When is the best time to travel to Egypt? Tips & Weather by Month

The season for holidays in Egypt – 2022: when is the best time to go?

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The Red Sea is knocking again on our “where to go” lists. So let’s take apart the season in Egypt: when is the best time to rest, so as not to freeze (and it happens).

Beach and sea in Egypt

A trip to Egypt is an expectation of the hot sun, the warm Red Sea and all the delights of the climate, which is so lacking in Russia. But is it always beach season? And if not, when is it better to go to Egypt to rest?

All these questions are answered in this article. Let’s find out what to expect from Hurghada and Sharm el-Sheikh in different months, and whether there is a “low” season here at all.

In April 2022 they again launched charters from Moscow and St. Petersburg to Hurghada and Sharm el-Sheikh. Keep in time for the best prices on tours to Egypt – they have already appeared on aggregators:

Now the price tag for late spring (the best time on the Red Sea!) – from 100,000 rubles for a one-week tour for two.

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The beginning and end of the season in Egypt

Conventionally, the season in Egypt by months is divided into:

  • “cool” – from November to March
  • and “hot” – from April to October.

Even in the cold months the water temperature in the Red Sea does not drop below +20 ° C – and this year’s winter in Egypt is surprisingly warm with +22 … +23 in the water! – so you can swim in theory all year round.

Remember the three ideal months: May, October and November. This is the best time to travel to Egypt.

Although in general it is always relatively warm here, these months are the high season for holidays in Egypt. April is still not hot enough, summer and September are too hot. From December to the end of March is low tourist season, and for good reason: the wind blows from the desert khamsin, which turns +25 ° C in the thermometer to +15 ° C to the senses. However, this does not scare Russian tourists, many of our holidaymakers come here to rest in the off-season.

I traveled to Egypt in November and December: during the daytime I was glad that there was no stuffiness, which I hate so much, and in the evenings there was a pleasant fresh wind. The locals wore hats at that time.

Can I fly to Egypt now?

Pyramids in Egypt. Beach Holiday in Egypt

You can. This is one of the countries that are now open to Russians. To enter Egypt in 2022 everyone who is 12 and over needs either a psr-test in English with a qr-code and a validity of 72 hours, or a certificate from the State Service in English (but since the second dose of satellite must be at least 14 days). Visa on arrival in Sharm is free, but in Cairo and Hurghada it does not work – there will take, as usual, $25 per person.

The good news is that after six years there are again charter flights from Moscow and St. Petersburg to Hurghada and Sharm el-Sheikh. Look and choose tours to the Red Sea on the desired dates at the aggregators – tour operators have already posted proposals:

In case of an incorrigible desire to fly on your own, you can read my text about the trip with all the details about traveling in the country under new conditions, and you can immediately look for airline tickets on the search engine Aviasales – you need flights EgyptAir (Moscow-Cairo or Moscow-Sharm/Hurgada) or Russia on the route Sochi-Cairo.

A direct flight to Cairo from Moscow or Sochi, and then to the Red Sea by bus? Or a direct flight to Hurghada or Sharm el-Sheikh? It’s up to you – I chose the second option. We book and pay by Russian card hotel on the Island – and here you have your individual tour.

Weather in Egypt by month

If you schedule the weather in Egypt by degrees in each month, you get about this table.

When to fly to Egypt?

Jan Feb March apr May June July Aug September October Nov Dec
Daytime, °C +21 +20 +23 +26 +30 +32 +33 +34 +33 +30 +24 +22
Nighttime, °С +16 +15 +18 +20 +24 +26 +28 +28 +28 +25 +20 +17
Sea, °С +23 +22 +22 +23 +24 +26 +27 +30 +29 +28 +26 +24

*indicates average temperatures.

Red bars – too hot

Blue bars – cool and sandy winds

It turns out that in Egypt there are 5 comfortable months of the year, when it is good to relax, go on excursions and swim in the sea. Let’s now understand: what holiday, say, in January will be different from the rest in May – because by the temperatures from the table and the Russian standards in the country is always warm!

