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Sited of the banks of the Nile roughly 650 kilometres (400 miles) south of Cairo, Luxor is one of Egypt's most popular tourist destinations and the base for several important archaelogical sites - the Valley of the Kings and the Temple of Luxor. Thebes, the ancient Egyptian capital, was located on the West bank of the river Nile. That is where most of the ruins and tombs are. Because of this, Luxor is often referred to as the "world's greatest open air museum". Across the Nile on the East bank is the Luxor town. Most shops, restaurants and accommodations are located on this side of Luxor.
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Luxor is a very dry and sunny place with no rain whatsoever, making it one of the driest places on earth. Temperatures between November and February are pleasantly warm, between 22 °C and 27 °C, while average daytime temperatures in summer are above 40 °C, but temperatures close to 50 °C have been measured here! Winter nights are relatively cool, but rarely really cold, like desert areas more to the (north)west.
|Avg Max||22.9 °C||25.2 °C||29.3 °C||35 °C||38.9 °C||41.1 °C||40.9 °C||40.6 °C||38.8 °C||35.3 °C||29.4 °C||24.4 °C|
|Avg Min||5.7 °C||7.1 °C||11 °C||16 °C||20.4 °C||22.8 °C||23.9 °C||23.5 °C||21.6 °C||17.8 °C||12 °C||7.5 °C|
|Rainfall||0.1 mm||0.1 mm||0.3 mm||0.1 mm||0.3 mm||0 mm||0 mm||0.01 mm||0.3 mm||1.2 mm||0.2 mm||0.04 mm|
Luxor is served by Luxor International Airport (LXR), located 6 kilometres east of the city. The only budget carrier currently operating direct to Luxor from Europe is Air Berlin, from several German cities. Jazeera Airways operate direct flights from Kuwait and Lebanon. Many national carriers offer direct flights. Egyptair flies direct to Luxor from Cairo nine times a day, with flights taking approximately an hour. They have more flights to Barcelona, Brussels, London, Madrid, Milan, Osaka, Rome and Paris, as well as a few more domestic cities like Aswan and Sharm el-Sheikh.
Direct trains from Cairo are frequent, convenient and reasonably priced. Most tourists take the comfortable Express trains. The rail line continues direct to Aswan. Check the Egyptian National Railways website for more information about prices and schedules.
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Horse carriages, called "caleches," are widely available and sold hard - be prepared to haggle for a reasonable fare.
Rezeiky camping offers comfortable, cheap, air conditioned rooms and extremely cheap camping, with free use of a pool.
|Al Salam Camp||Ramlah Village West Bank||Hostel||87|
|Arabesek Hotel||Mohmed Farid street Egypt||Hotel||65|
|Bob Marley House||Badr Street off Television Street||Guesthouse||79|
|Boomerang Hotel||Mohamed Farid Street Luxor||Hotel||89|
|Cleopatra Hotel Luxor||Luxor West Bank Gezart Al Boirat||Hotel||89|
|Emilio Hotel||Youssef Hassan Street Luxor||Hotel||-|
|Everest Hotel||Television Street LU70 7XO||Hotel||-|
|Gaddis Luxor Hotel||Khaled Ibn El Waleed Street||HOTEL||83|
|Golden Palace Hotel||Television Street Luxor Egypt||Hotel||77|
|Happy Land Hotel||El Kamar St (end to Nile River St) El Madina el monorah St||Hotel||-|
|Hotel Fontana Luxor||Radwan St. from Maas Iben Gabel||Hotel||83|
|Isis Club House||Qurna Gabawy||Guesthouse||-|
|Little Garden Hotel||Radwan Street from Television Street||Hotel||77|
|Lotus Hotel||Khaled Ebn El Waleed St., Luxor-Egypt||Hotel||84|
|Mara House||Salah Al Din Al Ayoubi||Hotel||-|
|Morris Hotel||ElHoria Street from Khaled Ebn El walid Street||Hotel||73|
|Nefertiti Hotel||AL-Sahabi st. from Karnak temple st.||Hotel||90|
|New Everest Hotel||Train Station st.||Hotel||83|
|New Mostafa Hotel||Television St||Hotel||-|
|New Radwan Hotel||Abdel Moneim Adisi Street Train Station SQ||Hotel||45|
|Nile Valley Hotel & Restaurant||El Bairat El Gezira||hotel||83|
|Nubian Oasis Hostel Luxor||Mohamed Farid Street||Hostel||68|
|Oasis Hotel Luxor||Mohamad Ferid st||Hotel||76|
|Philippe Luxor Hotel||Labib Habeesh Street, Luxor||Hotel||87|
|Princess Hotel Luxor||Ahmed Orabi street||Hotel||77|
