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change US Dollars to pounds at airport or Méridien Giza?

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change US Dollars to pounds at airport or Méridien Giza?

Hi, I will be staying at Le Méridien Giza and want to change 1000 US Dollars in to Egyptian pounds. I needs lots of small bills for tips, like 10 LE and 1 LE. Should I do this at airport or hotel? Which is the better place for a good exchange rate?

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London, United...
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1. Re: change US Dollars to pounds at airport or Méridien Giza?

For a start, only change $100 at first and see how far that takes you?

Then just change as you need. It's near impossible to change unused LE to $ when you're leaving.

PS, I'd never dream of leaving a 1LE tip. Check the exchange rate.

Edited: 19 October 2018, 18:21
Denver, Colorado
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2. Re: change US Dollars to pounds at airport or Méridien Giza?

Take $1 bills with you and you won't have to exchange them. Everyone likes $1 (the posed people in your photos, the baggage handler, etc)

For exchange, I brought $20's and changed $40 at a time, at the 24 hr bank at Le Meridien. It's off the lobby, next to the jewelry shop. Good rate a few weeks ago, I was getting 17 or 18 to the dollar. For restroom tipping, i used the 5LE, for a photo pass I used 300 LE and the rest for tea or shopping. Le Meridien was very very convenient, always open when I passed by.

Cranbourne...
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3. Re: change US Dollars to pounds at airport or Méridien Giza?

Don't change $1000 at once and as mentioned the bank at Le Meridian is open 24 hours, even though it looks closed as they rarely put the lights on. Try to use local currency.

United Kingdom
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4. Re: change US Dollars to pounds at airport or Méridien Giza?

Why are you giving money to people (the posed people in your photos) ?

Wisconsin
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5. Re: change US Dollars to pounds at airport or Méridien Giza?

You can exchange at banks or hotel. However We found that everyone takes US dollars

Scotland, United...
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6. Re: change US Dollars to pounds at airport or Méridien Giza?

If anyone wants to pay $1 for a bottle of water or sheets of toilet paper, I'm sure they would!

But it is still more polite to use the currency of the country you are visiting

toronto,canada
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7. Re: change US Dollars to pounds at airport or Méridien Giza?

dontknow if you already went...but you can change at airport..the rate is same throughout the country...no need to change that much at one go...do it day by day and get afeel for people and country first..that would be my idea

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