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Tourist Guide to Getting to and around in Egypt
There are several ways of traveling into Egypt, although by air is by far the most popular. If traveling to Egypt by plane, there are six airports that you could fly into: two in Alexandria, Aswan, Cairo, Luxor and Sharm El Sheikh, although Cairo is probably the most popular airport for tourists. Popular airlines used to travel into Egypt include British Airways, Egyptair and Royal Dutch Airlines, although there are several others.

You can also travel into Egypt by water, road or rail. If traveling by road, you must travel through Libya, the Gaza Strip or Israel. Travelers by sea will probably land in Alexandria. However, you choose to travel, remember that as with any foreign country, you will need a passport to enter, but unlike some countries, you are also required to hold a valid visa.

Once you have arrived in Egypt, and have passed through Immigration, you will need to think about getting around. The most common method of transport around major cities is by taxi, although if you are traveling outside of the cities, to the countries various attractions, you might consider joining organized tours. However, if you feel confident enough to drive around by yourself, there are plenty of care hire companies around, although you may want to pre-book that before you arrive.

Like most countries, train travel is probably one of the most popular ways of traveling around Egypt. The train services come in three variants; the express and the turbo are the two luxury options, perhaps for the traveler with a little more money on hand. But, these are both highly recommended because you are truly taken care of, with wonderful catering and facilities.

There is also the standard class of train and this is fairly basic. If you though are on a budget, it is perhaps the best option. Trains run between Cairo and most of the other main cities, but as a rough guide, the journey between Cairo and Alexandria takes roughly two hours. If you do not mind lots of stops, but want to see parts of Egypt that you may not be able to see on the railway, there are plenty of buses on offer that include facilities and entertainment.

If you are visiting Cairo you may also choose to travel by Underground, which is definitely the cheapest and most efficient way to travel. Whilst in peak season the Underground operates between the hours of six o'clock in the morning and one o'clock the following morning, during the winter seasons (the most popular months for visitors to the tombs and pyramids, because the weather is a lot cooler), visitors should be aware that the Underground does not run after twelve o'clock in the afternoon, so do not get caught short and make sure you have a plan.
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