Travelling to Egypt?
Get the best rates for Egyptian currency online
Getting ready for an adventure in Egypt? Buy Egyptian pounds online from Manor FX now and fill your wallet with EGP for an incredible journey.
We take pride in offering you the best exchange rate for Egyptian pounds on the high street and online, ensuring your holiday money goes further.
You can choose home or office delivery and get your Egyptian money in a snap. Alternatively, visit our Manor FX office near Heathrow for hassle-free collection.
Egyptian travel money
Are you travelling to Egypt from the UK? Learn about cash and card payments in Egypt to make your trip smooth and enjoyable.
Where can I buy Egyptian pounds?
You may be wondering why can’t I buy Egyptian pounds in UK. Egyptian currency is not as widely available as other major currencies, but here’s a quick rundown of where you can obtain this currency:
- Currency exchange bureaus: Most high-street currency exchange outlets offer Egyptian pounds. Manor FX always keeps them in stock.
- Online ordering: Order your Egyptian pounds and have them shipped to your home or workplace. Manor FX makes holiday money easy.
- Airport kiosks: While UK airports offer currency exchange, their rates are less competitive. It’s smarter to get some Egyptian pounds before heading to the airport.
- Travel agents specialising in Egypt: Some agencies offer money exchange as part of their Egypt holiday packages. Double-check if this applies to your booking.
Finding EGP currency doesn’t need to be a hassle. Get the best pound to Egyptian pound exchange rate and receive your Egyptian money fast! Get free next working day home delivery for orders over £750 with us.
Can you buy Egyptian currency in the UK?
Yes, you can buy Egyptian pounds in the UK. If you are wondering where the best place to buy Egyptian pounds is, look no further than Manor FX. It’s super convenient, and you get the best sterling to Egyptian pound exchange rate.
Simply place your order and have the cash delivered to your door. If you prefer, you can pick it up at our currency exchange office near Heathrow.
Should I buy Egyptian pounds before I go?
Absolutely! Get some Egyptian pounds before you depart; it’s the best currency for Egypt. Here’s why:
- Smooth arrival: Landing with cash on hand makes your arrival hassle-free. Pay for a cab, snacks, or a SIM card right away.
- Avoid airport rates: Airports often charge higher rates. Getting currency beforehand avoids this trap.
- Emergency cash: Unexpected events like a broken ATM can happen.
- Budget-conscious: Physical cash helps you track spending. Manage your money better with cash in hand.
- Freedom to roam: Going off the grid in Egypt? Take some cash. Remote areas may not have ATMs or card services.
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What’s the best currency to take to Egypt?
If you are wondering what is the currency of Egypt? It’s the Egyptian pound (EGP), the best currency for all daily purchases like food, transport, and shopping.
When you return, exchange your leftover travel money from Egyptian pounds to GBP.
Can I use my bank card in Egypt?
Many international hotels in Egypt, particularly in cities like Cairo, Luxor, Aswan, Alexandria, and the Red Sea area, are equipped to accept international card payments with VISA and Mastercard credit and debit cards. It offers a convenient way to settle your bills during your stay.
However, it’s important to note that Egypt primarily operates as a cash-based economy. In most cases, local vendors and businesses will only accept cash payments. So, it’s advisable to have Egyptian pounds on hand for day-to-day expenses.
If you decide to use your card for payments in Egypt, here are a few things to keep in mind:
- Watch out for currency conversion fees: Some British banks may impose significant fees for international card payments made in Africa. Additionally, your bank’s exchange rate for converting Egyptian pounds (EGP) to British pounds (GBP) may not be favourable.
- Contact your bank: It’s a good practice to contact your bank and inform them of your travel plans before your trip to Egypt.
Should I use cash in Egypt?
Egypt is still primarily a cash-based economy. Many local vendors, small shops, and markets may only accept cash. Make sure to take plenty of Egyptian currency on your trip!
Friendly tip: Low-denomination banknotes (piastres, coins, £1 EGP and £5 EGP) are great for tipping. Banknotes of £10, £20 and £50 EGP are useful for making purchases in local shops, souqs (such as the one in Luxor), street markets or paying tour guides.
Manor FX offers great exchange rates for pounds to Egyptian pounds, so you have enough cash when you land in Egypt.
Is it better to use cash or credit card in Egpyt?
Both are useful. Cash is more convenient for small expenses, while cards work for more significant purchases in urban areas of Egypt.
How can I avoid ATM fees in Egypt?
To minimise ATM fees, use ATMs from reputable banks and withdraw larger amounts less frequently. Check if your bank has partnerships with Egyptian banks for lower fees.
How much cash should I take to Egypt?
While indulging in luxury resorts and private tours is an option, you can comfortably explore Egypt on a budget. You can get by on as little as £30 per day, approximately 1,079 EGP.
Street food is not only affordable but also satisfying. You can relish dishes like falafel, sandwiches, shawarma, and koshari noodles for as little as 35 EGP, roughly £1.
