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Hurghada is on the coast, situated close to two large seas, so it’s slightly cooler than the rest of the country. This means you can even manage a holiday in Hurghada in the hotter season, when the rest of the country might be suffering in a heat wave. So while the mercury might be pushing 40°C or even higher in other parts of Egypt, Hurghada will still be somewhere in the mid 30s.
Cairo International (CAI): 15kms from downtown.
Hurghada International (HRG): 5kms from downtown.
Book a cheap holiday to Hurghada with Airtours for a fantastic journey to Egypt's Red Sea coast. It's the sort of place you spend most of the year dreaming about, with great weather, crystal clear water and sandy beaches.
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Activities in Hurghada and nearby towns are mainly centred on the beach and things you can do on the water. Try kite boarding This extreme sport is kind of like surfing, paragliding and sail boarding all in one. It’s a fun but challenging activity where you ride a special kind of surfboard with a kite attached to pull you across the water.
You'll need a little local help for this, but culture vultures will love the chance to go and visit the desert dwelling tribe known as the Bedouins. To get there, you'll need to cross the desert. Back in the day you’d have done this
on horseback or by camel, but most people these days just ride an ATV or dune buggy with their guide, which of course you’ll have to rent.
Package Holidays: If you don't want to deal with the hassle of planning and booking your entire journey, a package deal will suit you down to the ground. Every step of your holiday is arranged for you, so all you have to do is show up. Most deals include meals, accommodation, transport, touring and activities. Discuss with your agent the sorts of things you enjoy, and they’ll find the perfect package for you.
Divers: The Red Sea is unique in its size and beauty. With lovely warm, crystal clear water all year round, the Red Sea at Hurghada is also a great place for snorkelling or simply jumping in for a swim.
Adventurers: Fancy driving a dune buggy across the desert or looking down on the pyramids of Giza from a hot air balloon? In Egypt there's always an adventure waiting for you.
Language: The official language of Egypt is Standard Arabic, and unofficially it is Egyptian Arabic. Plenty of people can speak English and French, and some can speak German. That's because all of these nations have occupied Egypt at some point. Learning Arabic will definitely help a lot, but it's not essential.
Currency: Egypt uses the Egyptian Pound (EGP) as its currency. The currency symbol for the EGP is the same as that used for the GBP, so keep that in mind when bargain hunting in the bazaars.
Local Time: Egypt is in the EET zone, 2 hours ahead of GMT/UK time.
Fly To: If your destination is Hurghada, it's probably best to fly directly there, rather than making the mistake that most tourists do and arriving through the much larger and busier Cairo International Airport.
Flight Time From UK: A flight from London to Hurghada takes about 5.5 hours.
Tourist Information: More information about visiting Egypt can be obtained here.
Visas & Health: Technically all UK passport holders can apply for a Visa On Arrival, but it’s better to apply in advance for a visa in order to make sure you won’t be denied entry. Vaccinations aren’t essential for visiting Egypt.
Temperature: Hurghada hits the high 20s to low 30s from May to September, staying around the low to mid 20s in the few months either side of this season.
Best time to visit Hurghada: If you're planning to spend your entire holiday within Hurghada, you’d actually be better off not to arrive during the high season, as the night will be bitterly cold, usually less than 10°C. The ideal month to arrive would be April, when the daytime temperature will rarely top 30°C and night time temperatures should not drop below 17°C. The sea temperature should be around 22°C.
By Bus: There are intercity buses to major cities, including Cairo. You could also get a bus to Aswan and then take the train to other destinations, which is more expensive but also a safer and comfortable way to get around. There are no official public transport buses that’ll take you around Hurghada, but there’s a private microbus service that sends out white vans along specified routes. You can hop on or off anywhere for a small fare.
By Taxi: The key to successful Hurghada taxi travel is to insist on the drivers not using the meter, and instead to negotiate a fair price before travelling. Be sensible and don't try to haggle too aggressively.
By Hire Car: As long as you're not venturing too far outside Hurghada's city limits, self-driving can be a great experience.
For music fans: Hurghada is a fairly small place and it's a resort town, so most events are usually entertainment organised by the hotels. There’s plenty of special music nights in the bars and cafés so check out the local notice boards when you go.
For sporty types: Throughout the year, Hurghada hosts triathlon events, with the main one taking place in December.
For festival goers: If you like live music, El Gouna often hosts small annual festivals, offering DJ sets and live music from local bands and musicians.