Those of you who got thrilled with our adventures in Egypt will definitely choose to travel by train! Besides being a financial option, it’s also a more fun option and helps you feel the vibes of Egypt to the full. It is for sure also that seats are very comfortable and the personal space is extra long moreover its a nice way to enjoy countryside moments as you pass by the suburbs.
Train from Luxor to Cairo
Here there are the two options completely different from each other. The first one is the simple day trip train with options Ac1 and Ac2 and prices at €10 per route, and the second one is a night sleeper train with a private cabin and price at 80USD per person. The difference in price is chaotic indeed so it depends on your wallet, we chose the cabin due to health issues that did not allow us to travel seated for 9 hours. The cabins were cute, overpriced of course, including dinner and breakfast. The good thing about the night train is that you save an overnight stay at a hotel and don’t waste any time commuting from one city to another.
Train from Cairo to Alexandria roundtrip
At Cairo station there are no machines to get tickets on your own as we have read in other blogs so you will have to wait in huge queues, spend a lot of time, have the money ready, split up into two lines of men women ( See extra tip below to save time). Know in advance the itineraries you are interested in. See prices here. Generally there are some delays, we did not face a particular problem but be prepared for Egyptian times.
Finally, if you have someone local around, just ask them to help you at the counter because most employees do not speak English and you may lose your turn while looking for another queue. Theoretically you can buy your tickets online here, but we unfortunately did not succeed doing so because the system had fallen down while we were there. If you make it, remember to print the tickets in a hardcopy version. There is also control everywhere however for passengers’ bags and luggage and once you pass the checks just ask the employees to guide you on the right platform! An indicative price is at €3 the route for Ac1 and Ac2.
Always have cash on you, credit cards are not used anywhere (except hotels and fine restaurants).
Give the money to the lady of your group in case there is one of course because women queues are too small compared to those of men!
Close either Ac1 or Ac2, they are both ok and safe.