|Most popular in||July||High demand for flights, 17% potential price rise|
|Cheapest in||November||Best time to find cheap flights, 3% potential price drop|
|Average price||C$ 1107||Price for this month|
|Cheapest price||C$ 854||From Toronto to Cairo|
C$ 1057 - C$ 1841
19 - 35 °C
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When to fly to Egypt
Because the heat of the summer can be unbearable, the peak season for travel to Egypt is between October and May. Accommodations will often be fully booked and prices rise during this time of year.
The least popular time to visit is during the hottest months as temperatures can be hot to handle. If you do travel during this time – and this can be when the best bargains are to be found for flights to Egypt – stick to the coast where the breezes make it seem cooler.
Spring time, between March and April, is one of the best times to visit, for both the chance of finding good deals and the climate. The weather is still very warm, but has not yet reached summertime peaks, and the tourist levels are reduced from the peak travelling times.
Egypt has a huge variety of sights to explore, from the ancient Pyramids and Sphinx at Giza to the modern resorts of Sharm el Sheikh. Travellers book flights to Egypt for a host of different reasons. As the “seat of civilization” Egypt has one of the richest histories of all countries on the planet, but it is also very much alive today. The resorts on its coastlines draw those keen to do little more than lie back in the sunshine or swim in the warm seas. But the bustling cities appeal to those who want to see something of the urban African lifestyle. Cairo is seldom missed by travellers and is filled with museums, shops and bazaars; Luxor is the gateway to the Valley of the Kings and the ancient “City of Palaces;” Alexandria has monuments from Alexander the Great; and Aswan, an old trading town, is the starting point for many Nile cruises.
Flights from Canada to Egypt have an average travel duration of 12h 50m to 13h 50m. Flights with stopovers will require additional travel time, and the city of departure and arrival will also affect the duration of the trip. Flights could substantially increase in travel time due to layovers, with some flights taking more than 45h for total flight time. Popular destination cities include Luxor, Cairo, Alexandria, and Hurghada, with Egypt travel deals most readily available in these cities.
There is currently no direct service available from Canada to Egypt. However, one-stop service with shorter flight times is available out of Toronto, with Cairo being the most popular destination city. One-stop flights are available out of Vancouver, Montreal, Ottawa, and Calgary, as well. Air Canada and Egypt Air have the most routes available for shorter flights, with most flights requiring 2-3 stops. Other airlines offering service include Delta, United, Turkish Airways, Air France, and Delta.
Egypt locals use buses to get around the country, primarily, and the same is suggested for tourists visiting the country. The bus system goes just about everywhere and it is safe for use by non-nationals. Service is available from multiple bus lines, including West Delta, Upper Egypt, and Pullman. Super Jet offers service to Luxor, Sharm el Sheikh, and Hurghada. Cairo’s Turgoman bus station offers service to all destination cities in the country, as well. Due to congestion and a lack of parking, driving is not recommended for tourists and those who do are advised to hire a driver rather than transport themselves. Taxis are also available in Cairo and other major cties.
If you are heading to Egypt from Canada, there are plenty of destinations and attractions that should be on your list. The Great Sphinx and Necropolis of Giza offer a glimpse at ancient history. The Valley of the Kings is home to various tombs and burial chambers. City lovers will find plenty of museums, nightlife, fine dining, and other attractions in Cairo, Luxor, and Giza, and Alexandria, with the Royal Jewelry Museum being a top attraction in Alexandria. Those looking for something different can find camel rides, night markets and Islamic Cairo, home to great shops and more.
All Canadian nationals flying to Egypt from Canada will need to present a passport that does not expire for at least six months after the date you intend to leave the country. Canadians must also have a visa to visit Egypt, for any reason. A tourist visa is required for entry into the country, as well. Those who do not have a visa upon arrival can obtain one at the airport, but it is recommended to obtain one from an Embassy or consulate prior to arrival for fewer complications. Proof of entry stamps will be required upon exit.
Egypt’s Mediterranean coast can be cool, but the rest of the country is sizzling hot, especially in the summer. Be prepared to sweat – the desert is hot and arid.
Flights are possible in Egypt, though not the most cost-effective means of travel. The national carrier is Egypt Air.
Most travellers get around the country by bus or train. The train is efficient and reliable, but often takes longer than the bus. For short distances, it is almost always better to catch a bus, which is the cheapest option as well.
Service taxis, known as servees, are popular and common. This is the very cheapest way of getting around, but you need to be prepared for long waits. The car, often a Peugeot, will not stop until full, and will drop off all passengers where they choose.