Egypt in December, January and February

Red sea beach Red Sea Coast in Egypt

Despite the +23 ° C in the forecast, in Egypt in winter take with you sweatshirts and jeans for the evening.

What do I need to know about winter Egypt?

  • The wind is the main enemy of the beach vacation. If it blows, it is so that the sand in your teeth, and demolishes the umbrellas on the beach.
  • It is cool outside in the morning and evening after sunset – but in the afternoon is so hot that you can manage to burn in the sun. Provided there is no wind.
  • Sharm el-Sheikh is a couple of degrees warmer because of its location.
  • In Sharm and Hurghada are the so-called “winter” hotels – those that are protected from the wind, sheltered in bays (I’ll list below).
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In December in Egypt is still warm. It is no longer hot – in the air to +25 ° C, the sea has not yet had time to cool. Very rarely it may rain for a short time, the wind blows. This is the off-season, but prices for holidays closer to the end of the month go up – a lot of people want to celebrate the New Year in Egypt. So if you go on vacation in December, it is better to do it in the first half of the month (and the weather will be better).

In January, Egypt gets worse, the winds are more frequent. January is one of the worst months of the year, when the daytime can be only +17 ° C. Tourists, if they do bathe, either in wetsuits, or in and out, or in the pool. It gets dark at 5 pm. And why do we need it? – you ask. Look: the beaches are spacious, hotels and flights are cheaper, the sun and “all inclusive” in place all 31 days. But I still do not advise to go to Egypt with children at this time.

In February it’s still summer on the thermometer – it ranges from +16 ° C to +25 ° C, but the Egyptians are not fooled: they proclaim this month the coldest. All because the wind blows, the sea storms, the nights are cool and the temperature can drop to +10 ° C. Egyptian cities are literally covered with sand, and vacation during this period – only for those who are not afraid of the wind, and are willing to spend a little more time and effort to find a hotel.

So that you understand all seriousness of winds:

On the beaches put up fences, and the hotel at this time is not just any, and sheltered in the bay – then do without the down jackets on the sun loungers. If you do not want to shake out of your ears sand, take a closer look at these wind-protected hotels:

And here’s our acquaintance’s review of a winter holiday in Hurghada:

“The winter months are quite warm, but very windy, so sunbathing and swimming if the hotel is not sheltered from the winds is almost impossible. In addition, it gets dark as early as 5:00 p.m. on the street. All holidaymakers take out their jackets and shake as they walk to the restaurant for dinner. The only thing I wanted in those moments was to wrap up in a plaid, drink mulled wine, and watch a nice fall movie. And it was somehow unlike the usual seaside vacation.”

Egypt in March, April and May

View of Cairo View of Pyramids from hotel

Egypt in spring is half winter, half summer. And it’s windy and warm.

In March, especially the first half, the wind still blows and the weather is very changeable: the temperature jumps from +18 ° C to +26 ° C, sometimes it may rain. In short, March in Egypt is like in Russia, the continuation of winter. The Red Sea has not yet had time to warm up, and freezes at around +22 ° C. Swimming is not very comfortable, the more so that on the coast there are such rare for Egypt waves – even surfing competitions are held. The list of “winter” hotels from the section above for March is still relevant!

In April, summer slowly enters into its own right: you can open the swimming season (in water +23 ° C) and not be afraid of the wind. Be sure to put spf in your suitcase, it gets up to +30 ° C during the day. The closer to May – the ideal month for vacation – the better the weather.

In May the best season for holidays in Egypt begins in the early days and – for those who can’t stand the heat – in the latter days ends. The conditions are excellent: +25 ° C … +30 ° C on the coast, the water in the sea is warmer every day (+26 ° C at its peak, the May Turkey does not boast!). Come on a family vacation with kids, with grandparents – no one will grumble. True, the prices in May may bite: in Russia for a long holiday, and hotels know that the empty in any case, will not stay, and raise the cost (so book in advance).

Egypt in June, July, August

Red Sea Beach in Shram El Sheikh

June is still bearable, but in general summer is a time when you should not go to Egypt.

