Well, parking space will not be a problem if you are not driving by yourself in Cairo which of course I cannot recommend you do drive.
This warning applies to any foreigner or tourist who have the guts to drive in this crazy road of Cairo. Though it looks normal to locals, but to a tourist, you will be shocked. If you survive the road, then the more you can survive parking.
A day before my trip to Alexandria, I requested my hired driver to help me get train tickets for next morning departure. When we arrived at the Ramses train station in Cairo and after passing thru a very narrow space between cars, we lined up in a queau of cars waiting for a space in the parking lot. It was full, and it was at nightfall. It was not a problem though as my driver is an Egyptian. He asked the dispatcher to ask the car driver in front of us to give a bit of space and so he did. It took us more than 15 minutes to get the train ticket in the station and then went back to the parking area. Our car was still there and nobody touch or move it, lol. Now I realize what a local can do!
Cross the streets carefuly, and I mean, EXTREMLY CERAFULY !!! I have to tell you, it is dangerous!
Some tourist never cross the buisy streets in Cairo, well, I think that is ridiculous.
Here is a tip how I did it.: I have allways waited for the group of locals then I would cross the street among them. It worked:)
With 18 million people, there's a LOT of cars in Cairo, with little to no traffic lights and no reason for lines in the roads. Just riding in the back of the taxis can induce a white-knuckled state, so I don't recommend trying to drive there unless you're a local (locally trained to drive there, that is). Leave it up to the professionals ;)
As a pedestrian, it's extremely challenging. We asked our hotel conceirge for advice, and he said 'Mefish Mushkara (no problem), you just make friends with the cars' as you're winding your way between them. My own advice is to find a local and stick to their side when they cross the road. And don't make any sudden bolts, the drivers are surprisingly aware of people, so let them negotiate around you.
Frst of all, they are maniacs on the road ! The lucky thing is that they usually drive very old cars so they can't mannage the very high speed, but still.....
Now, how to use taxi all over the Egypt:
1.Agree the deal before entering the vhiacle
3.Pay trough the window after leaving the car
4.If they still complain, just walk away
5.In extreme cases just tell you are going to call tourist police (this one will surely help)
I dont like repiting the tips but I have to put this one on every of my Egypt pages
Crossing roads in Cairo can be a serious threat to your health! The best advice I can offer is follow locals and cross when they cross, act confident, and above all, once you've started, don't stop! On the bigger roads and intersections there are sometimes traffic police - if there are, wait for them to stop the traffic, they do at intervals to let the crowds cross.
Should you be walking through Khan el-Khalili, and hear a hissing sound behind you, you might want to move as far out of the way as you can - it'll be a heavily laden man, cart, or donkey wanting to get past, most probably at high speed! Watch your toes!
If you can skip out on crossing any road all together ..then you'd still be at a risk of getting run over by something lol No seriously, be careful of when and how you cross a road. The traffic is heavy and the drivers are crazy....well, they supposedly know what they're doing and how they're driving..but unless you've lived there for some time, you will be driving in a completely and I mean a COMPLETELY different way :o) I say this and Im Lebanese...so SERIOUSLY be careful!
Don't even consider driving in Cairo (unless you have nerves of steel).
There are road rules (apparently), but few people seem to keep to them..........mostly, they just hoot as they drive past, to warn the car in front. There's no car insurance either (so our guide told us) so no worries about losing one's no-claims-bonus. The vast majority of cars I saw were scratched and dented; I imagine it would be very difficult indeed to keep one's car pristine for any length of time.
Driving must be one constant adrenalin-rush (even if the driver isn't texting/one the phone at the time) and, if you're not a local, I fail to see how anyone could possibly cope without mishap.
The upside (sort of) is that Cairo is so incredibly congested (don't forget the horse and donkey-carts, and the pedestrians who merrily walk in the road/wander across the traffic at will) that speeds are fairly low. That does mean, however, that when the chance arises to put one's foot down drivers most definitely do so.
Get a private driver, or a taxi!
Traffic in Cairo is horrendous and road rules are totally ignored - red traffic signals and pedestrian crossings simply don't exist in the mind of an Cairo driver! The attitude is that the driver goes where he wants to go and everyone else must avoid him. Crossing the road is highly dangerous.
The locals wander in and across the road as though jaywalking was compulsory and they have an instinct which vehicles to avoid and which they can walk in front of. The safest way to cross a road is to walk alongside a local.
