for 2 EGP u can take a big white air con bus beside Egyptian Museum direct to Giza Pyramid. Trip will take 30-45 min.
Bus no 355 or 357 written in arabic.(CTA written on the side of the bus)
Every 20 minutes
(Never believe what taxi driver says or to some extent the locals)
In addition to plentiful taxes, I saw at least three other ways to travel around Cairo. We only used taxis when we weren't walking so I can't give any information on them.
They ranged in size from this minibus in the picture up to a full-size city bus.
Do u know who r the worse drivers on planet earth in the universe?
They r the Egyptian Microbus drivers. Dont be surprised if u see such 14 passenger cars stopping in the middle of a bridge or a high way to pick up or drop a passenger.
Dont even panic if you r on such a microbus and before reaching ur destination the driver asks u to leave cause he will not continue the trip to its end.
Dont feel tired if you have to walk have the distance u r reaching cause the driver dropped u 3 miles away after u told him u want to leave the bus here.
It is very cheap such transportation but endure it.
Being a foreigner entitles u for a 200% better service, so he might drop u only half a mile away.
Sometimes i use such microbus to feel how perfect driver I am.
Enjoy and remember me while on board.
Here we r. Get ready for the scene that you will not forget. The Cairo Public bus in the rush hours is like a basket full of flowers that r sophicating from depression and lack of roots.
If you are wandering around and find a bus with half of its passengers are hanged on its outside, then welcome to cairo cause this is the OTOBEES. It is cheap as 50-100 pisters (1 sixth of a dollar). It takes from one side to the other part of Cairo. Step inside and if u r lucky then u can find the conductor to pay him the money. Dont panic if you in the middle of such crowd that u can bearly breath and while among all this u find someone who is smoking his local never ending cigarette. All u have to do is smile and greet Cairo.
Ladies, Dont get inside such buses unless u r really sexually oppressed and u know why.
One lady friend of mine have found the best idea to use the bus without her being oppressed or harrased. She used a small needle (pin) and kept it in her hands always when she is on the bus. If someone dares to touch her.....then he will recieve a very painful pinch on his body by the needle. I believe females are very creative.
Have fun people
It took us 15 hours to get from Jerusalem to Cairo on the bus.
We went through the boarder crossing at Rafah then continued along the north Sinai Coast, before heading south to cross the Suez canal (A Palin Moment (~_~). See my Suez Page for photos & Info. Then we travelled on to Cairo, getting of at the Sheraton Hotel
If you have a group of 4 or more, ordering a microbus from Garden City Travels in downtown Cairo (or other agencies like it) is a great deal for going into Saqqara and Dashhur. Ours was 250 Egyptian pounds for 4 ppl...but could've easily fit 8 for the same price. It was nicely air-conditioned and the driver knew all the sights. Well worth it. Don't try to hop on public transportation......save time and sanity.
Don't go by tourist bus to the Pyramids. It costs about $2 instead of about a quarter by local bus form the bus station under the bridge near Egyptian Museum
The best way to get around in Cairo is by a bus tour. Don't even think of driving on your own. The traffic is VERY chaotic!!!
If you travel outside of Cairo, sometimes the soldiers with nothing to do will "escort" westerners ( especially Americans ) even in the north where violence against foreigners is rare.