Marsa Alam, Egypt

With its untouched coral reefs, golden yellow sandy beaches, little tourism and surrounding desert, Marsa Alam is an undiscovered gem!

The fishing town of Marsa Alam is the place to be for those looking for a relaxing holiday, where you can laze away the day on golden beaches lining the Red Sea. Do you love to dive or snorkel? Look no further than Marsa Alam! Since there is still very little tourism here, you’ll find lots of untouched coral reefs. The Shab Samadai Reef is located just off the coast of Marsa Alam, where you have a good chance of spotting dolphins!

Fly to the gateway town of Marsa Alam

Marsa Alam is surrounded by desert, making it perfect for a trip by camel or quad across the sands. But there is so much more to see and do in this fishing town. Swim through spectacular gorges, meet Bedouins (inhabitants of the desert), and discover genuine untouched oases. The famous city of Luxor, with its historic monuments, is only a few hours away and perfect for a day trip if on holiday in Marsa Alam for a longer period. Book an affordable ticket to Marsa Alam today!

Practical information

Transport to/from the airport

Marsa Alam Airport is located about 67 km from the city centre. The only form of transport to/from the airport is by taxi.
  • Taxi

    The taxi ranks are outside, in front of the arrival hall. The taxis do not have meters so agree on a fixed price beforehand. It is about a 45-minute drive to the city centre.

Transport in the city/region

Travel anywhere within Marsa Alam:
  • Bus

    The main roads in Marsa Alam are in good condition and allow you to travel long distances in a short space of time. It is also very cheap to travel by bus. 
  • Taxi

    You can hail a taxi anywhere on the street in Marsa Alam. However, travelling by taxi is much more expensive than travelling by bus. You can also take a minibus (service taxi). It is cheaper than a taxi and takes you wherever you want to go.

Important information

  • You need a visa to enter Egypt.
  • If you have been in a country with yellow fever seven days before your arrival in Marsa Alam, you are required to be vaccinated against yellow fever. 
  • It is recommended to be vaccinated for Hepatitis A and DTP. This is not obligatory.
  • It is not advisable to drink the tap water in Marsa Alam. Should you wish to drink water, it is best to buy bottled mineral water at one of the supermarkets.


You need a valid passport. Your passport needs to be valid for at least 6 months upon your return.

Time zone

GMT +2 (summer time +3) 
In winter, it is 1 hour later in Marsa Alam than it is in the Netherlands. 


The currency used in Marsa Alam is the Egyptian Pound (EGP).

Duration of flight

The flight to Marsa Alam lasts approximately 5 hours. The outbound and inbound flights may be shorter if the wind direction is favourable.

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