CAIRO: The Egyptian National Railways (ENR) authority announced Tuesday the operation of its 6th VIP train running between Cairo and Upper Egypt’s governorate of Aswan.
“The train will leave Cairo at 00:30 a.m. and arrive in Aswan around noon before it departs from Aswan at 21:40 back again to Cairo,” chairman of ENR Ahmed Hamed was quoted by Youm7.
The train will stop in Giza, Maghagha, Mallawi, Asyut, Sohag, Qena, Luxor and Aswan stations, said Hamed.
The ENR’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.
A total of five trains have been installed on the same line since then. The trains were manufactured by the Arab Organization for Industrialization in cooperation with China, with 55 percent of its parts made in Egypt, Transportation Minister Saad el-Geoushy was quoted as saying earlier by Youm7.
The price of the first class tickets of the previous trains was 235 EGP ($30) , while the second class ticket cost 135 EGP.
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, according to Hamed.