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Arriving at Sharm el Sheikh

Flights to Sharm el-Sheikh arrive into the city's international airport, which is the largest in the Sinai Peninsula and the second busiest airport in Egypt after Cairo International Airport. This airport mostly caters to international air carriers and chartered flights. The only domestic Sharm el-Sheikh flights are via EgyptAir. It has three terminals.

The highest influx of tourists to Sharm el-Sheikh is during the winter season. The airport is replete with shops and cafes. From the airport, you can reach the city via mini buses and taxi cabs. Regular taxis in Sharm do not always use the metre, and special tourist taxis with English-speaking drivers cost more.

Getting Around

Sharm's tourist economy is can be a trap to unwary travelers. When taking a taxi, always insist to use the metre. Though it is the law, there are still taxi operators who do not abide.

In addition to getting low airfare to Sharm el-Sheikh, you can save on bus fare by taking the tuk-tuk, a small bus that goes around the major districts. The Sharm el-Sheikh bus station also provides long-distance routes to and from Cairo. You can also drive around Sharm in private transportation.

For diving trips, charted boats are available through hotel reservations. Ferries are also available to take you to nearby fishing villages and beach resorts.

Main attractions

Sharm el-Sheikh is a well-known diving destination. There are coral reefs and wreck sites teeming with rich marine life. Water sports like parasailing are also popular among tourists. The coast of the Red Sea is lined with plush beach resorts.

A vacation to Sharm el-Sheikh isn't complete without visiting the Sinai desert to view the Bedouins and the canyons. You can explore the dunes riding a quad bike or on top of a camel. The Biblical Mount Sinai is a popular destination for tourists in this region.

After basking in the sun, go to a spa for pampering and therapeutic treatment. The desert sand is said to cure rheumatism and skin diseases.

Shopping, Dining and Nightlife

As with other tourist cities, souvenir shops are abundant in Sharm el-Sheikh from the hotel boutiques to the sidewalk peddlers. There is something for everyone.

Seafood is abundant in Sharm. There are numerous fine restaurants and cafes all around the city. Fine dining at hotels is also superb. To avoid scammers, always ask for the menu before ordering something.

Bars and night entertainment are concentrated in Na'an Bay. The city's specialty drink is fresh guava juice and it is served in all restaurants. Due to high alcoholic beverage tax, be prepared to shell out an expensive sum for a bottle of wine or beer.

After you experience the amazing historic sites, diverse cuisine, and unique culture of this city, you'll be glad you purchased cheap flights to Sharm el-Sheikh.

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  • Ophira Airport (Sharm El Sheikh, Egypt)
    • Right now, 21 airlines operate out of Ophira Airport.
    • Ophira Airport offers nonstop flights to 28 cities.
    • Every week, at least 147 domestic flights and 126 international flights depart from Ophira Airport.

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