If you opt for dining in a restaurant, it’s still relatively inexpensive compared to Western countries. Expect to spend around £8, which translates to about 310 EGP, for a meal in a mid-range restaurant.
Regarding transportation, while trains offer a cost-effective option, they may not be the quickest. If you’re pressed for time and plan to fly between destinations, budget an additional £80-£90 per flight, equivalent to approximately 3,085 EGP.
If you have any leftover Egyptian currency from your recent travels, remember to convert your EGP to GBP with Manor FX.
How much do I tip in Egypt?
Tipping is common but optional. Around 5-10% at restaurants is a good amount. Small tips for hotel staff are also appreciated.
Is Egypt a cheap country to visit?
Egypt is an affordable travel destination, making it a budget-friendly option for many tourists. Here are some of the ways in which Egypt is a cheap country to visit:
- Inexpensive accommodations: Egypt offers many options, from budget hostels to mid-range hotels and luxury resorts. Travellers can find affordable places to stay without compromising on comfort.
- Affordable food: Street food and local eateries in Egypt offer delicious and budget-friendly meals. Traditional dishes like koshari, falafel, and shawarma are readily available at low prices.
- Reasonable transportation: Public transportation, including buses and the Cairo Metro, is inexpensive and convenient for getting around cities. Domestic flights and trains are also affordable options for travelling between cities.
- Entrance fees: Many of Egypt’s historical and cultural attractions have relatively low entrance fees for tourists. This allows travellers to explore ancient sites, museums, and monuments without breaking the bank.
It’s important to note that prices can vary depending on the region within Egypt and the level of luxury you seek.
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.
There are older banknotes of 25 piastres and 50 piastres. These should not be confused with Egyptian 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.
If you have any leftover Egyptian banknotes from your holiday, convert your Egyptian pounds to sterling with us!
Coins in Egypt
Egyptian coins come in various denominations: 1, 5, 10, 25, and 50 piasters, as well as 1 pound coins.
Just like the banknotes, coins have significant cultural and historical elements. The 1-pound coin commonly features symbols of Egypt’s rich heritage.
Did you get back from Egypt with some leftover coins? Our sister company, Leftover Currency, can help you exchange Egypt pounds to GBP.
Egypt currency import and export regulations
Travellers 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
Are you looking for the best rates for Egyptian pounds? Look no further!
Exchange your pound sterling to EGP online for quick and secure delivery straight to your home or workplace via Royal Mail Special Delivery Guaranteed®. Or pick them up from our travel money shop near Heathrow. Click here to convert your GBP to Egyptian pounds online.
Selling back Egyptian pounds
If you have Egyptian pounds to sell, follow this link to exchange Egyptian currency to GBP, click on ‘sell currency’ and select ‘EGP Egyptian pound’. We provide the best Egyptian pound exchange rate for your leftover travel money.
Yes, most travellers to Egypt need a visa to enter the country. However, the specific visa requirements may vary depending on your nationality and the purpose and duration of your visit.
If you plan to visit Egypt for tourism purposes, you can typically obtain a tourist visa upon arrival at the airport in Egypt. This visa is valid for 30 days and can be extended for an additional 30 days if needed.
It’s important to check the current visa regulations and requirements before your trip, as they can change.
For travel to Egypt, it’s recommended to have routine vaccinations up to date. Consider vaccinations for hepatitis A and typhoid, as they can be transmitted through contaminated food or water.
Consult a healthcare provider for personalised recommendations.
The best time to travel to Egypt depends on your preferences. The weather is mild and comfortable during the winter months, from November to February. It’s ideal for exploring popular tourist destinations like Cairo, Luxor, and Aswan.
The temperatures are not as scorching hot as in the summer, making outdoor activities and sightseeing more enjoyable.
However, keep in mind that this is also the peak tourist season. Popular attractions may be crowded, and prices for accommodations and tours may be higher.
If you prefer to avoid crowds and prefer the hotter temperatures, consider travelling in the shoulder seasons of spring (March to May) and autumn (September to October).
The cheapest months to visit Egypt are during the summer, from June to August. This is considered the low tourist season, especially in inland areas like Luxor and Aswan.
However, it’s important to note that the weather during this period can be extremely hot. Temperatures can often exceed 40°C (104°F) in some areas.
With 100 Egyptian pounds (EGP), you can purchase various items and services in Egypt. Here are some examples of what you can buy with 100 EGP:
- Street food: You can enjoy local Egyptian street food, such as falafel sandwiches, koshari (a popular Egyptian dish made with rice, lentils, and pasta), or shawarma.
- Bottled water: You can buy several bottles of bottled water to stay hydrated, especially during hot weather.
- Public transportation: In some cities like Cairo, you can use 100 EGP to cover multiple rides on public transport.
- Souvenirs: You can purchase small souvenirs like keychains, postcards, or traditional Egyptian crafts from local markets or street vendors.
- Coffee or tea: You can enjoy traditional Egyptian coffee or tea at a local café.
- Snacks: You can buy chips, nuts, or sweets from a local convenience store or market.
Quick reminder: Prices may vary depending on the location and the specific items or services you choose.
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