Egypt is a country that can be explored on a really low budget, but there is one thing that can top up and somewhat blow your wallet up in the air. And that is your visits to the various archaeological sites…
In a country so full of history, the sites that you will (and should) visit are numerous. Different prices have been implemented for Egyptians and non-Egyptians, with the latter being obviously way much higher.
What came as a surprise to me, though, was hearing that the entrance fees have been constantly raising at least twice per year! Which explained the reason why the prices I had found on the internet before my trip were already backdated.
In order to not underestimate the cost of your time-travel back to Egyptian history, here you are with the most up-to-date entrance fees as of March 2019.
Biblioteca Alexandrina – 70 EGP
Antiquities Museum – 50 EGP
Manuscripts Museum – 30 EGP
Kavafis Museum – 30 EGP
Kavafis Museum Photo Pass – 25 EGP
Kom El-Dekka (Roman Amphitheater) – 80 EGP
Pompey’s Pillar and Temple Of Serapeum – 80 EGP
Catacombs Of Kom-ash Suqqafa – 80 EGP
Egyptian Museum (Adult) – 160 EGP
Egyptian Museum (Student) – 80 EGP
Egyptian Museum Photo Pass – 50 EGP
Egyptian Museum Video Pass – 300 EGP
The Royal Mummies Hall (Adult) – 180 EGP
The Royal Mummies Hall (Student) – 90 EGP
Inclusive [ Museum + Mummies ] (Adult) – 300 EGP
Inclusive [ Museum + Mummies ] (Student) – 150 EGP
Citadel of Saladin (Old Cairo) – 140 EGP
Mosque-Madrassa of Sultan Hassan – 80 EGP
Coptic Cairo (Church of St. George, Hanging Church, St. Sergius and Bacchus Church, Cave Church, Synagogue of Ben Ezra) – ALL FOR FREE
Giza Pyramids – 160 EGP
Great Pyramid (Pyramid of Khufu) – 360 EGP
Khafre’s Pyramid – 50 EGP
Menkaure’s Pyramid – 50 EGP
Camel Ride (1 Hour) – 350 EGP
Abu Simbel* – 200 EGP
Abu Simbel Photo/Video Pass – 300 EGP
The Unfinished Obelisk** – 80 EGP
Aswan Dam** – 75 EGP
Philae Temple** – 140 EGP
Philae Temple Motor Boat (return ride) – 150 EGP
*For going to Abu Simbel, you will need to book a group tour from Aswan (departing at around 4 a.m. in the morning). I paid 10 USD for a transportation-only service. Entrance fees and private guide are to be paid separately while on-site.
**Visits to the sites of Unfinished Obelisk, Aswan Dam and Philae Temple can be booked as a group or private half-day tour. The Unfinished Obelisk is just a short walk away from Aswan city center and can be done without the need of a tour. However, it is usually included in the package, and you will not be charged less if you want to exclude it!
Entrance fees for all sites, as well as the motor boat that will take you to Philae Temple are usually on top of the cost of the tour, so you had better clarify this beforehand. You can hire a private driver for such a tour for about 15 USD and split the cost among you (i.e. the more you are, the better).
KOM OMBO & EDFU
Kom Ombo Temple & Crocodile Museum – 100 EGP
Edfu Temple – 140 EGP
The visits to Kom Ombo and Edfu Temples are usually part of the Nile Cruise package, but for those that want to visit them on their own, this is also possible. You will just need to use local means of transport (i.e. train, microbuses, tuk tuk).
I did such a visit as a day trip from Aswan and was probably one of the highlights of my trip mainly because I had the chance to travel the local way. People are friendly and welcoming and there is NO safety issue AT ALL!
Temple of Hatshepsut – 100 EGP
Medinet Habu Temple – 80 EGP
Karnak Temple – 150 EGP
Luxor Temple – 140 EGP
The Valley of the Kings (3 tombs)* – 200 EGP
The Valley of the Kings Photo Pass – 300 EGP
Sety l Tomb (extra ticket) – 1,000 EGP
Tut Ankh Amun (extra ticket) – 250 EGP
Ramses V – Vl (extra ticket) – 100 EGP
Nefertari Tomb** – 1.000 EGP
Nefertari Tomb (Photo Pass from Cairo)** – 3.000 EGP
* My personal recommendation for the tombs you should choose to visit while in the Valley of the Kings are: Ramses III, Ramses IV, Ramses IX. Each entrance ticket grands you access to 3 tombs of your preference. If you wish to enter more than 3, just get extra entrance tickets.
** I did not visit the Nefertari Tomb, therefore I cannot confirm the current fees.