Egypt Travel Facts

The Basics

Country: Egypt

Where is it?: Egypt lies in northern Africa on the Mediterranean Sea.

Why do people go here?: Travelers visit Egypt for visiting the amazing archeological sites, such as the Pyramids at Giza and many of the temples in Luxor and Karnak.

What are the main entry points?: Generally travelers fly into Cairo or ride a bus from Tel Aviv.

Currency used: Pound

Country Code for Phones: 20

Area codes for Major Cities: Cairo 2, Alexandria 3

Religion: Muslim 94%, Coptic Christian 6%

Population: 83 million

Ethnic Breakdown: 99% Egyptian, 0.9% Nubian, 0.1% Greek

Government: Semi-presidential Republic

Languages: Arabic

Travel Information

Major Cities: Cairo, Alexandria, Aswan

Attractions: Pyramids of Giza & the Sphinx, Luxor, Karnak

Accommodation: Egypt Hostels, Egypt Hotels

Tourism Office locations and links: Egypt-Egyptian General Authority for the Promotion of Tourism, Misr Travel Tower, Abassia Square Cairo +20-2-823-570, +20-2-282-8430

Tips for Visiting

Off-the-Beaten-Path: Dahab, Dakhla Oasis

Health Issues: Bilharzia, Pollution

When to go: Since Egypt gets extremely hot, the best times to visit are in December, January and February

Common Phrases: Greetings: Salam Aleikum, Greetings (response): wa aleikum as-salam, Thank You: Shukran, How much?: kem?, Yes: nam, No: nam

Specific Events/Holidays: Sinai Liberation Day: April 25, Revolution Day: July 23, The 1973 War: October 6

Getting Around: Bus, train, and air all service Egypt. Buses service all major cities

Cheapest airport to fly into: The cheapest airports to fly into Egypt are Cairo International, Borg El Arab, and Luxor Airport. Just consider the airport that is near your trip destination to save more.

Need more information?: Check out the Egypt travel guide for more on what to see, where to stay, and how to get there.

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