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Traveling to Egypt with kids – Everything you need to know

Welcome to the ultimate Egypt with kids travel guide! If you’re a parent planning a trip to Egypt and want to make it a memorable experience for your little ones, you’ve come to the right place. In this guide, we will help you plan your family trip to Egypt. The fascinating land of pharaohs, pyramids, and mummies.

But let’s not get ahead of ourselves here. Before you can work on your ideal Egypt itinerary let us help you plan your trip. In this post we’ll share our best tips for navigating Egypt with kids. So, pack your bags, gather your loved ones, and let’s dive into the incredible world of Egypt family travel!

Read more >> Ultimate Egypt Family Road Trip Guide

Khan el-Khalili bazaar and souq in Cairo - Egypt
Sunset felucca ride in Luxor - Egypt

Best age to visit Egypt

There isn’t an appropriate age or stage to visit Egypt, but it will be more fun for kids if they know a little bit about ancient Egypt. If you wait until your youngest has learned about Egypt at elementary school, they’ll probably engage more. The pyramids will be more interesting for kids that don’t speak the guide’s language if they’ve heard the stories about the tombs filled with mummies and gold before.

Another thing that’s good to know that if you want to book a tour that some companies have age restrictions. Sometimes as high as 12+, but also 5+. Search for family tours and book the one that best suits your family.

Also note that Egypt isn’t a stroller friendly country. Be prepared to carry your toddler around most of the time.

What to wear in Egypt

Egyptians generally wear conservative clothing. Being a guest in another country means that it’s important to know what you should and shouldn’t wear. With Egypt’s hot climate that can be a problem.

It goes without saying that when you’re visiting Mosques or Churches that you should dress appropriately. With kids you can be a little less strict, but don’t let them wear short shorts and tank tops or sleeveless shirts to places of worship. And keep those knees covered, whether you’re a kid, man or a woman.

When visiting cities like CairoAswan or Luxor you’ll see men wearing t-shirts or long sleeves and long trousers. Few women are fully veiled but loose veils and abayas are very common streetwear. Wearing t-shirts in these cities and their sites is not frowned upon. As a woman keep your shoulders covered and preferably also your knees.

In places like Edfu or Kom Ombo people are dressed more conservative. We wore long sleeves and long trousers, skirts or dresses in these towns.

At beach towns and cities like Hurghada or Sharm el-Sheikh you can wear shorts and sleeveless shirts at resorts and on and around the beach. But be respectful and leave your midriff-baring tops at home, before starting your Egypt family road trip.

Whenever I’m in doubt before starting a day of exploring I just bring scarfs and cotton button-ups for everyone, just to be on the safe side.

Things to know about Egypt

Capital: Cairo
Official language: Arabic
Currency: Egyptian Pound
Visa requirements: About 75 countries are eligible for an eVisa, valid for a maximum of 3 months. Make sure to check your country’s entry requirements well ahead of time.
Timezone: GMT +2
Power Plug Type: Type C and F are the two types of plugs used in Egypt. They have two round pins, but type F also has two earth clips on the side.
Voltage: 220V supply voltage and 50Hz
Measurement system: Metric (Celsius / kilometer / kilogram / liter)
CDC and WHO recommended travel vaccines: hepatitis A, hepatitis B, typhoid, yellow fever and rabies. Always call your doctor for pre-travel advice when it comes to vaccinations and medication.
Safety rating: Ranked 136 on the Global Peace Index

Hot air balloons in Luxor - Egypt
Philae Temple Aswan in Egypt

Egypt: a safe family travel destination

We’ve all seen the images of a full Tahrir Square, with people protesting for president Mubarak to stand down. It’s been years since the Arab Spring of 2011. There has been more stability since 2014, but over one third of the country lives below the poverty line. While the infrastructure in and around Cairo can be compared to Middle Eastern Countries like Jordan, nationwide the safety standards aren’t as good. The current administration is investing in the infrastructure all over the country, but it will take some time to get up to speed.

It’s no surprise that with all the news we’ve seen on our tv screens over the years, tourism took a nose dive. And that is truly unfortunate! The people of Egypt are generally kind and welcoming people and it’s a cultural gem that deserves a visit. We’ve visited Egypt for 10 days in 2021 and felt perfectly safe. Just like any other country that’s depended on tourism there are scammers here, but that’s definitely not a reason to avoid traveling to Egypt with your family. And just like anywhere else in the world: don’t walk around with your valuables or flaunt what you have. Be sensible and you’ll be fine!

Viewpoint pyramids of Giza - Egypt

Terrorist attacks

Security warnings for Egypt vary by area, so check them out before you book. Most of the sights are easy to reach safely. The last known incident dates back to 2019.  When people ask me if it was safe to travel to Egypt with kids, I remind them that terrorist attacks can happen anywhere in the world. Remember those in New York, Nice, Madrid and Berlin? Did it make you stop traveling? Sadly, it’s the world we live in nowadays. Don’t let it stop you from going on a family road trip through Egypt.

