There are various ways to save plenty of money when visiting Egypt, Whether you are an independent traveler or using a travel agent , a student or a family travelling on a budget , Egypt proves to be one of the cheapest destination for all in the world. Here are some useful tips that help you a lot to tour Egypt for less.
Get your entry visa at Cairo airport. It always works out cheaper and much easier than getting it at home. Visa can be obtained either from the bank ( $ 15 per person) or through a local travel agent which can save you some time and help you avoid crowds. Most travel agents arrange such service for about $5 per person.
Exchange your US dollar, British pound sterling or Euro in Egypt where you can get the best conversion rates and best exchange deals. The local currency is the Egyptian pound (EGP), however many stores accept the US dollar and the Euro. Banks are open from Sunday to Thursday; working hours from 8:30 am to 5 pm. Some exceptions of 24 hours operated banks can be found at airports.
Use a recommended local tour agent for your booking. A reliable Egyptian travel agent can get you excellent deals for your package holiday that usually consists of accommodation, transportation and tours and is usually much affordable than booking a hotel or hire guides on your own. In addition, a private tour for the whole family can be much affordable than joining a native group tour which isn’t necessarily the cheapest option to visit Egypt. In the mean time, if you want something top-notch then most of these agents can guarantee very good deals for 5 stars accommodation (hotel , resort , Nile cruise or a dahabiyya boat)
Opt the most important landmarks from your point of view as what’s important for others might not be as important to you. If you will go with this advice then you will not miss any of the entertainment options that you would find during your visit to Egypt.
Don’t spend much money on luxurious food. Have a nice breakfast at your hotel. Hotels usually provide a good variety to appeal to traditional full breakfast with fresh fruit. then eat where/ what locals do. There are a lot of cheap options for tasty local Egyptian food like Koushari, foul, falafel, grapes’ leaves ..etc. as well as other fast dining options
Use the 1st Class, air-conditioned express train service or the sleeping train from Cairo to Luxor and Aswan to Cairo to save money. Yes, the journey is long but who cares specially with such a breathtaking scenery. Two meals are included in the sleeper train’s ticket (Dinner and breakfast) while you should bring some food when taking the express seated train.
Those are some tips to save money during your Egypt trip. If you are more interested in unusual ways to spend money in Egypt , you could find more guidelines on budget tours in this site