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  • Cairo International Airport : Departure

    by pangtidor Written Mar 6, 2007

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    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.

    Cairo International Airport : Departure
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  • Airport : Wireless Internet is available

    by pangtidor Written Mar 6, 2007

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    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 : Departure
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  • Cairo International Airport : Duty free

    by pangtidor Written Mar 6, 2007

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    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.

    Cafetaria in Duty free area Duty free Cairo International Airport
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    CAIRO INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT.

    by cazz38 Written Jun 11, 2005

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    We flew with Egypt Air and were really lucky when they put me and my son in business class,lots of leg room. we also had nice food on the plane. and free papers to read.Don't be alarmed when you come out from the airport, we have never seen so many armed police before but we found out that there are different police for different things,there is the normal police,traffic police and tourist police.

    Outside the airport.
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    3-d Interactive map of Cairo

    by TheWanderingCamel Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    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.

    Click on link in the TIP for 3d map of Cairo.
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    WALKING.

    by cazz38 Written Jun 11, 2005

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    Where ever iv'e been to i think the best way of seeing the places is by walking,you get to see so much more,seeing the locals and street sellers, seeing how the city runs.its a cheap way of getting round and good exercise as well.

    Get those feet moving.
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    CAMEL RIDES.

    by cazz38 Written Jun 11, 2005

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    Take a ride out into the desert on a camel,i think its the most uncomfortable ride ever,but to see the brilliant views is a must.Always set a price before you start,i know someone who was asked for more money during their ride and refused to give them anymore.

    Riding a camel.
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    How to move around

    by mindcrime Written Jul 19, 2007

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    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

    a cheap but uncomfortable way! road to Saqqara

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    To Dahshur, Memphis, Saqqara and Giza in one day

    by MalenaN Written Sep 30, 2005

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    I decided not to use public transportation to see the different pyramids outside Cairo (Dahshur is not easy to reach by public transport), but to pay for a car with driver. I asked at the travel agent, which is open a few hours a day at Garden City House Hotel. There was no one to chare the price with so finally I went alone. For the transport to Dahshur, Memphis, Saqqara and the pyramids at Giza I paid 150 pounds. All sights are close to Cairo and with a car they can easily be seen in a day.

    The step pyramid in Saqqara
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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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    Tour Bus in Cairo

    by freddie18 Updated Jan 18, 2009

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    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;

    *Antiquities Museum
    *Khan el-Khalili Bazaar
    *Citadel
    *Nile River
    *Pyramids

    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.

    Planet Tour Bus Solar Empire Bus Air Link Travel Flash Tour Tamima Tours Planet Tour Bus Solar Empire Bus Air Link Travel Flash Tour Tamima Tours
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    Rush hour

    by uglyscot Updated Mar 27, 2006

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    The best way to get around Cairo is by taxi. It only costs a few Egyptian pounds for a short journey, and to the airport it should not be more than 40 EP, but agree before hand..
    However, there are certain times of the day that should be avoided : between 7.30-9.00 am and 3.00-5.00 pm. However even at 1.30pm there are problems with school children going home .
    And pedestrians will find it extremely busy to cross from one side of the street to another, as everyone will be racing to get to work/ get home for a meal, and will not stop for anyone.

    Sometimes when you stop a taxi and give your destination, he will tell you that he won't take you, possibly because he wants a longer trip with a larger fare. But it has been known when there is anti-Western feeling running high, that drivers will just ignore an obvious forigner, or even , as happened to one American woman, tell the passenger to get out of the taxi.

    traffic in a normally quiet street busy street at 3pm
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    Bus

    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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    Taxi

    by travelife Written Feb 21, 2005

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    Taxi is the most common form of transportation inside the city. But this is also area where you end up paying much more as a form of over-pricing and tips in addition. Always keep some smaller notes in you wallet and put them aside (including the tips), so that the schaffor may not keep a larger part as his tips! As a way out, you may ask at hotel what could be the usual fare to got to a certain place and then get a taxi.

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    Horse-cart

    by travelife Written Feb 21, 2005

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    Why not check out some traditional mode of transport while you are in Egypt? This could add a little extra fun. Though its better to avoid them on the way to or from Pyramid, its a fun experience while you are in Cairo. Agree on price beforehand.

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