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Train Timetables

Egypt Railways

Egypt Railways

 

Egypt's well-developed rail network is ideal for long journeys in this country. These air-conditioned trains are much comfortable than buses and taxis. The rail network operates from Cairo to Alexandria, the Delta, and the Canal Zone, along with the coast to Mersa Matrouh and up the Nile Valley to Luxor and Aswan. But for shorter journeys, the rail network is a bit too slow by comparison.  Egyptian National railways or ENR is the national railway of Egypt which is managed by the Egyptian Railways Authority or ERA.

 

Timetables are posted on all major stations but only in Arabic. Schedules and fares for different routes can also be found on the Egyptian railway website, where you can even buy online tickets for your rail journey. Schedules for sleeper services are available on the website of the company which operates them, Watania.

 

Trains running from Cairo to Alexandria or Aswan may include sleeping arrangements, and non-ac rail service is also available. When traveling through the Cairo-Luxor/Aswan route foreign travelers are allowed to use only the four tourist trains whose compartments are guarded by gun-toting plainclothes cops. When buying a ticket at major stations you might find it little frustrating as separate queues exist for different ticket classes.

 

Air-conditioned trains in Egypt usually have two classes, the first class which offers waiter service, reclining armchairs, and no standing. They also screen videos until midnight. Another is second class superior which is less plush and more crowded – but two-thirds the price of first class. You can choose any of the two as both classes are comfortable enough to allow you to sleep on an overnight journey, at a fraction of the cost of a sleeper.

 

You can reserve any seat in Egypt trains seven days in advance of your journey. Booking a return ticket at the point of origin is somehow not possible, the best season for traveling are summer for Alexandria and winter for Upper Egypt. Many travel agencies in Egypt sell first-class tickets for a small commission, saving you from the time of standing in the queue. Non-a/c trains in Egypt consist of ordinary second class carriages, with padded bench seating and third class with wooden benches. Both are invariably crowded. Few foreigners use them, but on a few routes they are the only services available, and over short distances, you might enjoy the disorder. There is no advance booking service available for seats on these services and you will not need to stand in a queue for a ticket at the station.

 

Egyptian Railways form the backbone of passenger transportation in Egypt with 800 million passenger miles annually. There is an Egyptian railways museum next to the Misr station which was built in 1932 and opened in 1933. The place is great for all those who wish to know about the railway system and history of Egyptian railways.

 

Egypt Train Timetables

 

  • Cairo to Aswan (Seated train)

  • From: Cairo to Luxor

  • From: Luxor to Cairo

  • Cairo to Alexandria

  • Alexandria to Cairo

  • Sleeper trains:

  • Alexandria to Aswan and vice versa

  • From Cairo to Aswan

  • Cairo Marsa Matrouh

 

 

Cairo to Aswan (Seated Train)

TrainDep.
Arr.
Operate in Days
Sun Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat
1st Class Fares
(approx. in LE)
2nd Class Fares
(approx. in LE)
Origin/Fin.
stations
1902
Speed
00:01
12:40
Work on All Days109.00 LE55.00 LECAIRO ASWAN
980
Speed
08:00
21:30
Work on All Days109.00 LE55.00 LECAIRO ASWAN
982 
Speed
12:00
01:30
Work on All Days109.00 LE55.00 LECAIRO ASWAN
988 
Speed
19:00
07:35
Work on All Days109.00 LE55.00 LECAIRO ASWAN
88 
Speed +S
20:00
09:40
Work on All Days109.00 LE55.00 LEALEXANDRIA ASWAN
996 
Speed
22:00
10:55
Work on All Days109.00 LE55.00 LECAIRO ASWAN
886
Speed
23:15
12:00
Work on All Days109.00 LE55.00 LECAIRO ASWAN

*This Train is available from 1st July to 30th September (Summer)

TrainDep.
Arr.
Operate in Days
Sun Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat
1st Class Fares
(approx. in LE)
2nd Class Fares
(approx. in LE)
Origin/Fin.
stations
989 
Speed
01:10
10:40
Work in All Days90.00 LE46.00 LEASWAN CAIRO
981
Speed
08:45
18:55
Work in All Days90.00 LE46.00 LEASWAN CAIRO
983 
Speed
10:35
21:05
Work in All Days90.00 LE46.00 LEASWAN CAIRO
935 
Speed +S
12:30
22:05
Work in All Days90.00 LE46.00 LELUXOR ALEXANDRIA
887 
Speed
18:30
04:00
Work in All Days90.00 LE46.00 LEASWAN CAIRO
977 
Speed
19:15
05:00
Work in All Days90.00 LE46.00 LELUXOR CAIRO
1903 
Speed
21:30
06:35
Work in All Days90.00 LE46.00 LEASWAN CAIRO
89 
Speed +S
22:55
09:20
Work in All Days90.00 LE46.00 LEASWAN ALEXANDRIA
997 
Speed
23:30
08:55
Work in All Days90.00 LE46.00 LEASWAN CAIRO

Egypt Sleeper Trains

Trip: Cairo - Luxor - Aswan & Return

Train. Train.Arr.Dep.Arr
84StationCairoLuxorLuxorAswan
.Local Time20:005:05*Next day5:158:15
85StationAswanLuxorLuxorCairo
.Local Time18:3021:3021:406:45*Next day
 StationCairoplaceLuxorAswan
86Local Time21:106:10*6:209:30
 StationAswanLuxorLuxorCairo
87Local Time21:2000:40*00:509:30

 

Prices: Cairo - Luxor - Aswan & Return

Valid Until: 30th Sep. 2009 
(One Way)
Price in US $ 
(Including Dinner & Breakfast)
Per person in a double cabin60.00
Per person in a single cabin80.00
Children (4-9)years old45.00

 

Sleeper Train Cairo - Alexandria

Train No. DepArrDepArrDepArr
82StationAlexandriaCairoCairoLuxorLuxorAswan>
.Local Time17:2020:1020:305:25 
*Next day
5:358:50
83StationAswanLuxorLuxorCairoCairoAlex
.Local Time17:0020:1520:305:35 
*Next day
6:109:10

 

 

Alexandria to Aswan and vice versa

Please note that the link between Alexandria and Cairo is temporary stopped till further notice from the Egyptian National Railways. Still, you can reserve the connection on the sitting train upon your arrival to Cairo.

Train Dep.Arr.Dep.ArrDepArr.
82StationAlexandriaCairoCairoLuxorLuxorAswan
 Local Time17:2020:1020:305:25
*Next day
5:358:50
83StationAswanLuxorLuxorCairoCairoAlex
 Local Time17:0020:1520:305:35
Next day
6:109:10

 

Prices - Alexandria - Cairo - Luxor - Aswan & Return

Trip: Alexandria - Cairo - Luxor - Aswan & Return 
Valid Until: 30th Sep. 2010 (One Way)
 (One Way)
Price in US $ 
(Including Dinner & Breakfast)
Per person in a double cabin56.00
Per person in a single cabin79.00
Children (4-9) years old40.00

 

Cairo / Mrsa Matrouh

Train Dep.Arr.
773StationCairoMatrouh
Saturday - Monday - WednesdayLocal Time17:2020:10
774StationMatrouhCairo
Sunday - Tuesday - ThursdayLocal Time17:0020:15

 

Prices :

Trip: Cairo - Matrouh & Return 
(15 Jun - 15 Sep 2010)
Price in US $ 
(Including Dinner & Breakfast)
Per person in a double cabin43.00
Per person in a single cabin60.00

 

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