Egypt's 'Surprise Train' heads to Alexandria to celebrate new Suez Canal opening

Rawan Ezzat, Thursday 6 Aug 2015

Part of celebrations for the new waterway of the Suez Canal, the Egyptian Railway Authority will run a French express train to Alexandria Thursday at a heavy discount

Ramses train station
Ramses train station (Photo: Al-Ahram)

A "surprise train" launched by the Egyptian Railway Authority will move on Thursday morning at 7:20am from Ramses Station heading to Alexandria, Nagwa Albert, spokesperson for the Egyptian Railway Authority told Ahram Online.

However, on Wednesday morning, the Ministry of Transportation reported on their official Facebook page that the destination of the train will be a surprise. The destination will remain unknown to passengers until they arrive, adding that the train driver will be informed of the destination as the train starts to move, according to the statement.

The surprise train is part of celebrations marking the opening of the new channel of the Suez Canal.

"The destination was supposed to be unknown, but we were worried people would be worried to reserve a seat on the train for an unknown destination, so we had to announce where the train will be heading," Albert stated.  

According to Albert, booking for the surprise train opened at 2:30pm.

Albeir expects that a lot of Egyptians will book seats for the trip, stating "people will ride in 1st class and 2nd class of the Express French AC train and will only pay LE10 -20, and such a price is very cheap."

An air-conditioned French express train heading from Cairo to Alexandria usually costs up to LE50. 

The surprise train is expected to head back to Cairo's Ramses station at 7:15pm.

The new Suez Canal waterway, an extension to part of the existing Suez Canal, will be inaugurated Thursday by President Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi. Global leaders are expected to attend the event.












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