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Essential information

At a glance

‘Hello’ in:
‘merhaba ’
( mer-ha-ba )
Arabic
Plug combo cf
Electricity
220V/50hz
Oct-May
Best time to go
Winter
Wednesday
HRS
04
04
MINS
48
48
Current Time
GMT +2

Money and costs

Currency
Pounds (£)
Exchange Rates
Rates provided by Open Exchange Rates. Last updated March 26, 2019 3:38PM UTC
Daily Costs
Budget (up to)
LE600
  • Basic double room: LE170
  • Falafel sandwich: LE2.50
  • Major tourist site admission: LE60–200
  • Cairo–Luxor 1st-class train ticket: LE113–203
Midrange
LE600–1800
  • Midrange double air-con room: US$30
  • Two sit-down meals: LE120
  • Car and driver: LE350
  • Flight from Cairo to Luxor: from LE650
Top end (more than)
LE1800
  • Luxury hotel room: US$150
  • Two sit-down meals: LE300
  • Personal tour guide/driver: LE100 per hour
  • High-end Nile cruise: from US$175 per person per night

Visas

Required for most nationalities. Single-entry, 30-day tourist visas cost US$25 and are available online (https://visa2egypt.gov.eg) for 41 nationalities. Otherwise, visas can be purchased at the airport on arrival. Visa extensions are possible once in-country.

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When to go and weather

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Getting to Egypt

Getting around Egypt

Transport in Egypt is fairly efficient and very reasonably priced. Be aware that because of security concerns, some areas and transport modes are or may become off limits to foreign travellers.

Air Most domestic flights go through Cairo. When using EgyptAir's website, switch your home location to Egypt to get the cheapest domestic fares.

Train The most comfortable option for travelling to Alexandria, Luxor and Aswan. The two classes of trains – Spanish and the more expensive Special – both have air-con 1st- and 2nd-class seats.

Bus There are frequent buses between Egyptian cities. Buses are comfortable and reliable. Book in advance.

Car It is not advisable to drive in Cairo, but cars with driver are readily available and reasonably priced.

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