Aswan is a busy market and tourist centre located just north of the Aswan Dams on the east bank of the Nile at the first cataract. The modern city has expanded and includes the formerly separate community on the island of Elephantine.
Aswan, Egypt’s sunniest southern city and ancient frontier town located about 81 miles south of Luxor, has a distinctively African atmosphere. Its ancient Egyptian name was Syene. Small enough to walk around and graced with the most beautiful setting on the Nile, the pace of life is slow and relaxing. Days can be spent strolling up and down the broad Corniche watching the sailboats etch the sky with their tall masts or sitting in floating restaurants listening to Nubian music and eating freshly caught fish. Aswan International Airport is situated 25km SSW of the city, on the west bank and just south of the high dam. Public buses don’t go to the airport and security on the approach road to the terminal is tight, so it’s probably worth taking a taxi, for which you must agree a price in advance.
Egypt’s passenger train service runs along the Nile between Cairo and Aswan. Travel time from Luxor is around three hours on 1st/2nd class AC services. Five AC express services arrives from Cairo each day, journey time is around 13-14 hours costing 57LE for second class, 113LE first class. In addition there are two sleeper trains, departing 8PM and 9:35PM from Cairo’s Ramsis station, prices start from US $120 Single/$100 Double (Mar 2014). Some travel agencies in Cairo might be able to get $90 for Double. Advance booking recommended. From Cairo there’s many trains move to Aswan go to Cairo main railway stain and find your ticket take in consider book in advanced 2 or 3 day before because it’s not easy to find ticket in the same day. there’s 1 bus move from Cairo main bus station Al-torjoman 05:00 PM ticket cost 90LE + 10LE if they discover you are foreigner “not recommending” because the roads are really not safety and the bus arrive to Aswan the next day 09:30 AM if the driver fast! “24 April 2013″
From Hurghada (513km away)(8Hour++) there’s no direct bus move to Aswan from Hurghada but there’s bus come from Suez at 10:30 evening and 12:30 midnight come from Cairo and both stop in Hurghada to drop off some people (upper Egypt company), the bus is often come crowded and it’s really hard to occupy a set buses cost 50LE. Tickets are sold on the bus, but be sure to ask the price at the ticket office, because the ticket seller on the bus will often raise the price 10LE or so and pocket the excess if you are a foreigner, take in consider that you maybe wait 2 hours or more before the bus arrive. The best way to go to Aswan from Hurghada is take 8:30AM bus that move to Luxor 40LE company name Superjet beside Zahran store at Al-nasr st. the trip time 4 Hours and from Luxor take a train to Aswan (3 Hours)25LE.”24 April 2013″
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Aswan is the ancient city of Swenett, which in antiquity was the frontier town of Ancient Egypt facing the south. Swenett is supposed to have derived its name from an Egyptian goddess with the same name.This goddess later was identified as Eileithyia by the Greeks and Lucina by the Romans during their occupation of Ancient Egypt because of the similar association of their goddesses with childbirth, and of which the import is “the opener”. The ancient name of the city also is said to be derived from the Egyptian symbol for trade. Because the Ancient Egyptians oriented toward the origin of the life-giving waters of the Nile in the south, Swenet was the first town in the country, and Egypt always was conceived to “open” or begin at Swenet.The city stood upon a peninsula on the right (east) bank of the Nile, immediately below (and north of) the first cataract of the flowing waters, which extend to it from Philae. Navigation to the delta was possible from this location without encountering a barrier. The stone quarries of ancient Egypt located here were celebrated for their stone, and especially for the granitic rock called Syenite. They furnished the colossal statues, obelisks, and monolithal shrines that are found throughout Egypt, including the pyramids; and the traces of the quarrymen who wrought in these 3,000 years ago are still visible in the native rock. They lie on either bank of the Nile, and a road, 6.5 kilometres (4.0 mi) in length, was cut beside them from Syene to Philae.
Dozens of cruise ships travel between Luxor and Aswan. Aswan-Luxor takes 3 nights while Luxor-Aswan takes 4 nights. As of Mar 2014, boats depart from Aswan 3 days per week. These can be booked through agents or at the actual ships themselves. Also a boat to Wadi Halfa in Sudan departs once a week on Sundays (Feb 2014). Tickets go on sale on Monday for the following sunday and sell out quickly. Alternatively instead of waiting in Aswan for a week, a fixer can be used to arrange a Sudan visa in 15 minutes, a spot on the boat (Even on the actual day of sailing) and help getting through the terminal. Price would be between 50-100 EP for the service.