|Queens Valley Hotel||Youssef Hassan Street,infront of Egypt Duty Free S||HOTEL||82|
|Rezeiky Camp Luxor||Karnak Temple st. 5 minutes walking distance to the center of Luxor||Campsite||-|
|Royal House Hotel||Al Mahed El Deni St. From Khaled Ben Walid St.||Hotel||85|
|St. Joseph Hotel||Khaled Ebn El Waled St.||Hotel||81|
|Tutotel Hotel||Salah El Dein St., Luxor , Egypt,||Hotel||-|
|Venus Hotel Luxor||Yousef Hassan Street||Hotel||-|
|West Bank Hotel||Assuan Street El Beirat||Hotel||-|
|Windsor Hotel||Nefertiti Street Luxor-Egypt||Hotel||-|
|Marsam Shiek Ali Hotel||Qurna, West Bank||Hotel||90|
|Home Sweet Home Egypt||El Jorf, West Bank||Apartment||-|
|Hotel Sheherazade||Gezira El Bairat West Bank Luxor||HOTEL||-|
|Ramsess Hotel Luxor||West Bank Bairat El Gezira||HOTEL||-|
|Sunset Hotel||Ali Ebn Abi Taleb Street from Khaled Ebn, El walid||Hotel||-|
|New Grand Hotel||Mohmad Fereed st||HOTEL||77|
|El Salam Hotel||Train Station St||HOTEL||-|
|Amer House||Abdel Moneim Adisi Street||HOTEL||-|
|Gaddis Hotel||Khalid Ibn El Walid,||Hotel||-|
|El Mesala Hotel||Ramla West Bank||HOTEL||-|
|Villa al Diwan||Al Bahr street, lagalta village, west bank, luxor||GUESTHOUSE||-|
|Kareem Hotel||Gezirat. El - Bairat. West Bank, Luxor, Egypt.||Hotel||-|
|Teacher Hotel & Club||Mohamed Farid Street||HOTEL||-|
|Peace Hotel Luxor||Mohamed Farid Street||Hotel||-|
|Karnak Hotel||Corniche el Nile st, Karnak Across from Hilton Resort||HOTEL||84|
|Seven Heaven Hotel||Mohamed Fared st||HOTEL||-|
|Flobater Hotel Luxor||Sharia Khalid ibn el-Walid||HOTEL||-|
|Shahaina - Nileview authentic mudbrick farm||Fondok Al Nile Hilton||GUESTHOUSE||-|
|Sofitel Karnak Luxor||El Zinia Gebly Street||Hotel||-|
|St Joseph Hotel||Khaled Ibn El Waled St||Hotel||-|
|El Luxor Hotel||Corrnish El Nile Street||Hotel||-|
|Nubian House||Luxor West Bank, El Quorna, ElGabawy||GUESTHOUSE||-|
Internet access is easy to find and cheap. Most cities, such as Greater Cairo and Luxor, and even smaller tourist sites, such as Edfu, boast a plethora of small internet cafés. The price per hour is usually EGP 2-10 depending on the location/speed. In addition, an increasing number of coffee shops, restaurants, hotel lobbies and other locations now provide free wireless internet access. Free wi-fi (Mobilnil) is also available at modern coffee shops such as Cilantro and Costa Coffee, where you obtain access by getting a 2-hour "promotional" card from the waiter, and if you go into almost any McDonald's, you will have access to a free WiFi connection.
See also International Telephone Calls
The international telephone code for Egypt is 20.
Egypt has a reasonably modern telephone service including three GSM mobile service providers. The three mobile phone providers are Mobinil, Vodafone and Etisalat. Principal centers are located at Alexandria, Cairo, Al Mansurah, Ismailia, Suez, and Tanta. Roaming services are provided, although you should check with your service provider. Be aware that using your home SIM card can be very expensive, especially when using internet services but also calling is much more expensive. Try to get a local SIM card for your cell phone instead. Also, it is possible to purchase tourist mobile phone lines for the duration of your stay, which usually costs around EGP 30.
Egypt Post is the national postal service in Egypt. Services are generally reliable, affordable though pretty slow, even if you send post domestically. International letters and postcards take days, if not weeks if send to the US or Australia. They do have express mail services though, but these are relatively expensive. Opening hours of post officies are mostly from 8:30am to 2:00pm or 3:00pm daily except Friday, when all of them are closed. The central ones might keep longer hours, generally until 8:00pm. You can buy stamps here, or at certain newspaper kiosks. In touristic areas, these are available at many shops as well. For parcels, it's much better to use international courier services such as DHL, TNT, FedEx or UPS.
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