That said I will share some other safety tips with you, to help ease your mind and hopefully get you to plan the trip and use this ultimate family road trip guide: Egypt with kids.

The Egyptian Museum in Cairo in Egypt is beautifully lit at night

Touts and scammers

Touts and scammers can be found at most sights. Mostly at the pyramids. They’re highly pushy and annoying. Generally, I’m not a fan of ignoring people, but you’re kind of forced to do when visiting the pyramids. If you don’t, they’ll follow you around, offer to show you something or help you and of course all of that comes with a price.

But at all other places you’ll meet friendly locals, ready to help you out and very welcoming.

Self-driving in Egypt

If you’re unsure if you should self-drive through Egypt with kids, don’t! Book a road trip tour with a reputable agency, with a driver and/or a guide. I would definitely not recommend driving by yourself in Cairo, so absolutely make sure you’re with a driver while exploring Cairo with kids. For us this was the only road trip we didn’t self-drive and I was happy with that decision. We never could’ve managed the crazy city traffic ourselves.

All the drivers we had, were fabulous drivers! They can expertly navigate through local traffic. Just make sure to bring your own child car seat and when booking a driver make sure there are enough seatbelts in the car for all of you.

Best time to travel

The best time of year to travel to Egypt with kids is during the winter months or the shoulder seasons. Avoid summers if you can, because temperatures can reach more than 40 degrees Celsius. November to April are the busiest months there. Expect large crowds at the popular sights. My overall tip is to check out the sights during the early morning or near the end of the day. Check the closing times if you choose to visit the sights around the end of the day. Always make sure that you don’t have to rush while there, or worse, don’t have enough time to check out the sight of your choice.

Egypt in the summer months

As I mentioned, I advise you to avoid traveling to Egypt during the summer, because of the intense heat. At most sights, like the Valley of the Kings in LuxorAbu Simbel near the border with Sudan or the pyramids of Giza near Cairo, there’s little to no shade. If you have no other choice but to visit Egypt during summer, please make sure you visit all the sights as early in the morning as possible. And bring enough sunscreen, hats, umbrella’s and water as you can.

Visit the indoor sights, like museums, during the hotter parts of the day (or better yet, spend those in a pool).

Read more >>  Best ancient Egyptian places to visit with kids

The Djoser pyramid in Saqqara - Egypt

Road tripping through Egypt with young children

Like I mentioned before, we didn’t road trip the country by ourselves. We booked a multiple day tour with tour guide which included transportation by car (with driver), plane and cruise ship. And when traveling with kids, that is the best option in my opinion. Every major site can be found along the Nile River and Delta and enjoying the country from the Nile on a river cruise is a must.

Cairo however, has to be explored by metro or car. It’s a massive metropole and without a driver you’ll get lost in no time. And I’ll guarantee you that even the most experienced driver will have problems navigating through a city like Cairo for the first time. The metro is a great second option, just avoid rush hours when it gets extremely crowded.

To get from Cairo to either Aswan or Luxor it’s best to take the plane or sleeper train.

We usually end our family road trips at a beach town or city to close off the exploring part and have some downtime in the pool or sea. Unfortunately, we didn’t have enough time for that this trip. Because we didn’t want to visit Egypt during the summer heat, we had to pick a school holiday in September, which didn’t give us enough time to do it all. But years ago, Thijs stayed at Sharm el-Sheikh. This was way before we had kids, and he shares his experience with you at the end of this guide.

Read more >>  Ultimate Egypt Family Road Trip Guide

On the road with an Egyptologist

Egypt is like an open air museum. With so much ancient history to explore you should invest in an experienced and knowledgeable guide: an Egyptologist. Simply put, an Egyptologist studies or has studied the history and culture of Egypt. When you book a tour make sure you book it with an Egyptologist to make the most out of your excursion.

How to get around

My family and I like to use Expedia for flights. And if we don’t have a camper waiting for us at our destination we always opt to book a flight and hotel, at least for the first night. Just to ease the start of our family vacation. This time we hired a tour operator to arrange it all. But if you choose to book everything yourself, Expedia is a good starting point.

To book your transport via a bus company, we recommend using a website called Get Your Guide. There you’ll find airport transfers from Cairo International Airport to the centre of Caïro. They will show all the deals bus companies offer and you can make your pick based on reviews by customers.

Trains in Egypt

You can get from Cairo to Luxor and Alexandria by train. We don’t have any experience with it, but friends have and they say it’s a great and cheap option. They compare it with traveling by train through South East Asia, so I would definitely like to try it next time. We love to travel by train, because it’s better for the environment than flying, but also because of the views. You get a glimpse of Egypt you wouldn’t get from a plane.

Cruising in Egypt

Cruising the Nile is a bucket list item for many. Including us. The cruise ships take you from Aswan to Luxor, or the other way around, and will stop at all the major sights. Fall asleep in one town and wake up in the next. It’s a really comfortable and convenient way of travel.

Want to take a more environmentally conscious decision? You can also book a felucca or dahabiya trip from Aswan to Luxor. Less comfortable, but the better choice when it comes to fumes and less food waste.

