Page update - Aug 31, 2023
How to get from Hurghada hotels to Luxor quickly and inexpensively? Or maybe it is more profitable to buy an excursion? What options are available? Read the answers on this page, as well as full instructions - how to use the intercity buses.
The prices, timetables, and other information on this page were updated in August 2023. By the way, bus tickets recently went up due to the fall of the Egyptian pound exchange rates. Read all the actual prices below on this page.
In a straight line - 125 miles (200 kilometers).
By road - 185 miles (300 kilometers). The route is taken by Highway 60. Do not be alarmed, this is not the Interstate 60 from the famous Bob Gale movie. This is a different Route 60, although trouble often happens there, too.
Highway 60 runs through the desert and is considered potentially dangerous. Ten years ago, only military convoys were allowed there. Now there are no more convoys, you can drive freely on the highway.
However, there are restrictions. Foreigners are only allowed on Route 60 from 6 am to 6 pm. There are checkpoints in Safaga (near Hurghada) and in Kuen (near Luxor) that check the cars entering the highway.
If you want to drive on Route 60, you must enter through the checkpoint after 6 am and before 6 pm. This applies to cabs, buses, and booked transfers. Travel agencies and tour operators can bypass this rule, as they have the right to issue special travel documents for tourists and pass even at night.
Karnak Temple, the Colossi of Memnon, the Temple of Hatshepsut, the Valley of the Kings, the Tomb of Tutankhamun, Luxor Temple can theoretically be seen in one day. But then the time to look at each of these places will be 15-20 minutes, that is, you will not see anything at all.
The guided tours take one full day, but visit not the full set, but only half.
Therefore, we recommend spending two days in Luxor, or better, three. Then you will have time to see everything without rushing. A room in a decent hotel in Luxor costs 15-20 dollars per night. Luxor is in Upper Egypt, and everything is cheap there. We could say, "Feel like a king with only $100 in your pocket".
The cab driver will need special travel documents to travel on Route 60, otherwise he/she might not be allowed through the checkpoint. It is not your business how and where to issue the documents and how much it costs. It's the cab driver's problem, it's his job. Tourists should only know that you need to arrange the trip in advance - at least 2 days in advance!
The best way is to arrange the round trip at once with a respected cab company in Hurghada: ABC Taxi, Fawry Taxi, or 123 Taxi. An interesting thing is that you can bargain with them.
The trip price is 1,200-1,500 Egyptian pounds one way, some tourists can bargain up to 1,000 pounds. See the current exchange rates of the pound on our page "What is the money in Egypt". If you negotiate a trip there, then around Luxor, then back within one day, you can negotiate for 2,000 Egyptian pounds for everything.
The average price on the Internet is 100 US dollars. Ordering a transfer is more expensive, but the convenience is that you can order online, no need to find out the phone numbers of local cabs or look for a cab driver.
There are no direct flights from Hurghada to Luxor. Theoretically, you can fly with the interchange in Cairo, but it makes no sense - it's too long and expensive.
SuperJet Bus Company buses do not run on the Hurghada-Luxor route. This is unfortunate, as many tourists like this company, especially the prices.
The best option is to use the bus company Go Bus Egypt (aka El-Gouna Bus).
The ticket price is 210-260 Egyptian pounds. The travel time is 4-4.5 hours. On the route of Hurghada-Luxor, buses of Delux Plus and Elite DD class run. The buses have large seats, drinks and snacks in the cabin, LCD screen with movies for each passenger, and a clean toilet in the cabin.
Go Bus buses depart from Hurghada from the bus station at El Nasr Street in the center of the city. Take a cab to the bus station.
In Luxor, the buses arrive at the bus station near the railway station. It is very convenient because there you can immediately have a meal in one of the cafes, buy supplies in the supermarket, and go see the Temple of Luxor, which is only 650 feet (200 meters) from the station.
Tickets are usually available at the bus station ticket office even just before the bus leaves. The bus may be full only on Thursday (last working day of the week), Friday (first weekend of the week) or pre-holiday days. See our page "Public holidays in Egypt" for the holidays calendar.
If you want to be reassured, buy tickets on the official website go-bus.com/en, you can pay with VISA or MasterCard. Or you can go to the nearest travel agency, where they will be happy to book tickets for you for a small (sometimes large, if the agent is cheeky) fee.
Attention! A very important point! There are several bus companies in Egypt, and each of them has its own bus station in Hurghada. All the bus stations are located on El-Nasr street. When you take a cab, be sure to tell the cab driver the name of the bus company, such as "Go Bus station" or "Upper Egypt bus station".
Go Bus has a lot of advantages, but there is one big disadvantage - the Hurghada-Luxor route has only 4 trips a day. When this page was updated (August 2023) the buses left Hurghada at 7-15, 8-30, 13-30, 15-30. It is better to check the current schedule at go-bus.com/en.
The second option is to take the Upper Egypt Bus Company bus. They have about 8 trips a day. Unfortunately their website www.upper-eg.com is not working for a long time, and therefore it is impossible to see the actual timetable on the Internet.
You can go to the nearest tour agency and ask for a reservation. How much will they ask for this service? It is difficult to predict. You can go to the Upper Egypt Bus station on El-Nasr Street and look at the timetable and buy the ticket in advance there.
To make the bus trip without surprises, to know all the features, read our detailed review "How to ride buses in Egypt".
The bus tour price now ranges from USD 50 to 90. This is a very interesting option by the price, as it includes the trip from the hotel in Hurghada to Luxor and the attractions tickets.
However, the tour has its own disadvantages: the time at the sights will be limited, you will arrive at the place at the busiest time, and will have to visit some factories or stores. And the main disadvantage - you will see only half of the sights.
The prices are summarized in the table below, taken as a round trip cost:
* - also includes sightseeing tickets and lunch (drinks are extra).
- It's hotter in Luxor than in Hurghada, and the sun is more dangerous. Don't forget to wear hats and cover your shoulders. See the weather statistics on our page "Weather in Egypt by months";
- The All Inclusive hotel bracelet on your wrist will attract pickpockets. Try to talk with the hotel staff to cut the bracelet off for the duration of the trip and give you a new one upon your return;
- Some tourists look for hitchhikers at the hotel for a cheaper cab. Not a bad idea;
- In Luxor, you will definitely need Egyptian pounds to pay for running expenses. Read our review "Currency exchange in Egypt";
- Do not forget to take your documents - passport and insurance, as anything can happen on the trip.
Have a good trip to Luxor, and read our interesting pages about Egypt (see the list of the pages below).
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