The Best Time to Travel to Egypt

The Best Time to Travel to Egypt

By Robert | Updated Aug. 2, 2022

Egypt is quite a large country (390,000 square miles) and a year-round travel destination. Regardless of when you go, there is always a place that is worth visiting.

The Best Time to Visit Egypt

Generally speaking, spring (mid-April to mid-May) and autumn (mid-September to mid-November) are the best times to travel to the country as there is a moderate climate and easily manageable crowds.

On the other hand, the traditional tourist season runs from late November to late February, when the temperature gets much lower. For example, temperatures for Cairo in winter average about 60°F (16°C).

The Worst Time to Visit Egypt

You know that it will be hot in summer but how hot will it be in Egypt?

Summertime can be unbearably hot in some places, such as the southern regions of Luxor and Aswan where the tombs and temples are.

For your information, the historical maximum average temperature in summer (June, July, and August) reaches 106°F (41°C).

If your choice is between going during one of these months and not being able to go, then definitely go — but plan appropriately so that you avoid the worst of the sun and heat. Make sure you drink plenty of water!

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Visiting Egypt in Spring (April to May) 

Late spring is a perfect time to visit Egypt as the temperatures are typically quite moderate. Try to avoid going there in March and early April due to the sand and dust storms caused by the khamsin, which is a powerful hot desert wind. It won't impede your travel plans but you're less likely to see blue skies and this is especially important for travelers who want to take nice pictures.

Be aware that there will be a spike in tourism during the Easter vacation. Also, the largest Islamic festival – Ramadan – typically falls during the spring months (it will be from April 23rd to May 23rd in 2020) so beware that some attractions may close earlier than on normal days.

The cost of accommodation and tours is typically lower in spring compared with the peak season.

What to pack: Walking shoes are a must. You'll also need to pack long pants and lightweight tops (both short- and long-sleeved) for a spring trip. 

Best cities to visit at this time: Cairo, Luxor, and Aswan

Visiting Egypt in Summer (June to August)

The sun can be very strong in summer and temperatures often get above 86°F (30°C) during the day, especially in Upper Egypt (the southern part of the country, such as Luxor and Aswan) and inland areas (in the Sahara Desert).

If you would like to visit Egypt during this time of year, take plenty of sunscreen and drinking water. Make sure to visit outdoor attractions, such as the pyramids, in the morning when temperatures are cooler. The dry heat inside the ancient tombs can be unbearable later in the day.

It's still okay to visit Egypt at this time of year and the heat is more dry than humid. There is also an advantage: you can experience the authentic Egypt without any crowds, leaving you in peace at the country's most revered monuments and museums.

What to pack: Keeping cool is the top goal if you're visiting Egypt in summer. Pack lightweight and breathable clothing, and don't forget sunscreen, sunglasses, and a wide-brimmed hat. 

Visiting Egypt in Fall (September to November) 

Fall is also an attractive season, just like spring, when you can spend an enjoyable time in Egypt. It offers cooler temperatures and reasonable prices. By the end of September, the temperature will have dropped significantly (be aware that the heat can sometimes last into October); however, the crowds are still thin compared with winter, making it a great time to visit popular attractions.

If you prefer a relaxing trip, go to the beach near the Red Sea or take a Nile cruise. This is an ideal season to do so as the sea is still warm and uncrowded.

What to pack: A light jacket, shirts for layering, and an umbrella or raincoat, if possible. Like other seasons, a wide-brimmed hat and high-factor sunscreen are also good ideas.

Best cities to visit at this time: Cairo, Luxor, and Aswan

Visiting Egypt in Winter (December to March) 

Winter in Egypt is generally mild, although temperatures can fall below 50°F (10°C) at night. It's also the recognized peak season for tourism. Almost all of the attractions will be crowded and hotel prices can skyrocket due to the high demand.

There is occasional rainfall in Luxor and Cairo while some of the other cities, such as Alexandria and Hurghada, will be quite damp.

What to pack: Winter in Egypt won't be too chilly but a light jacket or windbreaker will keep you warm, especially at night. Your clothing should be lightweight and breathable, as in other seasons.

Best places to visit at this time: Hurghada and the Red Sea

Best Time to Experience Egypt's Traditional Festivals

If you are interested in Egyptian culture, it is suggested to make sure that you know about some of the local festivals before taking the trip so you can experience the authentic atmosphere and perhaps join in with the locals.

Ramadan

Ramadan is the Muslim holy month of fasting. The dates for the event change every year based on the Islamic calendar but it usually takes place in the summer months (you don't have to worry about what you wear too much but please do respect the local religion).

Although tourists are not expected to follow the traditions and commit to fasting, it's important to keep this in mind and respect that Ramadan is essentially a period of rest for the local population.

The parties go on all night until just before sunrise when people have their second-largest meal called suhoor, which will help them to be ready for the next day. At this time of year, services will be slower, opening hours reduced (some shops, banks, restaurants, and cafés may not open at all), and traffic chaotic but you will likely witness and often experience the true hospitality, generosity, and kindness that the holy month of Ramadan brings to society.

Coptic Christmas

According to the Coptic calendar, January 7th is the day that Jesus Christ was born. The majority of Egyptians, regardless of their religion, join in with the festivities, especially in Cairo and other Coptic regions, such as Alexandria. The week before Christmas, homes and businesses will be decorated with colorful lights and decorations. There will also be manger scenes and special holiday bazaars in the streets. Following the midnight mass on Christmas Eve, people will gather to celebrate and eat a traditional dish of rice, garlic, and meat soup (called fata) together.

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