Getting There - International Travel
The national airline is Egypt
All the main carriers service Egypt, including:
• Air France,
• British Airways
• Olympic Airways
Charter services fly directly from London Gatwick
to Egypt. British Mediterranean (a franchise
partner of British Airways) offers daily services from London
Approximate flight times are as follows:
• It takes 5 hours and 35 minutes traveling from Luxor to
• It takes 4 hours and 45 minutes traveling from Cairo to
• 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
• It takes 20 hours traveling from Cairo to Sydney.
Cairo International (CAI)
Located 24 kilometres (15 miles) northeast of the city at Heliopolis
with a travel time of 1 hour.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
The main coastal ports are Nuweiba, Alexandria, Port Said
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
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.
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.