Egyptian Currency

Find out what currency is used in Egypt, tips and tricks for Egyptian currency exchange, and how you can save money on your visit with the Wise Egyptian pound card.
Egyptian currency

What is the currency in Egypt?

The currency in Egypt is the Egyptian pound. Each pound is divided into 100 piastre.

When you’re buying currency for Egypt, look out for the currency code EGP. And once you’re in Egypt, you’ll see the symbol £ used to show prices.

You’ll find Egyptian banknotes in denominations of 1, 5, 10, 20, 50, 100 and 200 pounds and 5, 10, 25 and 40 piastre.

Egyptian coins come in 1 pound and 1, 5, 10, 20, 25 and 40 piastre.

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Use the Wise Egyptian pound card to spend in Egyptian currency.

The Wise Egyptian pound travel money card lets you top up in your local currency, and switch to pound to spend when you’re in Egypt. You’ll get the best rate for spending in Egyptian pound - and can also hold and spend 40+ other currencies with the same card.

Get your Wise travel money card online for free, to send and spend money around the world at the real exchange rate.

Simply top up your card and convert to the currency you need in real time using the Wise app.

You’ll always get the real exchange rate with no hidden costs, and you’ll avoid foreign transaction fees while withdrawing from ATMs abroad, paying in restaurants and shops, and buying your accommodation and flights.

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Egyptian currency card

Tips for exchanging currency in Egypt.

Familiarise yourself with the mid-market rate before your trip.
The mid-market rate is the true exchange rate - with no sneaky hidden fees. Use an online currency converter before your trip to get a feel for what your money is worth and make sure you get a fair rate when you buy your travel money.
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Choose to be charged in Egypt currency when withdrawing from ATMs.
Being offered to pay in your own currency at an ATM is a sneaky trick and causes many travellers to pay more than they need to. Always choose to pay in the local currency - in this case, pound - to cut your costs and get the best rates available.
Avoid changing currency at airports or hotels.
Currency exchange desks at airports and hotels often markup the exchange rates they use, and may charge hidden fees. Avoid this expensive option whenever you can.
Use the Wise debit card to spend in Egypt without rip-off fees.
Withdraw money, pay for meals in restaurants or spend in shops in Egyptian pound, all at the real exchange rate with the Wise debit card.
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Spending money in Egypt.

Paying by credit or debit card in Egypt

In cities and popular tourist destinations you'll be able to use your credit or debit card for all but the smallest purchases.

However, carry cash if you're headed somewhere more rural or prefer to shop at local markets.

ATMs in Egypt

Withdrawing cash in big cities like Cairo or Alexandria shouldn't pose a problem. However, ATMs are less common once you leave the cities and tourist areas, so make sure you carry enough cash when you're touring.

To get the best deal when spending on card or withdrawing money in Egypt, don’t forget to use the Wise travel money card to avoid sneaky exchange rate markups and excessive fees.

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Egyptian currency services.

Convert GBP to Egyptian pound

Use our currency converter to see how much your money is worth in Egyptian pound and familiarise yourself with the mid-market rate before your trip.

Send money to Egypt

Need to send GBP to Egypt? Use Wise for fast, low-cost, and secure online money transfers from the United Kingdom to Egypt.

See the best Egyptian pound exchange rates

Compare live Egyptian pound exchange rates and see how much you could save with Wise.

Egyptian currency FAQs.

Get your Wise debit card and save on your trip to Egypt

Spend smart, save money. Avoid sneaky bank fees when travelling, with Wise.

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