If you travel to Egypt without the aid of Tour group leaving the airport terminal you will be approached by cab drivers offering you a ride anywhere in Cairo. Cab Drivers inside the terminal assume you will just want any cab due to the fact that you are tired after your long flight, and you just want to get to your hotel room. Egypt can be just as expensive as any other place in the world, and taxi cabs can be very pricey. Egyptian cab drivers have an advantage over you in this area.
Unique Suggestions: It is best to find a taxi driver on the curb in front of the airport, or a few yards away from the exit doors. The cab driver directly outside the terminal will expect you to pay anywhere from 150-300 L.E. (30-55 USD). At the airport, you can bargain a taxi down to 50-80 L.E. In Egypt, it is not a bad thing to bargain. You and your cab driver can agree on a fair price.
The distance between T1 & T2 is far. There are a lot of taxi, shuttle buses also available but only every half an hour. Ask police (instead of any other strangers as they probably are taxi drivers) to confirm if the place you wait is correct. We were misled by an airport staff to wait at a place that no bus came across for 40 minutes. The taxi drivers asked you to take a cab, will appear to be very friendly and tell you that bus will come in 5 mins when you refuse their offer. They did not tell us that we were in the wrong bus stop, may be hoping that we would eventually give them high price if we are short of time.
Taxi in Cairo mostly are negotiable rate before you jump in. Not many taxi that provides the one with argometer. And sometimes when you already deal with certain amount to take you somewhere, they will take you to more traffic route then in the middle of the trip they ask for the raise in excuse that this is gonna a long road and they need extra money for gasoline.
Or some of the taxi driver will return the small changes not with the real amount that you should get. For example, you pay with LE 50 for LE 20 rate of trip, then he should return the change LE 30 to you but then he gives you with small changes and then by the time you count it, he left...apparently he only gives you LE 25 instead LE 30...
Unique Suggestions: Find taxi with meter. Maybe it is more expensive but at least you're not getting faster heart pounding with him.
As it was my first time to Pyramids, I took taxi to Giza. As I arrive there, taxi driver took me to the back enterance where his "friend" can arrange for camels and taking photos with good views. They wanted 300EGP for 2 pax with camel ride. I rejected and told taxi driver to leave me at the enterance.
Unique Suggestions: When I came down from the taxi onwards the enterance, they told me U can't walk, only by car...they just like to fool tourist...
Don't listen to them just walk straight onwards the ticket counter. U'll pay 40EGP per person and u r in. I found out it only cost u 25EGP for camel ride.
Luckily I didn't pay the 150EGP/pax at the first drop point when the the taxi driver's friend asked me.
Also buy drinks bfr beginning yr trip to Pyramids as drinks here are very expensive.
The bad thing about going by bus is that's hard to remember everything you saw, and the things that the guide told you. For instance, this photo I have no idea where in Cairo I took it, or why I took it... must have been the heat...
Be careful. Taxi driver have no logistic or radio connection. Cairo is huge city and they don't know it good. I you ask them for location where you want o go, they'll say: "OK" but they don't know exactly. They will stop to ask but people also don't know it very well.
Unique Suggestions: The best thing is to immediately write down address of the hotel and some location close to is which is well known.
"Tour operators normally take care of a number of little details that usually go unnoticed by their clients. However, certain matters must be handled by independent travelers, and perhaps one of the most important is reconfirming airline reservations if one is traveling by EgyptAir. This applies to both international and domestic flights. One need not reconfirm an EgyptAir reservation prior to the originating flight in a foreign country. But once in Egypt, one must take, or have their tickets taken to an EgyptAir office to have the return flight reconfirmed. This should also be done again soon before leaving Egypt. The same thing applies to domestic flights. Once in Egypt, one should also reconfirm those as well. This can obviously be a huge hassle for an independent traveler, though tour operators will handle it seamlessly for their clients."
Unique Suggestions: In advance go to an office of Egypt Air and ask for more information. What to do and how to do it. Offices of Egypt Air are all over the country, recognisable by the flying Horus (falcon) sign.
Use the subway as much as you can for transportation.Cairo is known of its very busy traffic.Look at picture on the lift.The subway was built in 1988 and is extended to almost reach anywhere in Cairo.
ok,like everywhere,taxis,taxis,taxis.at cairo airport,I unfortunately told a taxi-driver that I wanted to take a train to alexandria.He answered that there is no train or bus to alexandria,and that everybody travels to alexandria by taxi,always,and because I am a friend, he could make a good price:500 US$.I finally travelled by train(1st class)I payed 6 US $.
Make sure to negotiate with the driver before going in. Always offer half what the driver is asking for!