Hurghada travel guide

Hurghada Tourism | Hurghada Guide

You're Going to Love Hurghada

Hurghada has developed from a small fishing village into Egypt's most popular seaside resort. It has superb beaches, great diving, and is a good choice for those who want to combine a beach vacation with visits to Egypt's famous archaeological sites.

Top 5 Reasons to Visit Hurghada

1. Watersports

Hurghada is a great place to try out all sorts of watersports, from scuba diving and snorkeling to parasailing and windsurfing.

2. Adventure Sports

Hurghada doesn't just offer fun in the sea. You can try quad biking in the Sahara, camel riding, and BBQ with local Bedouins.

3. Hurghada City

Get to know your surroundings with a tour of Hurghada City, taking in the bazaars, Big Mosque, port area, and the Church of St. Mary.

4. Boat Trips

Take a trip on a glass-bottomed boat to see the fabulous reefs and tropical fish, or explore the uninhabited islands of Big and Little Gifton.

5. Local Delicacies

Hurghada offers lots of opportunities to try the local specialties like the hibiscus drink of karkaday, sheesha, or a refreshing chai.

What to do in Hurghada

1. New Marina: Where the Magic Never Ends

Located in Hurghada, Egypt, New Marina is a heaven on earth. Experience the beautiful sight of the large ships at the harbor, engage your taste buds in a variety of delicious dishes at the numerous hotels available, sample all your favorite drinks at the bars in sight and shop all you want at the chic malls such as Abanoub Jewellery and Al Nol. You can also take part in exciting sports such as scuba diving.

2. Giftun Island: Unwind in Style

Giftun Island is an island located in the Red Sea. This remarkable mass of land is home to warm lagoons, coral reefs, and pristine beaches. Immerse under the calm turquoise waters and treat your eyes to all types of sea life such as dolphins, and fish with dazzling colors. Have a tasty dish of fish, sunbathe as you take in the attractive landscape and swim within the magnificent surroundings of the subtropical island.

3. Hurghada Grand Aquarium: Make a Date with Amazing Creatures

Started in January 2015, Hurghada Grand Aquarium houses over 1,000 animals and 100 species. For just $12 watch interesting creatures such as eagle rays and green sea turtles in action. Come eye to eye with riveting reptiles and colorful crustaceans, take part in a refreshing activity of scuba diving in the aquarium, grab something delicious to eat at the unique aquarium café and watch animals such as snakes in the beautiful mini zoo.

4. El Mina Mosque: Explore Muslim Beauty

El Mina Mosque is a uniquely large and incredible monument in Egypt. Learn about the fascinating Muslim religion, get a chance to share in the simple Muslim attire, engage the friendly caretaker in a series of questions, get awestruck at the impressive designs in the mosque and have some quiet alone time with Allah after understanding his tolerant Sharia. Take some lovely photographs of the mosque from the large and elegant domes.

5. El Gouna Beach: Experience Limitless Leisure

Located in Egypt, El Gouna Beach is an oasis of fun opportunities that suit everyone. Enjoy the refreshing sun as you relax on the warm sand and take part in fun activities such as kayaking. Take advantage of the fast winds and fly kites or swim into the vast waters and mingle with the friendly dolphins. Engage in a game of golf and after that, visit bars such as Bartender in the evening. Here, you get to move your body to some lovely mixes as you savor the cold drinks.

1. New Marina: Where the Magic Never Ends

Located in Hurghada, Egypt, New Marina is a heaven on earth. Experience the beautiful sight of the large ships at the harbor, engage your taste buds in a variety of delicious dishes at the numerous hotels available, sample all your favorite drinks at the bars in sight and shop all you want at the chic malls such as Abanoub Jewellery and Al Nol. You can also take part in exciting sports such as scuba diving.

2. Giftun Island: Unwind in Style

Giftun Island is an island located in the Red Sea. This remarkable mass of land is home to warm lagoons, coral reefs, and pristine beaches. Immerse under the calm turquoise waters and treat your eyes to all types of sea life such as dolphins, and fish with dazzling colors. Have a tasty dish of fish, sunbathe as you take in the attractive landscape and swim within the magnificent surroundings of the subtropical island.

3. Hurghada Grand Aquarium: Make a Date with Amazing Creatures

Started in January 2015, Hurghada Grand Aquarium houses over 1,000 animals and 100 species. For just $12 watch interesting creatures such as eagle rays and green sea turtles in action. Come eye to eye with riveting reptiles and colorful crustaceans, take part in a refreshing activity of scuba diving in the aquarium, grab something delicious to eat at the unique aquarium café and watch animals such as snakes in the beautiful mini zoo.