The traffic in Cairo is crazy,i thought Sri Lanka was bad enough but here its ten times worse.I would never hire a car here ever and trying to even cross the road was a task.Just be so careful.
Cairo is always a crowded city.
if you are going somewhere you should start this earlier than your schedule time because of traffic and transportation takes a bunch of time.
dont be nervous when you see the street always stop,this thing is usual in Cairo.
Enjoy your trip.
We got of the Bus after 15 hours, Plenty of time in where to choose where we wanted to stay. We got off the bus & were pounced on my loads of Touts & Taxi drivers wanting to to take us to their choice of Hotels.
We finally got in to a taxi & told the driver where to take us, after a while he told us the hotel was full & he would take us else where.
Totally ignoring out protests, we got taken to the Anglo Swiss Hotel, & the driver got his backhander.
As it turned out the Anglo Swiss Hotel was very pleasent. But thats Not the point.
Very Annoying you dont have a say in where you stay! ( This also happened in Athens).
A GOOD Taxi Driver is Ashraf. He was our driver for a few days, Really helpful & a decent chap. He used to be a teacher, but made more money driving a taxi. His phone number is below
The traffic in Cairo is Manic. You really do have to be careful when crossing the road. We stayed neat Tahrir Square, trying to get around that huge 5-6 lane roundabout was a nightmare.
Early one evening, we saw a lady get hit by a car. It was horrific, I can still visualise seeing her flying through the air, the screeching of cars & then the commotion which followed.
Not a good Memory to have
One of the unique features to Cairo is the taxi system. basically there isnt one. It is in disarray, chaotic without a meter in place. It may foil your plans for relaxation, stresses over it. Here are some steps to ensure you are doing the proper thing
1. Hold you hand pointed downward towards the road to hail a taxi.
2. Upon a slowed taxi, tell the driver, weather or not he is driving on a very busy road, your desired destination, and he will agree or disagree.
Now here is a divergence in opinion if you should agree on a price beforehand. I say not. Locals enter the taxi, females in the back for modesty purposes, regardless.
3. Once you have arrived, and be sure it is the right place because they could care less, exit the taxi. Have plenty of 1 dollar notes on you, and give him around what is typical shown below. Definately tip something, since as tourist they may be upsetted that you give what locals give. But the fares shown below are a great starting point.
4. Hand him the money, and walk away briskly. He will be sure to dissent, and may even yell, but as long as he doesnt get out of his car, he will accept it. I had a driver follow me once, and gave him 5 extra pounds so he would leave me alone. the shop owner sided with me, because the taxi driver was being unfair, trying to rip me off 50 egyptian pounds for the pyramids! Please dont ever pay 50 egyptian pounds for anywhere!
* Tahrir Square to the Citadel - 7 to 10 LE
* Citadel to the Khan el-Khalili - 4 to 5 LE
* Tahrir Square to Al-Hussein (Khan al-Khalili) - 4 to 5 LE
* Tahrir Square to Mohandiseen - 5 to 7 LE
* Tahrir Square to Ramses Station - 4 to 7 LE
* Tahrir Square to Maadi (Grand Mall) - 12 to 15 LE
* Tahrir Square to Giza Pyramids - 12 to 20 LE
* Tahrir Square to Old (Coptic) Cairo) - 10 to 12 LE
* Tahrir Square to Zamalek - 4 to 5 LE
* Tahrir Square to Heliopolis - 12 to 15 LE
* Tahrir Square to Airport with bag handling - 25 LE
* Dokki to Zamalek - 3 to 5 LE
* Dokki to Manyal Palace - 3 to 5 LE
* Ramses Station to Nasr City (Ginena Mall) - 12 to 15 LE
* Ramses Station to Heliopolis (Horreya Mall) - 10 to 12 LE
* Garden City to Giza Zoo - 3 to 5 LE
* Garden City to Zamalek - 4 to 6 LE
Traffic in large cities can be horrendous but Cairo takes it to another level. One constant practice is the amazing ability that drivers in Cairo have to maximise the use of the road in terms of space. If two lanes are marked, they will manage to find enough space to make four lanes of traffic. Traffic lights tend to have as much utility as Christmas trees: colourful. And of course they drive fast. Considering pedestrian crossings are unheard of there, crossing a busy avenue can be quite a challenge.