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Forum Posts

Public Transport

by jcourtnellsmith

What is the name of the metro stop nearest to the pyramids and is it within walking distance of the pyramids ? Is the metro system easy to understand ? Are directions etc printed in English ? Where do you buy tickets ?

Re: Public Transport

by komidi

well the nearest Metro station to the pyramids is the "Giza stop" but it's very far from the pyramids. so the metro is not recommended. I suggest you take the bus , the taxi would be the best. The metro system is very clear and it's in English and you can buy the tickets in the station but the problem is that it doesn't cover all Cairo. IF you need any further help just let me know

Re: Public Transport

by jcourtnellsmith

Many thanks for the information

Re: Public Transport

by KakapoTheParrot

Another good reason for using a taxi to the pyramids is that the site is very big, if you include the Sphinx and the temple complex around it. Also there is at least one very good view point on the site where you are far enough back from the pyramids to be able to take them in. Have a look at some satellite images of the are (something like google earth would do) to get a sense of where you want to go. I'd ask a taxi to drop you at the pyramids for maybe 2-3 hours (time to go inside one or two, visit the boat museum and generally look around) then come back and take you on to the Sphinx and temple complex.

Re: Public Transport

by ter1413

Def take a taxi and ask your driver to wait for you(pay after.) My driver waited hours while I explored the pyramids and saw the sphinx. Much easier knowing that you have a ride back to wheer you are going!

Re: Public Transport

by Doctor38

I would still take the metro to Giza Station. from there you can take a bus or a taxi. If you come from Tahrir Square You would save time and money buy using the metro

Re: Public Transport

by jcourtnellsmith

Thanks all for the advice. I will probably do a mix of bus, metro and taxi.

Re: Public Transport

by xsweety

I'm planning to go Cairo and not keen on the tour operator/ taxis. What did you do finally and what advise is best?

I got to know that bus Number 82 goes to the Pyramids. Is that air con?

Re: Public Transport

by ter1413

Why not keen on taxis???

Travel Tips for Cairo

Islam - the state religion in Egypt

by Diana75

Around 90 percent of Egyptians are Sunni Muslims. There is also a small number of Shi'a Muslims, but these are less than 1 percent of the total population.

Muslims pray five times a day and the time to pray is opened by the Call to Prayer.

During the prayer they are asking God for his love, saying "Oh God! You are Peace and from you, is Peace; Blessed are you, O Lord of Majesty and Bounty."

Within Cairo, the Museum of...

by ronco4704

Within Cairo, the Museum of Natural History is must see, although the best Egyptian antiquities are in the British Museum! (They 'borrowed' them a couple of hundred years ago)

Luxor, the pyramids, Valley of the Kings are great if you enjoy history. Dinner on a barge. Corney, but fun.

The Mysterious Sphinx

by maxovna

Peer at mysterious face of the Sphinx. After dusk one can see an extraordinary action next to the Sphinx! The statue is said to be speaking about the history of Egypt in different languages. And besides, there is wonderful illumination. Unfortunately, I did not see it myself... But those who visited were in delight.



by SirRichard


Egyptian Museum of Antiquities: Mariette Pasha St., beside the Nile Hilton Hotel. Tel: 575-4319. Open 9a.m.-4:30p.m. Entrance fee LE 20 for tourists. Mummies Hall entrance fee additional LE 40 for tourists.
This is THE PLACE to see the greatest collection of ancient Egyptian antiquities. The masterpiece is the treasures of Tutankhamun's tomb, located on the second floor (go early and make this your first stop to avoid crowds). Also on the second floor is the Mummies' Hall, now the final resting place of the mummified remains of pharaohs (Ramses II is here), queens and noblemen (Tutankhamun's remains are still in his tomb in Luxor).
It is possible to engage the services of a guide. However, in my experience, you would be better informed by reading the inscriptions yourself (no two guides tell the same story, sometimes with drastically different conclusions). Be sure to spend a few relaxing moments in the gardens.

Prayer Times in Egypt

by TheWanderingCamel

Muslims pray 5 times a day and the time to pray is signaled by the Call to Prayer.

One of the best times to listen to the Call to Prayer is at the Fajr morning prayer. You can usually open your window and hear it echoing from many mosques across the city because there is little noise from the traffic.

You can cut and paste this link to get a monthly schedule for Cairo (prayer times change every day by a minute or two because they are based on the sunrise and sunset).

Note that the Sunrise listing is actually the END of the Fajr prayer time and you won't hear the Call to Prayer then. If you want to listen make sure you go for the time listed for Fajr.

And you can click on this link below for todays times in Cairo.


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