Getting there and getting around
There are international airports in or near:
Egypt has three land border crossings:
- with Libya
connecting Salloum with Musaad (or Amsaad) in Libya
- with Israel
connecting Taba with Eilat in Israel
- and with the Palestine Territories / Gaza
And you can enter Egypt by ferry service at the following ports:
- Aswan ferry to/from Wadi Halfa, Sudan crossing Nasser Lake,
with the Nile River Valley Transport Co. (offices in Aswan and Cairo)
- Alexandria ferry crossing to/from Venice, Italy / Tartous, Syria with Visemar (SUSPENDED!)
- Hurghada ferry crossings to/from Duba, Saudi Arabia
- Nuweiba ferry crossing to/from Aqaba, Jordan with Arab Bridge Maritime
Nuweiba fast ferry crossing to/from Aqaba, Jordan with Meenagate's 'Babel' ferry
- Safaga ferry crossings to/from Duba and Jeddah, Saudi Arabia with Arab Bridge Maritime
- Suez ferry crossings to/from Jeddah, Saudi Arabia with Arab Bridge Maritime
Low cost carriers
List of low cost carriers flying to/from Egypt's international airports:
- Alexandria : Air Arabia, Fly Dubai, Nas Air
- Cairo : Air Arabia, AirBerlin, Jetairfly, Thomas Cook
- Hurghada : AirBerlin, Arke, Condor, Corendon, Easyjet, Jetairfly, Meridiana, Thomas Cook, Thomson, Transavia, TUIFly
- Luxor : Air Arabia, AirBerlin, Arke, Easyjet, Fly Dubai, Jazeera Airways, Jetairfly, Thomas Cook, Thomson, Transavia, TUIFly
- Marsa Alam : AirBerlin, Arke, Condor, Jetairfly, Thomas Cook, Thomson, Transavia, TUIFly
- Sharm El-Sheikh : Arke, AirBerlin, Condor, Easyjet, Jazeera Airways, Jetairfly, Meridiana, Monarch, Nas Air, Thomas Cook, Thomson, Transavia, TUIFly
- Sohag : Air Arabia, Nas Air
- Taba : Jetairfly, Thomas Cook, Thomson, Transavia
There are countless bus companies in Egypt and travel on one of them is generally speaking very comfortable. It is one of the most economical ways to get around as well. There never seems to be a problem, putting your bicycle on either a bus or a train, but make sure you negotiate the price beforehand. And barter hard! Paying half of your own bus ticket again for the bike, is reasonable. Be warned that you will pay slightly more than Egyptians when travelling by bus.
www.bus.com.eg has info on East Delta, Upper Egypt and West Delta bus companies. Superjet is a -slightly more expensive- alternative to the above mentioned state-run bus corporations, and so is Go-Bus.
The ferry crossing the Red Sea between Sharm El-Sheikh and Hurghada has ceased all operations as of September 2010 !
There is no water transport option across the Suez canal at Suez; your closest option crossing the canal is at the Ahmed Hamdi tunnel, approximately 20 kilometres north of Suez. You can cross the canal at Port Said by using the free ferries connecting the city with Port Fouad.
Egypt has an extensive rail network and travel by train is convenient and cheap. Visit the Egyptian National Railway website for their services, ticket prices and station maps. Or check Seat61.com for more info.
Expect to pay a small fee for taking the bikes on board the train, but never pay more than 50% of your ticket price.