Read more >> Nile Cruise with Kids

10 things to do in Luxor with kids - blog post

Travel First Aid Kit

Having the best first aid kit for travel abroad offers you peace of mind! A good travel first aid kit contains items equipped to deal with cuts, bruises, sprains and breaks. And should also be filled with over the counter medicine for insect bites, fever, pain and nausea.

There are plenty of first aid travel bags on the market that are pre-made. But these won’t contain over the counter medicines so add these items to the kit yourself:

  • paracetamol for kids and adults
  • nausea and vomiting medicine
  • ORS for kids and adults
  • coughs and colds medicine
  • allergies tablets (anti-histamine for bites, stings, hay fever and sudden allergic reactions)

Traveling with prescribed medication

When traveling with prescribed medication you should:

  • Bring your medication passport
  • Take your pills and medical equipment with you in their original and correctly labelled packages
  • Carry your medicine in your hand luggage with a copy of your prescription
  • If you or any of your family members take medication that fall under the Opium Law (aka Opium Act), you should take appropriate action well before embarking on your trip. Our family has lots of  experience with this, so I wrote an article about it for you.

Read more >> Traveling with medication that falls under the Opium Act

Clean drinking water

You shouldn’t drink the tap water in Egypt. While outdoors or in hotels you can avoid buying plastic water bottles if you bring the LARQ bottle. UV-light cleans the water in the bottle and also cleans the bottle itself after you’ve used it. Get your own LARQ bottle and always feel safe drinking water from taps all over the world.

Get my FREE pocket guide >> How To Stay Healthy Traveling With Kids

Vaccinations

Travelers to Egypt are advised to get vaccinated for hepatitis A, hepatitis B, typhoid, yellow fever and rabies. This is in addition to the childhood vaccinations that are part of your countries vaccination program.

Always call your doctor as soon as you know where you’re traveling to, because some vaccines need to be repeated once or even twice before your departure. You should only take pre-travel advice about vaccinations from your doctor.

Travel Insurance

Don’t forget a travel insurance for your Egypt trip! Heymondo covers medical emergencies, theft, delays, cancellations, lost luggage, and more, with 24/7 worldwide assistance and medical chat. All Sas Crossing Countries readers, get 5% off Heymondo travel insurance! Other travel insurance companies worth checking out are World Nomads, Safety Wing and Travelex.

Planning a family road trip to Egypt

Getting a road trip right takes some serious planning. It starts months before the trip, choosing the destination, planning the route, arranging visa, renewing passports or ID’s and checking if you need medical declarations. And don’t forget renting a car or camper and/or buying flight tickets.

Planning a family road trip can get pretty overwhelming. But don’t worry, I’ve got you covered with my eBook! I’ll be holding your hand every step of the way. Just to make sure your family road trip through Egypt will go smoothly.

Get my FREE ebook >> The Ultimate Beginners Guide: Planning a Family Road Trip

This is the end of the ultimate Egypt with kids travel guide. I hope you enjoyed it and you’re ready to plan your trip to Egypt. If you have any questions regarding a Egypt family trip, check out my other Egypt posts or shoot me a question in the comments.

About me Sas Crossing Countries

Hi, I’m Saskia!

I travel the world with my family of 4 and write about our adventures.

Sas Crossing Countries is a family travel blog. It’s created to inspire other parents to travel the world with their kids. Gift your kids the world! It’s the most valuable present you can give them.

With all the experience I have as a traveling parent I’ve got lots of tools and tips for you. So on this site you’ll not only find family travel blog posts, you can also download FREE pocket guides, travel checklists and eBooks from my resources page.

All that I share can be used to plan your own ultimate family road trip!

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About me Sas Crossing Countries

Hi, I’m Saskia!

I travel the world with my family of 4 and write about our adventures.

Sas Crossing Countries is a family travel blog. It’s created to inspire other parents to travel the world with their kids. Gift your kids the world! It’s the most valuable present you can give them.

With all the experience I have as a traveling parent I’ve got lots of tools and tips for you. So on this site you’ll not only find family travel blog posts, you can also download FREE pocket guides, travel checklists and eBooks from my resources page.

All that I share can be used to plan your own ultimate family road trip!

above a couch you see 4 illustrated poster maps of different countries in the colors brown, blue, green and white. This picture leads to the shop page where you can buy illustrated poster mapsbanner image with the text get access to my free ebook with all the tools and tips you need to plan out and enjoy your ultimate family road trip. The title of the book is also shown and is The Ultimate Beginners Guide: Planning a Family Road Trip. A mock up is shown of a laptop, tablet and phone showing the cover of the ebook and 3 small images giving a sneak peak of 3 pages inside the book.5% discount link Heymondo Travel InsuranceVisit our travel shop!Download my FREE printable packing listsBuy your 3D wooden world map @ Enjoy The Wood with 10% discount code SASCROSSINGCOUNTRIESUPBecome a member of my private family travel Facebook groupLink to shop The Adventure BookRent a car via Discover CarsGet my free downloadable family travel pocket guidesGet an eSim from AiroloDownload my FREE printable bucket lists