The Egyptian pound is divided into 100 piastres. There are notes for 25 and 50 piastres and 1, 5, 10, 20, 50 and 100 pounds as well as coins for 10 and 25 piastres. Credit cards are widely accepted at banks, hotels and upmarket restaurants, but check first. Many five-star hotels and banks in tourist resorts have automatic cash dispensing machines.
The local abbreviation for the currency is LE which stands for ‘livre égyptienne’ (French for ‘Egyptian pound’). Please note that if you have booked a trail, you will be travelling in some remote places and will not have regular access to cash machines or chances to pay by card. It is better to have a small amount of cash with you to make purchases of souvenirs, alcohol or anything else you might need, or to leave tips.
Although there is no obligation, tipping in Egypt is very much a way of life. Tips can be made in Sterling, Euros, US dollars and Egyptian pounds (LE). The following is to be used as a guide only: