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Tour Egypt Presents Trains Scheduals In Egypt from Tour Egypt


Train Schedules in Egypt


Guests outside Egypt can contact our booking department to book a train in Egypt


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Egypt has a remarkably good - and cheap - rail network. Egyptian trains offer four classes of accommodation:


  • 1st class air-conditioned

  • 2nd class air-conditioned

  • 2nd class ordinary (better thought of as 3rd class)

  • 3rd class (better thought of as 4th class)

1st and 2nd air-conditioned class are available on express trains, and are comparable to European 1st and 2nd class. Ordinary 2nd class is much more basic, and usually only available on slower trains.


Train Times:


Train times for the most popular routes are shown further down this page:

Cairo - Alexandria

Cairo - Luxor - Aswan

Cairo - Suez

Cairo & Alexandria - Port Said

Cairo & Alexandria - El Alamein - Mersa Matruh

Egyptian National Railways does not have a website. You should check train times locally before traveling.

Fares:


Fares are extremely cheap by European and American standards. Take your student ISIC card if you have one - these may give you a 33% reduction. Some very approximate one-way fares are shown below:

In Egypt:


You can buy tickets at the railway station booking office when you get to Egypt, although as with anything else in Egypt, a degree of patience is called for... Alternatively, if you don't mind paying commission, you can use a local travel agent to buy tickets on your behalf.

Outside Egypt:


If you are short of time (or patience...) and particularly want to book your Egyptian train tickets before you arrive in Egypt, you can contact our booking department to book a train in Egypt

Cairo to Alexandria


There is an excellent train service between Alexandria and Cairo, with three sorts of train: Ordinary trains with very basic 2nd & 3rd class, express trains with comfortable air-conditioned 1st & 2nd class, and best of all, the pride of the Egyptian Railways, the superfast French-built 'Turbotrains', which eat up the 130 miles in just 2 hours 10 minutes. Fares: A 1st class one-way ticket for an air-conditioned express from Cairo to Alexandria costs about LE 25.

Cairo - Alexandria:

Train type:

Exp

Exp

Ord

Turbo

Exp

Ord

Exp

Exp

Ord

Exp

Ord

Exp

Ord+

Exp

Turbo

Exp

Cairo

depart

0440

0600

0605

0800

0815

0820

0900

0930

1000

1100

1115

1200

1215

1310

1400

1410

Alexandria

arrive

0700

0900

0940

1010

1100

1240

1110

1215

1405

1340

1415

1425

1540

1625

1610

1710

Train type:

Ord

Exp

Exp

Ord+

Exp

Exp

Ord

Exp

Ord

Exp

Turbo

Exp

Exp

Exp

Exp

Exp

Cairo

depart

1420

1500

1510

1530

1600

1700

1705

1800

1815

1830

1900

2000

2010

2030

2140

2230

Alexandria

arrive

1835

1720

1750

1810

1850

1940

2040

2010

2130

2150

2110

2245

2300

0000

0010

0100

Turbo - Superfast TURBOTRAIN, comfortable air-conditioned 1st & 2nd class with refreshments. Recommended train. Exp - Air-conditioned express, comfortable air-conditioned 1st & 2nd class with refreshments. Recommended train. Ord - Ordinary train, with very basic 2nd & 3rd class. Trains marked 'Ord+' also have air-conditioned 2nd class.

Alexandria - Cairo:

Train type:

Ord

Exp

Exp

Exp

Exp

Turbo

Exp

Ord+

Exp

Exp

Ord

Exp

Exp

Exp

Ord

Turbo

Alexandria

depart

0455

0600

0610

0700

0710

0800

0815

0910

1000

1100

1115

1200

1240

1300

1320

1400

Cairo

arrive

0845

0905

0920

0910

0950

1010

1055

1310

1240

1330

1420

1515

1530

1600

1715

1610

Train type:

Exp

Exp

Ord

Exp

Exp

Ord

Exp

Ord+

Exp

Turbo

Exp

Exp

Ord

Exp

Exp

Exp

Alexandria

depart

1500

1530

1540

1640

1700

1710

1730

1740

1800

1900

1930

2000

2010

2100

2130

2215

Cairo

arrive

1705

1810

1930

1900

1950

2120

2040

2140

2020

2110

2200

2240

0010

2340

0000

0040

Cairo to Luxor and Aswan

There are four different ways to travel by train between Cairo, Luxor and Aswan :

  • Daytime air-conditioned express train with comfortable 1st & 2nd class seats. The journey takes most of the day, but just relax and enjoy the scenery. The trains run along the Nile for much of the journey, past palm trees, camels, and fellahin working in the fields. Cairo to Luxor in 1st class


  • Overnight air-conditioned express train with comfortable 1st & 2nd class seats - see the 'air-conditioned express' pictures above. This saves time compared with traveling by day, but costs less than the deluxe sleeper. Cairo to Aswan costs about LE 160 one-way 1st class air-conditioned. Take a fleece or jumper - the air-con can be quite powerful..!


