Sunset Egypt

Sunrise and sunset in Egypt

Sunrise today: 6:49 h
Sunset today: 17:20 h
(Times for Cairo)

The times for sunrise and sunset in Egypt are determined by the moderate location in the northern hemisphere. Not as extreme as in the Nordic countries, but still noticeable, because the capital Cairo is only about 3300 km north of the equator.

The days are ezwa 4 hours longer in summer than in the winter months. In June they last up to 14:10 hours. The longest dark nights, are in winter (on the southern hemisphere it is exactly the opposite). In December the night in Cairo lasts almost 14 hours and the days start about 2 hours later. The temperatures are much higher than in Central Europe and rarely fall below 20 degrees.

In these days the sun in Cairo rises at 6:49. The early sunset at 17:20 makes the day currently a bit too short.


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Average length of daylight in Cairo

Average length of daylight in Cairo
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Sunrise and sunset in the most important cities of Egypt

The cities are ordered by their geographic position from east to west, so in an approximate direction of the sun course. Since the orbit of the sun is elliptical, sunrise or sunset never happen on a whole longitude at the same time. All data given for January 17th., localtime in Egypt

CitySunriseSunsetHours of daylight
Aswan06:32 am05:24 pm10:53 h
Qina06:36 am05:21 pm10:45 h
Luxor06:36 am05:23 pm10:47 h
Suez06:44 am05:15 pm10:31 h
Port Said06:48 am05:13 pm10:25 h
Ismailia06:46 am05:15 pm10:28 h
Damietta06:50 am05:15 pm10:25 h
Zagazig06:50 am05:18 pm10:28 h
Al Mansurah06:51 am05:17 pm10:26 h
Halwan06:49 am05:20 pm10:31 h
Cairo06:49 am05:20 pm10:30 h
Giza06:50 am05:20 pm10:31 h
Asyut06:44 am05:26 pm10:42 h
Al Mahallah al Kubra06:52 am05:18 pm10:27 h
Tanda06:52 am05:19 pm10:27 h
Al Fayyum06:50 am05:23 pm10:33 h
Al Minya06:48 am05:26 pm10:38 h
Damanhur06:55 am05:21 pm10:26 h
Kafr ad Dawwar06:56 am05:22 pm10:26 h
Alexandria06:57 am05:23 pm10:26 h


Up to 12 hours of sunshine daily

The summers in Egypt are blessed with plenty of sunshine and little rain. In June there are up to 12 hours of sunshine per day. The term "hours of sunshine" comes from meteorology and, unlike the length of the day, refers to the actual number of hours in which the sun can be seen despite all weather conditions. This also indicates that there is almost no precipitation from May to September. More information about the weather can be found on our climate page for Egypt.

In the popular bathing and vacation resort of Hurghada the dusk begins in winter at about 5 pm and in summer at about 7 pm. Unlike in Germany, it gets dark quite quickly there.

Historical meaning of the sun

Egypt is also a country in which the sun plays a far more important role, also from a historical point of view, than elsewhere. The Egyptians were one of the first peoples to use solar energy. The ancient Egyptian sun god Ra-Harachte was probably the most important and fills whole history books and finally ended in the sun cult. And on February 22nd and October 22nd the sun miracle of Abu-Simbel takes place in the rock temple of Ramses II (near the Sudanese border), when the sun shines over meters deep into the temple complex and illuminates the back statues only on these days.

Sunrise and sunset by month (Cairo)

MonthSunriseSunsetHours of daylight
Januar06:50 am05:18 pm10:28 h
Februar06:33 am05:44 pm11:11 h
März06:03 am06:04 pm12:01 h
April05:26 am06:23 pm12:57 h
Mai04:59 am06:42 pm13:43 h
Juni04:52 am06:59 pm14:07 h
Juli05:02 am06:59 pm13:56 h
August05:21 am06:37 pm13:17 h
September05:38 am06:01 pm12:23 h
Oktober05:55 am05:25 pm11:30 h
November06:19 am05:00 pm10:41 h
Dezember06:42 am04:58 pm10:16 h

International cities for comparison

CitySunriseSunsetHours of daylight
Berlin (Germany)08:05 am04:27 pm8:22 h
New York (USA)07:15 am04:57 pm9:42 h
Sydney (Australia)06:01 am08:09 pm14:08 h
Manila (Philippines)06:23 am05:48 pm11:25 h
Moscow (Russia)08:44 am04:35 pm7:51 h
Shanghai (China)06:51 am05:17 pm10:26 h
Helsinki (Finland)09:02 am03:58 pm6:56 h