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Car Rental in Egypt

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Cheapest Car Rental Rates

Downtown Car Rental
Economy
Nissan Sunny or similar
Nissan Sunny
  • 5
  • 1
  • 4
  • A/C
  • Auto.
SIXT
$24.94 per day
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Hurghada International Airport Car Rental
Economy
Renault Logan or similar
Renault Logan
  • 4
  • 2
  • 4
  • A/C
  • Man.
Europcar
$28.43 per day
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Hurghada International Airport Car Rental
Compact
Nissan Sunny or similar
Nissan Sunny
  • 5
  • 2
  • 4
  • A/C
  • Auto.
Europcar
$29.42 per day
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Cairo International Airport Car Rental
Intermediate
Kia Carens or similar
Kia Carens
  • 5
  • 3
  • 5
  • A/C
  • Auto.
Europcar
$44.44 per day
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Most Popular Car Rental Deals

Downtown Car Rental
Intermediate
Peugeot 3008 or similar
Peugeot 3008
  • 5x
  • 3x
  • 5x
  • A/C
  • Auto.
SIXT
$50.34 / per day
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Downtown Car Rental
Standard
Peugeot 5008 or similar
Peugeot 5008
  • 7x
  • 2x
  • 5x
  • A/C
  • Auto.
SIXT
$50.36 / per day
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Alexandria Borg El Arab International Airport Car Rental
Compact Elite
Kia Cerato or similar
Kia Cerato
  • 5x
  • 2x
  • 4x
  • A/C
  • Auto.
Europcar
$52.43 / per day
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Downtown Car Rental
Compact
Subaru XV or similar
Subaru XV
  • 5x
  • 2x
  • 5x
  • A/C
  • Auto.
SIXT
$52.46 / per day
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The above prices are only approximate and were last updated at 06:00 on 2021-04-22. Prices may vary based on the booking dates, length of rental, and car class.

Travel Information

Language
Arabic,
English,
French
Currency
EGP
Country code
20
Traffic direction
Right-hand
Acceptable limit of BAC
0.05%

Why rent a car in Egypt?

Home of the pyramids, Luxor, and Abu Simbel, Egypt is one of the most fascinating countries in its region. The largest Arab-speaking country in the world, this land between the Sahara, the Mediterranean, and the Red Sea offers everything from quaint coastal resorts to hectic metropolises brimming with life. Throw in the traditional music, the cuisine, and the fabled Egyptian hospitality, and you’re in for a treat.

Egypt Car Rental

Top ways to enter Egypt

  • Cairo Airport: Serving the capital and the largest city, Cairo Airport is also the busiest in the country. The airport is the main hub for the national carrier EgyptAir and is served by around 30 other airlines providing direct connections with the rest of the Middle East, Europe, Africa, the Far East, and the Americas. Cairo Airport is located about 20km (12 miles) northeast of the city center and can be reached in 30 to 40 minutes.
  • Hurghada Airport: Serving the Red Sea resort city of the same name, Hurghada Aiport is especially popular with charter airlines that connect the city with plenty of destinations in both Eastern and Western Europe. Situated about 12km (7.5 miles) south of the city proper, the airport can be reached in 20 minutes.
  • Sharm El Sheikh Airport: Serving another coastal hub on the Red Sea, Sharm El Sheikh Airport has flights by more than 25 different airlines. Similar to Hurghada Airport, many routes are only scheduled during the tourist high season. The airport is only 5km (3.1 miles) north of Sharm El Sheikh and can be reached in less than ten minutes.
  • Alexandria Borg El Arab Airport: Located on the Mediterranean coast, Borg El Arab Airport serves Egypt’s second city. The airport has flights by around 15 different airlines, including the low-cost company Wizz Air that connects it with Milan in Italy. The airport is about 48 km (30 miles) southwest of Alexandria, a trip that takes close to one hour.
  • Aswan Airport: Serving the large city in the Upper Egypt region in the south of the country, Aswan Airport only provides domestic connections, but is easy enough to get to for foreigners as there are plenty of connecting flights with an overlay in Cairo.

