Luxor in detail

Flights & getting there

Air

Luxor Airport is 7km east of central Luxor. EgyptAir (www.egyptair.com) operates regular flights to Cairo from LE730.

To & From the Airport

There is no bus between the airport and the town, and no official price for taxis from Luxor airport into town, so the drivers set their prices, often at about LE100 or more. Quite often there is not enough work for all the drivers, so when you try to take a taxi, an argument between drivers may erupt. In short, it is a major hassle. If you want peace of mind, ask your accommodation to arrange your transfer.

Bus

The Upper Egypt Bus Co and Super Jet have ticket offices just south of the train station. The Go Bus office is just to the north. Most bus services leave from outside of the respective ticket office; check when booking. A taxi from downtown Luxor to the bus offices costs between LE25 and LE35.

Bus Services From Luxor

DestinationPriceDurationTime/Company
CairoLE150-27510-12hr10pm (Upper Egypt); 9am, 1pm & 10.15pm (Super Jet); 1pm, 9.30pm, 11.45pm & 12.30am (Go Bus)
DahabLE21018hr5pm (Upper Egypt)
HurghadaLE50-904-5hr7am & 8.30pm (Upper Egypt); 8.30am & 7pm (Super Jet); 8am & 3.30pm (Go Bus)
Port SaidLE11512hr8pm (Upper Egypt)
Sharm El SheikhLE17514hr5pm (Upper Egypt)
SuezLE90-1009-10hr7am & 8.30pm (Upper Egypt)

All Upper Egypt Bus Co. services heading north can drop you in Qena (LE5). Buses travelling to Hurghada can drop you in Safaga (LE50), where you can change for Al Quseir and Marsa Alam.

To The Western Desert

To go to the Western Desert oases, take a train to Asyut, from where there are several buses a day to Kharga and Dakhla.

Felucca

You can’t take a felucca from Luxor to Aswan; most feluccas leave from Esna because of the Esna Lock. Unless you have a strong wind, it can take days to go more than a few kilometres upriver and, for this reason, we recommend taking a felucca downstream from Aswan.

Servees & Microbus

The parking lot for microbuses and servees heading to towns outside of Luxor is behind, and about 1km north of, the train station. From here regular microbuses and a few servees head south to Esna (LE8), Edfu (LE12), Kom Ombo (LE20) and Aswan (LE35); and north to Qena (LE7).

Officially, foreigners are not currently allowed to use this transport, although some drivers might take you given the right financial inducement. Be aware, though, that if you're unlucky and get stopped at a checkpoint along the route, the police may ask for a bribe to allow you to carry on, make the entire microbus turn around and head back to Luxor, or, at the worst, confiscate the driver's licence.

Train

The train is a comfortable and easy way to travel south to Aswan and north to Cairo. Special services have newer rolling stock and slightly bigger seats than Spanish services.

Luxor Station has a tourist office, plenty of card phones and a post office. All train tickets are best bought in advance; if you buy your ticket on the train there is a surcharge of LE6.

The Watania Sleeping Train (www.wataniasleepingtrains.com) has a ticket booking office inside the station.

Trains From Luxor

Prices are for a 1st-class air-con seat.

DestinationPriceDurationTime
AswanSpanish/Special LE53/943hr4.30am, 7.35am, 9.45am & 10.35pm (Spanish); 2.50am, 6.20am, 6.45am, 8.15am, 6.25pm & 7.40pm (Special)
CairoSpanish/Special LE114/20310hr1.15am, 10.55am, 8pm & 11.35pm (Spanish); 9.10am, 12.30pm, 2pm, 6.20pm, 7.10pm, 9.10pm & 11.59pm (Special)
Cairo (Watania Sleeping Train)1-/2-bed berth US$120/1009hr8.10pm

All trains south to Aswan stop at Esna, Edfu and Kom Ombo. All trains north to Cairo stop at Qena (for Dendara), Balyana (for Abydos) and Asyut (for the Western Desert).