How to Get to Luxor from Cairo

With five possible ways to get from Cairo to Luxor, you cannot miss the capital of the New Kingdom of Ancient Egypt.

Carmen Navarro

Carmen Navarro

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How to Get to Luxor from Cairo

Cairo | ©Omar Elsharawy

Luxor is home to some of the country's most popular sites such as the colorful tombs of the Valley of the Kings, the Temple of Hatshepsut and the colossal Karnak Temples. It's no wonder that trips to this world-famous historic site are one of the most popular excursions from Cairo.

are 504 kilometers away and by road 614.4 kilometers. Options for getting to Luxor from Cairo include excursion, plane, bus, night train or day train, sleeper train. A Nile cruise is also an option. However, more than a means of transportation, it is a way to enjoy the ride along the Nile.

The most complete option

Luxor Day Trip from Cairo by Plane

Be amazed by one of Egypt's most beautiful destinations

You will travel comfortably with an expert guide who will explain all the history and architecture of this city. In addition, you will enjoy a typical lunch and get to know the most important monuments of this destination.

In this excursion to Luxor from Cairo you will have the opportunity to travel by plane to one of the most visited destinations in Egypt and meet the hand of an expert guide some of the most important archaeological findings of history as the Valley of the Kings, the Colossi of Memnon, the Temple of Luxor, the Temple of Karnak or Deir el Bahari.

In addition, you will immerse yourself in the gastronomy, with a delicious lunch of local Egyptian food in one of the restaurants of the city.Recommended if... You want to get to know one of the most important tourist destinations in Egypt.

The best option to go to Luxor from Cairo: an organized tour

Getting to know Luxor| ©Nadja MH
Getting to know Luxor| ©Nadja MH

Opting to book an excursion to Luxor from Cairo is a recommended option if you are looking to enjoy an unforgettable trip, quiet, comfortable and with everything covered.

Imagine what it is like to focus only on the experience of knowing the city of Luxor and all its attractions, forgetting all the worries like how to get there, where to eat, how to move and what to consider when visiting each particular place.

The organized tours include:

  • Roundtrip airplanetransfer.
  • Accompaniment of an expert guide.
  • Visit to some of the tourist attractions such as the Valley of the Kings, the Colossi of Memnon, the Temple of Luxor, the Temple of Karnak or Deir el Bahari.
  • Exquisite lunch at a local restaurant.

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From Cairo to Luxor by train: the option with the best views

Train to Luxor| ©Richard Boyd
Train to Luxor| ©Richard Boyd

Several trains run daily between Cairo's Ramses train station and Luxor from 8 am to 11 pm. If you are staying in a hotel in Giza, you can also take advantage of the proximity and take a train from there. There are two types of trains:

  • "Special" class trains (five daily services), which are more modern and comfortable.
  • The "Standard" class trains (four daily services), which are cheaper and older. A total of nine trains depart daily.

Travel time between Cairo and Luxor is about 10.5 hours, although it may take up to 12 hours. I recommend you take a window seat, as one of the great joys of taking this route is watching the lush Nile countryside with green fields and date palms pass by. Take one of the two morning trains to make the most of the view, but if you're traveling at night, be aware that there are no sleeping cars.

All trains offer a beverage and food cart service intermittently during the trip, but it's a good idea to bring snacks. First class carriages in both cases come with more spacious seats and better toilet facilities, so it's worth paying for. 1st class tickets range from 114 EGP (6.56 €) to 202 EGP (11.63 €).

Disadvantage of going by train to Luxor

The main disadvantage of doing this route by train is that, unfortunately, some staff at both Ramses train station and Luxor train station will try to convince you that you are only allowed to use the (much more expensive) sleeper service.

It is because of an official travel restriction in order to give locals more options to travel on cheap trains. However, this law is no longer in force. And if you have trouble booking a train ticket, note that most hotels can send someone to the station to do it for you for a small fee.

Night trains to Luxor

The night train costs about €8 for second class and almost €15 for first class. Of the nine departing in 24 hours, three depart at night. The first one departs from 7:45 pm.

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Cairo to Luxor by Nile cruise: the most luxurious option

Nile Cruise| ©Ana Paula Hirama
Nile Cruise| ©Ana Paula Hirama

The most luxurious way to travel from Cairo to Luxor is to book a Nile cruise along this route. More than a means of transportation, it is a way to harken back to the early days of tourism in Egypt, when European travelers explored the country by boat.

This Nile cruise takes 12 days (including sightseeing days in both Cairo and Luxor). The price to pay includes all meals and sightseeing, as well as a variety of evening events on board, the price starts from €650.

This is a hassle-free all-in-one sightseeing and transportation tour with an elegant touch, stopping at all the important historical sites, such as Tell El Amarna and Abydos. Only a few larger Nile cruise operators, such as Mövenpick, operate this route, departing from Cairo once a month from February to June and September to November, so you can enjoy this option whether you travel to Cairo in spring or autumn.

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Cairo to Luxor by plane: the fastest option

By plane from Cairo| ©Max Benidze
By plane from Cairo| ©Max Benidze

Egypt Air flies four times daily direct to Luxor International Airport from Cairo International Airport. Flights last one hour and ticket prices start at around 120 Euro in high season, from December to February.

As Egypt is not a popular summer destination, if you travel in the months of June or November(just before summer and winter respectively), flight prices will be more affordable.

Flights to Luxor depart from Terminal Three at Cairo Airport. In minimal traffic conditions (before 7am or in the evening) a cab to the airport from the central city takes 30 minutes. Be sure to reserve a time for the transfer between the airport and downtown Cairo. Luxor airport is seven kilometers from the center of Luxor. There is no public transportation, so use one of the airport cabs or book a private transfer.

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Cairo to Luxor by bus: the most frequently scheduled option

Buses to Luxor| ©annemarieangelo
Buses to Luxor| ©annemarieangelo

Several bus companies offer bus services between Cairo and Luxor. Most of them at night time. The main companies operating this route are:

  • Go Bus: departs Cairo from its office conveniently located just off Tahrir Square in the center of the city.
  • Super Jet: departs from Cairo Gateway Bus Station, also in the city center.
  • Upper Egypt Travel: departs from Cairo Gateway Bus Station, also in the city center.

All bus companies arrive in Luxor and stop at their respective individual offices, which are conveniently located in the center of Luxor, near the train station. Travel time is about 11 hours and tickets cost between 220EGP**(12.67 €**) and 385EGP**(22.17 €**). The advantage is that there are 12 bus trips available each day.

Buses stop every three hours or so at highway service stations, which have restrooms and restaurants. However, it is a good idea to bring snacks or other food to save money, as the gastronomic services offered at these stations are expensive. Note that even if you go during the day, you won't get many views on this route, as the buses take the desert road instead of following the Nile.

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