Car Hire from Hurghada Airport
Hurghada sits on Egypt’s Red Sea coast. It’s a popular tourist resort and, when you hire a car from Hurghada Airport, there are lots of other exciting destinations close by. Ancient ruins, beautiful beaches and vibrant towns are all waiting to be discovered.
Where to hire a car at Hurghada Airport
Hurghada Airport is home to a Hertz car rental desk, located in the main terminal building. Booking in advance is possible with Hertz. However, if you want book car hire upon your arrival, you can also choose from a number of local car rental companies.
Petrol Stations near Hurghada Airport
Depending on your car hire agreement you may be required to refuel your car before returning it. The closest petrol station to Hurghada Airport is located 20 minutes’ drive away. It’s on the El-Nasr road northbound which can be accessed by turning left out of the airport limits.
Driving around Hurghada Airport
From Hurghada Airport, the El-Nasr road provides a route into Hurghada. It also provides connections to the Hurghada – Al Ismaileya road, which travels north along the coast towards Ras Ghareb, and to the Al Kosair – Safaga road which travels south towards Safaga and Quseer.
To drive in Egypt, UK drivers need to have an International Driving Permit. You can apply to the RAC, AA or at a post office and will need to leave enough time to receive your permit before you leave the UK. It costs just £5.50 and your permit will be valid for a year after the date of issue.
Driving in Egypt is a very different experience to driving in the UK. You’ll need to drive defensively and keep a close eye out for hazards. Road conditions are variable and other road users tend to flout the rules, making for chaotic journeys requiring a lot of caution. Try to keep your cool and avoid travelling out of cities or resorts at night.
Getting to your destination
Hurghada Airport offers easy car access to a variety of locations, including the following.
Hurghada is a popular tourist resort with a great selection of beaches, accommodation options and beachside activities. Visitors can enjoy the experience of scuba diving and explore the incredible marine life of the Red Sea. Other water sports, including parasailing and jet skiing, are available too and visitors can also organise desert adventures which depart regularly from the resort.
It takes just 20 minutes to reach Hurghada town from Hurghada Airport. The El-Nasr road provides the most direct route into the resort. The majority of hotels and tourist attractions have their own car parks. Traffic in Hurghada, like in the rest of Egypt, can be chaotic so it’s best to park up as soon as you can and explore on foot.
Safaga used to be a small port town. These days it’s one of Egypt’s most popular tourist destinations offering sun, sea, sand and a range of activities. Kite and wind surfing are popular along this breezy stretch of coastline and there are also diving and snorkelling trips to enjoy too. Local spas make the most of the Red Sea’s alleged healing properties and there’s a great selection of restaurants to choose from in the evenings.
Safaga is around an hour’s drive from Hurghada Airport. Drivers should take the El-Nasr road and then then the Al Kosair – Safaga road. Roads around the town are in a good condition but you’ll still need to exercise caution on the roads.
Mons Claudianus Quarry
Within easy reach of Hurghada, the Mons Claudianus Quarry was once a Roman quarry where prisoners of the empire were made to mine for quartz and granite. Visitors can see the ruins of a temple built by Emperor Hadrian and the remains of a Roman camp and walls.
The Mons Claudianus Quarry is 90 minutes’ drive from Hurghada Airport, taking the road to Safaga and then turning off onto the Qena – Safaga road. Parking is available at the entrance to the ruins.