Upon arrival in Aswan, the city is compact enough to be explored by foot. Should you want to get around quicker or in a unique style, rickshaws, horse-drawn carriages and taxis are plentiful. For travel to the river islands or attractions on the West Bank, visitors can cross by motor boat or felluca – a traditional wooden sailing boat.
Getting In and Out of Town
Aswan is served by the Aswan International Airport, which is located 16km southwest of the city centre. The airport operates regular flights to Doha via Arabia International Airlines, Cairo via Egypt Air and Madrid via Iberworld. Seasonal flights are scheduled between London-Gatwick and Aswan with Thomson Airways.
Aswan International Airport is not serviced by public transportation, limiting transportation to taxis or private cars. Security approaching the airport terminal is tight, which makes taxi the best way to transfer between to the city. Fares generally range from LE25 to LE40, depending on how well you can bargain with the driver.
Five AC express train services connect Cairo and Aswan daily. The journey takes about 13 to 14 hours and costs 57LE for a 2ndclass ticket and 113LE for a 1stclass ticket. Trains also connect Luxor and Aswan in about three hours with a 1stor 2ndclass AC ticket. Aswan’s train station is located in the northern region of the city centre.
Various cruise ships and operators have daily service along the Nile between Luxor and Aswan. Once a week, a boat sails for Wadi Halfa in Sudan. Tickets for any service can be purchased directly from the ship or through an agent.