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Port Said

Country
Egypt
State
Muhafazat Bur Sa`id
City
Port Said
Type of Location
Multiple
About Location

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Places to Visit
How to Reach

By Air

When travelling by air, coming through Cairo or Alexandria is the easiest way to get to Port Said. Cairo is well served by all major airlines with frequent connections to destinations all over the world. The main airport in Alexandria handles direct flights from many cities in Europe and the Middle East.

By Train

There are frequent train services from Cairo and Alexandria to Port Said. The travel time between Cairo and Port Said is about four hours while the Alexandria - Port Said route can be covered in about six hours. Tickets can be reserved online using the Egyptian National Railways website.

Travelling by train in Egypt is generally a very leisurely and comfortable experience. Opt for air-conditioned travel as the heat can be taxing. The Port Said train station is on Mustafa Kamal Street.

By Bus

Public transport buses and private companies operate bus services to Port Said from several important cities in Egypt. For example, there are hourly services from Cairo to Port Said.

By most accounts, buses are the best way to travel to and from Port Said. Frequent visitors vouch that buses, especially the luxury, air-conditioned ones, are very comfortable. They definitely cover more destinations and are quicker than trains (it takes less than three hours from Cairo). Bus fares are usually very reasonable too. For non air-conditioned buses, fares are downright cheap. However, ordinary buses can be crowded and sticky.

Key places to visit
Port Fuad / Bur Fuad, Harbor, Lake Manzala, Suez Canal, National Museum


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Places to Visit

Port Fuad / Bur Fuad

Opposite Port Said, on the east side of the Suez Canal and the harbor, is the suburb of Port Fuad (Bur Fuad: ferry service), established in 1926 (and named after the then reigning King) by the Suez Canal Company, with their headquarters and housing for their employees. It has attractive parks and gardens and good beaches.

Harbor

The large Harbor (570 acres) and the northern entrance to the Suez Canal are protected by two long piers. The west pier, continuing the line of the harbor quay for some 2.5mi/4km, is designed to prevent the silting up of the channel by the deposit of mud carried down by the Nile. At its near end there formerly stood an imposing statue of Ferdinand de Lesseps (1805-94), constructor of the Suez Canal, but this was pulled down by Egyptian nationalists in 1956. To the south, on the harbor quay, is a 175ft/53m high lighthouse, with a light visible 23mi away. The east pier is almost 1mi/2km long.

The town has recently been considerably extended on the north and west, where new land has been reclaimed from the sea.

 Lake Manzala

To the west of the Port Said is the great expanse of Lake Manzala, mainly consisting of marshland and reed beds, with great numbers of water birds.

National Museum

The National Museum in Port Said  The National Museum has a variety of displays covering all of  Egyptian history.  The Museum, which was opened in Port Said in 1987 has exhibits on the 1st floor covering prehistory and the pharaonic period, including several mummies and sarcophagi along with various statues and other artifacts.  On the next floor is Islamic and Coptic material, including textiles, manuscripts and coins, as well as artifacts from the Khedival family. The museum is open from 9 AM until 4 PM, but usually closes for lunch.

Suez Canal

There seems to have always been an interest in linking the Mediterranean and Red Seas.  Most of the early efforts were directed towards a link from the Nile to the Red Sea, thus indirectly linking the Red Sea to the Mediterranean through the Nile.  Strabo and Pliny record that the earliest effort was directed by Senusret III, but no evidence that there was an actual canal built exists.  The earliest efforts may have actually occurred at the command of Seti I or Ramesses II during the 13th century BC.

According to the Chronicle of the Pharaohs by Peter A. Clayton, under Necho II (610-595 BC) a canal was built between the Pelusian branch of the Nile and the northern end of the Bitter Lakes (which lies between the two seas)  at a cost of, reportedly, 100,000 lives.  However, over many years, the canal fell into disrepair, only to be extended, abandoned, and rebuilt again.  After having been neglected, it was rebuilt by the Persian ruler, Darius I (522-486 BC), who's canal can still be seen along the Wadi Tumilat.  According to Herodotus, his canal was wide enough that two triremes could pass each other with oars extended, and that it took four days to navigate. He commemorated the completion of his canal with a series of granite stelae set up along the Nile Bank.

Right Time to Visit

November - March

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