Heading from the Canal Zone to the southern part of the Sinai you’ll cross the Canal via either the Ahmed Hamdi Tunnel (12km north of Suez) or the car ferry (7km north of Ismailiya), which runs almost non-stop during the day. Destinations in the northern Sinai, which is very unsettled at the moment, are served by the passenger ferry at Qantara (Arabic for “bridge”), 44km from Ismailiya and 80km from Port Said, and the nearby 4.1km Ferdan Suspension Bridge.

A couple of kilometres to the south is the Ferdan Railway Bridge, built on the site of an old track constructed to transport army troops to Gaza during World War I, but dismantled by the Israelis in 1968. The world’s largest retractable bridge, with a span of 340m, it was devised in the late 1990s, when a rail network running the Orient Express was planned, linking Egypt to Turkey and Europe via Palestine, Israel and Lebanon. This has since been put on hold, but you can still see the bridge – which sits alongside the Canal when not in use – in operation daily (9–11am & 9pm–1am) to allow trains and cars to cross the Canal.

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