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    by travelife Written Feb 21, 2005

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    Since train routes are limited, you may depend on buses to many destinations from Cairo. Not at all routs bus operate during night and some routes exist only due to tourist need. So, chech the schedule in advance. Going at the bus stop couple of hours before may get you a seat at a good place in between wheels. And some ticket attendants do favor tourists, even without expectation of 'bakshish' (tips)! Bus fare depend on many factors if its air-conditioned, new buses or not, video, speed etc.

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    Cairo Metro 2

    by travelife Written Feb 21, 2005

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    To get the most out of metro that is to travel independently and cheap, you need to stay at a good location, like Midan Tahrir, look at my hotel tips eventually. From that place going to rail station, Coptic Cairo or Syeda Zeinab and even at going to a place near Giza, all become cheap.

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    Enjoy being relaxed while all streets r jammed

    by Saladinos Written Dec 21, 2004

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    Al Otobees Al Nahri
    it means the river bus.

    if u are in cairo and planning to relax while rush hour and traffic drives others crazy then head to the nile infront of Ramsis Hilton downtown cairo and ask for the above.

    This Ferry boat is another mode of transportation in crowded cairo. If you have the hanged church as one of your tourist site then use the nahri till the Masr Al Kadeema police station, thats where the chuch and old cairo area is.

    The tickets are cheap 50-75 piasters (less than 1 egyptian pound).

    The ferry takes u on a nice enjoyable and interesting tour in the nile where u can see Cairo from a different angel.

    If u have ear problems then be prepared for its super high engine noise.

    Also remember me when aboard.

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    Telecommunications in Egypt

    by Saladinos Written Dec 7, 2004

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    1. Local Tariff inside the same governorate (Cairo and Giza are considered one Governorate):

    Residential Telephone Subscription:
    1st Minute: 5 PT
    Every Minute Afterwards: 2 PT

    2. National Calls ( between Governorates):

    Distance up to 60 km
    1st Minute: 15 PT
    Every Minute Afterwards: 10 PT

    Distance more than 60 km
    First Minute: 25 PT
    Every Minute Afterward: 20 PT

    3. Cell Phone Calls (calling a cell phone from a regular phone)

    Daytime (8:00am – 8:00pm): 45 PT/min

    4. Internet Service:

    If you are dialing (0908xxxx):

    Daytime (8:00am – 8:00pm): 10 PT/min
    Nighttime (8:00pm – 8:00am): 7.5 PT/min

    Free Internet Services (Cairo only 07xxxxxx):

    Call Charge: Same as local calls
    First Hour: 123 PT
    Every hour afterwards: 120 PT

    5. ISDN Line:

    Monthly Fee: 21.50 LE

    Call Charge for 56K:
    Call Charge: Same as local calls
    First Hour: 123 PT

    Call Charge for 128K:
    First minute: 10 PT
    First Hour: 246 PT

    6. ADSL Line:

    Monthly Fee: 150 LE. No additional charges for the time you spend.

    You may receive a bill at home in Arabic every three months (January, April, July, and October).

    7. International Calls:

    Should you have this feature, a separate bill for international calls is sent monthly to the address of the line’s location in the name of the landlord;
    It is your responsibility to pay them at one of the following addresses:

    Maadi: Maadi Central Office, Road 9 in front of Thaknat El Maadi Station
    Downtown: Telecom-Egypt, International Sector, Ramses Street
    Mohandeseen: Mohandeseen Central Office, Sphinx Square

    Telecom-Egypt web site to get the charges. International call charges (per minute):

    Country 8:00am-8:00pm 8:00pm-8:00am
    Arab countries and USA 3.00 LE 2.25 LE
    Europe, Canada, Caribbean 3.50 LE 3.00 LE
    Other Countries 4.50 LE 3.50 LE

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    the best way is by plane as i...

    by e.hisham Written Aug 26, 2002

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    the best way is by plane as i think but it has a good trafic ways
    the best way to get arround in cairo is either by your car or by a taxi because it is too croded city and you can't use puplic transprotation .

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    Cairo has two major...

    by omar_samra Written Aug 26, 2002

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    Cairo has two major international Airports and so most flights around the world will probably fly in to Cairo.
    Cairo traffic is arguably the worst in the world. It is known that if you can drive in Cairo, you can drive anywhere else in the world. With about 17 million inhabitants in Cairo alone it is not difficult to understand why. Cairo is pretty big though and some places you can't get to by foot and so testing out the traffic is inescapable. Stick to the cab or in worst cases the minibus (the cheap alternative to the cab and the more practical alternative to the regular bus). IF you are up for a challenge you might want to rent a car but i would personally not recommend it. It could be a good idea if you intend to go to other cities. It takes about 2.5 hrs to Alexandria, 5 to the Red Sea and possibly 6 or 7 to Luxor. The highways are generally very decent with reasonably strict speed limits of 100km/h exercised.

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    It couldn't be easier to get...

    by DanielF Written Aug 26, 2002

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    It couldn't be easier to get to Cairo, since flights are provided by many companies to the most important cities in the world.
    The traffic in Cairo is famous for being chaotic, but it is fun driving there, if you are an experienced driver! There is a good underground system, but it does not cover the whole of the city, so you will probably have to use a taxi several times. As a foreigner, you will probably have to bargain with the taxi driver for the price of the ride.

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    British airways offer non-stop...

    by Aragina Written Aug 25, 2002

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    British airways offer non-stop flights from London Heathrow to Cairo.
    I found that driving a car was a horrendous adventure, but was a lot better than the bus service which is erratic to say the least. Bus tours are a great way of getting around to see the sights . we got thehotel to book ours and I think that all hotels will do the same. Beware though when driving that the rules of the road in our country dont apply here in Egypt they have no rules at all and scared me half to death.

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    Easiest way is to fly. ...

    by hayward68 Written Aug 25, 2002

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    Easiest way is to fly. Cairo's airport is quite far outside the city so be prepared for a long drive in.

    These are plentiful in Cairo and the drivers are crazy. You think you're risking your life at first but eventually become used to their insane way of driving. Be sure to fix the price of the ride before you get in the car.

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    For most foreigners, generally...

    by Sharrie Written Aug 25, 2002

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    For most foreigners, generally by air. Unless you're around the desert, in which case, I supposed you can try the camels? ;-))

    For me, it's the cruise boat. Check with your travel agent the name of the boat as there are many grades & your traveling comfort do depend on this! Many meals we had were on the boat too. So, your health depends on it... need I elaborate?!

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    by Sharrie Written Aug 25, 2002

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    The best solution for Cairo's...

    by MProcher Written Aug 24, 2002

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    The best solution for Cairo's traffic problem was to build these bridge-like street - guess the English word is fly-overl.
    The local traffic is below. But if you don't want to enter this part of the city you can fly over it. :-)

    picture to come soon

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