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Egypt Getting There - International Travel
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Air

The national airline is Egypt Air (MS).

All the main carriers service Egypt, including:

• Air France,
• British Airways
• JAT
• KLM
• Lufthansa
• Olympic Airways
• SWISS.

Charter services fly directly from London Gatwick to Egypt. British Mediterranean (a franchise partner of British Airways) offers daily services from London to Alexandria.

Approximate flight times are as follows:

• It takes 5 hours and 35 minutes traveling from Luxor to London.
• It takes 4 hours and 45 minutes traveling from Cairo to London.
• It takes 16 hours and 40 minutes traveling from Cairo to Los Angeles.
• It takes 14 hours and 25 minutes traveling from Cairo to New York.
• It takes 12 hours and 35 minutes traveling from Cairo to Singapore.
• It takes 20 hours traveling from Cairo to Sydney.

International airports

Cairo International (CAI)

Located 24 kilometres (15 miles) northeast of the city at Heliopolis with a travel time of 1 hour.

Airport facilities

Facilities consist of incoming and outgoing duty-free shops selling a variety of goods, several car hire firms, hotel reservation service, a post office, souvenir shops, bank/bureau de change, restaurants and bar, bookshops and travel insurance services.

Transport

There are bus services every 30 minutes, and taxis are available from the airport. Special limousines are offered by local and international operators. Hotel cars are also be available.

Borg El Arab (HBE) - Alexandria

Borg El Arab (HBE) has replaced El Nouzha airport as the main international airport for Alexandria. It is located 60 kilometres (37 miles) southwest of Alexandria.

Airport facilities

Facilities consist of bank and money exchange services, a duty-free shop, VIP lounge, post office and restaurant.

Luxor Airport (LXR)

Located 5.5 kilometres (3.5 miles) from Luxor.

Airport facilities

Facilities consist of bank and exchange services, car hire, and a bar and restaurant. Improvement works have taken place and are expected to continue to meet the growing amount of tourists and visitors.

Transport

There is a regular bus service to the city centre with a journey time of 15 minutes. Special limousine and local taxi services are available from the airport.

Departure tax: None.

Sea/River

The main coastal ports are Nuweiba, Alexandria, Port Said and Suez.

The Saudi Sea Transport Company runs a frequent car ferry service between Suez and Jeddah.

A ferry service usually runs twice a week up the Nile between Wadi Halfa (Sudan) and Egypt High Dam, but is sometimes suspended. For further information, please contact the Nile Valley Association (telephone number: (2) 578 9256).

A ferry service also operates twice a day between South Sinai and Aqaba (Jordan). There are special rates for children under 12 and under 3 years of age.

For further information, contact the Cairo Navigation Agency (telephone number: (2) 574 5755 or 575 5568).

The Black Sea Shipping Company sails from Odessa. Other main passenger lines are Egyptian Navigation Company, Arab Express Shipping, Gulf Agency Company and Orient Shipping Ltd.

Several cruise ships stop over in Egypt as part of their African itinerary. The main cruise line operators include Princess Cruises, Orient Lines, Cunard Line, Royal Caribbean and Silversea Cruises.

Rail

There are no international rail links to any of Egypt’s northwestern neighbours and the railheads at Wadi Halfa (in Sudan) and Aswan and are connected by a ferry across Lake Nasser.

Road

The road border between Egypt and Libya is open. There are 2 border crossings between Israel and Egypt, one runs from Cairo via El Arish to Rafiah on the north Sinai coast and the other from Cairo via Suez and Taba to Eilat.

Daily coaches leave early in the morning from Jerusalem and Tel Aviv in Israel for travel via El Arish/Rafiah to Cairo and vice versa. There are no direct buses from Eilat to Cairo, it is necessary to change in Taba. The road crossing from Taba to Eilat is now open for 24 hours a day. Passengers in taxis and with rented cars are not permitted to cross the borders between Egypt and Israel. Privately owned vehicles may be taken across borders, provided the appropriate documentation is attained. All private vehicles entering Egypt must hold a 3 month triptyche or Carnet de passage en douane from an automobile club in the country of registration. The driver must have an international drivers’ licence. Visas should generally be obtained in advance, however, travellers entering Egypt via Taba may be able to obtain visas at the border.
Useful travel links
AA route planner directions and maps within Egypt.