Luxor-al-Hurghada Road

The road from Hurghada to Luxor is not a safe drive

The road that links the ancient city of Luxor in southern Egypt and Hurghada, the regional hub for several scuba diving resorts on the Red Sea, is a death trap. It's extremely dangerous with many head-on collisions and fatal accidents.

The road is 303 km (188 mile) long and has been more or less completely renovated so it’s a much better drive than before. Avoid traveling the route at night due to the standard of some of the driving. The tarmac road is relatively well-marked and frequently patrolled by security agents, on the lookout for bandits and extremist militiamen who reside in the rugged terrain.

Driving in Egypt is very different to driving in other countries. There seems to be no set rules of the road, so to speak. The journey from Hurghada, a main tourist center and third largest city in Egypt located on the Red Sea coast, to Luxor, frequently been characterized as the "world's greatest open air museum", as the ruins of the temple complexes at Karnak and Luxor stand within the modern city, is through a mainly inhabited landscape and if you had a breakdown that could be a problem.

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