Egypt is located in northern Africa along the Mediterranean and Red Seas, though its Sinai Peninsula forms a land bridge into Southwest Asia. Apart from its large pyramids, Egypt is also known for desert landscapes and ancient history. The country has two major and contradictory images: one is a place of beauty and culture, the Land of the Pharaohs. The other is the Arab world’s most densely populated nation, a struggling, loud hive of energy, both maddening and exciting! The Egyptians are playful people who love to laugh and are immensely hospitable. You’ll definitely like making use of car rental in Egypt for going around this vast country. The country has ten international airports. Cairo (rent a car in Cairo) airport is hardly 15 Km from the heart of the city.
The overall climate of Egypt is mild and the same goes for its neighbouring countries Israel (car renting in Israel) and Saudi Arabia (renting a car in Saudi Arabia). The best time to visit is from October to May. The best time for visiting Egypt’s ancient sights like the Pyramids of Giza, the Temples of Luxor and Abu Simbel and also for going on a Nile cruise is from October to April.
Visa & Currency
Cost and procedure for getting visa varies with your nationality. American citizens can get one on arrival for just $15.
The Egyptian Pound (EGP) is the national currency in Egypt.
1 United States Dollar =7.827 Egyptian Pound
Credit cards are typically accepted by large hotels and expensive restaurants. You may use your credit cards in large cities like Cairo but be prepared to pay cash on going off the beaten track or to smaller cities of Egypt. Likewise, ATMs too are available in bigger cities and major hotels and dispense money in local currency. You are likely to be charged heftier ATM fees.
Car Rental in Egypt
For going around the vast city of Cairo or making a trip to the Pyramids or driving through the desert, car rental in Egypt make a good option. Though roads in the central part of the city have eight lanes, driving is difficult as you have to deal with rowdy drivers who use horns too frequently and you often come across donkeys and livestock in the middle of the road.
But once you are out of the big cities like Alexandria and Cairo, driving is lot more comfortable and peaceful. Always carry water plus anti-dehydration medicines with you because of heat. On getting stuck in sand, don’t spin wheels as this makes the car sink deeper. Driving at night becomes very hazardous due carts and pedestrians and must be avoided at all costs.
The Cairo-Alexandria Road is a toll road and there are quite a few other toll roads in the country. Here are the other rules for driving in Egypt:
- Minimum age of the driver should be 25 years.
- Drive on right hand side of road.
- You’ll certainly need a good map as even locals are known to get lost here.
- You need to carry your driving license plus international driving license, passport and some kind of pre-payment method by way of a credit card or bank card.
- 90 Km/hour on motorways
- 100 Km/hour on the desert highway between Cairo and Alexandria
- There are large fines for speeding so don’t take risks. It takes three hours to drive from Cairo to Alexandria.
Car rental in Egypt pose no problem with quite a lot of cheap car hire companies also providing one way car rental services. Egyptian car rental companies are found in all the central city locations plus major hotels. The rental starts from 998 EGP / 115 EUR / 131 USD weekly, while gasoline costs from 2.62 to 2.80 EG£.