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up to date info on visiting abu simbel

hi all,

i am looking to visit abu simbel. do i need to book the trip in advance with a tour company or is it possible to get to aswan and deal with it there? do i need to take a private car or is it possible to take a public bus?

thanks in advance

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The picture on the article is taken from there and could be worse but also better. I just had a small pocket camera with no viewfinder with me on that occasion which reminds me that, if buying a camera for Egypt, one with a viewfinder (rather than display screen only) is fairly essential if you want to see what you are taking. Otherwise bright sunlight on a display screen makes it nigh impossible to see anything until you get into the shade!

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thank you TheBigStick, very imformative. I visited yesterday and had a wonderful experience.

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Does anyone know what options are available for travel from Aswan to Abu Simbel for Egyptians? I've read that there is a bus, but I can't really find much more info than that. Does anyone know what times it departs and from where/how to purchase a ticket? Can Egyptians take a taxi at anytime?

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David A, the number of tourists that were there the day before yesterday was absolutely negligible. keeping this in mind, i do not recall seeing anyone that I could say with certainty that he/she is Egyptian, I live here in Egypt so I think I would recognise them. Either way, if your plan is to take a bus for Egyptians, I wouldn't recommend it. we were stopped 3-4 times on the road by police and my nationality was taken. before you can go, the guide/group organising your tour also requires your passport details. i was one of the "lucky" ones, I had an armed officer ride with me to Abu Simbel, and another armed officer ride back with me to Aswan.

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adam2pac,

Thanks for the reply. I'm an Egyptian expat. With that said, do you know what the situation is for Egyptians? One hotel said I can take a taxi at any time, as in come and go as I like. Others said this isn't the case. Do you know anything about the bus? Ideally, I would take an Egyptair flight, but even if I'm able to eventually book a flight, theres a good chance it will be cancelled. Since I'll have to travel by road, I might as well go with the cheapest option, which seems to be the bus from Aswan. Do you know anything about the times it departs and returns or where/how to schedule a seat on that bus? Thanks!

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You mean share a 'minivan'; it really depends on the day, and not all people using the minivans are tourists (there's quite a bit of development going on in Abu Simbel just now, for instance, and some people who work iin Abu Simbel have families in Aswan). If you have a bit of flexibility, you can try, or try the next day; If not, take your chances on the public bus (bus, not minivan) which costs about one-twentienth.

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