At Cairo Airport, once you have been through immigration and then customs. Go out into the main hall, and turn right to get to the taxi stands.
We paid a fixed price of LE42 (USD 7) which was cheaper than the price quoted in the Lonely Planet (it said USD 12).
The man at the taxi stand will quote you the fixed price (depending on what district you want to go to), you pay him, then get a receipt with the address and price on it.
Then you get taken down to the car park where the taxis are.
The driver will probably ask you for baksheesh once he safely delivers you to your desired destination.
When you arrive at Cairo International Airport, you'll most likely have to take a tram to the actual terminal. This gives you an excellent opportunity to take a picture of your first steps in Egypt! So, have your camera ready when you get off the plane!
I took Gulf Air from Hong Kong to Cairo. 10 hours from Hong Kong to Abu Dhabi (stop over Bangkok). Sleep one nite in Abu Dhabi, then catch another flight to Cairo, another 3.5 hour.
Have not been flying with Gulf air for 9 years, suprisingly they have improved a lot in the service. They now provide different languages speaking crews on flight. And the BEST part was that they put me to BUSINESS CLASS!!! That make my 10 hours so much easier!!!
We took the comfortable Oman Air flight from Delhi International Terminal no 3 in the mornig to Muscat, from there after 3 hours transit period we took another Oman Air filght to Cairo International airport. The flight time from New Delhi to Muscat is 3 hrs for a distance of 1987 KMs. It flew over Karachi, Pakistan and gulf of Oman. They served very good breakfast during the flight.
The flight from Muscat to Cairo was for 4.15 hours for a distance 2900KMs. They served good meal during the flight.
I flew Gulf air from Singapore to Bahrain (8 hours) with stopover and then from Bahrain to Cairo (3 hours) for this trip to Egypt.
Gulf air is the second after, Emirates airlines, from Middle East that I have flown. I found the services is minimal in the Economy class and the food on board are quite undesirable. I flew Emirates twice before (one Syria and the other to Morocco) and I found meals served in Emirates airlines are much better. The seating are smaller in Gulf air, in my opinion. No wet towel is served throughout the whole flight. All passengers have to use dirty hands to touch the bread (which is dry and cold). The meals are simple and tasteless. Look at the meal pics and see if that is the kind of in-flight meal you want. Sigh. This is not the airline I want to fly again unless I have no choice. Rating for food and general services: Poor
For citizens of the European Union, and probably quite a few other countries in the world, you don't really need a visa to enter Egypt. However, you need to buy visa stamps when you arrive at the airport. It will cost you 15 US dollars and they will only accept that currency, not the Egyptain pound. The British Foreign Office web site claims they also accept British pounds but my own experience is that it is not necessarilly the case and anyway it is much easier if you have USD.
So, make sure you have some US cash with you. Taxis from the airport might even ask you to pay in US dollars to get you to the town.
In many ways, Egypt travel becomes cheaper with a package deal which includes airfare plus internal transport plus hotel with breakfast while travelling in two. But now a days, cheap airline also operating to Cairo on a regular basis which can offer a price as low as one-third of the regular full price when booking online. Maerskair from Copenhagen have special deals in January and I paid only DKK 900 for a return ticket including taxes and charges.
To and from Cairo, oh I'd definitely recommend the aerial route, unless you find yourself a nice little cruise across the Med from Europe to Alexandria, and then a comfortable ground-transit down from there...but be verrrry careful when your BA flight is taxiing around the Cairo airport tarmac here before dropping you off back in London and you get that urge to take photos out the window...shhhhh! *they* don't like it when you do that...soooo, just dont tell *them* you're doing it...
Cairo International Airport is the major civilian airport in Cairo, Egypt. It is the primary hub for EgyptAir. It is located to the northeast of Cairo, about 15 km from the downtown area. It is administered by the Cairo Airport Authority. A free shuttle bus links the two terminals, 3km (1.9 miles) apart. The bus runs 24 hours a day and departs approximately every 30 minutes.
The Airport is connected to the city by two roads, the main access road is the Salah Salem Road that goes through Heliopolis from downtown and another secondary road, the Autostrad road.
A new established Shuttle Bus service that reaches to several distinations such as Heliopolis: Nasr City, Downtown Cairo, Giza, Mohandesin, Zamalek, Maadi, Haram (Pyramids area).
Taxis are available at any time, and operated on a flat fee basis. Official Cairo taxis are predominantly black and white. The Airport Bus Service both air-conditioned & non air-conditioned operates from Terminal 1. There are several stop bus stations; at Tahrir Square, downtown Cairo, Mohandesin, and along Pyramids Road in Giza . Entering the airport requires payment of a toll of 5 LE/3 hours for private cars and cabs.
There is a huge price discrimination on Egyptair domestic flights in Egypt. It is extremely cheap for locals and residents and extremely expensive for foreigners...
Here is an example:
I called the Egyptair office in Istanbul for a return ticket between Cairo and Sharm and was quoted 103 Euros return. I thought it was an OK deal so decided to buy once I was in Cairo. When I went to their office at the airport, I was quoted 165 Euros for the same ticket...
My Egyptair flight attendant friend told me that the tickets are cheaper outside Egypt to attract tourists. And once you are actually in Egypt, they dont care anymore...
I decided to take a bus which was supposed to take 6 hours but took 8.5 hoyrs and was the WORST experience of my life....
So I decided to take a flight back to Cairo. I went to the Egyptair office in Sharm to get a one way ticket and was quoted 110 Euros. I had to buy it was I didnt want to take the bus again...
In short....Buy your domestic flights from your own countries and not in Egypt!!!
The fastest and most comfortable way to get to Egypt is by plane. I had no problems when I arrived to Cairo because everything was very well organized but I was very unpleasantly surprised on my way home at the Hurghada airport by the poor organization. I dont know whether this is a characteristic for this particular airport but one must be prepared for slow checking in, baggage carriers who will aggressively try to take you your last euro or two, clerks who dont know to use computers etc.
We took an aeroplane from London to Cairo via Frankfurt. It took around 1.5 hours from London to Frankfurt then 3.5 hours from Frankfurt to Cairo. We flew Lufthansa...of our 11 flights they were probably lower on the scale than the others (although we had what looked like a brand new plane to Cairo).
We flew out of Cairo to Bangkok via Dubai... It took around 3.5 hours to Dubai flying with Singapore Airlines (the best airline in my opinion) and about 6.5 hours to fly Dubai to Bangkok with Thai Airways.
There are direct flights between Cairo and Johannesbur (code-share with SAA).
This was my first time with Egypt Air. Despite hearing negative reports, I do think that this airline was quite satisfactory. (Much better than Olympic, SAA(economy class), & Delta, to name a few).
Egypt Air will soon become a member of Star Alliance.
Leaving from Cairo airport can be confusing. Most international departures go from Terminal 2, except Egypt Air which goes from Terminal 1. While Terminal 1 is reasonably modern its not very well organised and expect it to be a hassle to get through security checks and find your checkin counter. This is definitely an airport to give yourself plenty of time for checkin
Cairo had naturally excellent connections with the rest of Egypt.
There are domestic air flights with destinations that includes Hurghada, Sharm el Sheikh, Luxor, and Aswan
The best way is to take a taxi or a bus.