Egypt Driving Advice and Car Hire Info

The research for this website was carried out mainly in 2011 and 2012. Therefore there is a good chance that much of the information may now be out of date. This is particularly true of countries in the developing world, especially Asia, Africa and parts of South America where conditions can change often. Also, the political climate in many countries has changed a lot in recent years. Therefore the information on this website should be treated with caution. You should always check with your Government’s website or the UK Foreign office travel advice website before finalising plans to drive abroad.

Driving In Egypt
You can drive in Egypt on an International driving permit for up to six months. The security situation in the country changes often and you should check your Government’s website, or one such as the UK FCO site for recent updates before driving in or through the country to ensure you’re well aware of the current climate and potential dangers.

Avoid driving outside main cities and resorts at night and observe the local speed limit. Driving in Cairo is the usual Middle Eastern chaos but serious accidents are relatively few due to the generally slow pace of traffic and the fact that everyone is driving defensively. If you must drive in Cairo, forget any of the rules of the road you’d employ at home. Make full use of the horn before executing any manoeuvre to let other drivers know you’re there. Forget any concept of lane discipline and always expect the unexpected. In terms of risk of serious accidents the main roads outside Cairo represent a much greater risk due to the poor state of the roads, bad driving and higher speeds. Drive confidently but ultra defensively and remember the rules are very different here to at home.Driving in Sharm El Sheikh area is certainly easier but should be avoided at night.

Egypt Car Rental –
Sixt, Hertz, Europcar, Avis, Budget, have branches here. Also usually features on Car rental broker sites such as Argus Car Hire and Web discount sites such as or Expedia and most have branches in the main cities and in resorts such as Sharm El Sheikh.

This company rent cars in Cairo, Sharm and Taba

Another company in Cairo –

This is a local company in Hurghada

Egypt Self Driving Rules
There seems to be wide variation between companies on minimum rental age. Sixt seems lowest at 20. None of the big companies allow vehicles to be taken outside Egypt. in some areas outside of Cairo and main cities, tourists may be required to drive in a security convoy which leave several times a day. Your rental company should be able to advise of this.

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