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In June, air conditioning in the room is a must in the hotel search engine. The air in Hurghada and Sharm warms up to +32 ° C, the weather is dry and hot, the beach season is in full swing. Tourists spend days at sea, it’s +26 ° C and above, and a couple of trips out – in the buses is still possible to live, not survive.

In July comes the scorcher, when even the sea can’t save you. It begins one of the two hottest months of the year. The thermometer jumps up to +40 ° C by the water, few people find that comfortable. July is definitely not the best time to look at the pyramids and go on excursions: in Cairo and the desert areas it’s 60 degrees Celsius. The only advice if you come to Egypt in summer: take a hotel with a pool and good air conditioning.

In August the weather is not much different from July. Even the locals are exhausted from the heat. In such extreme conditions at least choose the resort of Dahab – there is a fresh breeze blowing all year round, it’s easier to endure the heat.

Our author Yasya says.

“The first time I flew to Egypt in the summer, and it’s nothing short of hell. Especially contraindicated for those who can’t stand the heat at all – on windless days the weather seems to reach +50 degrees!!! The sea will not help to cool down – when you dip, it feels like you’re going into a hot bath.”

Egypt in September, October and November

Our hotel in Egypt

The best time to relax: warm, sunny and no wind!

But be careful: Egypt in the fall, especially in early September, it’s HOT, stretching from summer – up to +36 ° C outside. But with the second half of the month and sunbathing is good, and the sea to swim, and go on excursions.

In October, the beach season in Egypt continues: the day bakes to +30 ° C, drops to +25 ° C in the evening – this month is loved by Europeans and us Russians. The wind on the coast sometimes, but warm, rest it does not interfere. In general, it’s worth velvet season, which tourists are waiting so much.

November is the official start of the cold season. The locals wrap themselves in jackets and laugh at the resorts in T-shirts and shorts. But who else should laugh at who: it’s +23°C to +26°C outside. The sea is also kept at +26 degrees. The weather is consistently sunny, but the wind can ruin everything – although November is different, and, for example, in 2020 it was a record hot and windless.

When is the best time to vacation in Egypt?

The Cairo Citadel

If we talk about the weather in Egypt by month, October and November are the most comfortable months. The water temperature is 27 degrees, the air temperature is 29 ° C to 31 ° C. Perfect! The best time for excursions.

In fact, the holiday season in Egypt is almost all year round – but in May, late December and September there are the most tourists. When the season starts, there are crowds of tourists at the pyramids, prices skyrocket, and that’s a big minus. But when it’s the best month in Egypt – November and October or April – there are not so many holidaymakers. You can rest easy in Hurghada or Sharm el-Sheikh, take cheap excursions, take beautiful pictures without unnecessary people.

If we talk about what month is better to go with children, the same as without them. I do not think that the child and you will like the sandstorm in February and March, as well as in the summer heat to rest the whole family will not be good. So this time for a holiday with children is better not to choose.

What to see in Egypt?

The pyramids in Giza Mosque in Hurghada

Egypt is a great place to combine cultural and beach holidays. No matter what month you come to Egypt, there is something to see on a tour or on your own:

  • The Pyramids of Giza (in Cairo)
  • Egyptian Museum of Antiquities (in Cairo)
  • Luxor and Abu Simbel temple complexes (to see the ancient heritage of the pharaohs).
  • Bedouin villages (take them from Sharm and Dahab, with overnight stay and quad bikes for those who want)
  • Blue Hole (place of active diving near Dahab)
  • St. Catherine Monastery on Mount Sinai
  • The Colored Canyon (it is worth going in the “cold” months).

Our review and tips about Egypt

View of pyramids in Egypt

Between Hurghada and Sharm el-Sheikh I choose the latter: it seems to me more modern and developed. Plus, it’s warmer in the off-season. Honestly, in Egypt there are many things that can irritate – the intrusiveness of the locals, their constant desire to cash in on tourists, unkempt hotels with average prices, etc.

