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Getting There & Away

Trains are a pain because the train station is on the opposite (east) bank of the Nile, away from the town centre, but kabouts (pickup trucks) shuttle between the two. The busy kabout station is beside the canal, and a block further north is the microbus station. A seat in a microbus to Luxor costs LE8, to Edfu LE8 and to Aswan LE19. Arrivals are generally dropped off on the main thoroughfare into town, along which hantour (horse-drawn carriage) drivers congregate in the hope of picking up a fare. They ask LE40 for the five- to 10-minute ride to the temple and return. The best thing is to take in Esna on a day trip from Luxor to Aswan, stopping at the temples on the way.