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Overnight Sleeper Train from Cairo to Luxor

It is highly recommended for you to take the WagonsLit sleeper train from Cairo to Luxor for the authentic experience riding along the Nile River all night long. The train stations, in both cities, are easy to navigate, though we found few English speaking workers.

It was approx. $90usd roundtrip in a first class sleeper (in Nov. 03) and lasted almost 9 hours. You need to buy your ticket at least one day in advance of travel. Make sure you're in the correct line for the proper tickets you need. We had our English speaking taxi driver come inside the train station with us to help make the purchase.

The beds were comfortable, the room was private (for two people), it had a mirror, sink and small spot to hang items. We were served dinner and breakfast, each quite adequate.

The train itself can be a little noisy on the tracks, I slept with earplugs once I was ready to sleep and no longer view the sites outside our window.

There's a smoking car for gathering, and well, smoking, and you should feel completely safe with the guard stationed at the end of each car carrying a machine gun. Yikes!

Even though it is dark outside, many of the small towns the train slowly passed through had lights and we could see neighborhoods; quite, calm and beautiful in the moonlight.

It's a wonderful experience for the traveler in all of us. Go to Egypt, visit the pyramids, the bazaars, the temples, take a train ride and eat dinner on the Nile. You won't be disappointed in the least! :)

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Feb 06, 2005

nice sleepers and nefertiti class train

* there’s a night sleepers train abela aegypt, from ramses II railway station to direction aswan. take a stop at luxor railway station, about 15 minutes walking from luxor temple. nice service and couchette, with ticket usd53/pax/one way. departures: 08.30 pm, arrival: 05.05 am
reservation at ramses II cairo or several travel agents or directly to the sleeping cars service.

* an another option which is also comfy, takes nefertiti class. per room contain of 6 seats without couchette. ticket price LE65/pax/one way.

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Apr 23, 2005

Train to Aswan or Cairo

From Luxor you can take the train to Aswan or to (or in the direction of) Cairo.
To Aswan is a ride of three/four hours. We reserved for the early morning train in a second class airco wagon. They served tea and sandwiches.
Departure times and fares change, so check at the station.

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Aug 04, 2003

Train from/to Cairo or Aswan

We took the overnight train from Cairo to Aswan, which takes 16 hours. The 1st class service provides very wide swivel seating and plenty of leg room, so we saved ourselves a significant sum over tickets for the "sleeper" service. I tied my shoe laces to my luggage, but casual survey of the other passengers showed little to be worried about--families and businessmen who could care less about our luggage. The tracks were in good repair and the train wasted little time in moving between stations.

Luxor is roughly half-way between Cairo and Aswan, so we returned north from Aswan by way of local vans that make quick work of the short run visits to temples at Esna and Idfu along the way. And, on the trip from Luxor back to Cairo, all train tickets for 1st class were sold out, so we purchased 2nd class seats. As it turned out, 2nd class was somewhat more entertaining in terms of conversations with fellow passengers, and the seats while a bit more confining than 1st were really quite adequate for the shorter run. The great thing about train travel is that if the seat makes the bottom sore, a passenger can get up and walk around to ease the discomfort.

The Luxor Train station is a long walk through the center of Luxor from the waterfront hotel area, but is still close enough for backpackers or even those like ourselves who pull wheeled luggage.

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Aug 24, 2007
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Luxors Trains

Travelling to and from Luxor is easily done by train and most foreigners by pass any bus because the journeys are usually long. Luxors train station is located in the center of the town. Abela Egypt Sleeping Train (237 2015 or leave at 830pm and 930pm daily arriving in Cairo at 545am and 645am the next morning. The cost is around $53 US which must be paid in Euros or US dollars. The other train that foreigners take is the 981 departing at 915am , train 1903 departing at 915pm and train 997 departing at 1110pm. The trip takes about 10 hours and student discounts are available. Foreigners are permitted to take the 3 daily services to Aswan (train 996 leaves at 715am) (train 1902 leaves at 930am) and 980 leaves at 5pm all taking around 3 hours. All three trains to Aswan stop at Esna, Edfu and Kom Ombo.

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Apr 09, 2007

Train Ride

We took a train from Cairo down to Aswan then from Luxor back to Cairo... It was a '1st class' train cabin that we were in and was actually not too bad. The seats were like business class in an aeroplane but the toilet was definitely not the nicest. ;) The train ride down to Aswan took around 16 hours because of an accident on the track (it's usually about 12 hours) but it was fun to look out the window during the daylight hours and see some of the countryside. From Luxor to Cairo it was about a 9 hour trip...

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Mar 12, 2006

From Luxor to Cairo by Sleeping Train

Inside of Luxor Train Station are two different ticket booths - one for locals and the sleeping train booth for foreigners. If you're coming inside the station, it will be on your left with a "Sleeping Train" sign posted on the wall next to it.

