Alexandria’s Borg el Arab International Airport (HBE) is located about 40 km southwest of Alexandria, in Borg el Arab. The airport serves Alexandria as well as the Nile Delta area. You can find the cheapest flights to Alexandria by using Skyscanner’s flight search feature. Simply enter the dates you want to fly and you will see the cheapest flights available. The airport has three runways and sees a variety of traffic.
Airlines and Destinations
As an international airport, Borg el Arab is served by several major airlines. Some of the airlines calling here include EgyptAir, Emirates, Kuwait Air, and Libyan Arab Airlines. You can find all airlines that fly to Alexandria Borg el Arab here. Popular destinations with flights to Borg el Arab include Amman- Queen Alia, Athens, Cairo, Jeddah, Kuwait City, and Riyadh.
Arriving at Alexandria Borg el Arab
Passengers arriving at Borg el Arab on an international flight will need to clear customs. Canadians should be prepared to present a passport that is valid for at least six months after your planned date of departure. Passengers must also be in possession of a tourist visa, which can be purchased at the airport upon arrival, but it is preferred if you have one from an Egyptian embassy or consulate before you arrive. Baggage can be picked up after you have cleared passport control.
The single terminal at Borg el Arab Airport has only minimal services. There is a food court made up of a few cafés and a duty-free shop, but not much else in the way of services. The seating area is small, and some passengers wait outdoors before being allowed through security. There is no wi-fi so be sure to download Skyscanner’s free mobile app before you go so you don’t miss out on the best travel deals.
Getting Away from Borg el Arab Airport
You can get from Borg el Arab Airport to Alexandria by taking a taxi. The airport is a considerable distance from the city and the drive there can take upwards of 45 minutes. You can also rent a car if you book it in advance as there are no actual rental counters at the airport. Driving in Egypt can be chaotic and busy and it is not recommended unless you already have experience driving in Egypt. An International Driving Permit is required to rent a car in Egypt.
Things to Do in Alexandria
Alexandria has been home to many ancient wonders and some modern ones. Visit the Bibliotheca Alexandrina, which is building a library and centre of learning to recapture the greatness of the former storied library of Alexandria. The Alexandria National Museum is beautiful, and displays the long history of this port city from antiquity to modern times. Alexandria is warm in the winter, and blazing hot in the summer. No matter the season, you can enjoy fish and seafood at many restaurants. You can find the cheapest time to fly to Alexandria Borg el Arab Airport by using the whole month search tool from Skyscanner. Once you know when you will be visiting, book your hotel to begin to explore this modern ancient city.