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Money & Currency Exchange

The pound (geneh) is Egypt's official currency. A pound comprises 100 piasters (Ersh).

Currency bills are in denominations of 100, 50, 20, 10, 5 and 1 pounds, and 5, 10, 25 and 50 piasters. Unlike the US dollar, Egyptian banknotes vary in size as relative to their value.
Coin denominations are 5, 10, 20 and 25 piasters. They are also of different sizes corresponding to their values.

Bills are sometimes dirty and in bad condition but acceptable by people; this is a serious problem that the government is trying to solve nowadays.

Exchanges can be done through banks and exchange shops. Many hotels have also banking offices as well, knowing that banks are open from Sunday to Thursday from 8:30 AM to 2:00 PM.

Credit cards are accepted in several places, especially the most famous cards: Diners Club, Visa, Master Card, and American Express.
You should keep an eye on your card in the payment procedure and check the card's balance regularly.

Some places can accept payments in foreign currency, particularily in tourism resorts.

Because of the current recession in the Egyptian economy, exchanges from Egyptian pounds to foreign currencies may not be always available.

Banknotes circulated in Egypt
(move the mouse over the image to see the back)
5 piasters 10 piasters
25 piasters (quarter) 50 piasters
1 pound 5 pounds
10 pounds 20 pounds
50 pounds 100 pounds

5 PT


10 PT


25 PT (quarter)

Currency conversion
Enter an amount in any cell to see its equivalent in other currencies.
Amouts are only relative to the Egyptian Pound. Rates are approximate and are updated every couple of days or so.

Egypt Pound  EGP
United States Dollar  USD
Europe Euro  EUR
Great Britain Pound  GBP
Canada Dollar  CAD
Israel New Shekel  ISL
 Switzerland Franc  CHF
Australia Dollar  AUD
Japan Yen  JPY
Russia Ruble  RUB
Saudi Arabia Riyal  SAR
put the pointer on the required flag to know the country's name

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