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Cairo Airport Company/Cairo airport Shuttle Bus

by joenix

Are these two companies the same?
One has only a contact phone numer and also supplys buses:
http://www.cairo-airport.com/services_transportation.asp

The other you can book online:
http://www.cairoshuttlebus.com/index.php

As we're two families with kids and all going to the same hotel we'd prefer to travel together. So it would be better to book ahead? Or are there many people carriers used as taxi's at the airport?

Thank you
Sarah

Re: Cairo Airport Company/Cairo airport Shuttle Bus

by NilePrincess

Hi, not sure if they're the same even though they basically have the same name. I used the first one and was very happy with the service. The 'buses' seat a maximum of seven people. We squeezed 8 in but that picture of a huge looking bus isn't really accurate. I would book ahead. Just call, give your info and when you exit baggage and walk past the throng of waiting families and friends, there is a desk. Go there, give your name and they'll get your driver. There aren't many carriers at the airport and if there are a few, the haggling factor isn't worth it. The airport service is inexpensive and extremely efficient. We used them for the return and they were punctual to the minute!

NP

Re: Cairo Airport Company/Cairo airport Shuttle Bus

by joenix

Thank you, NP!
Great information.
I will use their online form.
Sarah

Re: Cairo Airport Company/Cairo airport Shuttle Bus

by NilePrincess

You're welcome Sarah! Sent you a message but figured I'd post it here for future posters.

The online booking form is on the second site, right? The buses we used did not have that local 19970 number on the side. I booked through the number on the first link so that's the one I'm sure about. I'm also not too comfortable that neither of the numbers on the second link work. If you're using the second link, just make it's sure all the same thing.

Maybe you can use the contact section of the airport page to ask, just to be sure.

Best,
NP

Travel Tips for Cairo

Tour Guides

by tucsontraveller

We used a private tour guide and think it was one of the best investments for our trip. We always had a private car, driver AND knowledgable tour guide, We did not waste any time, saw all the sights and were never lost. All tours take you to their favorite shops, but you are not sharing the show with 40 other people. Do your research and use a company that can have guides in all of the cities you will visit, you will be glad you did. The people of Egypt are very friendly. They love Americans and all visitors.

Visit the House of John G....

by catarata

Visit the House of John G. Anderson (close to the Mosque of Ibn Tulun and near the Citadel), a british soldier who lived here when the British Army occupied Egypt in the beginning of the century.
He liked arab culture, costumes, food, everything.... and collected all kind of treasures from East to West, transforming these two houses he bought for 6 piastras!!!!!(about $0.02) into luxury museums!!!!!
When the British Army was defeated and expelled from Egypt, the Government confiscated the house, remaining the name of the owner. It´s really worthwhile!!

Internet

by mariocibelli

Five Stars Net, located just off of Midan Tahir has fast connection and very cheap prices (about 5 LE per hour) also frigid air-conditioning.

Five Stars Net
3 Talaat Harb Street
in front of the Omar Effendi Department Store

open 24 hours a day!

Bring a visit to the pyramids...

by dedeckerm.

Bring a visit to the pyramids and if you have the possibility go when it is the 'Sound and Light Show'!!!
A dramatic fusion of light and music recounting the story of antiquity in different foreign languages.

Dress modestly ladies

by juliewong

Dress code for women' travellers is not really strict. A pair of slacks and short sleeve t-shirt is fine while travelling in the city. However, if you're walking along the alleys or unknown areas, do dress modestly as you'll likely to get stares from the locals.

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