Egypt

Egypt welcomes you with its mighty Nile and magnificent monuments, the beguiling desert and lush delta, and with its long past and welcoming, story-loving people.

Yearly Weather

The best months to go to Cairo are from mid September through to March. The weather is still hot but bearable.

What’s the best time to go to Cairo in Egypt? Here are some annual weather facts we collected from our historical climate data:

  • Hot season / summer is in April, May, June, July, August, September and October.
  • Cairo has dry periods in January, February, March, April, May, June and July.
  • On average, the warmest month is July.
  • On average, the coolest month is January.
  • August is the wettest month. This month should be avoided if you don’t like too much rain.
  • May is the driest month.

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Travel Facts

VISA

Visa to Egypt to American Citizens can be obtained at the airport for the amount of $25.

MONEY

Small notes (1, 5, 10) are like gold in Egypt! You pretty much tip everyone who looks at you, so you will need a good supply of small notes handy. Wages are criminally low so Egyptians rely on tips from foreigners and locals alike, so stock up on the small notes.

Also, it’s very, very difficult to get change so try and get as much as you can before arriving.

TIPPING

At Restaurants: The tip is included in the bill; add 5–10 percent above that.

At Hotels: One to two dollars a day for the housekeeper (pay throughout your stay to ensure great cleaning); $1 per bag for the porter; concierges are powerful and very helpful, so $10–$20 at the beginning of your stay will go far.

U.S. dollars are always accepted as tips.

Our suggestions for daily tipping are the following:

Drivers: $ 2.00 to $ 5.00

Tour Guide: $ 10.00 to $ 20.00

House Keepers: $ 2.00

Porters: $ 1.00 per luggage

WATER

No surprise here; avoid tap water and only drink bottled water. Clean your teeth with bottled or boiled water, and avoid unpeeled fruits and vegetables. The real tip though for water is to remember to take it with you everywhere. Each and every time you leave your hotel room or cruise ship, grab a bottle.

DRESS

Egypt is a predominantly Muslim country; however, they are pretty relaxed and accepting of other cultures and religions. Relying heavily on tourism, Egypt values its visitors and does not expect everyone to do everything their way. Skirts, shorts, sleeveless tops, and dresses are all acceptable within reason; just avoid anything too short or too low cut. For your sightseeing and day trips from Cairo – wear flat, comfortable, closed-toe shoes – there’s a lot of sand to walk on in Egypt!

BEER

If you are a beer drinker – beware! Due to the heat, the beer in Egypt has loads of preservatives which can, unfortunately, have a laxative effect. There is one brand called Sakkara which is preservative free, so we suggest you stick to this one.

SHOPPING

The biggies to look out for are Papyrus, Alabaster/granite, gold and Egyptian cotton.

CAMERA

No matter where you are, or who they are, do not ever give your camera to someone else to take a photo for you – it will cost you dearly to get it back. If you want your photo taken somewhere, ask your guide or a fellow traveler, not the tourist police, not the temple staff, not the friendly camel owner and definitely not the guy with the Pharaoh head-dress who appears out of nowhere ‘my friend’. This is the scam you need to be aware of, so exercise some common sense and don’t hand over any valuables to complete strangers.