General travel tips for Egypt
Egypt as a tourist cannot be compared with other countries. Things are cheaper than many other countries. Flying to Egypt is cheaper from many tourist destinations.
Ø Currency in Egypt :
Currency in Egypt is the Egyptian pound (referred by LE). At present $ 1 dollar is equivalent to 7.6 Egyptian pounds.
In Egypt, most of the banks are open from Sunday to Thursday ; working hours being from 8:30 to 14:00, though banks at the airports and the major entry ports are open 24 hours daily.
Note: Most of the credit/debit cards, such as American Express, MasterCard, Visa, all Euro cards and JCB, are widely accepted in various hotels and shops. If you want to use an ATM machine in your vicinity, you can still obtain cash if you go to any of the Misr Bank branches.
If you are at any point during your tour, run out of money, and your credit cards are not accepted, you still can get money wired to you from abroad. In Egypt, there are plenty of Western Union branches it takes just a few minutes to get any sum of money sent to you from abroad.
Ø What to visit in Egypt :
When you visit Egypt, there are so many sites that you will want to visit. Egypt tourist places are really amazing to see with exciting sightseeing scenarios at beautiful monuments.
Cairo is the capital of Egypt and the largest city in Africa. It is located on both banks of the River Nile near the head of the river’s delta in northern Egypt and has been settled for more than 6000 years.
Here is a list of what you should see in Cairo:
v The pyramids of Giza & the Sphinx
v The open Air Museum of Memphis
v The Step Pyramid at Sakkara
v Mohamed Ali Castle
v The Castle of Salah El Din
v The Egyptian Museum
v The old market of Khan El-Khalili
v The Hanging Church
v The Cairo Tower
Ø You must be aware of the following points:
v If you must take a taxi then it would be best if you asked the reception of your hotel to get you one. They have certain assigned taxis that they know very well and deal with on daily basis.
v If you want to dine out, then you must know where the recommended restaurants are, and where you can find the clean healthy food.
v Never drink the tap water. It is okay to wash, shower and clean your teeth with it, but not advised to drink. Bottled water is cheap and plentiful use it instead.
v Ladies, if you intend visiting the inside of one of the pyramids, please wear trousers (or jeans). You may have to ascend/descend ladders and/or crawl through narrow passages. For the same reasons, I would advise men to avoid wearing short trousers.