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Visiting Abu Simbel: everything you need to know

If visiting Abu Simbel is one of the main goals of your trip to Egypt, in the following lines we tell you all the details you should know: which are the modalities of visit, what are the prices and schedule of this monument, etc. And we remind you that on this page of our website you can read its history and its most interesting data.

Different ways to organize your visit

As you know, the location of Abu Simbel greatly conditions the visit to this monument: with Lake Nasser at its feet and the desert behind it. It is located about 280 km south of Aswan, which is almost 3.5 hours by road. In addition, the population that exists next to the temples is very small, with basic tourist services. Therefore, for visit Abu Simbel you have three main program options:

Excursion from Aswan

This is undoubtedly the most common option among travelers. And also the one we offer in our tours, including Nile cruises. In this mode, it is essential to get up early to reach the temples at a suitable time for the visit and not to delay excessively the return to Aswan. This option can be implemented whether you are staying in a hotel or on a cruise ship.

Hotel in Abu Simbel, to take it easy

If you wish to visit Abu Simbel If you want to take it easy, you can consider the option of booking a hotel in the vicinity of the temples. This is the option of choice for those who, for one reason or another, need more than one day to explore these monuments. Or for those who prefer to stay several days of vacation in a local hotel with pool service, for example. This option, by the way, is the most comfortable to enjoy the night show that takes place here. To get there, you can use the road transport option, but also by plane, as Abu Simbel airport has connections with Cairo and Aswan.

As part of a cruise on Lake Nasser

Cruise lovers can consider this third option to visit Abu Simbel. visit Abu Simbel. There are cruises that travel around Lake Nasser, a huge body of dammed water that allows you to organize a tour of several days of navigation. In this way, you can stop at other places of interest, such as the temple of Wadi es-Sebua or the temple of Amada. 

Excursion to Abu Simbel
Excursion to Abu Simbel

Practical information for visiting Abu Simbelisiting Abu Simbel

The temples of Abu Simbel are open every day of the week, from 7:00 am to 5:00 pm. Prices vary according to season and age of visitors:

  • Adults in low season (November-January): 200 EGP
  • Students in low season: 100 EGP
  • Adults in high season (February-October): 400 EGP
  • Students in high season: 200 EGP

However, it is more common to hire the visit as part of a larger package that includes other essential services, such as road transportation or a local guide. That’s precisely what you can do with Egipto Exclusivo: you can either join our package tours from Aswan or request a tailor-made program for visit Abu Simbel at your own pace.

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