How much spending money to take to Egypt

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How much spending money to take to Egypt
Don't run out of money when sightseeing in Egypt. (Archer10 (http://www.flickr.com/photos/archer10/2217436624/), Ahron de Leeuw (http://www.flickr.com/photos/ahron/148328660/))

Travelling to Egypt can be the trip of a lifetime. To stand in the shade of the pyramids of Giza -- the last-standing of the wonders of the ancient world -- is breathtaking. In order to make the most of your trip, you need to know what to bring, and money is a big part of that. There is nothing worse than running out of money while on holiday in a foreign country. And when travelling to Egypt it is important to keep in mind there are many things you might have to spend your money on.

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Visa

You need a visa to enter Egypt, and this will cost you £20 for a single entry visa or £32 for a multiple entry visa if you are a UK citizen. Those travelling from the UK to the resorts of Sharm El Sheikh, Dahab, Nuweiba and Tab do not need a visa as long as they don't intend to leave the resort.

Accommodations

Getting a place to stay in Egypt can range from cheap to pretty expensive. If you want something top-notch, it could cost over £65 a night. But if you're willing to stay somewhere off the beaten path, it could be as little as £3, while £9 to £13 will get you a private room with your own bathroom. Find out how much your room will cost in advance so you have the money on hand.

Food

Food is also cheap in Egypt, if you eat where the locals do. For breakfast, lunch and dinner you will only need to set aside about £6 to £9, maybe less. However, if you want to eat at more refined restaurants, be prepared to spend around £6 to £13 per meal.

Attractions

Egypt's attractions are the most expensive thing in the country for tourists, in most cases. A day at the National Museum will cost £19, while a trip to the pyramids of Giza will cost £32, not to mention the additional costs if you want to enter the pyramids.

Keep in mind that each attraction charges separately. In order to know how much money to set aside, you must decide which attractions you want to see beforehand and budget for them.

Transportation

Buses, minibuses, shared taxis and trains are cheap. If you travel this route, you can expect to spend about £3 to £6 a day, depending on where you are travelling to.

Souvenirs

Of course, you want some mementos to take home from your trip to Egypt. Buying souvenirs for all of your friends and family is fairly inexpensive if you shop at bazaars. Set aside about £32 for souvenirs and that should be fine, unless you want to buy an expensive Egyptian rug.

Haggling is expected in Egypt, so never pay the asking price, as you will be overcharged.

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