Solo Female Travel in Egypt

Egypt, nestled in the northeastern corner of Africa, is a land steeped in ancient history, grand architecture, and unimaginable treasures. Renowned as the home of the Great Sphinx and the Pyramids of Giza - the only of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World still in existence, Egypt's awe-inspiring past continues to captivate travelers from around the globe. Furthermore, this swath of desert along the fertile Nile River Delta and the astonishing Red Sea Coastline, boasts a rich culture, bustling bazaars brimming with unique artifacts, intriguing cities, and an illustrious culinary scene. The mesmerizing treasures beneath its brilliant waters and the mystical allure of the expansive Sahara appeal to the adventuristic spirit, making Egypt a remarkable and enduring travel destination.

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Is Egypt good for solo travel?

Safety:

Safety:Safe

Egypt is a remarkable country to explore, but as a solo female traveler, it requires a good amount of caution. The country's society is highly patriarchal, and women often face daily harassment, especially in crowded areas. However, the level of safety can significantly improve if you respect the local norms and dress conservatively. Despite the difficulties, many women travel to Egypt alone and have a brilliant time by exercising a high level of awareness and sticking to tourist-friendly areas. Remember, it's important to hire a trusted local guide or join group tours if you plan on visiting remote areas.
Transport:

Transport:Moderate

While getting around Egypt as a solo female traveler can be moderately challenging, it is not impossible. Major cities like Cairo and Alexandria use a mix of public buses, taxis, and trams which can be navigated with relative ease with some basic Arabic knowledge or a reliable translation app. Smaller towns or more remote locations may present more difficulty due to lack of public transport. However, most renowned tourist spots are well-served by taxi services. You may find dealing with local transport and unexpected language barriers a bit daunting at times. Always remember to prioritise your safety, negotiate fares before you set off on taxis, and familiarise yourself with the local customs and dress modestly to avoid unwanted attention.
Things to do:

Things to do:Interesting

Egypt has a lot to offer in terms of activities and things to do. Exploring the rich historical sites such as the pyramids of Giza, Sphinx, Luxor, and the Temple of Karnak can be quite an experience. You can take a tranquil boat ride down the Nile River and delve into the magnificent underwater life through snorkeling and diving in the Red Sea. For adventurous souls, camel or horse riding in the Sinai desert is available. The exotic bazaars in Cairo are wonderful places to shop and soak in local culture. However, be aware of the safety concerns, especially for solo female travelers.
Food:

Food:Above average

The food in Egypt is flavorful and distinct, reflecting the country's rich history and cultural influences. You will find a good variety of dishes made from fresh, locally-sourced ingredients. There are popular staples like ful medames and koshari, while vegetarians will also enjoy dishes such as mahshi. However, spicy food lovers might find Egyptian cuisine slightly tame, as the food usually leans more towards being hearty rather than hot. If you're adventurous, you can also try regional and traditional delicacies. In terms of street food, it’s a culinary delight. Just be cautious of your choices to avoid any potential stomach upsets.
Budget:

Budget:Affordable

Egypt is fairly budget-friendly as a destination for solo female travelers. The cost of accomodations, public transportation, and food are quite affordable. Additionally, entrance fees to many historical sites and museums are reasonable. However, keep in mind that haggling is common, especially in local markets. Monitoring your spending and planning ahead can make your travel experience even more cost-effective.

Is Egypt worth visiting?

Overall rating

4.3 /5

based on 53 experiences

Things to do

4.7/5

Safety

3.9/5

Food

4.6/5

Budget-friendly

4.2/5

Family travel experience

Historical places are very nice and you can specifically appreciate the perfect location of Nicholas Tony River. If you also visit the villages of Egypt, you will experience the natural lifestyle and enjoy very healthy food. Moreover, a trip to Alexandria will allow you to visit comfortable beaches and taste delightful cuisine. You are also suggested to visit many historic sites in the South and the beaches in the North. The prices offered at these places are excellent.

Posted: May 21, 2024
Things to do: 5/5Food: 5/5Budget-friendly: 5/5Safety: 5/5
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Solo travel experience

Traveling Egypt is amazing I mean the ancient Egyptian culture , the pyramids (not just one there are more than 100of them )the tombs of pharaohs…. But it can also be bit hard cause of some people might take your energy away. One dollar one dollar. Sometimes you might just want to chill without them coming to you that much. Well in general I’ll say it’s good enough :) it’s worth a visit

Posted: May 13, 2024Experienced: May, 2024
Things to do: 5/5Food: 3/5Budget-friendly: 5/5Safety: 4/5
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Group travel experience

I traveled in a group to Hurghada, Egypt during December 2023. We stayed in an all-inclusive hotel. It wasn’t the best accomodation, nor was it the best food, but, since most of the day was usually spent on the beach or doing some kind of activity, it didn’t bother me. I didn’t feel fully comfortable on the streets, I was catcalled pretty often, men would come up asking some questions. It never got physical and I was never seriously threatened, but nevertheless, the experience was a bit uncomfortable.