Top cities and places to visit

  • Pyramids. The number one reason why people visit Egypt, the Pyramids are located in the city of Giza, just west of Cairo. The colossal complex is a monument of Ancient Egypt, one of the most fascinating civilizations in the history of the planet. Due to its impressiveness and fame, the place is probably as busy as it was during the civilization’s heyday — you can expect crowds, touts, and general hecticness. All the same, it’s an experience of a lifetime.
  • Cairo. Sprawling, busy, and overpopulated, Cairo is to many foreign visitors just the location of the country’s main airport and the gateway to the pyramids. But if you know where to look, you can also find a fascinating city with a rich history and plenty of character. Attractions include the Egyptian Museum which is dedicated to the ancient inhabitants of the area, but also the sites of the Coptic Christians and ornate mosques from different eras. And that’s not to mention some of the best street food on the planet.
  • Luxor. Another ancient jewel, modern-day Luxor is the location of the Ancient Egyptian city of Thebes and many of its impressive sites. The easiest way to get in is flying to Luxor Airport that provides both domestic and international connections. Much like the Pyramids, Luxor has become a victim of its own popularity and visiting can be a somewhat frenzied experience due to all the crowds, hasslers, etc. Because of this, some travelers prefer Aswan, another Upper Egypt city that’s even further south and is considerably more relaxed. Nonetheless, it needs to be said that the historic sites of Luxor are absolutely majestic.

Most popular rental car

The most popular rental car in Egypt is the Kia Carens, although many travelers also go for the Subaru XV and the Peugeot 508. The most popular rental car types are compact, intermediate, and economy.

Driver license requirements

  • Most foreign drivers in Egypt need an International Driving Permit (IDP). The exception is drivers with a license that is in English. This, however, only applies to drivers who visit Egypt for tourism purposes — if you’re residing in Egypt permanently, you need to acquire a local license or an IDP.
  • Drivers with a license from another Arabic-speaking country (e.g. Morocco, Lebanon, the United Arab Emirates) might also be permitted to use their licenses, but the official sources are unclear about this. Even if you are from another Arab country, having an IDP would be safer.
  • You must carry your driver’s license, not a copy, with you at all times. 
  • You need to have had your driver’s license for at least two years.
  • Some rental car suppliers charge a young driver fee for drivers under the age of 22-25 and a senior driver fee for drivers over the age of 65.
  • There may be additional requirements depending on the car provider and car category, so make sure to check the terms and conditions before booking.

Crossing Borders

Egypt has land borders with Libya, Sudan, Israel, and the self-administered Gaza of Palestine. The border relations differ with each country, but no rental car company permits any bordering crossings with a neighboring country. 

Several border regions of Egypt are considered unsafe, especially for foreign visitors. These include much of the Sinai Peninsula that borders Israel and Gaza and much of the Western Desert that includes borders with Libya and Sudan. The dangers include both the activity of local militants and sporadic military conflicts in Libya and Sudan. Car travel is forbidden in parts of Egypt - ask your rental car provider more about the latest updates. If you plan to travel outside the main tourist areas or near potentially dangerous regions, do consult your Ministry of Foreign Affairs in advance.

Toll roads

There are a number of toll roads in Egypt. The amount you have to pay depends on the road of your choice, the time of the day, and the distance you travel. Cash is usually accepted. 

Top driving routes

  • Important! Getting around Egypt in a rental car is not an easy matter, not just because of the infamously hectic driving, but also due to security concerns. As noted in the previous section, many parts of the country are off-limits to foreigners, including most of the Sinai peninsula (especially the northern part of it), the Western Desert, and much of the south of the country. That being said, there are still nice places that you can visit with a rental, especially in and around the main tourist areas. Just make sure to do some research to get the latest security updates regarding the places you want to visit before your trip (consulting your Ministry of Foreign Affairs is always a good idea).
  • Aswan. A city on the Nile, Aswan is located in the ancient region of Nubia that spans Southern Egypt and Northern Sudan. Places related to their culture include the Nubian Museum and historic villages, though you might even be lucky enough to meet some Nubians themselves — although, in small numbers — as they continue to live in the area to this day. Other attractions include lush public gardens, diverse religious architecture, and felucca rides on the Nile. If you wish to visit the temples of Abu Simbel with a rental car, you need to join a convoy — this can be booked through some tour companies in the city. The trip between Aswan and Abu Simbel takes about three hours each way.
  • Alexandria. Located on the Mediterranean coast, Egypt’s second-largest city has lost much of its historical multicultural character, but remnants of its past glory can still be spotted by those who know where to look. Good places to begin include the city’s museums dedicated to the Ancient Egyptian, Greek, and Roman cultures that used to rule the area at different times, the Mamluk Citadel of Qaitbay, and the Kom el-Shoqafa Catacombs. A number of day-trips can also be made from the city, not least of which include heading to the ancient monastery complex of Abu Mena which is a World Heritage Site, as well as beaches that surround the city.
  • Sharm el-Sheikh. Located on the southern tip of the Sinai Peninsula, Sharm el-Sheikh is one of Egypt’s most popular attractions. Sharm’s Red Sea beaches are world-famous for diving and other water sports while the city itself is home to many interesting historic sites. Attractions near Sharm el-Sheikh include the beach town of Dahab and St. Catherine’s Monastery, but while the southern part of the peninsula is considered safer than the north, you should still do your research and get a security update if you plan to travel outside Sharm el-Sheikh on your own (of course, you can also join a tour - there are many that offer visits to the aforementioned destinations, as well as to the Sinai Desert and canyons).

