FAQ | Travelling to Hurghada

About Hurghada

Hurghada is a beach resort town stretching around 40km along Egypt’s Red Sea coast. 

Hurghada was previously a small fishing village before becoming a popular holiday destination and one of Egypt’s main holiday hot spots.

With its dramatic landscape, year-round dry climate and long beaches with clear, calm waters, Hurghada is the ideal place to escape to catch some rays.

Hurghada airport is the second busiest airport in Egypt. It has two terminals, including a new complex which cost $335 million and should enable the airport to welcome up to 13 million passengers a year.

About Hurghada

The currency in Egypt is Egyptian Pounds. You may see this shortened to EGP or LE.

You can check out the daily exchange rate at the National Bank of Egypt. It is worth remembering that the exchange rate does vary daily and banks may offer different exchange rates.

Businesses in Hurghada are extremely flexible when it comes to which currency you are able to pay with. USD, GBP and Euros are widely accepted by most local businesses. Again, exchange rates may vary.

Supermarkets and shops within shopping malls, such as those at Senzo Mall, will only accept EGP or card payments.

Many ATM machines have the facility to exchange foreign currency into EGP. Simply insert the notes you wish to change and the machine will give you EGP in return.

The Red Sea resort of Hurghada has remained a safe and welcoming holiday destination.

Up to date travel advice can be found on the British Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) website – https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/egypt

Hurghada has a sub tropical desert climate which means very hot and dry summers and warm winters, ensuring it’s the perfect holiday destination for year round sunshine.

The highest temperatures are between April and October, with temperatures during July and August reaching well over 40 degrees.

Many holiday makers visit Hurghada during the winter months to experience a perfect blend of warmth and guaranteed sunshine.


Hurghada International Airport

Every passenger arriving at Hurghada International Airport must complete an Egyptian Landing card and hand it to the Immigration Officer with their passport.

A Landing Card is different to your visa. Your airline should give you your Landing Card on the plane, however you can also pick some up in the immigration hall. Have a pen ready and have your Landing Card completed before you get to the Immigration Officer!

Hurghada airport landing card
Hurghada airport landing card

Most visitors arriving at Hurghada airport will need a visa to enter the country. This is different to your landing card. You can check if you need a visa by clicking here 👉🏼 Egypt e-visa portal

Getting your Egyptian visa is simple, you can buy it before your travel or you can buy it when you arrive at Hurghada International Airport.

Getting an Egyptian visa before you travel is now fairly easy to do and makes getting through Hurghada airport a little easier. Your travel agent might be able to arrange your visa for you or you can buy it online for $25 or £20-25 per person. Just click on this link Egypt e-visa portal

Buy your Egyptian visa online

Buying your visa at Hurghada airport is also not a problem. The queue at the ‘bank’ moves fairly quickly and you will find this located just inside the immigration hall. $25, or around £20-£25 will get you a visa entry stamp popped into your passport. Venture further into the immigration hall and your will find tour reps selling visas also, but these may cost you a little more.

Hurghada Airport is the second busiest airport in Egypt after Cairo International Airport and an important destination for leisure flights to Egypt from Europe.

There are two terminals at Hurghada Airport, Terminal 1 and Terminal 2. Both terminals receive international flights and T2, which is the older terminal, receives domestic flights.

It is important that you know which terminal your flight arrives at and departs from. The information shown below should be taken as a guide only and you should always check with your airline.

It is important to note that because Terminal 1 (T1) is sometimes very busy some international flights are diverted the Terminal 2 without notice. 

When thinking about your Hurhada Airport Transfer, we recommend that you allow about 45 minutes to get through Hurghada Airport if you are flying into Terminal 1. For Terminal 2 you should allow about 20 minutes. 

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