Flights & getting there
EgyptAir has flights on Thursdays and Sundays between Cairo and Marsa Matruh from June to September. Check with the airline as the flights are fully booked well in advance and are often cancelled.
To & From the Airport
EgyptAir minibuses leave from several pick-up points along the Corniche.
Marsa Matruh’s bus station is 2km south-east of town. Expect to pay LE15 for a taxi to the town centre. Microbuses (50pt) cruise Sharia Madrassa Al Sanaweya, around where the fruit-and-vegetable market dead-ends, then head to the bus station.
West & Mid Delta Bus Co has hourly services to Alexandria from 7am to 2am (LE55, four hours). During summer it runs buses to Cairo (LE110, five to six hours) at 7.30am, 10.30am, noon, 3.30pm, 4pm, 5pm, 10pm and midnight. In winter, buses leave for Cairo at noon and 3.30pm. For Siwa (LE40, three hours) buses leave at 1.30pm and 4pm. Note that the West & Mid Delta buses running between Alexandria and Marsa Matruh seem like the oldest fleet in the country, and breakdowns are common.
From June to September, Super Jet runs daily bus services to Alexandria and Cairo from the bus station; its fleet is, in general, better maintained than West & Mid Delta.
Between June and September there's a ticket booking office for West & Mid Delta Bus Co open in the centre of town.
The microbus lot is beside the bus station. Microbuses to Siwa, if there are enough passengers, cost LE35; they are much more comfortable and efficient than West & Mid Delta buses on the same route but you may have to wait for an hour or two for them to fill up. Other options include El Alamein (LE34), Alexandria (LE34) and Cairo (LE70).
From June to September three sleeper trains (s/d US$60/86; www.wataniasleepingtrains.com) run weekly between Cairo and Marsa Matruh, a journey of seven hours. Trains depart Cairo Monday, Wednesday and Saturday at 11.30pm, arriving in Marsa Matruh at 6.30am. For the return journey, trains leave Marsa Matruh on Sunday, Tuesday and Thursday at 10pm, arriving in Cairo at 5.40am. Reserve in advance.
Between June and September two air-conditioned express trains run daily between Cairo and Marsa Matruh (1st/2nd class LE90/110, seven hours).
Ordinary 2nd/3rd-class trains without air-con run year-round between Marsa Matruh and Alexandria (6½ hours), but these are not recommended – even employees working at the station have described the trains as ‘horrible’.