All railway lines from Cairo depart from and arrive at Ramses Station, 3 km (2 miles) northeast of Maydan Tahrir. Trains traveling to and from Alexandria, the Nile Delta towns, and Suez Canal cities use tracks 1–7 in the station's main hall. Trains to Al Minya, Luxor, and Aswan depart from platforms 8, 9, 10, and 11 outside the main hall.
Cairo and Alexandria have several convenient daily connections, with a travel time of 2 to 3¼ hours depending on the type of service. Tickets cost between £E19 and £E50, depending on the class of service.
Abela Egypt operates the long-distance and sleeper trains that connect Cairo, Luxor, and Aswan. Tickets for these trains should be purchased at least 10 days in advance, either in person at the station or from a travel agent or tour company.
Ernst Watania Sleeping Trains. Overnight trains leave Cairo Ramses station and return from Luxor and Aswan in the south every day. Book online at least three days in advance with a passport number. 02/3748–9388; www.wataniasleepingtrains.com.