Luxor is situated on the east bank of the Nile and most of the main sites to visit inside the town are located beside the river. There are a number of budget accommodation options scattered around the town. The train station is located near the town center, less than 1 km from the river bank and an easy walking distance from almost anywhere in town. Seater trains from Luxor run south down to Aswan (51LE, 4USD in 2020) or north to Cairo (195LE, 14USD in 2020).
Luxor Valley of the Kings
Vally of the Kings Information
The Valley of the Kings is one of the most famous archaeological sites in the world. The valley is a burial ground for pharaohs of the 18th, 19th, and 20th dynasties, between 1539 and 1075 BC. The tombs are labelled KV1 to KV65, in the order they were discovered. Of the 65 tombs in the Valley only a few are open to the public. The tombs that are available to visit change periodically. Some tombs may close for renovation and other tombs will be reopened.
The standard entrance ticket allows you to visit three tombs. You can choose to visit any three out of the tombs that are open at the time (with the exceptions mentioned below). If you want to see more than three you will have to purchase a second ticket. In addition to this there are three tombs that cannot be visited on the standard ticket and require a separate ticket to be purchased. These are the tombs of Tutankhamun, Rameses V and VI and Seti I.
The Valley of the Kings is located on the west bank of Luxor, about 9 km from the ferry point. This is either a 2 hour walk or you can take a taxi for around 100LE return.
Entrance fees (2020)
Standard ticket for 3 tombs 240LE
Rameses V and VI 100LE
Seti I 1000LE
Photo Camera 300LE
Note: Even if you only wish to visit the tombs of Tutankhamun, Ramses V and VI or Seti I you will still have to buy the standard ticket as well to gain entry to the site.
Luxor Valley of the Kings
The Valley of the Queens, like the nearby Valley of Kings, is also an ancient royal necropolis where the wives and sometimes children of the pharaohs were buried. The Valley of the Queens contains around 70 tombs, the most famous being the tomb of Queen Nefetari. One of five wives of Rameses II, Nefertari was his favorite and her tomb is said to be one of the most beautiful in Egypt. The walls inside are decorated with beautiful reliefs, the colours as bright as if they had been painted yesterday.
As with the Valley of the Kings only a limited number of the tombs are open to visitors. The tomb of Queen Nefetari has been closed several times over the years, both to restore and to preserve the paintings. When we visited in 2020 it was open but a separate ticket must be purchased costing around 100USD.
The Valley of the Queens is located on the west bank of Luxor about 5 km from the ferry point and 1.5 km south-west of the Hatshepsut Temple.
Entrance fees (2020)
Standard ticket (for 3 tombs) 100LE
Tomb of Nefetari 1400LE
Photo camera 300LE
Luxor Hatshepsut Temple
After the death of her husband and half brother Thutmose II, Hatshepsut first became regent in place of her step-son Thutmose III and later had herself crowned Pharaoh of Egypt. Her reign was one of the most prosperous and peaceful in Egypt’s history. She commissioned her mortuary temple in 1479 BC and had it designed to tell the story of her life and reign.
The temple is located on the west bank of Luxor, about 6 km from the ferry point (an hour and a half walking).
Entrance 140LE (2020)
Karnak Temple Luxor Information
The temple complex of Karnak on Luxor's East Bank is one on the most visited sites in Egypt. The site centers around the immense Amun Temple with its famous Hypostyle Hall, filled with 134 towering stone pillars. Much has been written about this site, from detailed histories to step-by-step guides around its most notable features. Whether you read all about it first or just go in blind the awe-inspiring effect this temple has is the same for everyone who visits.
Located about 3 km north of central Luxor and Luxor Temple, a 45 minute walk along the river bank.
Entrance 200LE (2020)
Tamole at Luxor
Constructed over hundreds of years by Amenhotep III, Ramses II, Tutankhamun, and other pharaohs, Luxor Temple was one of the largest and most significant religious centers in ancient Egypt. The temple has been in almost continuous use as a place of worship right up to the present day. During the Christian era, the temple’s hypostyle hall was converted into a Christian church. Then for thousands of years, the temple was buried beneath the streets of Luxor and eventually a mosque was built over it. When the temple was uncovered the mosque was carefully preserved amid the reconstructions and forms an integral part of the site today.
Luxor Temple is located in the center of Luxor beside the Nile.
Entrance 160LE (2020)