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Airport of departure: Sabiha Gökçen International Airport (SAW)
Airport of arrival: Borg El Arab International Airport (HBE)
Flight time from Istanbul to Alexandria: 2 hours

Located on the Mediterranean coast, Alexandria is one of the most populated cities in Egypt. Referred to as the Mediterranean's pearl, the city carries the same name as its founder Alexander the Great. With the must-see architecture and the diverse cuisine, Alexandria offers different experiences for everyone. If you want to visit the city, you can find cheap flights to Alexandria with Pegasus.

You can book direct flights to Alexandria from Istanbul Sabiha Gökçen Airport (SAW). After you select the tentative dates, search for cheap flights. Here, Pegasus provides you the calendar view option where you can see flight information and prices in the selected month. By using the calendar option, you can choose the price which suits your travels the most.

The second option to find flights to Alexandria is searching for connecting flights. For instance, you may start your travels in Egypt by first traveling to the capital city Cairo. You can book cheap flights to return between Istanbul and Cairo. You can travel to Alexandria between the dates of your flights.


Transport from Alexandria Borg El Arab Airport to the City Center

Alexandria Borg El Arab Airport (HBE) is almost a 50 minute ride from the city center. You can get to the city center from the airport by a taxi or a shuttle bus. No public transport is available at the airport. However, taxis operate 24/7.

Public Transport

There are several public transport options in Alexandria. One way to get around in the city is by trams. The tram network provides a comfortable commute as it connects the east and the west of the city. Meanwhile, you can also experience double-decker trams, which are currently quite rare in the world.

Other public transport options include buses and taxis. You can also prefer tuk-tuks for a different experience. Keep in mind that these vehicles are initiated to be replaced with minivan options.

Accommodation in Alexandria

Alexandria is amongst Egypt’s most visited cities. Finding accommodation in the city is as important as finding cheap flights. The city offers a wide range of accommodations to its visitors. If you’re visiting Alexandria, you can opt to stay at a luxurious hotel or a hostel.

You can view more options to plan your trip and book the most budget friendly accommodation through Pegasus Airlines.

What to Eat in Alexandria

When it comes to food, the city of Alexandria has a lot to offer. As it is a coastal city, you can find food options ranging from seafood to Middle Eastern cuisine. Also, having had different communities such as Jews, Egyptians, Italians, and Greeks, living in the city, the cuisine of Alexandria offers diverse tastes.

The city is especially famous for its breakfast. When you are there, you should try a healthy breakfast that includes fool made with fava beans and tahini. You can add shakshuka, baba ganoush, and hummus to your breakfast of choice.

In terms of the seafood, you can try the famous singari fish, that is fish made with tomatoes and various spices such as cilantro, chili and cumin. The Alexandrian cuisine offers halal food and vegan/vegetarian options as well.

Useful Information

Public emergency numbers are;


Police: 125

-Keep in mind that you need to notify the customs if you plan on entering Egypt with your assets valuing more than US $10.000. The same rule applies if you exit Egypt with more than US $5.000.

Places to See in Alexandria

Alexandria has been inhabited for a long time under different rulings, which legate Alexandria many cultural and historical treasures. Some of the must-see places even include a few of the seven wonders of the world and of the Middle East. Here are the few places that you need to see during your trip in Alexandria:

  • Pharaoh's Lighthouse: One of the seven wonders in the world, Pharaoh’s Lighthouse is the highest structure of its kind.
  • Catacombs of Kom el Shoqafa: An ancient historical site hosting the underground graveyards, Catacombs of Kom el Shouqqa is considered amongst the seven wonders of the Middle East.
  • Alexandria Corniche: Around 16 km long, Alexandria Corniche is a great choice to start your excursion of Alexandria, or walk on after having a meal.
  • Citadel of Qaitbey: While walking on the corniche, you can have a break at the Citadel that was used for the city’s defense purposes.
  • Montazah Palace: Influenced by Turkish and Florence style architecture, the Palace offers beautiful sightseeing for tourists.
  • Alexandrian Library: Another historical structure to stop by, especially for the bookworms who may want to transport to the ancient world while reading.
  • Pompey’s Pillar: An attractive sight for tourists, Pompey’s Pillar displays the Roman influence over Alexandria.


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