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Esna is an Egyptian town in the region of Upper Egypt, located on the west bank of the river Nile some 54 km south of Luxor and 53 km north of Edfu.

Get in

Most visitors visit Esna as part of their cruise from Luxor to Aswan (or vice versa). Independent travelers can easily reach the town by public mini bus (station is on the west bank) or by train (station on the east bank).

Get around

Taxi's and tuk-tuks are available all throughout town, and offer a convenient transport from train or mini bus stations to the temple (there is not much else to see). Tuk-Tuks should not cost more than LE20.


  • 1 Temple of Esna. October-May 7am-4:00pm, June-September 7am-5:00pm. The large Graeco-Roman period temple of Khnum stands rather oddly beneath the level of the modern streets and houses, the result of its excavation from the accumulated debris of the town. The only remaining structure is the hypostyle hall, which is very well preserved and still has a lot of color on the columns and ceilings. The ticket office is around 200 m away from the temple (you can't see the temple from there), and connected by a covered souk that seems rather deserted (as of 2019). As you walk to the temple, keep a lookout on the left, as you pass the nice adobe minaret of the old Esna mosque. LE60.






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  • Edfu
  • Luxor

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