  • Be sure to haggle at the bazaars to bring the price down by 2 or 3 times.
  • Trust the internet more than local advice.
  • And don’t leave without tasting some delicious Egyptian mango!

I’ve been to Egypt twice and for a total of a month and a half. The desire to do it a third time I do not have. But, perhaps, I like a calm measured rest in one hotel, then I would go again.

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When is cheaper to vacation in Egypt?

When the excitement ends for the May and New Year holidays, and then you have an opportunity to go to Egypt cheap. Summer and winter are equally cheap, but it’s better to go in the colder months than in the hotter ones, when you can’t get out of the hotel.

If you are tired of the grayness of the Russian weather, you want peace of mind and the warm sea with beautiful fish – Egypt will not disappoint you.

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Season in Egypt – 2022: when is the best time to relax, what are the temperatures of water and air by month

Tourist Season in Egypt.

When is the best time to rest in Egypt? In the Red Sea resorts the holiday season all year round. It is always warm (air during the day is not below +25 ° C), the water in the sea is also comfortable for swimming all year round – even in winter +22 ° C. But there are nuances.

Questions about Egypt can be a million – and in what month is better to rest, and in the summer heat, and in winter is not cold, and whether you can swim, and when the wind blows less? So hurry up and read on – I’ll tell you all about it!

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Seasons of Egyptian Resorts

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When is the season in Egypt for beach holidays

The best months for a holiday in Egypt are April, May, October, November. The weather, perfect for a beach holiday, is hot, but not too much like summer, the sea is warm. So here it is, the most tourist season in Egypt – the second half of spring and autumn. It will be good in Hurghada, and in Sharm el Sheikh.

Beach Holiday in Egypt

But by experience you can have a great holiday in winter (below we will tell you what to look for when choosing a hotel for the winter holidays), and ☀ in summer (also advise important nuances). I repeat – the bathing season in Egypt on the Red Sea coast all year round.

The best new hotels in Egypt with a fresh renovation ❤⏩ find out

When is the best time to go sightseeing?

Autumn, winter and spring are good for sightseeing trips. Any time of year except summer – at this time it is difficult to go somewhere and see the ancient monuments under the scorching sun. And in winter, do not forget that the sun goes down at 5 pm.

Weather in Egypt by month

Egypt in Autumn (September, October, November)

Autumn is the perfect time of year for a family vacation in Egypt. It will be comfortable for everyone – both children of all ages and the elderly. The best holiday season of the year, truly a beach season.

Family vacations in Egypt

September in Egypt is a transition from a hot scalding summer to the most pleasant autumn period. Your vacation will have everything: heat, sun, maximum warm sea, relaxation on the beach, warm evenings and incredible sunrises. By the way, the most windless time on the Red Sea coast.

Daytime At night The Sea Sun
Hurghada in September +34 +26 +28 100%
Sharm el Sheikh in September +34 +27 +28 100%

Summary table of weather: air temperature, water temperature and number of sunny days in Egyptian resorts

In October in Egypt is the beginning of a chic velvet season. +30 ° C during the day and still warm at night. The winds do not bother anyone yet. There is even no need to hesitate – fly to holiday in October and November without hesitation.

Daytime At night The Sea Sun
Hurghada in October +31 +24 +27 97%
Sharm el Sheikh in October +31 +25 +27 100%

And as you have understood in November is also good. Egypt is a hit for the November holidays and fall break.

Daytime At night The Sea Sun
Hurghada in November +26 +21 +26 97%
Sharm el Sheikh in November +27 +22 +26 93%

Egypt in winter (December, January, February)

When to go to Egypt in winter and is it worth it at all? The answer is yes, but:

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The winter months are windy season, so choose hotels in windless bays and better in Sharm el-Sheikh (a few degrees warmer and it’s noticeable!).