4. El Mina Mosque: Explore Muslim Beauty

El Mina Mosque is a uniquely large and incredible monument in Egypt. Learn about the fascinating Muslim religion, get a chance to share in the simple Muslim attire, engage the friendly caretaker in a series of questions, get awestruck at the impressive designs in the mosque and have some quiet alone time with Allah after understanding his tolerant Sharia. Take some lovely photographs of the mosque from the large and elegant domes.

5. El Gouna Beach: Experience Limitless Leisure

Located in Egypt, El Gouna Beach is an oasis of fun opportunities that suit everyone. Enjoy the refreshing sun as you relax on the warm sand and take part in fun activities such as kayaking. Take advantage of the fast winds and fly kites or swim into the vast waters and mingle with the friendly dolphins. Engage in a game of golf and after that, visit bars such as Bartender in the evening. Here, you get to move your body to some lovely mixes as you savor the cold drinks.

Where to Eat in Hurghada

The Nubian Cafe on the Hurghada Marina Promenade offers Egyptian cuisine such as tagens, with mains from E£25. White Elephant has Thai dishes, again on the Promenade, with mains from E£60.

When to visit Hurghada

Hurghada in February
Estimated hotel price
$94
1 night at 3-star hotel
Hurghada in February
Estimated hotel price
$94
1 night at 3-star hotel

Hurghada has a subtropical desert climate with hot summers and warm winters. November-February are good months for those who prefer milder weather.

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How to Get to Hurghada

Plane

The city is served by Hurghada International Airport (HRG), which has international connections with Europe and the Middle East and domestic services from Cairo and Sharm el-Sheikh. A taxi into town will cost around E£30 or you can take a minibus from E£5.

Car

Route 65 is the main highway into Hurghada from Cairo. The road is long and straight and the trip takes around seven hours, but driving conditions can be challenging for foreign visitors.

Bus

Hurghada has regular bus services from Cairo, Alexandria, Luxor, and Aswan. The trip from Cairo takes around seven hours and costs from E£100.

Airports near Hurghada

Airlines serving Hurghada

Lufthansa
Good (1,378 reviews)
Turkish Airlines
Good (1,074 reviews)
SWISS
Excellent (357 reviews)
Air Canada
Good (641 reviews)
Austrian Airlines
Good (196 reviews)
Brussels Airlines
Good (74 reviews)
Etihad Airways
Good (203 reviews)
Finnair
Good (450 reviews)
easyJet
Good (338 reviews)
Aegean Airlines
Excellent (115 reviews)
Pegasus Airlines
Good (172 reviews)
Eurowings
Good (54 reviews)
Thai Airways
Good (39 reviews)
Egypt Air
Good (113 reviews)
Oman Air
Good (2 reviews)
Gulf Air
Good (42 reviews)
Wizz Air
Good (240 reviews)
SAUDIA
Good (114 reviews)
Royal Jordanian
Good (118 reviews)
Kuwait Airways
Good (31 reviews)
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Where to stay in Hurghada

The Triton Empire Inn on Hospital & Sayed Korrayem St has modern rooms and excellent pools and amenities on the beach. The Dana Beach Resort on Sahl Hasheesh Road is another quality resort hotel, popular with visitors.

Popular neighbourhoods in Hurghada

Sahl Hasheesh - this is located on a pretty bay with lots of islands, an artificial reef, good beaches, and plenty of hotels.

Dahar - this is old center of the town and has a number of interesting markets offering fish and local products.

Scaffold District - this is the area around the old port, which is the center for clubs, restaurants, and shopping.

Where to stay in popular areas of Hurghada

Most booked hotels in Hurghada

Premier Le Reve Hotel & Spa (Adults Only)
Excellent (9.1, Excellent reviews)
$223+
Albatros Citadel Resort - By Pickalbatros
Excellent (8.9, Excellent reviews)
$214+
Desert Rose Resort
Excellent (8.9, Excellent reviews)
$135+
Pyramisa Sahl Hasheesh Resort
Good (7.3, Good reviews)
$123+
Sunny Days El Palacio Resort & Spa
Good (6.9, Good reviews)
$83+
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How to Get Around Hurghada

Public Transportation

Hurghada does not have any official public transport but a fleet of white minivans will take you almost anywhere for E£2.

Taxi

Taxis in Hurghada are poorly regulated and meters can be unreliable. It is best to agree upon the fare with the driver before your journey begins and have the correct money ready. A typical trip across town will cost E£10-E£20.

Car

Roads in Hurghada are modern and well surfaced but driving habits can be unpredictable. Car rental is from E£550.

The Cost of Living in Hurghada

Shopping Streets

Sekalla High Street and the bazaars of el Dahar are where to look for local goods and souvenirs, while the New Marina has more international brands.

Groceries and Other

A quart of milk in Hurghada costs E£11 and a loaf of bread is E£2.50.

Cheap meal
$3.12
A pair of jeans
$53.31
Single public transport ticket
$0.12
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