Buying a Luxor Pass
As of November 2016, Luxor has joined the many great archaeological cities of the World by introducing a Luxor Pass for visitors. Pass holders have access to all archaeological sites and museums in Luxor, on both the East and West Banks. Read further for details on where and how to buy the Luxor Pass, the price of the ticket and other important information.
The spectacular first pylon at Medinet Habu, the mortuary temple of Ramesses III, West Bank Luxor.
If you have ever been to Luxor on your own steam, you will remember what it was like to get entry tickets to the many archaeological sites and museums. Each site and each museum required its own ticket. If you were on a cruise ship or part of an organised tour, this was taken care of for you. In trying to make visiting archaeological sites and museums easier for tourists, Egypt’s Ministry of Antiquities has introduced a single ticket that can be used to all archaeological attractions in Luxor – the Luxor Pass.
What Archaeological Sites & Museums are included in the Luxor Pass?
When purchasing a Luxor Pass, you have two options:
The first option includes all sites and museums open to the public on both the East and West Banks of Luxor, except the tombs of Seti I and Nefertari. Should you wish to visit these two tombs there is a second, more expensive Luxor Pass that includes both tombs as well as all the sites and museums included on the first ticket.
The Luxor Pass allows visitors multiple entries to sites and museums, and is valid for five days.
How much does the Luxor Pass Cost?
The pass that excludes the tombs is US$ 100 and US$ 50 for students. Including entry to the tombs of Seti I and Nefertari will set you back US$200, or US$100 if you are a student.
Tickets for the tombs of Seti and Nefertari can be purchased individually, at a cost of 1000 Egyptian pounds each. Bear in mind that only 150 people are allowed in to each tomb daily.
Please Note: you will need to take US Dollars or Euros to pay for your passes. You will not be able to pay with Egyptian Pounds, any other foreign currencies, or credit/debit cards. US$ or € CASH ONLY
Where is the Luxor Pass Sold?
To purchase a Luxor Pass, you will need a passport photograph and a photocopy of your passport details page. If you are a student, you will need to take your student identification as well, to prove you are in fact a student. Take these to the Department of Foreign Cultural Relations at the Ministry of Antiquities in Zamalek (Cairo) or from the Public Relations Office in the Luxor Inspectorate, which is behind the Luxor Museum on the east bank of Luxor, behind the Museum. The office is open 9:00 am to 3:00 pm each day, Monday to Friday. From one of the comments below we know the office is open at 9:00 am on Saturday, but I am have not been able to find a closing time. Passes are issued on the spot, so it should only take a few minutes. There is no need to apply in advance.
Tickets for Nefertari’s tomb can be purchased at the ticket office for the Valley of the Queens, and at the ticket office for the Valley of the Kings for Seti I.
The advantages of the Luxor Pass are twofold, at least. First, if you are going to be in Luxor for at least four of five days and you plan to visit a number of the sites and museums, and perhaps even return to one or two (you are allowed into each site once per day), then you will definitely benefit financially. Unless you include the tombs of both Seti I and Nefertari, you are unlikely to see any such benefits if you are in Luxor for one or two days, and are only able or planning to visit one or two sites. The second and I think most significant advantage is having just one ticket for all the archaeological sites and museums. In short, the Luxor Pass saves you both time and money (seconded by one of the comments below).
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Annual Visitors Passes
There are two types of annual passes for foreigners who work in Egypt.
For foreign diplomats and foreigners who are employed in international and multinational companies in Egypt the cost for a pass that includes the tombs of Queen Nefertari and King Seti I is US$340. Or, US$240 for a pass without the royal tombs.
Foreign residents in Egypt pay $390 for the pass that includes the two tombs, and $290 without the tombs.
Annual passes are also available for Egyptians and Arab residents of Egypt. These cost 400 Egyptian Pounds, or 100 Egyptian Pounds for university students. School pupils and citizens over 60 years of age are given free access to all sites and museums in Egypt.