Holidays in Sharm El Sheikh

The windiest and warmest bays and hotels in Sharm el-Sheikh are for a comfortable sea vacation in winter:

Sharm el Maya – perfect for winter, hotels with a children’s concept: Albatros Aquapark 5* – tours from 105 000 for two Beach Albatros Sharm 4* – tours from 80 000 for two Iberotel Palace 5* – tours from 128 000 for two Albatros Aqua Blu 4* – tours from 94 000 for two Ras Um El Sid – sandy beaches, and the bay is safely surrounded by mountains: Reef Oasis 5* – tours from 104,000 for two Faraana Reef 4* – tours from 74,000 for two Jaz Fanara 4* – tours from 108,000 for two Renaissance Sharm El Sheikh 5* – tours from 87,000 for two SUNRISE Montemare 5* – tours from 138,000 for two Naama Bay is the oldest and most developed part of the resort with a walking street, restaurants, clubs and stores. It’s a fun place to spend your vacation. The bay is closed and beaches with sandy entrance for children: Stella Di Mare 5* – tours from 93 000 for two Novotel Sharm el Sheikh 5* – tours from 81 000 for two Sharks Bay – here by the way very good reef: Sultan Gardens 5* – tours from 110 000 for two Grand Rotana 5* – tours from 94 000 for two

Nabq Bay in Sharm El Sheikh is considered windy, there is a red flag on the beach almost all year round until lunch, and the tide is noticeable. But there are very cool hotels – for example Steigenberger Alcazar 5*, and two Rixos – family and adults only.

Is it worth going to Hurghada in winter and at New Year and are there hotels without wind. As we have already written, it is better to go to Sharm. But there are places in Hurghada where there is less wind:

Sunrise Royal Makadi 5* – tours from 104 000 for two (best location) Sunrise Tucana 5* – tours from 114 000 for two (best location without wind) Prima Life Makadi 5* – tours from 73 000 for two Sheraton Soma Bey 5* – tours from 63 000 for two Kempinski Soma Bey 5* – tours from 119 000 for two Palm Royale Soma Bay 5* – tours from 93 000 for two

The desert has a continental climate, so the temperature swings in winter are very noticeable. In the evening, night and morning, you’ll probably want to throw on a sweatshirt or even a jacket, pants and sneakers until the afternoon sun warms everything up.

Short daylight hours, it gets darker after five.

Rains are possible, but even in winter they are rare and very brief.

December in Egypt is warm, the first half of the month is nicer than the second half in terms of relaxing on the beach. The sea is cool.

Many people choose Egypt for the New Year. The question is of course controversial, some share their stories about how they are wrapped up in jackets.

Winter holidays in Egypt for New Year

My sister before the ban on charter flights vacation in Egypt in December almost every year. Both in Hurghada and Sharm. In the daytime it was always hot, swimming and sunbathing. At 5pm the sun goes down and it instantly gets chilly, you need warm clothes. We flew for New Year too, good impressions. In the hotels every day rich entertainment program, it was fun and not boring, and in the daytime the beach, sun, sea, fish.

Daytime At night The Sea Sun
Hurghada in December +23 +17 +24 88%
Sharm el Sheikh in December +25 +20 +25 90%

January in Egypt is winter for locals, the end of high season, but for tourists from Russia it is not an obstacle. Popular at this time hotels with heated pools (by the way, almost all 5-star hotels heat pools in winter). From pluses – the sun is always and day enough warmly. But the day is short, the wind can be strong and cold, heat-loving will be unpleasant in the sea.

Daytime At night The Sea Sun
Hurghada in January +21 +16 +23 90%
Sharm el Sheikh in January +24 +18 +23 93%

February on the Red Sea . You can go only to proven winter hotels in certain bays (we wrote about them just above ☝). There are sandstorms, especially in Hurghada, until March.

My friend flew to Sharm el Sheikh in Sheraton Sharm 5* on a last minute tour in February with her daughter. She did not freeze and came back happy. “Yes, there was a wind, we were sunbathing and swimming, but the unbearable heat was not of course. Sometimes it got a little cooler. Every morning we woke up to sunlight and it was so nice, especially when it was winter and gray at home. A lot of walking and could not get enough of such a delicious sea air. And, there were not so many vacationers, which is also a definite plus of winter holidays.