Car Rental Prices

  • Large cars - from $58 per day
  • Medium cars - from $38 per day
  • Premium cars - from $129 per day
  • Small cars - from $25 per day
  • SUVs - from $91 per day

How can I save money on my rental car?

There are several good methods to find a cheaper rental car:

  • Compare the rates of different rental car providers
  • Book your rental car well in advance
  • Plan your route before you go
  • Know your fuel and mileage requirements
  • Visit during the month when the rental prices are the cheapest. According to our data, visiting Egypt is the cheapest in October when renting a car is about 49% cheaper than the yearly average and about 64% cheaper than renting a car in December.

Top 6 Most Popular Cities in Egypt

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Which is the cheapest month to rent a car in Egypt?

The cost of renting a car in Egypt depends on the time of year. This graph compares price changes from month to month in order to find the best offer.
Average Rental Price in Egypt
$35.14
January
$27.24
February
$35.65
March
$39.05
April
$41.75
May
$58.87
June
$56.47
July
$56.86
August
$25.30
September
$21.04
October
$48.08
November
$48.08
December
The cheapest month of the year to rent a car in Egypt is October — prices start from $21.04 for an Economy class vehicle. This is 49% cheaper than the yearly average and 64% cheaper than renting a car in the month of June (when prices start at $58.87 for a Compact class). This information can help you identify the low season. But these are only average numbers. The exact price for your trip will depend on the length of your rental and the number of days until your rental period begins. Just enter your dates in the form at the top of the page to see exact prices and offers.

What’s the average rental length in Egypt?

The average length differs from month to month. The longest rental periods are in April — an average of 18 days. The shortest are in November — an average of 7 days.
Average Rental Length in Egypt
10
January
8
February
8
March
18
April
10
May
8
June
10
July
9
August
8
September
8
October
7
November
7
December

What’s the most popular time for renting a car in Egypt?

Discover Cars users search for cars in a lot of locations daily. We gathered this information in order to analyze car rental popularity in Egypt. The most popular month is October, while the least popular is September.
Popularity of Car Rental in Egypt by Monthly Searches
66%
January
52%
February
50%
March
54%
April
83%
May
80%
June
109%
July
97%
August
49%
September
435%
October
56%
November
68%
December

Most Popular Car Models of Rental Suppliers

Rental Agency Model Doors Luggage Type
SIXT Nissan Sunny 4 1 Small cars
Enterprise Nissan Sunny 4 3 Small cars
SIXT Peugeot 508 4 2 Large cars
Europcar Nissan Sunny 4 2 Medium cars
Europcar Hyundai Tucson 5 3 Large cars
SIXT Mitsubishi Lancer 4 1 Medium cars
SIXT Renault Logan 4 1 Small cars
SIXT Mercedes-Benz C-Class 4 2 Premium cars
Europcar Kia Cerato 4 2 Medium cars
SIXT Nissan Sentra 4 1 Medium cars

Top 6 Suppliers in Egypt in 2021

Enterprise
Enterprise
Excellent 8.8
+201222327380
Block 12, 26Th Of July Corridor
Europcar
Europcar
Excellent 8.6
+2001066611027
CAIRO INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT
Working hours
Mon:09:00-22:00
Tue:09:00-22:00
Wed:09:00-22:00
Thu:09:00-22:00
Fri:09:00-22:00
Sat:09:00-22:00
Sun:09:00-22:00
Avis
Avis
Excellent 8.5
+201001077400
Oruba، Road، El Nozha, Cairo Governorate, Egypt
Working hours
Mon:00:00-23:59
Tue:00:00-23:59
Wed:00:00-23:59
Thu:00:00-23:59
Fri:00:00-23:59
Sat:00:00-23:59
Sun:00:00-23:59
Budget
Budget
Excellent 8.5
+201144439138
Terminal 1& 3 Heliopolis
Working hours
Mon:00:00-23:59
Tue:00:00-23:59
Wed:00:00-23:59
Thu:00:00-23:59
Fri:00:00-23:59
Sat:00:00-23:59
Sun:00:00-23:59
SIXT
SIXT
Excellent 8.2
+201229086655
Al Oruba Road, El Nozha, Cairo Governorate
Keddy
Keddy
Very good 7.7
+2001066611027
CAIRO INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT
Working hours
Mon:09:00-22:00
Tue:09:00-22:00
Wed:09:00-22:00
Thu:09:00-22:00
Fri:09:00-22:00
Sat:09:00-22:00
Sun:09:00-22:00
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