Currency & Foreign Exchange
The Egyptian currency is the Egyptian Pound, abbreviated as LE = livre Egyptienne in French, or EP = Egyptian pound in English, and the Egyptians called it „Gee-neh“.
1 LE = 100 Piaster.
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Current exchange rate:
1 USD = 18.0500 EGP
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The bank notes in Egypt have different monetary values such as the following: 200 LE, 100 LE, 50 LE, 20 LE, 10 LE, 5 LE, 1 LE, 50 Piaster (caution: don’t confuse it with the 50 LE, it looks alike!) and 25 Piaster. Coins are still in the circulation, but they are very rare. Since August 2006, the Egyptian government brought coins in the value of 1 LE and 50 Piaster in circulation. The 1 LE coin resembles the 1 euro coin, therefore, please do not confuse them.
Photos: The Egyptian bank notes
You will find ATMs all over in Egypt, particularly in large touristy areas. Many European currencies can be exchanged in banks and exchange offices. In many shops and stores you can pay with Euros, US Dollars or the British Pound. Credit cards are less accepted, however, mostly Visa or Master Card (American Express might often be rejected).