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Money and costs

Pounds (£)
Exchange Rates
Rates provided by Open Exchange Rates. Last updated July 04, 2019 10:47AM UTC
Daily Costs
Budget (up to)
  • Basic double room: LE170
  • Falafel sandwich: LE2.50
  • Major tourist site admission: LE60–200
  • Cairo–Luxor 1st-class train ticket: LE113–203
  • 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)
  • 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

ATMs are widely available. Credit cards are increasingly widely accepted. There is a major shortage of small change; large bills can be difficult to break.


Always keep small change as baksheesh is expected everywhere. When in doubt, tip.

  • Cafes Leave LE5 to LE10.

  • Guards at tourist sites LE5 to LE20.

  • Metered taxis Round off the fare or offer around 5% extra, depending on the ride.

  • Mosque attendant Leave LE5 to LE10 for shoe covers, more if you climb a minaret or have some guiding.

  • Restaurants For good service leave 10%; in smart places leave 15%.