  • Overnight deluxe sleeper: To save time and travel in comfort, take the deluxe overnight sleeping-car train. This has modern air-conditioned sleeping-cars with 1- and 2-berth rooms, and a club / lounge car - see the photos below. The fare includes an evening tray-meal and breakfast. The sleeper train is now run by a company called Abela Egypt, and special tourist-orientated fares apply, about US$60 per person one-way sharing a 2-berth compartment or US$80 in a 1-berth compartment from Cairo to either Luxor or Aswan. Passengers traveling alone who don't want to pay the extra for a single-berth compartment will be booked into a 2-berth compartment with another traveler of the same sex.


  • Slow trains: There are also 2nd & 3rd class slow trains, which are very basic and not allowed for tourists - see the 'ordinary trains' pictures towards the top of the page. Government restrictions have recently been introduced which may prevent tourists from using these trains at all, unless you simply get on without a ticket and pay the conductor on board.



Cairo -Luxor - Aswan:

Train type:

Exp

Exp

Exp*

Ord

Ord+

Exp*

Ord+

Ord+

Ord+

Exp

Exp

Sleeper*

Exp

Ord+

Exp

Ord+

Alexandria

depart

2215

0710

1240

1640

Cairo

depart

0030

0115

0730

0745

1010

1100

1245

1405

1600

1845

1940

2000

2045

2100

2200

2330

Luxor

arrive

0940

1025

1725

1935

2000

2055

2330

0025

0245

0400

0445

0515

0555

0650

0715

1150

Aswan

arrive

1245

-

2035

2255

-

0000

-

-

0605

0700

0745

0815

-

1010

1025

1515

* Recommended trains (comfortable air-con expresses by day, sleeper train at night).

Exp - Air-conditioned express, comfortable air-conditioned 1st & 2nd class seats with refreshments. Ord - Ordinary train. 2nd & 3rd class seats. Trains marked 'Ord+' also have air-conditioned 2nd class seats.

Sleeper - Special deluxe sleeping-car train (with lounge car) run by Abela Egypt.

Trains (other than the sleeper train) can also be used for travel between Luxor and Aswan. Most trains also call at Asyt, Kom Ombo, Edfu, and Esna. All trains call at El Giza station about 20 minutes after leaving / before arriving at Cairo.

Aswan - Luxor - Cairo:

Train type:

Ord+

Exp*

Exp*

Slow

Exp*

Ord+

Ord+

Exp

Exp

Exp

Sleeper*

Ord+

Exp

Exp

Ord+

Ord+

Aswan

depart

-

0600

0730

0845

-

1200

-

1600

-

1800

1830

1900

2000

2100

2145

2330

Luxor

depart

0900

0920

1055

1211

1245

1530

1615

1910

2040

2110

2140

2235

2315

0015

0130

0315

Cairo

arrive

1920

1900

2100

0005

2155

0145

0400

0410

0545

0605

0645

0905

0820

0920

1230

1415

Alexandria

arrive

23:00

0510

Cairo to Port Said

Ord+ - Ordinary train, with 2nd class air-conditioned and 3rd class non-A/C.
Exp - Express train with air-conditioned 1st & 2nd class.
Fares

Ord+

Exp

Ord+

Ord+

Ord+

Ord+

Ord+

Cairo

depart

06:25

-

08:45

11:30

14:35

-

19:10

Alexandria

depart

04:40

16:05

Port Said

arrive

10:20

11:10

12:25

15:35

18:55

21:55

23:05

Ord+

Ord+

Ord+

Ord+

Ord+

Exp

Ord+

Port Said

depart

05:30

07:25

09:50

13:10

17:30

18:25

19:30

Alexandria

arrive

13:15

00:35

Cairo

arrive

09:45

-

13:40

17:25

21:30

-

23:25

Cairo to Suez

Fares: One-way 2nd class: about LE 6.

Ord - Ordinary train, with 2nd & 3rd class non-A/C.

Ord

Ord

Ord

Ord

Ord

Ord

Cairo (Ain Shams station)

depart

06:30

09:20

13:10

16:15

18:45

21:45

Suez

arrive

08:35

11:35

15:15

18:25

21:00

00:00

Ord

Ord

Ord

Ord

Ord

Ord

Suez

depart

06:00

10:10

13:10

15:50

19:00

21:25

Cairo (Ain Shams station)

arrive

08:15

12:15

15:25

18:05

21:10

23:35

Cairo/Alexandria to El Alamein and Mersa Matruh


Ord - Ordinary train, with 2nd & 3rd class non-A/C.
Exp - Express train with air-conditioned 1st & 2nd class

Ord

Ord

Exp

Ord

Ord

Exp

Ord

Ord

Cairo

depart

23:00

-

06:40

-

Mersa Matruh

depart

07:00

13:35

15:45

23:00

Alexandria

depart

06:40

13:30

El Alamein

depart

10:51

16:20

18:30

El Alamein

arrive

09:24

11:45

17:10

Alexandria

arrive

14:40

21:15

Mersa Matruh

arrive

06:00

12:00

14:15

20:40

Cairo

arrive

-

21:35

-

06:00

Last Updated: June 8th, 2011

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