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About Cairo

With a population of 17 million, Cairo is the biggest city of both the Arab states and the African continent. Settled for thousand of years, it draws tourists in with its famous pyramids, tours of the Nile River, and its other historical and cultural sites. The old city of Cairo enjoys a place on the UNESCO World Heritage list.

The pyramids of Giza, Sakkara, Keops and Kefren, the Egyptian Museum, Cairo Tower, Khan El Khalili Market, Tahrir Square, Mahmud Halil Museum, Virgin Mary Church, old Cairo district, Coptic Museum, El-Hekim Mosque, Gezira Island are just some of the various areas you can visit when in Cairo. The city's population is 90% Muslim, with a significant Christian and Jewish minority. The city has a cosmopolitan character with lots of cultural and artistic offerings for tourists to take advantage of.

The city has a desert climate. The summers are dry, long, and hot, especially July and August. When visiting you should try to avoid coming in these months. The weather in Cairo is most pleasant in the winter, and is also when the most tourists visit. Cairo International Airport is 22km away from the city, and you can reach the city center by using bus or taxi.

Transportation to Cairo City Center from Airport

One of the most important cities in history, tourism and culture, Egypt's capital city, Cairo, is hosting millions of visitors each year. Access to the city center for visitors using the Cairo International Airport, the only airport in the city, is not so easy, unlike other world capitals that host visitors.

It is possible to get to the city center from the airport at Heliopolis, which is 30 kilometers far from the center of the city, only with private shuttles, rental cars and taxis. There are also municipal buses that provide access to metro lines.

Cairo Airport Shuttle Bus

Cairo is a city shaped by the Nile River, forming various peninsulas and islands. So there are a few centers of the city. The most important of the centers are the Giza district in the east of Nile, hosting the pyramids, Wasat Al Balad, and the island named Zamalek. All of these areas are 25 to 30 kilometers from the airport. The most commonly used vehicle on this route is the shuttle.

You can arrange a private shuttle for you by phoning 19970 at the airport or phoning the same number or online in advance. You can reach to Wasat Al Balad and Zamalek at the best prices with the vehicles of maximum of 7 people + 7 luggage or 10 people + 0 luggage capacity. For Giza, you need to pay a little more.

City Buses

You can go to Ramses metro station by city bus number 111 which departs from Terminal 1 of Cairo International Airport and you can reach the city center and major centers from here by metro. However, city buses take half an hour to one and a half hours to get to the city due to traffic conditions and excessive number of bus stops.

You can also go to the Heliopolis and Nasr areas by bus and get to the newly completed metro stations from here. Green Line, one of the three metro lines in the city, is expected to reach the airport next year.

Private Service

In Cairo International Airport you also have the chance of a luxury transfer. You can choose from London-style taxis, limousines, and luxury buses for transportation. You do not have a bargaining option with these services, which are more expensive. The vehicles that you will travel with prices determined according to each region are the type of transportation that is most popular with businessmen and rich people coming to Cairo.

Car Rental

The airport hosts car rental offices of companies such as Budget, Avis, Hertz and Europecar. These companies also have offices in different regions of the city. You can get to the city center by using the Oroba road with the car you can rent from here.  The entrance to the airport with the cars costs 5 Egyptian Pounds. The airport also has a parking space with the capacity of 3,612 private vehicles.

Last Updated: 09 May 2017

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To which airport are the flights to Cairo arranged?

Cairo flights are organized to Cairo Intl. Airport, Capital Intl. Airport, Sphinx Intl. Airport.

How many hours does it take to travel to Cairo by plane?

Hurghada-Cairo 1 hour 20 minutes, Sohag-Cairo, Marsa Alam-Cairo 1 hour 20 minutes, Sharm El Sheikh-Cairo 1 hour 10 minutes, Alexandria-Cairo 50 minutes, Asyut-Cairo 1 hour, Luxor-Cairo 1 hour, Aswan-Cairo 1 hour 20 minutes, Taba-Cairo 1 hour 10 minutes.

Which airlines have direct flights to Cairo from which cities?

Flynas organizes direct flights to Cairo from Jeddah, Riyadh. Flydubai organizes direct flights to Cairo from Dubai, Tabuk. Air Arabia organizes direct flights to Cairo from Dubai. FlyEgypt organizes direct flights to Cairo from Jeddah, Yanbu Al Bahr. flyadeal organizes direct flights to Cairo from Jeddah, Dammam, Riyadh. Nesma Airlines organizes direct flights to Cairo from Riyadh, Jeddah. Nile Air organizes direct flights to Cairo from Gassim, Dubai, Qaisumah, Al Ain, Riyadh. Etihad Airways organizes direct flights to Cairo from Abu Dhabi. Egyptair organizes direct flights to Cairo from Jeddah, Dammam, Abu Dhabi, Copenhagen. Royal Jordanian organizes direct flights to Cairo from Amman. Air Arabia Egypt organizes direct flights to Cairo from Jizan, Manama, Riyadh, Gassim, Dammam, Abha. Jazeera Airways organizes direct flights to Cairo from Riyadh, Jeddah. Air Cairo organizes direct flights to Cairo from Abha. Saudi Arabian Airlines organizes direct flights to Cairo from Dammam, Riyadh.