How to get to Egypt
When entering Egypt
In order to enter Egypt, a passport which is valid for six months at least, from visa issue date by Australians, British, Canadians, EU residents and USA travelers is mandatory. Nationals of these countries can get a tourist visa on arrival, which is valid for three months. Also, visas can be obtained from Egyptian consulates located in different countries. For business visa applications, a request from the company stating the reason for visit is required. Travel visa on arrival can be obtained from the following airports in Egypt: Cairo, Luxor, Sharm El Sheikh and Hurghada, and the port at Alexandria.
Travelling to Egypt by Air
Egypt is well-connected to many places by well-served international airlines which have regular and direct flights from across the globe. British Airways, Air France and KLM along with low cost carrier easyJet are among regular airlines. The international airports in Egypt are located at Alexandria, Luxor, Cairo, Sharm el Sheikh, Marsa, Aswan and Alam.
National airline in Egypt is EgyptAir (MS), the network of this airline is busy and the major places it links Egypt to are New York in U.S., Bangkok in Thailand, Kuala Lumpur in Malaysia and Mumbai in India. Direct flights from Cairo are available to and fro for Africa, Morocco, Nairobi and Johannesburg. The domestic network of EgyptAir is well connected to all the major towns and cities in Egypt. Spring and autumn depict the peak and most expensive flying seasons in Egypt, while July to August are the cheapest time of the year to fly
The major international airports in Egypt are
- Cairo International Airport, Airport Code- CAI
- Sharm el-Sheikh International Airport, SSH
- Hurghada International Airport, HRG
- Luxor International Airport, LXR
In addition to international flights, there are charter flights to Aswan, Luxor and Cairo.
Travelling to Egypt by train/rail
The rail links to northwest neighbors internationally are not available. The railheads at Wadi Halfa and Aswan in Sudan are connected by a boat across Lake Nasser.
Travelling to Egypt by Road
Egypt, bordered by Libya in the west, Sudan in the south and Israel and Gaza strip in the west and Mediterranean Sea in the north is not easily accessible by road. Also, the bureaucracy at the border can prevent entry of cars and coaches.
When travelling from Middle East there are two major land crossings, from Israel to Sinai located in Egypt, which are at Taba on the Gulf of Aqaba and Rafah on North Sinai Coast. A bus from Tel Aviv to Cairo is also available on all days, expect Saturdays.
When travelling from Libya by road there are regular buses available between Alexandria and Cairo and Tripoli or Benghazi.
Travelling to Egypt by water
No ferry routes connecting Egypt with mainland Europe are currently available. However, daily ferries from Nuweiba and Taba located in Sinai Peninsula and Aqaba in Jordan are functional. Also, intermittent ferry service from Wadi Halfa in Sudan to High Dam in Egypt is available. Also, car ferry service via the Suez Canal from Jeddah to Suez is there. Many cruise ships also stop at Egypt as part of African itineraries and are available at Port Said and Alexandria mainly.
When traveling to Egypt by sea from Cyprus and Greece there are ferries available from Limassol in Cyprus and Rhodes in Greece to Alexandria, only during the summer season.
When traveling to Egypt by sea from Jordan, there are many speedboats and ferries running, here the main crossing points are Nuweiba in Sinai and Aqaba in Jordan.
When traveling to Egypt by sea from Turkey, Lebanon and Syria ferries from Antalya in Turkey, Beirut in Lebanon and Lattakia in Syria to Alexandria are easily available.
When traveling to Egypt by sea from Saudi Arabia direct ferries from Jeddah to Egypt taking 36 hours are available. During Hajj these ferries seem very over-crowded, thus making an advance booking during this time is recommended.
Note: Ferry times are not fixed all year round and are subject to change based on the season, time of the year and weather, so it’s best to check in advance to avoid any inconvenience.
Best time to visit Egypt
The time from November to March when the temperature and weather remains pleasant is the best time to visit Egypt. At nights it does not get chilling or uncomfortable. But, for those planning to do water activities the water might seem little cold during this time. Winter in Egypt is the peak season for tourism when hotels and other rates might go on the upper side, but for an ideal Egypt trip this is the best season.
During summers the weather in Egypt remains hot and dry, where temperatures can reach up to 50 ºC at some places, thus a winter travel plan must always be on the cards.
Tours to Egypt
Organized tours to Egypt are available in a gamut from the many travel companies operating here. Tours like guided group tours to Nile cruises, overland safaris and dive trips can be chosen based on the traveler’s preferences. A group travel is often recommended where security part is completely covered and where participating even in the off-road activities seem safer. When planning an Egypt tour, its best to shop around as a large difference in price and inclusions is available, which you must finalize only after thorough research and bargaining.
A final word on Egypt travel
Travel to Egypt can help you in looking forward to exciting activities, an adventurous holiday, spectacular sights and hours of relaxation on this sunniest coastline of the planet. Egypt, a historical treasure houses iconic pyramids which date back the origin to ancient era, bustling medieval markets that are full of vibrant colors and endless desert dotted with oases of palm trees. On the other hand are modern coastal holiday resorts, busy city life and more combining the best of both worlds. When in Egypt you can indulge in the best diving experience ever. In short, Egypt is a living museum and a land of endless attractions packing an experience that one cannot avail elsewhere on globe.
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