Cheap Flights to Egypt
- Area Code : +20 69
- Currency : Egyptian Pound (EGP)
- Population Total : 73,000 (2015)
- Official Languages : Arabic with English widely spoken
- Time Zones : GMT+2. Daylight saving: end April to end Sept. GMT+3
- Airport : Sharm El Sheikh International Airport (SSH)
Considered Egypt’s second major airport, SSH has passenger traffic of around 10 million annually and together with two passenger terminals comprises cafes, restaurants, currency exchange outlets, essential commodity and souvenir shops, rest-rooms and car rental agencies including public transport stations, parking areas and taxi ranks. The airport is situated in the heart of the popular resort region, just 18 kilometres northeast of the city. To get to and from SSH passengers can hire vehicles, take taxis or travel by public minibuses.
Flying from Johannesburg, travellers in South Africa can get cheap flights to Egypt(Sharm El Sheikh) with the following airlines:
- Qatar (from 2017)
- EgyptAir (via Cairo) 10h 15m+
- Kenya Airways, EgyptAir (via Nairobi, Khartoun, Cairo) 14h 45m+
In addition to international airlines, listed below, a range of regular charters from numerous cities also operate at the airport.
- EasyJet (from Gatwick London)
- EgyptAir Express
- Lotus Air
- Adria Airways
- Air Berlin
- Air Mediterranee
- Edelweiss Air
- Air Serbia
- Jazeera Airways
- TUIfly Nordic
Cheap Flights to Egypt From South Africa
Reasons to Visit Sharm El-Sheikh, Egypt:
- Sharm El Sheikh is located on the Sinai Peninsulas southern tip off the coast of the Red Sea and attracts foreign and domestic leisure seekers like magnets with its stunning beaches, calm, clear waters, long hot summers and warm winters. For divers its paradise with over 200 coral reefs to explore and thousands of spectacular species of fish to view.
- It has more than 90 resorts to choose from and its coastline is dotted with luxurious and affordable 4 and 5-Star hotels. There are great eateries that offer Egyptian, Middle Eastern, Thai, Indian and Italian cuisines including great cafes. For night time pleasure theres an array of clubs, lounges and bars to have fun and meet people from all corners of the globe.
Places to Visit Sharm El-Sheikh, Egypt:
- The natural Naama Bay affords pure bliss on golden beaches lined with palm trees, choice restaurants, bars and bazaars thats its famous for. Its considered a major tourist area of the city.
- A key diving destination is the 480 km² Ras Muhammad National Park, just about 20km south of Sharm El Sheikh. Its surrounding waters are deemed as the jewel in the crown of the Red Sea, attracting over 50,000 visitors annually. Divers experience marvellous marine life around the Thistlegorm wreck and the Shark and Yolanda reefs. There are beautiful beaches, the Mangrove Channel and for a perfect view over diving areas, the Shark Observatory Clifftop where no sharks will be seen.
- Visit the beautiful islands of Tiran and Sanafir, with nature reserves and ideal conditions for snorkelling and scuba diving.
- A must see is The Orthodox Monastery of Saint Catherine nestled at the foot of Mount Horeb with a backdrop of rugged mountain peaks. Founded during the 6th century, its the oldest Christian monastery still in use.
- Located around 7km south of Taba is Pharaohs Island, a small islet with turquoise waters and the Castle of Salah ad-Din thats undergone much restoration. The castle was first a fortress built in 1115 by the Crusaders but captured and extended by Saladin 1170 as a barricade from the Crusaders.
- For a night of anticipation, one of the largest casinos in the Middle East is the Sinai Grand Casino, open from 18h00 to 06h00 that also affords a range of shows from live jazz to belly dancing besides more than 200 slot machines.
- For a night of beach partying, starting at sunset at Terrazinna Beach, close to the Iberote Palace, take pleasure in mesmeric fire shows on Tuesdays and Fridays or be at one of the beaches at Sharm or Naama Bay that bustle all night through.
- A great popular nightclub, the Bus Stop is connected to the Sanafir Hotel in a red bus, also a landmark.
- For a superb night of dining and dancing, the Little Buddha provides an exotic atmosphere resulting from Japanese and Chinese art décor with a delectable cuisine fused with French and Japanese gourmet dishes. Head upstairs for a night of dancing and delicious martinis, served until late.
- Visitors not wanting to miss out on their sport have the Camel Bar and Biancos Tavern, equipped with large flat television screens, a variety of beers and basic meals that stay open until around 0200.
- For a gastronomic experience of Middle Eastern flavours, Fairuz is a Levantine restaurant that delivers just that! Dine at either one in the city or Naama Bay. To taste the best of many flavours, order from the mezze set menu.
- For the best seafood at great prices and open from noon till late is Fares, always buzzing with locals and where you order your fish by weight. Youll find Fares in the city and at Naama Bay.
- El-Masrien is a top dining eatery, old fashioned with exceptionally friendly service that serves mouth-watering kebabs, kofta and Egyptian favourites at good prices. Theyre located in King of Bahrain St. at the Sharm Old Market in Sharm al-Maya and Naama Bay.
- For the best Thai meal, head to Sala Thai either in the city or Naama Bay where you can feast (and sweat) with super-hot curries with a fabulous view of the Red Sea and excellent service. Booking is essential with attire being smart casual, no flip-flops!
Getting Around Sharm El-Sheikh, Egypt:
These minibuses with blue with white lines are one of the cheapest public modes of transport around Sharm El Sheikh and easy to distinguish from other vehicles. The main minibus station is situated next to the second gate exit at the Old market and in front of the Tiran Mall. The minibuses only depart once theyre full.
Visitors can choose vehicles from Europcar, Sixt and for a limousine service from Julie Limo Car Rental.
Taxis can be ordered by phone and its always better to negotiate a fare before departing.