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Travel advise: payments in Egypt
Jet off well-informed to Egypt. Here are some handy facts about cash and card payments in Egypt.
Most international hotels in Egypt will be able to accept international card payments with VISA and Mastercard credit and debit cards. Especially those in Cairo, Luxor, Aswan, Alexandria, Hurghada and the Red Sea area.
Egypt is still very much a cash-based economy. With the exception of large shopping malls in downtown Cairo, most vendors in Egypt will only accept cash payments.
If you are going to pay by card in Egypt: Be aware of currency conversion fees: British banks may charge heavily for international card payments made in Africa. In addition your bank's EGP to GBP exchange rate may be dramatically bad. This is how banks make money. Before using your bank card for payments in Egypt, it's certainly a good idea to contact your bank. This will avoid your card becoming blocked due to international transactions that your bank may find suspicious.
Cash is an essential means of payment in Egypt. Make sure to take plenty of Egyptian Pound banknotes on your trip to Egypt, ideally both in low and high denomination banknotes.
Low denomination banknotes (piastres, coins, £1 EGP and £5 EGP) are great for tipping. Banknotes of £10, £20 and £50 EGP are useful for every day use, making purchases in local shops, souqs (such as the one in Luxor), street markets or for paying tour guides. The larger banknotes of £100 and £200 EGP should only be used for larger purchases.
Banknotes in Egypt are often very dirty. Wash your hands often.
A coffee in Egypt will cost around £25-£30 Egyptian pounds. For a three course meal in a mid-range restaurant, the price will be around £170 to £250 EGP.
In general, prices in Egypt are pretty cheap: The overall cost of living in Egypt is 54% lower than the cost of living in the UK.
Tipping is recommended in Egypt. It's often enough to leave a few £1 EGP notes for the waiter. You should always tip in cash.
Banknotes in Egypt
The banknotes currently in use in Egypt are £1, £5, £10, £20, £50, £100 and £200 EGP. Multiple types of each denomination circulate alongside each other. All Egyptian banknotes are made of paper and can be quite worn and dirty.
There are older banknotes of 25 piastres and 50 piastres. These should not be confused with Eygptian pounds. £1 Egyptian pound is the equivalent of 100 piastres. The piastres banknotes are not in general use anymore but can often still be spent in Egypt.
Coins in Egypt
Egyptian coins range from 5 piastres (0.05 EGP) to 1 pound. Did you get back from Egypt with some leftover coins? Our sister company Leftover Currency can help you to exchange Egyptian Pound coins back to cash.
Egypt's currency import and export regulations
Travelers can take up to £5000 Egyptian Pounds per person into Egypt, and in addition to this up to $10,000 USD worth in foreign currencies per person. The restrictions of currency for exporting are the same as those for importing.
Ordering Egyptian Pounds online
Order Egyptian Pounds online and have them delivered fast and securely to your home or office, with Royal Mail Special Delivery Guaranteed®. Or pick them up from our travel money shop near Heathrow. Click here to buy Egyptian Pounds online.
Selling back Egyptian Pounds
If you have Egyptian Pounds to sell, follow this link to exchange Egyptian Pounds to Pounds, click on 'sell currency' and select 'EGP Egyptian Pound'. We'll pay good rates for your leftover Egyptian Pounds.