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Cairo, Egypt’s capital, is a dynamic metropolis with a rich history and vibrant culture. The city is famous for its special structures, including the Giza Pyramids, the Sphinx, and the Egyptian Museum, which houses ancient artefacts.
Cairo’s population is diversified, with locals who are warm and welcoming. Although Arabic is the primary language, English is generally understood in tourist regions. With taxis, ride-hailing services, and a large public transportation system, getting around Cairo is quite simple.
However, traffic might become heavy. The citys has a diverse choice of accommodations, restaurants, and marketplaces, allowing visitors to immerse themselves in the flavours and traditions of Egyptian food while also exploring the busy streets packed with colourful bazaars and bustling markets.
Getting In & Around
22 km East from city, 3 terminals, Free shuttle bus available, Bus: from 5 EGP, Taxi: from 150-200 EGP, Visit website. Beware of scams, do not trust any random person approaching you as government employee.
Ramses Train Station
Main Train Station, Connection to Cairo metro lines 1 & 2, Tram lines, City buses and Taxis. Shops, Food court and few other restaurants, money exchange, ATMs, and public facilities available here.
Torgoman bus stand
Connected by Public transport, 500 meters from Orabi Metro station and 1 km from Train Station
Tickets: Metro ticket 3-7 EGP (distance based), Bus ticket(in the bus) 0.5-5 EGP(distance based)
See & Do
Giza Pyramids and Sphinx
About: Ancient wonders of the world featuring monumental pyramids and the iconic Sphinx. Opening hours: Daily, 8:00 AM to 4:00 PM Tickets: Entrance fees vary based on the site and additional access options. Address: Giza Plateau, Al Haram, Giza Governorate, Egypt
About: A treasure trove of ancient Egyptian artifacts, including Tutankhamun’s burial treasures. Opening hours: Daily, 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM Tickets: Admission fees apply, with additional charges for certain exhibits. Address: Tahrir Square, Downtown Cairo, Egypt Website: www.egyptianmuseum.gov.eg
Islamic Cairo (Khan El Khalili)
About: A historic district showcasing medieval Islamic architecture, bustling markets, and traditional crafts. Opening hours: Open all day, shops have varying opening hours. Tickets: Free to explore, shopping costs apply. Address: Islamic Cairo, Cairo Governorate, Egypt
Cairo Citadel (Salah El-Din Citadel)
About: A medieval fortress with impressive mosques, museums, and panoramic views of the city. Opening hours: Daily, 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM Tickets: Admission fees vary based on the site within the Citadel. Address: Al Abageyah, Qesm Al Khalifah, Cairo Governorate, Egypt
Khan El Khalili Bazaar
About: A vibrant traditional market offering a wide array of goods, including spices, jewelry, and souvenirs. Opening hours: Daily, 9:00 AM to 11:00 PM Tickets: Free to enter, shopping costs apply. Address: Al-Azhar Street, Islamic Cairo, Cairo Governorate, Egypt
About: A significant Islamic landmark and one of the world’s oldest universities, known for its stunning architecture. Opening hours: Open all day, limited access during prayer times. Tickets: Free admission. Address: Al-Azhar Street, Islamic Cairo, Cairo Governorate, Egypt
Coptic Cairo (Hanging Church)
About: An ancient Christian neighborhood with historic churches, including the famous Hanging Church. Opening hours: Daily, 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM Tickets: Admission fees may apply to certain sites. Address: Old Cairo, Cairo Governorate, Egypt
Al-Muizz Street (Cairo’s Open-Air Museum)
About: A vibrant pedestrian street lined with stunning medieval architecture, mosques, and historic landmarks. Opening hours: Open all day Tickets: Free to explore, fees may apply for entering certain sites. Address: Al-Muizz li-Din Allah, Islamic Cairo, Cairo Governorate, Egypt
About: A beautiful park with landscaped gardens, stunning views, and a serene atmosphere. Opening hours: Daily, 9:00 AM to 10:00 PM Tickets: Admission fees apply. Address: Salah Salem St, El-Darb El-Ahmar, Cairo Governorate, Egypt Website: www.alazharpark.com
Cairo Opera House
About: A prestigious cultural institution hosting a variety of performances, including opera, ballet, and concerts. Opening hours: Varies based on scheduled events. Tickets: Ticket prices vary based on the performance. Address: El Borg Gezira, Zamalek, Cairo Governorate, Egypt Website: www.cairoopera.org
Sultan Hassan Mosque:
About: A grand mosque known for its impressive architecture and intricate decorations. Opening hours: Daily, 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM Tickets: Admission fees may apply. Address: El-Darb El-Ahmar, Cairo Governorate, Egypt
Manial Palace and Museum
About: A stunning palace-turned-museum showcasing the eclectic taste of Prince Mohammed Ali. Opening hours: Daily, 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM Tickets: Admission fees apply. Address: Rhoda Island, Al Manial, Cairo Governorate, Egypt
About: An iconic tower offering panoramic views of Cairo’s skyline and the Nile River. Opening hours: Daily, 9:00 AM to 12:00 AM Tickets: Admission fees vary based on access level. Address: El-Gezira, Zamalek, Cairo Governorate, Egypt
The Pharaonic Village
About: A living museum depicting ancient Egyptian life and history through replicas and interactive exhibits. Opening hours: Daily, 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM Tickets: Admission fees apply. Address: 3 El Bahr El Aazam Street, Giza Governorate, Egypt Website: www.pharaonicvillage.com
Nile River Cruise
About: Experience the beauty of the Nile River with a leisurely cruise, enjoying scenic views and entertainment on board. Opening hours: Departs at various times, depending on the cruise operator. Tickets: Prices vary based on cruise duration and services. Address: Departure points along the Nile River in Cairo.