The Cairo Metro network, the only one in Africa, is surprisingly efficient and clean. For anyone who knows the city, these two qualities are impossibly rare. The system currently has two lines, with plans for expansion well underway. Although taxis are cheap, for tourists, the Cairo Metro is a better hassle-free mode of transport when getting around the city of Cairo. A couple of places are in fact better visited by Metro, such as Coptic Cairo (Mar Girgis stop).
Do you find using Cairo's taxis exhausting (i.e. haggle every fare)? Time consuming (i.e. Cairo is notorious for its traffic jams, rush hour or not)? Scary (i.e. the city's roads are like one giant bump-car arcade)?
Cheer up, there's the Metro - Cairo's surprisingly reliable and clean mass transport system! And not to mention, cheap - you pay only EGP 1 (~20 US cents) per ride per person regardless of distance.
Metro stations are conveniently located at the city's major areas such as Midan Tahrir (near the Egyptian Museum), Midan Ramses (adjacent to Ramses train station), Doqqi, Mar Girgis (beside Coptic Cairo), etc. To access the stations look for the big orange "M"signs.
Cairo has the first and only one Metro in the whole Africa. It is brand new, well kept and efficient. Two lines are under operation, a third one under construction. A funny detail: the first two coaches are for women only!
Attention: The names of some staions are different on many maps and in reality. For example "Nasser" is nsmed now "Mohamed Nagib" and "Dzezira" "Opera"
We prefered to walk in Cairo, but to Old Cairo we took the metro.
The stations are clean. The tickets are extremely cheap. The first carriage is for ''women only"'.
There were only two lines, a third is under construction. So there not many places to reach with the metro yet.
The Metro in Cairo is not that big but is definitely one of the mostr CLEANEST and efficient I have ever travvled in! I wasn’t expect such a service in the metro, I should admit it, but once here i was really deep well impressed!
The metro connect the center of Cairo only but there are some plans to make it bigger, let’s see.
Metro is extremely cheap, even not a 10 Euro CENTS!
As usual is pretty crowed, but, I was the only one Tourist in the metro, and all the people were asking me thousand and thousand of question, so that could be consider also an interactive activity!!!
What did shock me was that once you take the stairs, the first immage that you will see before to pass the entrance is an huge picture of Cleopathra...com’on!! In Milan there is no pic, only brand merchandising!!!
Cairo is only one city in whole Africa where you see metro. And here in this place you realize that this is really a cheap country to get around. This is a mode of transportation where tourist are treated equally with the locals. The trip one point to any other point cost Elbs ,75 and works like the metro in Paris.
Metro in Cairo probably your second best solution to get around Cairo, but not many subway lines connect to major tourist attraction. The Bright sight is that the Mar Girgis is just a right stop in front of Old Cairo famous church; The Hanging Church.
The Cairo Metro in Egypt is Africa's only full-fledged metro system. The system currently consists of two operational lines, with a third in an advanced stage of planning. The metro is run by the National Authority for Tunnels. The line uses standard gauge (1435 mm). Ticket price is EGP 0.75 for each journey (as of January 2005, EUR 0.08 or USD 0.10), regardless of distance. On all Cairo metros, the first car of each train is reserved for women.
As often as you can, use the metro: it's fast, it's cheap, and you don't get to breathe the infamous Cairo smog. if you take a taxi, you will: we never came across a taxi driver who drove with his window closed.
The metro can normally take you almost anywhere, except the citadel. To go there, you'll need a taxi - and unless you know the standard prices or speak arabic, it's better to bargain the ride, unless you're willing to spend a small fortune (by Egyptian standards, of course).
From the airport it's better to take a taxi: ask your hotel to send you one to pick you up: it's often cheaper than flagging yourself one.
It was only in the 90s that egypt have started to operate one of its major projects in the field of transportation. This is the underground metro. In Egypt we call it (Metro el anfakk) the tunnels metro.
Eventhough it is only operating inside cairo but there are plans for expansion. The metro recieves 100s of thousands maybe millions of passengers daily. You have to know that Cairo's population in the morning hits the 20-22 million person. From here came the urge of having extra transportation services to reduce the traffic jams over the ground.
There are cars for women only, in case you are here with the obsession of being touched and irritated by Egyptian men (many have the stereotypes).
The ticket is very cheap and doesnt exceed the 1 egyptian pound (1 sixth of a dollar).
It is perfect for rush hours which stays till 6-7 pm in cairo and starts at 8 am. If u r heading for a far destination inside cairo then it should b ur choice.
The underground doesnt reach the Pyramids but hald way through.
The metro was a joint venture between the government of Egypt and france.
Have fun and remember me when there.
If you're sick of haggling with taxi drivers and jamed roads just enjoy a metro ride! There are currently two lines running, but I must admit that those are not linking tourist spots. The Egyptian Museum can be reached (Sadat Station near Tahir Square), also Ramses Train Station (Mubarak Station) and Coptic Cairo. To save time and money going to the pyramids of Giza take the metro to Giza Station and catch a taxi from there.
Riding the metro costs 1 EGP only within the whole city, no matter how often you're changing lines.
There are women only compartments which are clearly marked as such. I would recommend to women travelling without male company to use those.
One of my guide books said "the Cairo metro works like nothing else in this country-- clean, fast, and efficient" and I tend to agree.
Cheap way to get around quick (LE1 for a trip to the pyramids VS LE 30 in a taxi).
NOTE: the first two compartments are specially reserved for female travellers only!
See this sign and you are at an entry to the Cairo Metro. 75 piastres gets you to any station on the line.You will,however,frequently accidently exit at an interchange station and have to repay to get back in. Great for going to the Egyptian Musem and to Coptic Cairo. And just joyriding and watching the locals.Don't be reticent about boarding or you'll be left standing on the platform,staring at the instructions on boarding...the most ignored sign in cairo!
Gentlemen, please don't enter the front 2 carriages. Ladies only!!!
Cairo is the only African city with a subway system. The Metro is reliable, fast and the stations are much cleaner than most other public places.
5:30 - 24:00 every 5-6 minutes during rush hours and 8-10 daytime,
in summer service is extended until 1:00
The first car of every train is reserved for women.
75 piasters per ride independent from distance travelled
For more information click here: Metro
The Cairo Metro is Africa's only metro system. The system currently consists of two operational lines, with a third in an advanced stage of planning. Ticket price is 0.75 EGP for each ride (as of February 2005), regardless of distance. On all Cairo metros, the first car of each train is reserved for women.
The system at least gets you close to most places of interest. For instance, you can take the metro out to Giza and catch a short taxi ride from there. Khan El Khalili is reached from a 15 minute walk from Ataba station. The system does not go to the airport but it does cover Ramses Station.