Renting a car in Egypt is your best travel option because local taxis tend to be older and slower. Because it is a big country, visiting more than one city takes time, and there is not much public transport. You have freedom and flexibility with your own rental car, which means that you can explore the country in your own time.
Be very careful when you encounter traffic lights, as they are often ignored by locals. Navigating the Egyptian roads is simple, since most road signs are in both English and Arabic. However, you should consider renting a SatNav from your car hire agency, as some rural roads have poor signage.
You are required by law to wear a seatbelt when traveling in a car in Egypt, but child safety seats are not mandatory. You are also not allowed to use your mobile phone when driving; only a hands-free kit is permitted.
Depending on the type of driving that you plan to do, you should choose a proper vehicle type accordingly. If you simply need to get from the airport to your hotel, a spacious hatchback or saloon would be perfect. In the desert or the Nile Valley, you will be better off with a comfortable saloon or a four-wheel drive/SUV. However, if you plan to take day trips to historic sites such as Giza and Luxor or explore the center of Cairo, a more compact car would be ideal.
Book your rental car in Egypt at least 2 weeks before your trip in order to get a below-average price
FAQs about hiring a car in Egypt
On average a car hire in Egypt costs $152 per day.
Compact (Ford Focus or similar) is the most frequently booked car hire type in Egypt.
In the past 72 hours, the cheapest car hires were found at Europcar ($80/day) and Avis ($224/day).
Based on car searches on KAYAK, the most popular cities to hire a car in Egypt are Cairo (67% of total searches of users looking to hire a car in Egypt), Sharm el-Sheikh (17%) and Alexandria (17%).
To get the most out of renting a car in Egypt, you will need to follow the local driving rules. You will need to drive on the right-hand side of the road and overtake on the left. You will find some toll roads in Egypt, the main one being the Cairo-Alexandria road. In urban areas of the country, like Cairo, the traffic flow is controlled by the traffic police, and in the countryside you will find police checkpoints, so familiarize yourself with your surroundings. On some roads, particularly in the Sinai region, foreigners are prohibited from driving, so check your routes beforehand.
When you rent a car in Egypt, in order to drive, you must be at least 25 years old and hold an international driver's license, which is valid in Egypt for three months. In addition, you must have a normal driver's license and a valid passport. You will need to carry your driver's license, registration, and insurance documents at all times when driving on Egyptian roads.
When you fill up your rental car in Egypt, you can expect to pay on average 7.56 EGP (0.46 USD) per liter of petrol and 29.34 EGP (1.75 USD) per gallon. You will find that petrol stations are in abundance on major highways and that they are open from 8:00 am until 8:00 pm, providing full service. If you plan to visit the Western Desert, fill up your tank before your journey.
When you drive on Egyptian roads, it is important to adhere to the speed limits. On inner-city and urban roads, the maximum speed limit is 60 km/h (37 mph). For rural roads and on the outskirts of cities, you can travel as fast as 90 km/h (56 mph), while on highways, the maximum speed limit is 100 km/h (62 mph). Watch out for speed cameras on the highways, especially around Cairo.
The rates displayed include all taxes and fees for hire cars for the class listed and were found by KAYAK users in the last 24 hours. Offers are subject to change and may not be available on all car hires listed or dates of travel. Some hire car providers charge additional fees for other services (GPS, infant car seats, etc.). Please check the website of the respective hire car provider.