• Drive on the right-hand side.

  • The use of seat belts is mandatory in Egypt for all occupants of the vehicle.

  • Children under 7 years of age are not allowed to sit in the front seats.

  • The use of a mobile phone while driving is prohibited, with the exception of a hands-free system.

  • The drink driving Blood alcohol level allowed is 0.05.

  • Traffic lights in Cairo do not always work, if that’s the case there will be police officers at intersections signalling what cars have right of way.

  • Pedestrians have right of way.


The Standard legal limits, which may be varied by signs, for private vehicles without trailers when driving in Egypt are as follows:

  • 60 kph in built-up areas.

  • 90 kph on motorways.

  • 100 kph on the desert highway between Cairo and Alexandria.


  • Full UK Driving licence

  • International driver’s licence

  • Warning triangle in case of an accident.

  • A road map of the local area that you are planning to drive in.

  • A first-aid kit inside a car is required.


There are some toll roads in Egypt, the most relevant one being the Cairo-Alexandria road. There are also a handful of other toll roads in the country.

Parking in Egypt can be difficult particularly in big cities. There are plenty of people who can help you in exchange for a tip.

The emergency services number is 122 for police, 123 for medical attention. The Traffic Police can be reached on 128.

Motorway signs are similar to those in Europe and have a green background.

Egyptian drivers tend to use their car horns much more often than in other countries and may just be using them to greet each other.

Road accidents are quite common in Egypt, make sure you drive with extra caution and care particularly at night.


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