Hurghada Airport is usually the final stop for Hurghada flights, but some visitors may connect with flights to Hurghada by way of Cairo. It is located a few miles from the city center. This airport is utilitarian and offers very few services. It doesn’t have information desks or a business center, but there are a few shops and concessions. It has rental car agencies as well, and there are taxi stands and minibus stops for transport out of the airport. Since tourism has increased in Egypt you can find some cheap flights to Hurghada through travel agencies.
If you purchased airfare to Hurghada you can use a taxi or bus to go downtown. The tourist taxis at the airport charge inflated fares, so look for regular taxis when you arrive. It may be more advantageous to hire a rental car since gas is fairly cheap in Egypt. If you choose to rent, be sure to get the maximum coverage when you buy insurance and have a map handy. There is little public transportation to get around Hurghada besides taxis and jalla jalla's, which are small vans with regular routes. Taxi drivers are notorious for price gouging the tourists, so you may want to give the jalla jalla system a try.
Most people visit Hurghada because it is on the coast of the Red Sea. The weather and beaches are perfect; so many tourists are interested in activities like scuba diving and snorkeling. The underwater view of the coral reef and brilliant tropical fish are unbelievable. The resorts offer speedboating tours as well as skydiving, and fishing excursions. The Sahara Desert is also a huge draw, and many visitors enjoy camel or ATV rides through this ancient arid land. No other place can offer guests visits to the Bedoin tribes for afternoon tea. It is easy to arrange trips to Cairo and Luxor while you are in Hurghada.
You can find plenty of souvenir shops and stands in the downtown area of el Dahar, where prices are more reasonable. There are also many places to shop on the beaches and around the resorts. Wherever you decide to shop, remember to haggle for prices as this is customary in Egypt. The resort areas have a large variety of both Western and local restaurants. There are more up-scale eateries along Hurghada Marina Boulevard where you can enjoy just about any cuisine while viewing the gorgeous Red Sea. There are some enjoyable night spots on the resorts and along the beach where you can enjoy both music and cold beverages.