Best time to visit Egypt: 3 tips & Info

Pyramids of Giza and Sphinx

What is actually the best time to travel to Egypt? If you want to travel to the state in the northeast of Africa, you will certainly ask yourself this question. Too much heat makes sightseeing difficult, but also rain is mostly undesirable. In this article you will learn everything you need to know about the best time for your Egypt vacation.

The best time to travel in Egypt

In general, Egypt is a good place to visit all year round. There is hardly any rainfall and is always warm. Seasons are limited to summer and winter, both lasting half a year. The best time to travel to Egypt are the months from mid-March to mid-May and from mid-September to mid-November.

If you travel to Egypt in summer, especially in the months of June to September, you have to expect very hot temperatures. Especially in the interior of the country the heat makes pleasant sightseeing difficult. In winter you can expect somewhat cooler temperatures. During the day there are about 20 degrees and at night the air often cools down to 10 degrees.

Disadvantage of traveling in summer: Very hot
Disadvantage of a trip in winter: At night, the temperature drops sharply

The best time for a trip to Egypt is a bit different, depending on which region you are traveling to. Here is a small overview:

Overview of the best time for different regions:

Coral reef in the Red Sea

The Red Sea with the cities of Hurghada, Marsa Alam or Sharm el Sheikh is a popular destination in Egypt. Unlike inland, the temperature here is more moderate and it is warm all year round. Beach vacation is possible at any time. Nevertheless, the best time to travel to the Red Sea is between April and November. Then you can expect between 27 and 33 degrees and 12 hours of sunshine per day.

Even in winter you can spend pleasant beach days at the Red Sea. The temperatures are then with 22 to 26 degrees a bit cooler and there is only approx. 9 hours of sunshine a day. At night, however, it cools down to 10 to 15 degrees, so you should definitely take some warmer clothes with you.

Advantage of traveling in winter: The prices are lower and there are less tourists around.

Best time for a Nile cruise

For many, a Nile cruise is an essential part of a trip to Egypt. The best time for a Nile cruise is definitely in winter. Temperatures vary from region to region. The heat generally increases from north to south.

In winter it is mild, so there are about 25 degrees in Aswan during this time. In spring, temperatures rise more than on the Mediterranean coast and can climb to over 45 degrees as early as April. In summer it gets very hot. The temperature can rise to over 50 degrees, which makes sightseeing the temples and palaces very difficult.

Unlike a pure beach vacation, you are on the move a lot and even if the temples provide shade from time to time, you also walk a lot in the sun. The best time for a Nile cruise is from November to mid-March.

If you travel to the Nile Valley in summer, you should be in good physical condition due to the heat.

Best time for Cairo

Most trips are to Cairo, if only because that's where the famous pyramids of Giza are located. It is also the economic and cultural center of Egypt with numerous mosques and palaces.

If you want to make a city trip to Cairo, it is best to travel there from November to March. With temperatures around 20 to 25 degrees, the city can be discovered quite relaxed. There is plenty of sun and rain falls only very rarely. As an alternative, the months of May and September are also recommended, when temperatures are not as high.

In the summer months, the temperatures rise up to 40 degrees, which makes visits very exhausting. Also on the way to the pyramids you should definitely take enough sunscreen, because there you are exposed to direct sunlight.

Think of sufficient sun protection (headgear, sunscreen etc.).)

Ready for your Egypt trip?

In general, the best time to travel to Egypt is from mid-March to mid-May and from mid-September to mid-November. Depending on how much you mind the heat, the summer months are more or less suitable. If you prefer rather cooler temperatures you should definitely travel to Egypt in winter.