Posted: April 23, 2024
Things to do: 4/5Food: 2/5Budget-friendly: 4/5Safety: 2/5
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Solo travel experience

I had a wonderful time in Egypt. It was actually the first country I travelled to alone and I never felt unsafe there. Of course, there were some looks, and even marriage proposals, but that didn't spoil my experience at all.

Posted: February 8, 2024
Things to do: 5/5Food: 5/5Budget-friendly: 5/5Safety: 4/5
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Couple travel experience

I went with a male friend. Very cheap, looooots of amazing things to do and see. Came back with my social battery at 0% - I was never in real danger but when I was alone I couldnt walk for a minute without men approaching me to get me to buy something or catcalling me, commenting on my appearance, trying to speak to me. I was fully covered except my head but Im visibly a foreigner. When with my friend we were approached less frequently, mostly to buy stuff, the catcalling didnt happen with him around. He told me when he went out alone without me no one even spoke to him at all. My advice is go with a man or with a group tour, its just not fun to have to be alert and alone 100% of the time even if no one will harm you. Scammers are everywhere but easy to avoid - dont let people take pictures of you, dont listen to their advice - you have internet, dont follow them, ask the price before taking/ordering anything. Its a beautiful country, just exercise caution. Use GoBus for going from city to city, in Cairo best to stay close to Tahrir Square.

Posted: January 17, 2024
Things to do: 5/5Food: 4/5Budget-friendly: 5/5Safety: 3/5
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Solo travel experience

Egypt is a beautiful country with amazing people. Before leaving, I saw many films claiming that Egypt is not safe for a solo traveling woman. However, I didn't encounter any problems during the entire trip. I hired a guide with a car, which made my journey comfortable. And the places I visited are breathtaking.

Posted: December 28, 2023
Things to do: 5/5Food: 5/5Budget-friendly: 5/5Safety: 5/5
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Egypt has such an amazing history and culture. I really enjoyed visiting places like the Valley of the Kings, the Sphinx, and the Pyramid of Cheops. Unfortunately, I experienced many inappropriate comments and generally felt unsafe.

Posted: December 25, 2023
Things to do: 5/5Food: 5/5Budget-friendly: 5/5Safety: 3/5
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Solo travel experience

Fun and historical experience. Beautiful people and so welcoming. Transport and safety all good. One stop center malls and the water around the city is breathtaking. The pyramids!Thank you Egypt! Till next time.

Posted: December 11, 2023
Things to do: 5/5Food: 5/5Budget-friendly: 5/5Safety: 5/5
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Solo travel experience

I loved Egypt so much and I would like to go back there and discover more. The best moment was staying in a Nubian village in Aswan, followed by a four-day Nile cruise from Aswan to Luxor. The trip had many stops at temples, my favorites being the Philae temple, Abu Simbel, and Kom Ombo. I also did a hot air balloon flight. I stayed in an all-inclusive resort and felt safe.

Posted: November 5, 2023
Things to do: 5/5Food: 5/5Budget-friendly: 5/5Safety: 5/5
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I was there alone and had booked a guide. It was fine, but I certainly would not recommend traveling alone. If you do decide on such a trip, make sure to dress conservatively, otherwise you risk being stared at/harassed. Don't smile and don't look men directly in the eyes, as they may take it the wrong way. I usually walked quickly and smiled, but not at anyone specific. The pyramid experience was really amazing (I did not mind going inside), and Luxor (the temple complex in Karnak) was simply breathtaking. An exceptionally memorable trip.

Posted: September 23, 2023
Things to do: 5/5Food: 5/5Budget-friendly: 5/5Safety: 5/5
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Is Egypt safe for women?

Rahma

Rahma

As I am Egyptian. Egypt is one of the safest country in my opinion. You can walk in the street anytime if the day even alone. The people in Egypt is so friendly and helpful if you having a problem or need something, they are immediately helping you. But you should be careful in very crowded places in order to not get stolen.

Posted: April 3, 2024
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Amani

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Hi, I'm From Egypt. I'm living a life ruled by respect, kindness, and love. Hard worker however I have my own social life and activities. like trying new things, like adventures that help me feel alive. I believe in humanity.

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Feda

Feda

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Im 22 from egypt living in cairo, a city that is sometimes hard to love but i love nonetheless, i love history, the hidden and obvious, different cultures and mindsets and my life is enriched by meeting new people

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Local tips

I lived in Egypt for almost 7 years and I can say that Egypt is a very safe country. Yes, men will stare, whistle, gawk and want to take pictures - just like women and children. Egyptians love to talk, socialize and take photos. Yes, men might ask for your hand, but you will say no. Throughout the entire time I lived there, I never felt uncomfortable. I learned to ignore certain things, be assertive when saying "no", and carry on with my affairs, which is a way of coping in Egypt. It is not a Western country and one has to behave accordingly there. And one must be careful about where one goes and what one wears.

Posted: September 26, 2023
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Mayada

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Kawther

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Laura

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