Egypt the land of mysteries

Amazing Egypt

Egypt is an amazing country to travel with an almost overwhelming number of spectacular temples and monuments, including the last of the Seven Wonders of the World. It is also a fairly easy country to travel, at least along the beaten track. The only obstacle for the independent traveller is that many areas are restricted to tourists for security reasons and it can be difficult to visit these places without travelling with an organised tour. Some of these areas are possible to visit alone but require a police escort (for an example of this see "Dendera" on the Qena page).

By far the easiest way to travel through the Nile Valley is by train. 1st class seats are comfortable and reasonably priced (see specific page of destination for prices). For other destinations, such as Sinai and the Red Sea, there are a number of bus companies to choose from such as Blue Bus, Go Bus and the East Delta Bus Company.

The people of Egypt are amazingly friendly and helpful. Only in the most touristic areas will you find some persistent touts and overpricing. Elsewhere, the main thing you need to watch out for is being short-changed. This happens even at places like entrance ticket offices and metro stations, so count your change everywhere. However, in most areas you will just be given a fair price and when using local transport other passengers will often help you out and tell you the correct fare.

Foreign travel advice:
United Kingdom

Do you need a visa:
Visa Information

Currency Egyptian Pound LE:
Exchange Rate

Weather Charts

Plugs and Voltage

One-off expenses

Visa UK/EU: 25USD pp, for 30 Days
Entrance Nefertari tomb: 90USD
Entrance Valley of Kings: 16USD
Entrance Tut's tomb: 20USD
Entrance Cheops Pyramide: 25USD
Boat to Aqaba Jordan: 70USD pp (Not included in budget)

Daily budget 25USD Per Person

Room double: 20USD (10USD pp)
Breakfast: 0.50USD bakery pp
Lunch: 1.50USD street food pp
Dinner: 3USD pp
Costs: 10USD pp

Costs include things like entrance fees and transport, with the exceptions of the one-off expenses mentioned above. These extra costs will not necessarily be the same every day but we have calculated them as a average over the 30 days that we travelled.

How to save money
Avoid taxis, walk anywhere within 7km, shop at local supermarkets, bakeries and fruit shops. Use the seater train between Cairo, Luxor and Aswan instead of the sleeper.

We traveled Egypt for 30 days and it worked out as 30USD per person per day including the daily budget plus all one-off expenses.

Prices in February 2020