The city of Beni Suef, 120km from Cairo, is a transport hub from which you can reach the Red Sea, the Fayoum or the Pyramid of Maidum (though it’s easier to reach all these places from Cairo). By heading north from the train station, crossing the canal bridge, carrying on for 200m and then turning right, you’ll find a depot for minibuses to El-Wasta, from where a service taxi can get you within range of the Pyramid of Maidum. Hourly buses to Minya and the Fayoum, and one daily to Za’farana on the Red Sea – running past the turn-off for St Anthony’s Monastery – leave from the bus station on Sharia Bur Said, 400m south of (and on the other side of the canal from) the train station.

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