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Alexandria Travel Guide

Getting Alexandria




By Car

There are only 2 options when travelling by car, either taking the Agriculture road, which has many farms surrounding its sides, or the Desert road, which as the name implies, is through the desert with only some cafeterias and local peasants situated on both sides every couple of kilometers. The trip usually is around 3 hours, depending on speed and surrounding traffic.

By Train

Usually trains from Cairo's railway station on Midan Ramses are probably the best way to get to Alexandria. Trains run at least once every hour from 6 AM to 10 PM, but try to choose either an express or the pride of Egyptian Railways, the French built Turbo, which takes only two hours ten minutes for the journey. 1st/2nd class tickets LE 25/20 one way.

By Plane

Several travellers and tourists fly into Cairo International Airport (CAI), which is well served by Egyptair as well as Air France, British Airways and most major airliners. From Cairo there are cheap and frequent flights to Alexandria Airport (ALY) 8km/5 miles to the south east of Alexandria, and Borg el Arab Airport (HBE) which is 60km/38 miles south west. British Airways fly to Borg el Arab from London Heathrow on Saturday, Sunday, Monday and Thursday, with flights arriving at around 20:20. They fly there on other days as well stopping at Beirut along the way.

By Bus

Usually the bus from Cairo to Alexandria is the most cost effective and comfortable of trip. Many bus companies offer the service, even price really very well. The Buses are air conditioned and come complete with a hostess trolley service. Companies include West Delta, Golden Arrow and the larger firm, Pullman. Buses leave Alexandria in the mornings between 7:15am and 8:30am, although Pullman do now offer at 5.00pm service as well.

By boat

The coastal ports are located in Nuweiba, Alexandria, Port Said and Suez. The Saudi Sea Transport Company runs a regular car ferry service between Jeddah and Suez. A ferry service usually travels twice per week up the Nile between Wadi Halfa (Sudan) and Egypt High Dam. If you need more info, can call to: (tel: 2 578 9256).





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