Hurghada Facts File
Hurghada - known as Ghardaga in Egypt is located on the clear waters of the Red Sea and is a renowned diving site due to the fantastic coral reefs which sit just off shore. Hurghada offers fantastic year round sunshine with temperatures soaring to the low 40c in the summer so a good quality sun block will be needed. Days can be filled getting a superb tan or taking a trip to the beach or the dessert. It should however be noted that the beaches along the Red Sea coast are unlike those in the Med as many are formed from coral reefs and a gentle paddle in to the sea isn’t an option in most cases. There are also loads of boat trips available in glass bottom boats that allow you to see the marine life without getting your feet wet.
Vaccinations and health
Hepatitis A vaccine is now recommended for all travellers to Egypt. We advise that you always check with your local GP regarding to vaccinations. Do not leave it to the last minute. Some vaccinations can take a length of time to start working properly. Allow at the latest 8 weeks before departing.
Hurghada has a subtropical desert climate and has two distinct seasons; a hot summer and milder winter. During the summer months the temperatures range from the low of 30 degrees Celsius in April to highs of 40 degrees Celsius in July. The night time temperatures see a relief from the intense heat of the days with temperatures ranging from 17 degrees Celsius in April to 26 degrees Celsius in July. Winter day time temperatures remain high with temperatures of 27 degrees Celsius in November being the high and 19 degrees Celsius in January being the low. The biggest difference between the temperatures in summer and winter is during the night. The night time lows drop dramatically between October and November.
220v - 2 pin, round plugs, European adapters.
The currency in Egypt is the Egyptian pound.
The dialling code for Egypt is 00 20
The time difference is + 1 hours.
The official language is Arabic but English is understood especially around the main tourist areas.
Visa and passport
Currently British holiday makers do not require a visa to visit Hurghada. However, it is always worth checking as rules can change. You must have a passport with at least 6 months validity.
Getting to Hurghada
There are flights from many of UK’’s regional and International airports to Hurghada. Smaller UK airport may only offer weekly flights so do set the “Give or Take” box (in the search box) to plus or minus 3 days as this will then give you better results. Flights are throughout the year.
Taking a taxi can be a very expensive way to travel to your destination, since there are no meters and the drivers frequently charge way over the odds. If taking a taxi always ask for the price before getting in. The cab driver will play dumb so keep asking. There is also a bus service which is very cheap albeit the journey time can vary. You can also hire a car and there have been recent improvements to the road network. To hire a car you need to be over 25 years of age, been driving longer than 2 years and hold a full license.