July 23, 2021

Travel to Egypt: things you need to know before you go

Are you planning a trip to Egypt? If you know how to plan correctly, you won’t have to face any problems. Now let’s get to it – the best travel tips for Egypt tours. The best way to get around the main cities in Egypt is by plane, as the distances are usually very long between one town and another. The airline that makes these internal routes is Egypt Air.

What is Egypt’s currency?

The currency of Egypt is the Egyptian Pound. And, currently it amounts $1 = 15.69 EGP (November 2020). And if you are wondering how to make money in Egypt, the suggestion is to take US dollars or Euros and exchange at exchange offices in major cities. It is easy to find them in tourist areas.

When is the best time to go to Egypt?

The months with mild temperatures are the most pleasant to visit Egypt. Between June and August, the temperatures are very high in the summer, and it is unbearable to walk on the streets around noon. It will likely affect your trip, and you will have less time to enjoy Egypt’s temples and monuments. In winter, you will find colder days, with an average of 10 to 15 degrees C.

Taxi drivers in Egypt

Taxi drivers love to roll up newcomers to the country. They even charge 5x more than the price of Uber. Not to mention tips, a common practice in the country (not mandatory), but taxi drivers always ask and leave you in that uncomfortable situation of saying no. It is why we recommend you book your trip with the best tour planner.

How to communicate in Egypt?

English is a widely used language in local tourism. So if you speak English, you will be able to communicate efficiently in hotels, restaurants, and shops. A peculiarity in the markets is that salespeople usually speak several languages. On the other hand, Uber drivers, security guards, and ordinary people on the street rarely speak English.

Watch out for the famous “tourist friends.”

If you walk the streets of Cairo for a few minutes, you will indeed be approached by one of these “tourist friends.” They chat and are super friendly, ask where you are from, give tips on places in the surroundings without you even asking. Finally, when they see that you have been won over, they ask for the “tip.” Rest assured, they will not hurt you.

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