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Daytime At night The Sea Sun
Hurghada in February +22 +17 +22 93%
Sharm el Sheikh in February +23 +17 +23 89%

Egypt in spring (March, April, May)

Spring weather in Egypt

March in Egypt is windy and changeable in weather. As luck would have it, it can be hot or cold. From time to time there are winds from the desert and even sandstorms for 1-2 days. But the temperature on the thermometer rises steadily and gets warmer and warmer.

Daytime At night The Sea Sun
Hurghada in March +25 +19 +22 93%
Sharm el Sheikh in March +25 +20 +23 93%

In April it is already good! The sun is getting warmer and the day is longer. It’s +30, the real summer and the beginning of the tourist holiday season in Egypt.

Daytime At night The Sea Sun
Hurghada in April +28 +21 +23 97%
Sharm el Sheikh in April +28 +22 +23 97%

In May in Egypt it’s great. If in Greece and Turkey in the Mediterranean Sea is still cool and the water is too refreshing, here on the shores of the Red Sea is the beach season. But without the summer heat, which, alas, not everyone takes well.

So it’s a good idea to go to Egypt for May holidays! And right after the holidays there are always good discounts on tours, every year we collect records of hot tours.

Daytime At night The Sea Sun
Hurghada in May +32 +25 +25 97%
Sharm el Sheikh in May +31 +26 +25 94%

Egypt in summer (June, July, August)

Summer in Egypt is naturally hot, Africa!

This summer, when Russian tour operators actively started selling tours through Cairo, everyone agonized with the question – to fly or not to fly, whether you can and should rest in the summer in Egypt. Someone was talking about the unbearable heat (usually from the point of view of the fact that in Egypt is already very hot in the spring, so what about summer). Others parried – summer vacation is quite ok, the heat is tolerated well because of the low humidity, in Turkey it is hotter.

I personally decided that I would not go to Egypt with a child in the summer. Yes, and I know that I can hardly tolerate temperatures above +30. Here everyone decides for himself. Are you sure of your health – why not.

Holidays in Egyptian Resorts

In June in Egypt as in May, only hotter. And yes, humidity is low, the air is dry and this is a definite plus. The sea is certainly incredibly pleasant, but on the beach is better under an umbrella.

In hotels and excursion buses the conditioners save, but excursions in summer time certainly is that still test. For trips to antiquities is better to choose any other time, but not summer.

Daytime At night The Sea Sun
Hurghada in June +34 +26 +26 100%
Sharm el Sheikh in June +34 +27 +26 100%

In July and August it is hot in Egypt, the air is somewhere around +40 and the water in the sea reaches +30. How to save yourself from the heat? It is better to choose the rest in Hurghada and the nearest resorts or in Dahab, where the winds from the sea blow and at least a little refreshment.

In general, summer is the season for holidays in Hurghada! But in Sharm el Sheikh the weather is worse, without wind sometimes it’s just unbearably hot.

Daytime At night The Sea Sun
Hurghada in July and August +35 +28 +29 100%
Sharm el Sheikh in July and August +35 +28 +28 100%

How to save money on a trip to Egypt

Now that all bans on direct charters have been lifted, it is certainly more profitable to fly to Egypt by sea in a tour.

Since charters were launched only recently, after so many years of the ban, it is still difficult to trace the trends – at what time the most profitable tours. Most likely general principles will work – it will be cheaper to fly to rest in the low season months (winter – especially before and after the New Year holidays) and summer.

Tours in Egypt

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There is also an opportunity to find out about discounts on Viber, Vkontakte, or on the website of Tour Scanner.

When is the best time to go to Egypt – conclusions

November Dec Jan Feb March Apr
✓✓ ✓✓ ✓✓
May June July Aug Saint October
✓✓ ✓✓ ✓✓

✓✓ – high holiday season – intense heat up to +35 +40 °C – low season with changeable weather

When did you vacation in Egypt and what was the weather like during that time? Share your experiences in the comments

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