The currency of Egypt is also called the pound! But it’s not the British pound, it’s the Egyptian Pound. While our currencies have similar names, there are many Egyptian Pounds to our pound (depending on the exchange rate of course).
The currency in Egypt is fairly straightforward. One Egyptian Pound is made up of 100 Piastres or 1000 millimes. However, because only 25 or 50 piastre notes and coins are available, you don’t need to worry about lots of complicated tiny coins. Egypt also has more notes than coins, which are amazing to look at as the notes are filled with images of Ancient Egypt.
Simple shortenings to make life easier
The Egyptian pound is usually abbreviated to LE or L.E. This is actually thanks to Egypt’s historical use of French in education many years ago and stands for Livre Égyptienne. The Piastre, a smaller denomination of the pound, is shortened to pt.
Denominations of Egypt’s currency
Egypt’s notes come in the following denominations 25pt, 50pt, £1, £5, £10, £20, £50, £100, £200
It’s useful to have a range of notes when on holiday, especially in the smaller amounts. Many street vendors and smaller shops might struggle to change larger notes. After all, you wouldn’t take a £50 note into a newsagents back home!
Egypt only has three coins, which makes life quite easy for the first-time tourist to the country. Egyptian money in coin form comes in, 25pt, 50pt, £1. The £1 looks a lot like the British one pound but on the back you’ll probably spot a pharaoh!
All Egyptian money is in English too
Although Egypt’s official language is Arabic, both coins and bank notes are bilingual and have the value written in Arabic and English. This means that you don’t need to worry about not knowing which note or coin is which, you can simply read it or look at the number.
Easy ways to get your Egyptian pounds
Egypt has plenty of ATMs in resort towns and cities. There are also currency exchanges in large towns and even big hotels. In larger tourist areas you may well be able to pay in Euros, British Pounds or US Dollars but you’ll almost certainly pay a little more than you would in the local currency.