There are many ways to visit Egypt from Europe, and your options include air, sea and land. If you’re traveling with a tour operator they’ll probably help with the flight arrangements and itinerary, but if you’re going out on your own, here’s what you can expect…which is a lot different than renting a car in Europe.
Travel by Air to Visit Egypt From Europe
The airline tickets come with the exit tax, but the cost varies. If you’re departing by ferry via Jordan, it will cost you E£50/US$10. Sharm el-Sheikh, Alexandria and Cairo carry several international flights, though Cairo remains the most widely used entry point. The majority of flights arrive late in the evening as traffic is less congested, and all the major carriers fly there. As to which airline, that’s entirely up to you. Keep in mind that EgyptAir doesn’t serve alcohol, though the tickets are cheap. Jetairfly is another low cost airline, while Meridiana Fly goes to Cairo from Milan. If you’re going to spend a lot of time in Jordan or Sinai, Sharm el-Sheikh is a good option as a lot of budget airlines from Europe are available.
Traveling Egypt by Land
You’ll need an advanced visa unless you’re coming in from eastern Sinai or have arranged this with a travel operator. There is also a 101NIS Israeli tax exit aside from the E£46 Egyptian entry tax. For most nationalities there’s no need for an Israeli visa, however. As for transportation, there are city buses and taxis from Eilat as well as those headed to Tel Aviv and Jerusalem. From Jerusalem and Cairo there’s a bus line running by way of Tel Aviv, but do note that the service could get cancelled if there aren’t sufficient number of passengers.
By Sea When Visiting Egypt From Europe
There are some ferries from Hurghada to Dubai, but the schedule is inconsistent and varies according to the time of the season. The best way to go by this route is to contact a travel agency and work it out in advance.
Egypt – the name alone conjures up wonderful visions of statuesque Sphinxes, soaring pyramids and vast temples carved into rock faces. Visiting and experiencing this magical land is now as easy as ever, and tourists are spoil with the sheer range of holidays in Egypt available. The list of holiday experiences on offer is as varied as it is long. You can travel here under your own steam, opting for a scheduled flight, booking your own hotel and trying out the local transport system to get from the airport to your accommodation. Or you can join a tour operator and take advantage of organised trips where flights, accommodation and transfers are all included in the price. These are a popular choice for many tourists as it helps make travel that little bit easier. Many choose established tour operators, while others choose emerging or specialist operators to enjoy something a little more bespoke, perhaps a little more ‘off the beaten track’. However you get here, it goes without saying that no trip to Egypt is complete without visiting its major sites. These incredible world-famous monuments are among the most important archaeological finds in the world, and standing beneath the towering frame of the Great Sphinx, or blinking into the darkness of a cool, echoing temple, are some of the most humbling and memorable experiences you will ever have. If cost is troubling you, there are plenty of options out there to help make your trip that bit more affordable. Package holidays are often organised to accommodate a wide range of budgets, and booking at the last-minute is a great way of securing additional savings. Alternatively by booking well in advance you can enjoy early bird discounts and also have longer to pay off the cost of your holiday, which makes it more manageable and also means you have more money to play with when you get there.
Tips for First Time Visitors
Please remember that Egypt is predominantly Muslim and you have to respect their cultural values and practices. You cannot wear clothes that are too revealing, and public display of affection is discouraged. Doing some research prior to going there will definitely help. Whether you’re traveling alone or with a group, make sure to inform the hotel if your plans prior to leaving, so if you get lost or something happens they can provide some assistance. It’s also a good idea to leave a contact number at the hotel in the event you get lost. And while you’re traveling, remember that the traffic can get busy, and Europeans used to driving on the left have to be particularly careful when on the road.
When you visit Egypt from Europe, try to get your entry visa at your airport destination as it’s more affordable, and you can change your Euros, pounds or dollars there as well. And don’t be surprised at how cheap things are in Egypt, as that is one of the reasons why it’s so popular with tourists.
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