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Egypt travel guide

Encounter the wonderful wonders of Egypt

Egypt is home to the magnificent Pyramids of Giza, the mighty Nile, deserts, and the oldest and most notable civilisation in the world. Wander the ancient city of Cairo. For an out of this world experience, dive into the Red Sea where you can encounter vast schools of fish and perfectly synchronised marine life. Climb a dune to see a breathtaking view of the desert, ride a felucca and take a well-earned rest on sandy beaches. No matter what time of the year you go, Egypt always invites you to experience the best sun, sand and sea adventures.

Egypt facts

egypt language

Languages Spoken

The official languages spoken in Egypt is Egyptian Arabic (known as Masry).

egypt currency

Currency

Egyptian Pound (EGP).
Symbol: ج.م
100 EGP is approximately $9

time in egypt

Time Zone

Eastern European Time Zone
UTC +02:00
Australia is 8 hours ahead of Egypt

What's the capital of Egypt?

The capital of Egypt is Cairo. The diverse and fascinating city is located on both banks of the River Nile, near the head of the river’s delta. If you fancy visiting you’ll find a city of extraordinary treasures - Pyramids, Egyptian Museum, labyrinthine roads, trendy cafés, boutiques and restaurants.

Where to go in Egypt?

cairo
Cairo
Delve into the chaotic but exciting city of Cairo where you'll immerse yourself in Egypt’s culture and visit the most famous remnants – Pyramids of Giza. Wander the ancient monuments, hit the bustling Khan el-Khalili bazaar and head to the Egyptian Museum where you'll discover historical treasures.
Luxor
Luxor
A mid-sized city in upper Southern Egypt, Luxor has so much to offer the traveller from historical tombs and museums to River Nile flowing between the modern city and the west bank. Visit the Colossi of Memnon, Valley of the Kings and walk among the pillars of Luxor temple.
Aswan
Aswan
Also in the south, lies Aswan. Feel the ease of a welcoming and relaxing city, full of incredible things to see and do. Venture into the temples of Abu Simbel for a complete example of ancient Egyptian architecture, tour the monastaries of Wadi Natrun and join a local familiy for home-cooked dinner in a nearby Nubian village after cruising down the River Nile on a traditional felucca.
Hurghada
Hurghada
Take a trip to Hurghada where you can unwind on sandy beaches and soak up the gorgeous sun. If you fancy some excitement, Hurghada also offers snorkeling opportunities for beginners so why not take a dive and explore the stunning coral gardens of the Red Sea.

Egypt tours

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Egypt tours

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Best of Egypt | 8 days
This short but sweet adventure offers up a great combination of Egypt’s must-see highlights and a little free time to explore on your own. Explore the ancient monuments along the River Nile and discover the famous Pyramids of Giza. Feel the buzz of vibrant bazaars in Luxor and Aswan, sample traditional food and meet remarkable people, and sail the Nile in a traditional Felucca for a relaxing experience.
From $1,146
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Egypt on a Shoestring | 8 days
Travel around Egypt on a compact adventure at minimum cost. In a country with no shortage of highlights, we make sure you hit all the main ones, including Cairo, Luxor and Aswan. Plenty of ancient monuments to visit and free time to explore the famous cities. After dining on traditional fare with a local family in a Nubian village, you’ll feel like a local in no time.
From $815
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Egypt Upgraded
Egypt Upgraded | 12 days
Show up in Cairo to greet the Pyramids of Giza and the Sphinx. If you're not too sqeamish, opt to visit the mummy room in the Egyptian Museum. Wander the ancient seaside at Pompey's Pillar, the Catacombs and visit New Alexandra Library. Fly to Aswan and ride down the Nile on a felucca to the Nubian village for dinner. Venture into temples of Kom Ombo, Karnak and Luxor and finish your last evening with a meal on the Nile.
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Egypt fast facts

cost of beer egypt

Drinks

A bottle of local Egyptian beer costs 33.00 EGP on average (around $2.94). The most commonly found beer in Egypt is actually Stella, which is brewed locally under the supervision of the company.

cost of food egypt

Meals

A cheap meal in a Egyptian restaurant averages at around 60.00 EGP, so not much more than a beer! Street food is very popular in Egypt, and it can cost as little as 5.61 EGP (approx 50c). Local delicacies include Egyptian Sandwich, Ful Medames (nutritious mushed fava beans) and sweet Basbousa cake.

cost of accomodation in egypt

Hostels

A basic hostel, in Egypt, can cost you as little as 200 EGP per night (about $17.95).

egypt hotel cost

Hotels

For a mid-range room in a hotel or guesthouse, you'll pay anywhere between 785-2131 EGP per night (approx $70-$190). Credit cards are accepted at most hotels.

taxi cost egypt

Taxis

Taxis start from 6.00 EGP (approx 50c). If you're getting a taxi then remind them to use their meter. If you decide to use an unmetered taxi, you may need to negotiate a price.

transport cost egypt

Transport

There are a few different ways to get around Egypt - you can get around by train or bus, with a one-way ticket starting at 15 EGP (around $1.34). Within a city, it's easiest to get around by taxi.

Flights to Egypt

Settle in for the long haul, because flights from Australia to Egypt take about 26 hours. Alternatively, if you're planning on a trip to Europe, you could take a flight from London only takes 4.5 hours!
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Egypt visa for Australians: How to get a visa for Egypt?

If you're visiting Egypt as a tourist, you would need a visa. Visas obtained on arrival at Egyptian airports are valid for 30 days. Your passport must be valid for 6 months after you plan to leave Egypt. If you plan on staying longer than 30 days - contact the Egypt embassy for more details.

Is Egypt safe to travel?

Before travelling to Egypt, we advise you take certain precautions outlined in the latest travel safety information. We also advise you to have travel insurance which can cover you for emergency medical needs, baggage protection, travel accident protection, trip protection, and 24-hour emergency assistance.

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