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Trains Schedules In Egypt

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.

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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.  

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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 book train tickets by e-mail through a few Egyptian Travel Companies:

  • www.desertegypt.com

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 costs about LE 50.  Cairo to Aswan costs about LE 60.

  • 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 60 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$50 per person one-way sharing a 2-berth compartment or US$70 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.  For more information on the Abela Egypt sleeper train, see sleeping trains

  • Slow trains:  There are also 2nd & 3rd class slow trains, which are very basic and not recommended 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+
Alexandra 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, see sleeping trains for info & booking.  

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.

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