necessity being a mother of invention, Egyptians invented their version of the tricycle, their three wheeled contraptions is similar to the tuk tuks of south east asia but the the design are different and local egyptians use these tricycles as a means of transport from point a to point b along the old roads of Cairo and giza and also to carry supplies and foodstuffs to nearby destinations. our tour guide told us that a single ride in these contraptions costs LE 7 for a 4 kilometer trip.
Check this out!
I am really not sure where to put this tip so I thought I would put it here where it might be of use to people looking for a map.
This is a site with a 3d map of Cairo. It is really neat and has tourist sites highlighted in 3d.
Click on the link below to go to the interactive map.
for any kind of transport in/around Cairo it is best to go by a local travel agency
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-I usually always took a taxi to get somewhere. But in Cairo traffic is a mess, so it takes a lot of time.
-The subway is faster, but never go there as a tourist. It's so crowded and you have to be very fast and pushy to get on and of the metro.
- the train to or from Cairo (or any other city) is ok, try to get a ticket with a place to sit. Ask people to help you find your way around. (I did this with a lot of luggage, they will save it for you in the train between compartments, just give them a bit money when you get off)
- at the train stations people will always offer to carry your luggage, they also help you with getting on the train in the right compartment (show them your ticket)
- also taxi drivers will be at the train station and carry your luggage, but these taxi drivers ask like 20 times the normal price. Usually taking a taxi only costs 1 pound. So maximum 5 pound (Cairo is more expensive) But as a tourist it's almost impossible to get the normal price. Best thing is to agree on a price before you get into the taxi
- about crossing the streets... you will see that in Egypt cars don't stop or slow down for pedestrians. Never. You have to walk between them. It's an adventure. If you have fear, you will put yourself in danger. I've watched a lot of locals before I started to cross streets by Myself.
But the smartest thing is to look for pedestrian tunnels or bridges to get to the other side of a big street.
- also taking a taxi can be an adventure. In egypt they don't use lights to tell which way they are going. They drive with 5 cars next to each other on a road with 3 strokes. In a traffic jam, they don't keep waiting patiently, they use horn to communicate and the one that makes the most noise can pass first :-)
There are so many places in Cairo that is so historical to miss. There are also many ways of going around and visit them. There are private/rented cars, taxi, boat, and buses, but don't ever drive a rented car in Cairo. It is dangerous for a tourist to drive.
I am suggesting a car with a local driver or better still a tour bus if you want company. There are so much to see in this Melting Pot of Ancient and Modern Egyptian civilizations. The list goes on and on and on. Some of them I listed for you to consider on your next trip;
*Khan el-Khalili Bazaar
Tour of the above can be done by tour bus for some. For information on schedule and places to visit, see the link I provided below or find the tour buses website for the buses I have posted the photos here.
I took the Sleeper Train from Cairo to Aswan on Nov. 8, 2007. You are right about the Sleeper Train being an interesting way to get up and down the Nile. When you first see the train arrive at the Giza station (note that it does not depart from the main Cairo one) it is covered with dirt and really needs a wash. But, the cabins are fitted very nicely, the attendent does a great job of taking care of all of your needs and the club car is very nice. And, when the sun comes up somewhere around Luxor, you get to see the lush beauty of the Nile valley.
1. The prices in the Club car are what you'd pay in New York -- so bring your own refreshments. And, the European tourists who smoke tend to take over the car and foul up the air.
2. If you expect to get some sleep on this train, forget it -- unless you take a sleeping pill. My travel colleagues took sleeping pills and I did not and they all reported some sleep. The train has no braking systems on the individual cars so when it stops or starts you almost get jolted out of your bunk. Our train stopped/started 4 or 5 times an hour.
3. DO NOT schedule any events upon arrival in either Luxor or Aswan. Our train was scheduled to arrive at 9:25 in Aswan and actually arrived at noon.
Oh my God I just remembered we came to Cairo by bus from Sharm el Sheikh that journey was about 10 hours long!!! More possibly. On the return journey the guide bought us our tickets and told us to sit at the back "nice seats" but there were all men there staring so I din't want to so I didn't. Then some women in Burkas got on the bus and were saying something I didn't understandeventually we realised we were in their seats so went to the back and met a couple there who'd been put there by their guide. There's no AC which I could live with but we were on top of the big fat HOT diesel engine. You couldn't put your feet on the floor - it burned- BIG TIME!!!
The airport is 25km away, there are some local buses(best option N.356 cost 0,5euro). But the taxis are really cheap here so come on for 6euros you will be outside of your hotel.
I used to hire a taxi for a whole day (you can do it in your own if you like a taxi driver) or they can fix it for u in your hotel (they always know some people). It costed me around 15 euros to have a taxi a whole day and he drove me to Memphis, Saqqara and Giza!
The metro is also very cheap. The city is huge so walking aint easy but it will be nice to walk at Coptic Cairo, at Islamic Cairo, some parts of Gezira etc Take care of the car drivers, they will be scary enough for u believe me! :) They dont pay attention to anyone, red light doesnt mean nothing for them and looks like an extreme game to drive there!
Outside of the city things get less stressy and you see scenes like picture N.2
The old Cairo International Airport Duty free is relatively small, it was on my February 2007 visit. The new one is under construction, hopely it will have a great duty free. The souvenirs and gifts in this area are expensive, doubled than the normal price in good Giza shops. Few shops for perfumes and clothes and some cafetarias. I wonder why the perfumes section in the duty free dont display the testers. When we arrive there noon time, the duty free area like a dead city, nobody was there at all. Less options to buy and more expensive in their prices. If you plan to buy something in duty free and you will have connecting flight from Dubai, Dubai duty free will be a good place to shop.
Yes, wireless internet is available in the old Cairo International Airport. You may surf on internet while waiting for your flight or eating in the airport cafes. Well, if you come to Cairo as a tourist, your laptop will just limit your time to enjoy your Cairo magical trip.
Cairo International Airport is still under construction.When I went to Cairo in February 2007, the old one was used while waiting the construction. You have to go to the airport at least 2.5-3 hours before your departure time. You have to anticipate the traffic hours and busy streets in Cairo. If you stay in the hotel, ASK THE HOTEL`S RECEPTION TO ARRANGE THE TAXI FOR YOU.I may say, you have to ask for the fare first. The old airport is small with only one functional gate to the checking in desk. If you want to go to the toilet, you better use the toilets in duty free area, not in the waiting room area before the checking in desk. Airport tax usually will be included when you buy your plane tickets. The old airport has few boarding gates. I hope the new airport will be much better than the old one.
I had trouble a few times trying to book local flights as the travel agents computer system (in cairo) went on the blink on several occasions. I recommend giving yourself a few extra days to book / confirm a flight.
Again, I forget the cost. Was reasonable for a bed. I had a whole compartment to myself, which was good.
The bathroom was very clean.
Beer and snacks were not cheap, bring your own and buy some ice instead.
The journey was ok, but lots of stops and starts, didn't get much sleep.
Definitely, there are many possibilities in Cairo...
From old busses, trams, subway to poor donkeys, you have a wide range of transportation opportunities in Cairo.
Just pick one and... enjoy the trip.
A very pleasant way to travel in Cairo is the river bus. The most northern station is Maspero north of 6th October Bridge in front of the TV building. Most southern terminal is Masr al-Qadima, the stop for Coptic Cairo. Not every River bus is stopping at every terminal. Check when you check in. A trip is only 50 pt. & takes 50 minutes for the full distance.
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