Most of Egypt's tourists describe their trip to Egypt as an overwhelming experience: the culture, the nature, the sights, the history, the people, the lifestyle, the cuisine… It is truly a unique experience and for it to be perfect, there are some things you need to know. Whether you’re looking for numbers to keep on hand, directions and indications for getting around, or tips regarding the traditions and customs of your hosts, you’ll find it all – and much more – in this section.
Browse through this page’s sections to know more about Egypt and find all the info that might come in handy on your first trip to the land of the Pharaohs.

  • Getting Around

    Getting around in Egypt is pretty easy. Although it may seem very different from what most…more

  • Useful Numbers

    Tourism Offices' numbers and addresses and emergency numbers you might need.more

  • Keep in Mind

    A few tips mixed in a mishmash of do's and don’ts that will help you make the best of…more

  • Egyptian Cuisine

    When it comes to food, Egyptians know their way around. Food is always presented with generosity;…more


  • Q:What souvenirs can I buy?

    The list is loooong, but keep in mind: region-specific handicrafts such as Bedouin embroidery, or camel wool items, pottery, alabaster, hand blown glass, papyrus, and of course… cotton.


  • Q:Where can I buy the best souvenirs?

    The best places to shop for souvenirs are souks that sell local handicrafts such as the Fair Trade Market in Luxor, Khan el Khalili in Cairo and the Attarine Souk in Alexandria.


  • Q:Shall I use my Credit Card?

    You can generally use major credit cards such as Visa, MasterCard, American Express, and Diners Club at larger establishments and many hotels. In souks and remote locations, they will be harder to use. x

  • Q:Is haggling obligatory?

    In Egypt, haggling might not be obligatory but it is common to happen in some places while shopping. Don’t worry, it is expected and if you don’t do it you’ll end up spending a lot more than you should have.


  • Q:Can I drink alcohol in Egypt?

    Yes you can, alcohol is not illegal in Egypt. Alcoholic drinks are served in most mid-range to 5 star hotels, in pubs and breweries, as well as in many restaurants around the country. x

  • Q:Are there any local alcoholic beverages in Egypt?

    There are two brands of Egyptian beer; both are tasty and relatively cheap. There are also some vineyards around Egypt that produce local wines. x

  • Q:Are touristic sites accessible to physically challenged travelers?

    Mobility impaired persons may have some trouble getting around the archaeological sites in Egypt, due to narrow passageways, and steep uneven stairs but work is being done to improve the disabled travel conditions in Egypt and a helpful hand is always near.


  • Q:Are there any taxi or bus companies that cater for physically challenged travelers?

    Many of the taxis in Egypt are large hatchbacks and it is not difficult to commission one for the day once you make an agreement with the driver. There are also some companies who prepare tours for the physically disabled or challenged tourists.


  • Q:What kind of experiences does Egypt offer to its physically challenged guests?

    Egypt has some pretty unexpected experiences on offer for disabled travelers. Contact your travel agent through whom you’ll be able to organize a diving holiday in the Red Sea, or even mountain climbing activities. Well-trained professionals provide the support and equipment needed.

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  • Q:Are hotels in Egypt equipped with disabled facilities?

    Most of 4 and 5 stars hotels in Egypt can cater for guests of restricted mobility. Upon reservation, inform the hotel’s administration about your needs and expectations. x

  • Q:How much am I supposed to tip?

    Tipping or “Bakhsheesh” is a local Egyptian custom and it is expected from foreigners as well. It is advised to tip a waiter 10 to 20% of the bill, and 5 EGP is enough for smaller services such as room service delivery.


  • Q:Where do I go if I need information?

    There are Tourist Information Offices in almost every Egyptian town or city, sometimes more than one. These offices can answer any questions you might have, give you advice and brochures. They will also provide you with useful addresses. x

  • Q:Is smoking allowed in public places in Egypt?

    Until a few years ago, smoking was allowed everywhere in Egypt. Today, it is prohibited in airports, but still allowed in most pubs, restaurants, and cafes. All 4 and 5 stars hotels offer non-smoking rooms and many restaurants have smoking and non-smoking areas. Some restaurants have even completely banned smoking from their premises. x