Travelling to Luxor
Driving in Egypt is not recommended as there are few rules that are either adhered
to or enforced. The roads are mostly of very poor quality, with numerous bumps
and potholes. Egyptian drivers overtake dangerously all the time and visitors
should beware of cars coming towards them in their own lane. Night driving is
particularly dangerous as headlights are often not used.
You can get to Luxor from Cairo by rail. Trains depart from Ramses Station.
Arriving in Luxor can be a stressful experience, as you may be mobbed by hotel-touts
and taxi drivers, among others. As most places are less than 15 minutes walking
distance away from the train station, it's fine to start walking if you don't
have too much luggage.
Buses and service taxis leave from Ahmed Halmi Terminal near Ramses Station.
By bus, you'll arrive at the new station on a side road just north of Luxor
Temple. If you arrive by service taxi at the depot off Sharia el-Karnak, just
to the north of the centre, you'll be able to walk to the centre in under 20
minutes. It's also possible to catch a minibus, caleche or taxi if you are heading
for the southern part of town.
Many international flights now go directly to Luxor. Alternatively, you can
fly into Cairo and catch a domestic connection to Luxor. From Cairo, Egypt Air
operates regular flights to Luxor, taking 45 minutes.
Travellers who've come up from Aswan by felucca are dependent on private taxis
from Esna or Edfu, whose drivers will rendezvous with hustlers at the checkpoint
south of Luxor and steer you to their hotels. Four- to six-day cruises down
the Nile, with accommodation en route, are also available.
Selection of hotels in this region:
Sheraton Luxor Resort
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