Flights to Sharm El Sheikh

For a spectacular sun drenched holiday on the Red Sea, book flights to Sharm El Sheikh. It’s one of the most extraordinary diving destinations in the world and boasts beautiful bays, colourful canyons and traditional bazaars where you can shop ‘till you drop.

Airports in Sharm el-Sheikh

Sharm el-Sheikh International Airport is the third busiest airport in Egypt, and is where you'll fly into if you're heading to the Red Sea resort. The airport currently has two terminals, although a third is planned. Most British flights land in the old terminal, although British Airways and easyJet flights tend to land in the more modern Terminal 2.

Airlines that fly to Sharm el-Sheikh

British Airways, easyJet, Monarch Airlines, Thomas Cook Airlines and Thomson Airways all offer flights from the UK to Sharm el-Sheikh.

Getting into Sharm el-Sheikh

If you've booked a package holiday to Sharm el-Sheikh it's highly likely that your hotel will provide airport transfers. Private transfers can also be booked separately, if your accommodation doesn't. You can compare hotels in Sharm el-Sheikh to find the best deal, and see which ones offer airport transfers as part of the price.

There's a 24 hour taxi rank outside the airport. Make sure you agree on a price before getting in the cab, and that you have Egyptian money to pay the driver with. Private cars and taxis aren't able to access the centre of Na'ama Bay, so you may have a short walk from the taxi rank if your hotel is in this area.

If you decide to hire a car at Sharm el-Sheikh Airport you should choose a hotel with car parking. If they're within the restricted pedestrian only zone they will be able to tell you about safe parking spaces nearby.

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Things you should know

British passport holders don't need to get a visa if they're visiting Sharm el-Sheikh for 15 days or less. A free entry stamp will be added to your passport as you go through security. However, if you're planning a trip out of the resort (to visit the pyramids, for example) you will need to pick up a normal tourist visa. You can buy this on arrival at Sharm el-Sheikh International Airport. The kiosks in the arrivals hall charge $25* (about £16.20) for this: don't buy from an agent, as they tend to overcharge. Even if you're just popping over for a short break, you'll need to make sure your passport has 6 months validity on it from the date you enter the country.

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When to visit Sharm el-Sheikh

The weather is pleasant year-round, with winter temperatures rarely falling below 18°C. July and August are the most popular months to visit, however it can be a bit hot to handle with temperatures regularly soaring above 37°C. The shoulder months (April, November and December) are the best times to visit if you prefer milder temperatures. You can usually find some great bargains during these months too. Because Sharm el-Sheikh is a year-round destination it's prudent to book as early as possible to get the best prices.

What to see and do

Diving & Watersports: Sharm el-Sheikh is renowned for its excellent diving. Two reefs in particular, Tiran and Ras Mohammed, are known as some of the best dive spots Earth has to offer. You can also enjoy a wreck dive to the SS Thistlegorm, or head out on a day trip with a Dive Safari company.As well as amazing corals, there's plenty of life to be spotted during a snorkelling or scuba diving trip. Reef sharks, clown fish, angel fish and sea eels can all be seen in the depths of the stunning Red Sea.

Outdoor & Active: If land based adventure if more your thing, why not book onto an incredible desert safari? You can drive a quad bike or ride a camel across the desert while enjoying panoramic views across the nearby mountain ranges. Horse riding and go-karting are also popular, if you don't want to stray too far.

Dining & Dancing: Once you're tired from all the outdoor escapades, you can enjoy wining and dining in Sharm el-Sheikh's many restaurants and bars. Na'ama Bay is the place to go for evening entertainment. Watch the sun setting over the Red Sea before dancing into the small hours in one of the resort's many nightclubs. Na'ama Bay is home to a number of global brands. Restaurants include the Hard Rock Cafe and TGI Fridays while clubbing options include the Ministry of Sound and Pacha.

Where to stay

When you're choosing your hotel in Sharm el-Sheikh it's important to think about what you really want from your Egyptian adventure.

For party animals

The hotels in Na'ama Bay are ideal for those who want to dance until the small hours and be right in the heart of the action. The benefit of staying in Na'ama Bay is that you don't really need to get a taxi anywhere: all of Sharm el-Sheik's restaurants and clubs are within walking distance of most hotels. Some hotels even have their own dive centres, so outdoor excursions are made easier too.

For relaxation

Nabq Bay is the less crowded area of Sharm el-Sheikh. It doesn't have the buzzing nightlife of Na'ama Bay but there are a few clubs and international restaurants at Soho Square. There's a gently sloping beach, which is great for swimming (although you'll need to travel a little further afield for the dive sites) and two large shopping malls within striking distance. Hotels in Nabq Bay are usually less expensive due to the distance from Na'ama Bay, but if you're just looking for a chilled out holiday this is the perfect option.

For culture vultures

Sharm el-Maya is the 'original' Sharm el-Sheikh, where the first tourists settled and discovered the beauty of Egypt's Red Sea coast. Today it's a little quieter, as Na'ama Bay has taken over, but that's a bit of a bonus as hotel prices tend to be cheaper now. There's a huge sandy beach to lounge on, some great water based excursions to enjoy, and the traditional Old Market is within walking distance of the resort. There are also some good restaurants and bars.

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 Sharm el Sheikh Travel Guide

Once a sleepy fishing village of little over a hundred Bedouins, Sharm el Sheikh has developed into the Red Sea's hottest tourist destination: a fully-equipped resort boasting some of the world's best diving. Mountains, crystal clear waters, luxurious hotels, and miles of desert combine to make Sharm a wonderful year-round ... Sharm El Sheikh city guide

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