from the Nile River Valley Transport Corporation, in the shopping arcade behind the tourist police office. The journey is supposed to take 18 hours.

With buses now running to Wadi Halfa, many travellers prefer to take the land route.

Although the ferry generally doesn't leave until 3pm, you should be at the port by 10am.

You can get to the port by taxi.


The bus station is 3.5km north of the train station. Services are run by Upper Egypt Bus Co. A taxi there will cost LE60, or it's LE2 in a microbus from downtown.

Abu SimbelLE504hr8am
HurghadaLE857hr6am, 3pm & 5pm
Marsa AlamLE503hr5am

Buses to Sudan

The Qustul land border and the Argeen land border between Egypt and Sudan reopened in 2014. There are now several Sudanese bus companies with offices at Aswan bus station offering services to Khartoum (around LE420) via Wadi Halfa (around LE280). Buses leave early in the morning between 4am and 6am (Saturday to Thursday). Which border they use to cross seems to be entirely at the driver's discretion, but the Qustul border seems to be the more popular option.


Microbuses leave from the bus station, 3.5km north of the train station, but tourists are not allowed to use microbuses between cities. They will be stopped and returned at the checkpoints.


There are 10 trains daily from Aswan Train Station to Luxor and onward to Cairo. Check trains schedules beforehand at Aswan's helpful tourist office as service order does change.

The 5am, 10am, 3pm, 4.35pm, 6pm and 9pm departures use the newer rolling stock VIP 1st class to Luxor (1st/2nd class LE100/70) and Cairo (LE235/135).

The 7am, 4.15pm, 7.45pm, 8pm and 10pm are the normal Spanish service to Luxor (1st/2nd class LE51/30) and Cairo (LE135/70).

All trains stop at Daraw, Kom Ombo, Edfu and Esna. Student discounts are available on all. Tickets should be bought in advance but can be purchased on the train for an additional fee.

The Watania Sleeping Train ( departs from Aswan at 7pm daily.