Marsa Alam is an underwater paradise
Approximate flight time: 5 hour 35 minutes (total distance 2647 miles)
Number of flights per week: 1
Airlines that fly direct: TUI
Airports in Aberdeen: Marsa Alam Airport
Seasons: High: October - May: Low: June - September
Currency: Egyptian pound (LE)
Departing from Birmingham Airport
Fly to Marsa Alam from Birmingham Airport for a seamless and enjoyable experience.
We’ve got some great shops, so whether you’ve forgotten a holiday essential or fancy treating yourself to something new, you can find it in the terminal. With great deals at World Duty Free and Rituals, as well as fashion stores like Kurt Geiger, and Boots for essentials, we’ve got everything you could need before you fly.
If you need any currency, head to our Travelex stores conveniently located in the Arrivals area of the terminal building and Departures Lounge. If you prefer, you can pre-order your currency and get next day collection if you order before 3pm at Birmingham Airport.
All organised? Grab a magazine and a bag of sweets for the plane from WHSmith and relax in one of our spacious seating areas. Why not really indulge and book into one of our five airport lounges, which offer complimentary food and drinks and unlimited WiFi before you fly.
If you want to eat before you board, choose from our great range of cafés, bars and restaurants. Head to Giraffe for a varied menu and great if you’re travelling with kids, or Burger King will keep everyone happy. There are plenty of coffee shops like Costa and grab-and-go options like Pret a Manger.
Located in the Midlands and boasting great transport links, Birmingham Airport is easy to get to from all over the UK. If you want to travel by public transport, you will find bus and coach services running directly to the airport. Trains will take you to Birmingham International train station, which is connected to the terminal by a free and frequent Air-Rail link that takes just minutes.
Those driving to the airport will find a choice of seven car parks, which are all easily accessible from the terminal by foot or via the courtesy shuttle bus. Book a parking space online in advance and save up to 70%.
For more information on the other services available, see our guide to terminal facilities.
Arriving at Marsa Alam Airport
Marsa Alam International Airport is an international airport located 60 km north of Marsa Alam, so it’s best to organise your onward travel before you arrive.
There are several airport transfer options, including a shuttle-bus, private car and even a limousine option. All of these offer a door-to-door service and suit different budgets.
Pre-book your transfer with HolidayTaxis and avoid the queues when you arrive.
What to expect in Marsa Alam
Marsa Alam is a resort town on the Red Sea in Egypt, located about 790km south of Cairo and 300km south of Hurghada. In-the-know divers have been heading to Marsa Alam for years, attracted by seas that offer up some of Egypt’s best diving just off the rugged coastline. The town is unspoilt by tourism and remains sleepy and nondescript. The coastline, however, is home to a plethora of resorts and restaurants.
Egyptians speak their own dialect of Arabic, and if you can master some basic phrases, you will be extra welcome. But most people in places where tourists are seen do speak English.
The weather is sunny and dry all year round, although there is a lot of wind, especially from November to February. Air temperature varies depending on the season; you can expect 25°C on average from October to March, while the summer months feel much hotter, with an average temperature of 35°C.
Culture in Marsa Alam
Marsa Alam may be renowned for its sandy beaches and coral reefs but the city has much more for its visitors to explore. The small historic town of El Quseir (population approx. 40,000) makes for a great half or full day excursion. El Quseir is the Red Sea's oldest port and dates back to Pharaonic times. If you’re looking for history, to the south of Marsa Alam you'll find Wadi el Gamal, which translates to Valley of the Camels. There's an emerald mine in the grounds of this national park, which supposedly supplied Cleopatra with her favourite bit of bling!
Whilst in Egypt, you must sample some traditional cuisine. Bread is a staple – it's so important that aish, the local variant of pita bread, actually means 'to live' or 'to be alive'. The Nile valley and delta also influence the cuisine, with fresh vegetables in abundance. Broad beans are particularly prevalent, especially in falafel, a dish that began in Egypt and eventually spread to the Middle East and the rest of the world.