Wadi Natrun in detail

Flights & getting there

Wadi Natrun lies on the desert side of the eight-lane Cairo–Alexandria Desert Hwy, which roughly separates the green fields of the Delta and the harsh sands of the Western Desert, though the area is now dotted with farms and new satellite towns.

Alexandria-bound West & Mid Delta Co buses from Cairo Gateway can drop you on the Desert Hwy close to Wadi Natrun (tell the driver you want to get off at Master Mall and Rest), but charge the full price to Alex (LE55). Cheaper are microbuses (LE15, one hour) from Midan Al Remaya near the Pyramids of Giza; the buses go into the less-than-lovely town of Wadi Natrun. Tuk-tuks and taxis wait at the highway and the bus depot. A tuk-tuk to Deir Anba Bishoi and Deir El Sourian (you can walk between the two), with pickup a couple of hours later, will cost around LE50. To visit all four monasteries, you’ll need a taxi; expect to pay around LE50 per hour.

A full-day taxi trip from Cairo should cost between LE500 and LE600, including driving around to all the monasteries.