Cheap Flights to Hurghada, Egypt
- Area Code & Prefix : (+20) 65
- Currency : Egyptian Pound (EP)
- Population : 261,714
- Official Language : Arabic – English, French
- Time Zones : EET (UTC+2)
- Airport : Hurghada International Airport (HRG)
Located inland, HRG serves as a gateway to the Red Sea Riviera and is 5km southwest of Hurghada’s downtown area, El Dahar. HRG has restaurants, cafes, a post office, souvenir and essential shops, a VIP lounge and a lost-luggage and car rental office. It provides scheduled passenger flights that connect to Cairo and a number of direct flights to European cities. Available transport to and from HRG comprises motor vehicles, taxis (taking approximately 15 minutes to the city centre) and mini-buses.
Travellers from South Africa can take a 10h 20m+ flight from Johannesburg with EgyptAir (via Cairo), fly with Kenya Airways (via Nairobi) or EgyptAir (via Khartoun) with flight durations of 14h 50m+ to Hurghada.
The airport caters to a long list of charter services from other countries and services five airlines from Egypt. Airlines landing at HRG include:
- Adria Airways
- Air Berlin
- Air Mediterranee
- Jat Airways
- Jazeera Airways
- TUIfly Nordic
Reasons to Visit Hurghada
- Hurghada was a tiny fishing village that unexpectedly found itself on the map during the Red Seas initial tourism drive, drawing travellers to its spectacular coral reefs. It was founded in the early 20th century and since the 1980s has expanded, becoming a top Red Sea coastal resort.
- Hurghada sweeps along the seashore for about 22 miles and is comprises El Ahia and El Helal, its northern areas, El Dahar, the old area and downtown, Sekallas the centre of the city, Al Kawther its modern-day area and El Memsha is a pedestrian road that stretches more than 4 kilometres where many new hotels are located.
- It’s the perfect destination for travellers that enjoy water sports such as windsurfing, kitesurfing, sailing, snorkelling and scuba diving and has become a regular holiday destination for many escaping the cold winters of home with temperatures around 30°C for most of the year, souring to over 40°C in July and August.
Places to Visit in Hurghada
- The Giftun Islands with surrounding coral reefs are ideal for snorkelling and paddling close to the shore where fish can be seen in beautiful clear water or simply chill out on a white beach under a palm-frond shelter and take it the natural beauty.
- Near to Harghada is a wall dive site, the Gota Abu Ramada Dive Site that has such an abundance of marine life it’s also referred to as The Aquarium.
- The Straits of Gubal wedged between the Western shore and the Red Sea Coast is a top diving destination celebrated for wreck diving with Egypt’s most well-known wreck, The Thistlegorm, a WW II cargo ship discovered by Jacques Cousteau in the 1950s.
- The Abu Nuhas Shipwreck Sites are well worth the 65km from Hurghada with five wrecks to explore specifically the wreck of the UK cargo ship Carnatic that sunk in 1869. While exploring wrecks sight triggerfish, lionfish and pipefish.
- Located in Ad-Dahar is the Hurghada Aquarium that’s great for identifying fish you’ve witnessed underwater and where non-divers can appreciate up close marine life they’re not seeing.
- The Sindbad Submarine affords non-divers a peak of impressive coral and marine life in the Red Sea at a depth of 22 meters.
- A popular dining area is the upmarket Hurghada Marina where just before sundown you can relax and enjoy a meal with views of yachts and the Red Sea.
- Beach lovers will find some great beaches south of Sigala at the Resort Strip and more a little further south to Sahl Hasheesh. The best beaches are part of resorts along the shore, but most offer access during the day for visitors not staying at the resort.
- Take a break from the water and head to the desert, not far from the resorts where you can have loads of fun quad biking or traveling in a jeep discovering acacia tree valleys squeezed in by red tinted mountains.
- Experience the feel of being atop a camel, beautifully adorned in majestic colours, and enjoy a ride either along the beach or for a few hours in the desert, guided by Bedouin camel-men.
- A must experience is journeying out after dusk into the quiet desolate desert for an astronomical night tour where a night sky filled with glittering stars will be forever be treasured.
- During the cool of evening, a Bedouin dinner tour (that most resorts offer) affords a gastronomic experience of authentic home-style Egyptian dishes set in a traditional Bedouin tent while relaxed on comfortable colourful cushions.
Getting Around Hurghada:
Minibuses are the main mode of transport and operate all day from the centre of Ad-Dahar along the resort strip and along Sharia an-Nasr including other primary routes.
Taxies are also widely used and can be found in Ad-Dahar at bus stations and the resort strip.
Car rentals, besides the airport are located along Sharia Sheraton in Sigala.