Sharm el-Sheikh – Getting there and around
Sharm el-Sheikh sits on a promontory on the southeast coast of the Sinai Peninsula, overlooking the Strait of Tiran and the Gulf of Aqaba. The resort is around 500km from Cairo.
Sharm el-Sheikh International Airport is Egypt's second busiest airport, receiving daily flights from Cairo as well as non-stop flights from major cities of Europe and the Middle East.
A luxury high-speed ferry runs four times a week between Sharm el-Sheikh and the Red Sea resort of Hurghada (1.5 hours).
From Australia: The most convenient route to Sharm el-Sheikh from Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane is on Emirates to Dubai and Kuwait with a connecting flight on Kuwait Airways to Sharm.
From New Zealand: The most convenient route to Sharm el-Sheikh from Auckland is via Sydney on Emirates then to Dubai and Kuwait with a connecting flight on Kuwait Airways to Sharm.
From the UK: EgyptAir offers direct flights daily from London Heathrow to Sharm el-Sheikh. Thomas Cook, Thomson, EasyJet and Monarch Airlines offer daily direct flights to Sharm from London Gatwick.
From the USA: EgyptAir offers direct flights daily from New York Kennedy via Cairo, while Continental Airlines offers connecting flights via London Heathrow, connecting on Egypt Air to Sharm. From Los Angeles, a choice of flights including Virgin Atlantic, United, American Airlines and British Airways offer connecting flights via London Heathrow connecting on Egypt Air to Sharm.
Flight time to Sharm el-Sheikh
From Ciaro to Sharm el-Sheikh is 1 hour, direct flight
From Brisbane to Sharm el-Sheikh is 22 hour 10 minutes, with connecting flight
From Sydney to Sharm el-Sheikh is 21 hours 45 minutes, with connecting flight
From Melbourne to Sharm el-Sheikh is 21 hours 30 minutes, with connecting flight
From Perth to Sharm el-Sheikh is 18 hours 25 minutes, with connecting flight
From Auckland to Sharm el-Sheikh is 26 hours 55 minutes, with connecting flight
From London to Sharm el-Sheikh is 5 hours 45 minutes, direct flight
From New York to Sharm el-Sheikh is 14 hours, with connecting flight
From Los Angeles to Sharm el-Sheikh is 20 hours, with connecting flight
(Includes layover time.)
Sharm el-Sheikh International Airport, also known as Ophira Airport, is located 10km north of Na’ama Bay and 18km from the centre of Sharm el-Sheik and just minutes away from all the major resorts. Hotels and resorts provide pre-arranged transport for guests. Taxis, minibuses and hire cars are also available.
All foreigner nationals must have a passport valid for three months beyond the intended period of their visit. A visa is required, which can be obtained on arrival, for a maximum stay of 30 days; fee USD15.
Taxis are plentiful and reasonably priced. If you plan to visit the nearby sights such as Ras Mohamed National Park or St Catherine's Monastry, it's probably best to hire a car; around USD30 per day.