Egypt – the land of an ancient civilisation and home to the giant African river Nile is the gateway to most Red Sea diving trips. It is Europe’s diving Mecca with one of the highest density of dive operations anywhere in the world. Depending where you are travelling from it is a short hop across the Mediterranean or for us Asians, Australians and Americans – a trip of a lifetime. The travel suggestions are trying to keep those different perspectives in mind.
From Australia, Asia and North America
If you are arriving by long haul flight, your port of entry will be most likely Cairo, Egypts capital. From there it’s a short domestic flight (usually on Egypt Air) to your final destination in Hurghada, Sharm el-Sheik or Marsa Alam (Port Ghaleb).
Options are plenty and too many to list. In addition to the scheduled flights, many charter flights connect European cities directly with the Red Sea airports of Hurghada, Sharm el-Sheik or Marsa Alam.
The domestic air network is fairly extensive and covers most major cities in Egypt. The national carrier, Egypt Air (member of Star Alliance) has the most regular services and is the easiest place to start looking before you go. They provide services from Cairo to quite a few cities and places of interest around the country, the most common being Luxor, Aswan Abu Simbel, Hurghada, Sharm el-Sheikh, Alexandria, Marsa Matruh, Marsa Alam and Kharga oasis. It is wise to book early as flights fill up quickly in the peak season.
As part of your travel plan we will happily assist you in finding the most suitable flight connections to your dive destination. In many cases we can issue the tickets on your behalf.
Air taxes are subject to strong fluctuations and can change daily or until your flight ticket has been purchased. Taxes generally include local airport/security fees, departure taxes, ground handling fees and fuel surcharges.
Should the most convenient route involve instant purchase airfares we can still issue them with your authorisation. All airfares issued by us will attract a small service fee and might slightly be more expensive then the cheapest offers online.
In general, airfares available for purchase online depend on day of departure and time of travel. Those instant purchase airfares require full payment at time of booking. If you choose to arrange your own flights online, we won’t be able to provide any services for seat reservations, schedule or itinerary changes.
Please note that baggage rules and regulations are subject to change at any time.
For most carriers operating between the US and Asia, the piece system still applies. You are allowed to check in 2 pieces at 23kg (50lbs) per piece.
Coming from Australia and Europe, the checked baggage allowance is generally 20kg (44lbs) to 23kg (50lbs), depending on the airline chosen, and airlines can charge excess baggage fees for dive gear.
For domestic air travel with Egyptair, a free baggage limit of 20kg (44lbs) applies.
Airlines are strictly enforcing their checked baggage limit and can charge excess baggage fees for additional checked pieces and dive gear.
Fragile items such as camera, regulator, dive computer etc., should be packed in a small bag and taken as carry-on luggage. Batteries from dive torches, strobes, cameras and other devices should be removed prior to check-in. Be sure your baggage is properly tagged.
International airport information
Cairo International Airport is the international airport of Cairo and the busiest airport in Egypt. The airport is located in Heliopolis in the northeast of Cairo approx. 15km (9.5mi) from the city centre. The airport has 3 main terminals and one seasonal flight terminal. Transfers between the terminals is by an automated people mover. There are numerous ways to get to and from the airport: by limousine service, shuttle bus, public transport, taxi or car.