You must use either Euros or American Dollars to buy the ticket. They do not take Visa. If you don't have either, across the street from the station (and slightly to the right) is a money-exchange office.

One-way ticket cost from Luxor to Cairo: $53. Your platform (most likely) will be the one you first encounter upon entering the station. You shouldn't have to go underground to cross over to the other side platform. There are only two platforms total.

On the Abela sleeping train, you will be served dinner that is basically airplane food (buy drinks separately) and breakfast that is just a variety of different breads (coffee and tea included here).

You can have drinks sent to your cabin, or you can purchase from the club car. A bottle of wine is 65LE, Stella beers are 14LE.

To get the beds down, contact one of the workers; they have to use a special key.

The overnight train to Cairo arrives around 7am.

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Mar 23, 2006

Train from Luxor

I took train from Aswan to Luxor. There are only 3 official trains, 06:00, 18:00, and 20:00 for foreigners. However, the tourist office told me in Luxor that I could take any other trains to Luxor if I brough the ticket on the train. This information was confirmed by another VTer to be wrong and she could not even get through the ticket conductor at the train before she board on the train. To avoid this potential trouble, I took the 06:00 train (1st class 26 EGP May 2006) to Luxor. The 1st class is very comfortable (see pic).

If you are coming from Cario, you can take one of those foreigners cleeper. See this page for details:

Train from Cairo

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Between Luxor and Cairo

Take the First Class train. This is just as quick (approx. 10hrs) as the Sleeper Train and a lot cheaper (EGP60 oneway). Buy your ticket at least a day in advance if you can. The guy at the ticket window takes his time and doesn't care if you're in a hurry to catch the train... The 1st Cls train has comfy, reclinable seats that can even be swiveled to sit opposite each other (e.g. if you're a group of 4). Bring a sweater or cardigan; the aircon can make it quite chilly.

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Nov 04, 2003

Overnight Train

If you take the overnight train from Cairo to Luxor and are travelling independantly, be aware that the train arrives in Luxor very early in the morning before the town has woken up.

There will be taxis waiting at the train station for the early morning train, so you should be fine moving on - but remember to haggle withthe taxi driver on the price before you get into his car.

Make sure yuo know what you want to do at 6am before anybody is around and don't expect your hotel to be able to let you check-in this early - my hotel did but it took a little bit of a financial gratuity to ease the early morning check-in which was worth every penny just for a couple of hours sleep in a bed and a shower.

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Sep 27, 2005

Sleeping Trains from Cario

The best way to visit Luxor from Cairo is to take the overnight sleeper train. The trains leave Cairo at night and get to Luxor in the early morning. They also leave Luxor at night and arrive back in Cairo in the morning as well. The carriages are very comfortable and clean and the price includes a dinner and breakfast. The cost is $60 one way in a shared double cabin or $80 for a single cabin. There is a website that has the prices and routes available but they do not respond to emails so I was unable to reserve through the site. I had to go to the Giza train station (not Ramses Station) there is a trailer office next to the station that sells the tickets. They only accept U.S. dollars so be prepared for that. The sleeping trains are the best and most reliable option for tourists. The local trains are cheaper but they are sitting trains with no beds and food options, additionally much of the time they don't allow tourist on those trains. The train I took left Cairo at 9:00 and got to Luxor at 6:10 and then the return train left on roughly the same schedule. Check the website for the most current schedules.

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Apr 06, 2009

Train to Aswan or Cairo

From Luxor you can take the train to the south to Aswan or to the north into the direction of Cairo.
To Aswan is a ride of three/four hours.

We reserved for the early morning train in a second class airco wagon. In the train they served tea and sandwiches. Departure times and fares change, so check at the station.

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Sep 06, 2005

Things To Do in Luxor

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Colossi of Memnon

These two statues once stood at the entrance gate of the mortuary temple of Amenhotep III, though very little of the temple behind them remains today. They were carved from two massive granite blocks,...
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The Souks or Market

the sights, the sounds, the smell, the haggling among buyers and'll be right in the front row seat watching all these happenings when you get to the inner portion of the market. go...go...
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Luxor Temple

This Majestic temple is located at the center of the small city of Luxor (ancient Thebes), and it is very easy to get it, walking from your hotel, taxi or horse-carriage. The entrance fee is 60...
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Karnak Temple

One famous aspect of Karnak is the Hypostyle Hall in the Precinct of Amun-Re, a hall area of 50,000 sq ft (5,000 m2) with 134 massive columns arranged in 16 rows. 122 of these columns are 10 meters...
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Temple of Hatshepsut

Located beneath massive cliffs near the west bank of the Nile, the Mortuary Temple of Hatshepsut, also known as Deir el Bahri, is dedicated to Amon-Ra, the sun god. Hatshepsut, meaning 'foremost...
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Deir el Medina

The workers that built the great tombs of the Pharaohs lived in a village not far from the Valley of the Kings and Valley of the Queens. Many tombs have been discovered here. The workers tombs at Deir...
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