I am considering the following options to get to Sharm el Sheikh from Luxor in late October 2014:
1. Flight: Luxor -> Cairo -> Sharm (most expensive and duration is about 4 hours - there's a 2 h layover in Cairo airport; each flight is about 1h long))
2. Flight and bus:
Fly to Cairo from Luxor - 1 hour duration
Take bus from Cairo to Sharm el Sheikh (very reasonable price in comparison. Can see some scenery, will take a few hours - I think around 6 hours)
3. Bus and ferry:
Bus to Hurghada from Luxor - about 4-5 hours (price is very reasonable)
Ferry to Sharm from Hurghanda
I'm leaning towards #3 but would like to know if anyone can confirm how practical this option is.
I'd take option 4. Go somewhere else.
What the UK government site has to say about visiting Egypt:
"There is a high threat from terrorism. We believe that terrorists continue to plan attacks. Attacks could be indiscriminate and occur without prior warning. Attacks targeting foreigners can’t be ruled out. There is a threat of kidnapping, particularly in remote desert areas.
The Sinai-based Ansar Bayt al-Maqdis (ABM) has been involved in a number of suicide bombings, drive-by shootings and assassinations. In November 2014 ABM announced they had pledged allegiance to ISIL. On 16 February, ABM carried out a suicide attack on a tourist bus in Taba, South Sinai, close to the Israeli border at Eilat, killing 3 South Korean tourists, an Egyptian driver and injuring at least 14 others. The group has threatened further attacks against Egypt’s economic interests."
Thanks for the tips, I went to Egypt a few months ago (end of Oct 2014) and it was a great trip overall.
The best option would have been to take a bus from luxor to Hurghanda then fly from the Hurghanda airport to Sharm airport (way cheaper than flying from Cairo airport). Option 2 above would be second best choice, take the red eye bus to Dahab/red sea from Cairo. I met many expat divers, while I was diving at the Red Sea, and these were their suggestions.
Egypt was safe (sad to see how much the media exaggerates) and I traveled solo overall. If you really want to go, you'll find a way Research the travel sites to check for recent travel posts that proves travelers do go there (and went back home fine).