Here are some tips you can make use of while in El-Alamein:
- The Battlefield: But watch out! Some live mines and ammunition still litter El-Alamein's battlefield sites and surrounding desert. That is why, when visiting these sites, you'll be asked to stick to tracks that are visible.
- The Opportunity: If you’re not intending to stay in El-Alamein, a day trip from Alexandria is the most convenient way to visit the town. Your hotel or Alexandria's tourism office can help you organize your excursion.
- Food: Except for a small cafeteria close to the war museum, there are barely any restaurants in El-Alamein. Usually, when visiting the WWII sites in El-Alamein on a day tour, lunch will be organized at one of the resorts in nearby Sidi Abdul-Rahman or Marina. If you’re more of a solo traveller, a good idea would be to bring your own snacks for the trip.
- Explore the North Coast: From El-Alamein, you can head to the nearby pristine beaches of Sidi Abdel-Rahman, to King Mariout - a renowned therapeutic destination for rheumatism patients -, to Abu Mena for a visit to St Mena Monastery, and to Borg El-Arab for the upscale touristic resorts' entertainment.
|Population : 7400||Area Code : 46||2nd Battle of Alamein : 1942||Total Casualties : 43000|
By Car and BusTo get to El-Alamein you can rent a car from Alexandria or Marsa Matrouh, the closest two big cities or you can board one of the West Delta buses that stop at El-Alamein, heading from Alexandria to Marsa Matrouh.
In order to rent a vehicle and drive in any of the cities in Egypt, you’ll be asked to provide an International Driving License. Egyptians drive on the right-hand side of the road, and the official out-of-town speed limit is 90 km/h.
By AirEgyptair, the Egyptian flag carrier airline, operates regular domestic flights to El-Alamein Airport from Cairo.
Frequent charter flights are carried out from main European cities to the fairly newly built El-Alamein International Airport.
One more convenient air hub in the North Coast is the Borg el-Arab Airport in Alexandria, that receives direct flights from London, Athens, Frankfurt, and all the main Middle-Eastern capitals.
By TaxiThe easiest way to move around major Egyptian cities is by using the always abundant public taxis; each city has its own colour of public taxi.
Rent a CarRenting a car in Egypt is easy; all the international car hire agencies have offices in Egypt’s airports and towns. Rates are comparable to international car hire charges and many companies offer online reservation facilities. Visit the agencies’ websites for more details on the car rental procedures. In order to rent a vehicle and drive in Egypt, you’ll be asked to provide an International Driving License. Egyptians drive on the right-hand side of the road, and the official out-of-town speed limit is 90 km/h.
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ETA Office in Marsa Matrouh
Intersection of Omar Mukhtar Str. & Corniche
Opening Hours: 8 am to 8 pm
- T: +20 (46) 493 1841, +20 (46) 493 1841
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