Egypt is a growing country with a wide gap between rich areas and poor areas, city and country. As a consequence, the choice of flights to Egypt varies greatly depending on which part of the country you wish to visit.
Cairo and Alexandria are both comparatively easy to get to, especially since you can get direct flights to both with British Airways. BA flights to Cairo start at about £390, while Alexandria comes in slightly cheaper at around £380. From London Heathrow, the journey to Cairo takes about five hours, while Alexandria is slightly quicker, although this can vary.
Indirect flights can shave a lot off the cost of your journey, although you may decide that the extra time isn't worth it. Check out European operators such as KLM, Alitalia, Air France and Lufthansa; all of whom operate flights to Egypt form Europe 's major aviation hubs. You should be able to get a return for £270 without too long a stopover.
It's usually easier to get bargains on flights to Cairo than Alexandria, but you can still find yourself a good price on an Alexandria flight if you do your homework. Air France often offers eye-catchingly cheap deals to Cairo, but be careful with the small print, as prices quoted aren't always inclusive, and journey times can be unreasonably long.
Other airports, such as Luxor and Aswan, are harder to reach, and sometimes direct flights are impossible. For smaller Egyptian airports, Egypt Air reaches the parts that European airlines can't get to. However, the Egypt Air website is unreliable, so it's best to telephone or email for the information you need. Don't assume that a flight doesn't exist just because it isn't on the website, or you'll miss a lot of good deals.
If you are travelling to the Sinai Peninsular(to visit the resorts of Taba, Nuweiba or Sharm el-Sheik) the cheapest options are typically all-inclusive holidays or charters. Scour the back pages of the Sunday supplements, click on to Teletext or go online for to look for some late deals(which can often be booked months in advance).
Just as availability of flights varies from place to place, so does the appearance of the airport itself. Most airports are fairly basic, but generally clean. As a general rule, the more frequent the flights, the more modern the airport will be in appearance and facilities.
Most airports have a choice of car hire firms to use, but public transport in Egypt varies greatly depending on where you are. In popular package tour areas, timetables for buses can be hard to find, because the assumption is that visitors will have pre-arranged coach tours. If you're visiting a popular package destination as an independent traveller, it pays to find out about the local transport system before you arrive. If it seems to be non-existent, forewarned is forearmed, and you can hire a car for your stay.