CAIRO: The fifth “VIP” train between Cairo and Upper Egypt’s city Aswan will begin trial operation on Saturday in both directions, Youm7 reported Thursday.
The train will leave Cairo at 11:05 p.m. and arrive in Aswan the next day, and then will move from Aswan at 6 p.m. to arrive in Egypt the following day, Youm7 quoted the chairman of Egyptian National Railways (ENA) Major General Ahmed Hamed.
Hamed added that the train will stop in Asyut, Sohag, Qena, Luxor and Aswan.
The first class tickets from Cairo to Aswan will cost 235 EGP ($30) , while the second class will cost 135 EGP.
Also, the first class tickets from Cairo to Asyut, Sohag, Qena and Luxor, will cost 135 EGP, 155 EGP, 185 EGP and 195 EGP respectively. The second class tickets to the same four destinations will cost, also in same order, 85 EGP, 95 EGP, 110 EGP and 115 EGP.
A total of four trains have been installed on the same line. The trains were manufactured by the Arab Organization for Industrialization in cooperation with China, with 55 percent of its parts made in Egypt.
The ENA’s first VIP train, covering the distance between Cairo to Aswan (850 kilometers) in 11-12 hours, operated in Sep. ahead of the 4-day holiday of Eid al-Adha.
The VIP train is equipped with air-conditioning, Wi-Fi internet service, health services including a medic for urgent cases, and security cameras in every coach, he added.