How Do You Get From Cairo To Alexandria?

Cairo and Alexandria, two of Egypt’s most iconic cities, are separated by approximately 220 kilometers (137 miles) of diverse landscapes and rich history. Traveling from the bustling capital of Cairo to the coastal charm of Alexandria is a journey worth experiencing. In this blog post, we’ll explore the various transportation options and provide insights on how to make this transition as smooth as possible.

  1. Train Travel

One of the most popular and convenient ways to travel from Cairo to Alexandria is by train. The Egyptian National Railways operates multiple daily services between Cairo’s Ramses Station and Alexandria’s Sidi Gaber Station. The journey takes around two to three hours, depending on the type of train and any stops along the way. It’s advisable to book your train ticket in advance, especially during peak travel times, to secure a seat.

  1. Private Car or Taxi

For those seeking flexibility and convenience, hiring a private car or taking a taxi is a viable option. The drive from Cairo to Alexandria typically takes around two to three hours, depending on traffic conditions. Private car hire services are available, and you can negotiate with a taxi driver for a one-way trip. While this option offers door-to-door service, it’s important to note that traffic in Cairo can be congested, so plan your departure time accordingly.

  1. Bus Services

Several bus companies operate services between Cairo and Alexandria, providing a budget-friendly option for travelers. The journey duration is similar to that of the train, taking around two to three hours. Buses depart from various locations in Cairo, including the Cairo Gateway Bus Terminal. Be sure to check the schedules and book your tickets in advance, as buses can fill up quickly.

  1. Flights

While not the most common option for this relatively short journey, there are flights available from Cairo International Airport to Borg El Arab Airport in Alexandria. This is the quickest way to travel between the two cities, with a flight duration of around one hour. However, keep in mind that the time spent at airports, security checks, and transportation to and from the airports can make the overall journey longer than taking a train or driving.

  1. Shared Rides

If you’re looking for a budget-friendly and local experience, shared rides or minivans, known as “service taxis” or “microbuses,” are available. These can be found at specific locations in Cairo, and they may make stops along the way to pick up and drop off passengers. While these rides can be economical, they may not be as comfortable as other options.

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