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Best Time to Visit Egypt

Planning a trip to Egypt?  If you want to witness the magnificent pyramids of Egypt, experience the culture, and explore the best sites, the weather will play a crucial role. Egypt is a year-round destination but the best time to visit Egypt is from October to February. Tourism is booming during this time of the year and it entices tourists from all over the world to come and explore the land of pharaohs. Winter is a wonderful time to plan an Egypt holiday as the weather remains pleasant and comfortable to visit the idyllic beaches, renowned structures, and world-famous reefs of the Red Sea. 

Abu Simbel Sun Festival tour and King Ramses II’s crowning day are a must-see in winter if you want to experience the culture of Egypt. Cairo, the most significant city of Egypt, remains typically hot and sunny all around the year but there are places in Egypt that are even hotter than Cairo. Make sure to avoid your sightseeing tours in Luxor, Aswan, Abu Simbel, and other cities from May to August as it gets sweltering hot and may spoil your sightseeing experience. However, it can prove to be a great time for budget travelers as they can get good discounts on air tickets and hotels.

Many of Egypt’s ancient sites are located in desert areas that typically remain hot despite the proximity of the Nile River. If you are not a fan of crowded areas, March, April, and September are the best months to visit Egypt. During these months, the days remain pleasant and allows you to indulge in fun water activities like scuba diving, swimming, and snorkeling.

So what are you waiting for? Take a look at the seasons to visit Egypt and choose whichever season suits your likes and preferences the best before booking Egypt tour packages with us.

Overview of Egypt Season

Off Season:
May-August : 17°C - 36°C
Shoulder Season:
April-May 11°C - 33°C and September 21°C - 33°C
Peak Season:
October to February : 18°C - 26°C
Travel Season Minimum Temperature Maximum Temperature Weather Condition
March to April 11°C 33°C Moderate
May to August 17°C 36°C Hot
September 21°C 33°C Cool
October to February 18°C 26°C Cool with mild showers

Egypt in Summer (May-August)

Temperature: The temperature during summer in Egypt remains between 17°C and 36°C.

Weather: With soaring temperatures, the weather gets extremely harsh in Egypt. The dry air from the desert region and the scorching heat can get unpleasant, making it difficult to explore the tourist attractions. And the hot winds may hinder your sightseeing tour.

Significance: The sweltering heat in summer does not allow you to explore the major attractions in Egypt. Besides, the festivals of Ramadan (May 27th to June 25th) and Eid Al Adha (August 31st) are celebrated during the summer months by the locals with much vigor. So, if you want to experience the culture of Egypt, this will be a good time to visit Egypt.

Why you should visit now: If you are looking for a budget trip to Egypt, summer is a good time to plan an Egypt holiday. Budget travelers can visit Egypt in summer as it is the low tourist season and therefore, the airfares are cheaper. You may get great deals on accommodation as well.

Know before you visit: Ramadan takes place in summers in Egypt, which is celebrated with zeal by the locals. It falls between May 27th and June 25th and if you want to see the local life, you must plan a trip to Egypt in summer.

Tips: A generous amount of sunscreen is a must in Egypt to avoid sunburn. Shades are also essential to protect your eyes from the harsh sun rays along with a hat. Carry a water bottle everywhere you go and make sure you drink an adequate amount of water to keep yourself hydrated in the sweltering heat. Carry light country-appropriate clothing and remember to cover yourself up if you are visiting a mosque.

Egypt in Shoulder Months (March, April, and September)

Temperature - Here are the temperatures of shoulder months in Egypt - 

March: The temperature in March in Egypt ranges from 11°C to 24°C.

April:In April in Egypt, the minimum temperature is 14°C and the maximum is 28°C.

September: Egypt in September has temperatures between 21°C and 33°C.

Weather: The weather during shoulder months in Egypt is pleasant during the day and thus March, April, and September are great months to visit Egypt. It is also one of the best times to indulge in activities at the Red Sea like snorkeling and swimming. You can enjoy scuba diving in Egypt throughout the year. 

Significance: There are no festivals celebrated during shoulder months in Egypt. However, you can enjoy a tour of Aswan, the Pyramids of Giza, Luxor temples, Alexandria, and other famous places in the country.

Why you should visit now: Plan your Egypt trip in shoulder months as it is the best time to enjoy sunbathing at the Red Sea, snorkeling, scuba diving, and swimming.

Know before you visit: The discounts during the off-season in Egypt are great for budget travelers. These shoulder months fall between the beginning and end of the tourist season in Egypt and thus, you can enjoy a stay and airfares at reasonable prices. The weather is moderate and you can comfortably visit the famous tourist attractions in Egypt. 

Tips: Egypt is a conservative country, so carry country appropriate clothing with you. Sun is still a bit harsh and thus, it is advised to wear loads of sunscreen to avoid burning your skin. Take a water bottle with you throughout the tour to avoid getting dehydrated. Shades and hats are also a necessity.

Egypt in Winter (October-February)

Temperature: The temperature in Egypt in winter fluctuates between 18°C and 26°C.

Weather: Your winter experience in Egypt will be enjoyable as the weather remains agreeable and is the best time to visit Egypt. The daytime is usually pleasant and the temperature drops during the night. Although Egypt sees a little bit of rainfall in winter, it will not disturb your sightseeing plans and activities. 

Significance: Winter is the best time to visit Egypt as it gives you an opportunity to enjoy the various festivals of Egypt. These are celebrated with much enthusiasm by the locals and you can take part in Abu Simbel Sun Festival (October 21st), which is Abu Simbel’s birthday, and have a great time. On 21st February, King Ramses II’s crowning day is rejoiced by the people of Egypt and might turn out to be a great experience for you.

Why you should visit now: Tourism is booming in Egypt in winter months and this attracts a large number of tourists globally. And as the weather is cool, your sightseeing tours become much more comfortable. You can enjoy various activities and festivals. 

Know before you visit: Be prepared for a few rain showers in the winter months. Make sure you carry proper clothing to protect yourself from the cool weather. Also, as winter is the peak season, the airfares and hotel prices might shoot up and therefore, you must book everything in advance. 

Tips: There are a few things you must keep in mind before planning a holiday in Egypt. Carry proper clothing for the winter season and country-appropriate clothing too. Sun may not be that harsh as it is in summers but sunscreen is a must. Hydrate yourself frequently to avoid dehydration.