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Money and costs

Pounds (£)
Exchange Rates
Rates provided by Open Exchange Rates. Last updated August 30, 2016 10:32AM UTC
Daily Costs
Budget (up to)
  • Dorm bed: E£70–E£100
  • Fiteer (Egyptian pizza): E£10–E£20
  • Fresh produce for pennies
  • Major sites are pricey
  • Hotel with air-con: E£250
  • Two sit-down meals: E£80
  • Car and driver: E£350
  • Sleeper to Luxor: E£100
Top end (more than)
  • Luxury hotel room: US$200
  • Two meals: E£180
  • Personal tour guide/driver: E£100 per hour
  • Flight to Luxor: US$120

Change There is a severe shortage of small change, which is invaluable for tips, taxi fares and more. Withdraw odd amounts from ATMs to avoid a stack of unwieldy E£200 notes, hoard small bills and always try to break big bills at fancier establishments.

Currency Egyptian pound (E£), guinay in Arabic, divided into 100 piastres (pt).

Exchange rate The government sets the exchange rate, and it is fairly stable, changing incrementally only every few years. There is no real black-market exchange.

Foreign currency Some tour operators and hotels insist on US dollars or euros, even though this is technically illegal. It’s a good idea to travel with a small stash of hard currency, though increasingly you can pay by credit card.

Notes and coins Coins of 5pt, 10pt and 25pt are basically extinct; 50pt notes and coins are on their way. E£1 coins are the most commonly used small change, while E£5, E£10, E£20, E£50, E£100 and E£200 notes are commonly used.

Prices Produce markets and some other venues sometimes write prices in piastres: E£3.50 as 350pt, for example.