Transport in Cairo

Cairo’s public transport network is made up of bus and metro services but tourists often choose to use taxis to get around the city.

About Cairo International Airport

If you're flying to or from Cairo with Pegasus, you'll be using Cairo International Airport (CAI), Egypt's largest airport. One of the largest airports in Africa, passengers will find everything they need here.

The easiest way to get between the city centre and the airport is taxi. The airport consists of three terminals and is 22 km away from the city centre. There are also buses to the city centre at the exit of the airport, but these are often crowded.

Cairo International Airport Telephone Number

+20 2 22655000

What to Eat in Cairo

  • Shawarma: Much of Egyptian cuisine is similar to that of Turkey and the Middle East. Shawarma is a wrap of flatbread filled with grilled doner meat and salad.
  • Hamam Mahshi: This delicious dish is cooked on special occasions, and consists of fried chicken and rice with currants and spices.
  • Ful Medames: Ful medames is a recipe of legumes dating back a thousand years. In Egypt it's mostly made with a mixture of fava beans, local bread and various spices.

Where to Eat in Cairo

  • Mohammed Abd El-Wahab: You'll find plenty of restaurants on this street which runs along the banks of the Nile.
  • Garden City: Garden City, one of the most vibrant and beautiful areas of Cairo, is also full of excellent restaurants.
  • 15th May Bridge: This bridge provides access to Gezira, one of the city’s busiest area, which offers a host of restaurants.

Important Telephone Numbers

Country Code: +20
Ambulance: 123
Police: 122
Fire: 125

Places to Visit in Cairo

  • Pyramids of Giza: The Pyramids of Giza, including the Great Pyramid of Cheops, are the most important symbols of ancient Egypt and one of the 7 Wonders of the World. They're a must-see for anyone interested in history.
  • Khan al-Halili: When you hear the words ""old city"", you think of narrow streets, stone houses and souks. Khan al-Halili is just that, a souk where you'll find a host of trinkets and gifts on offer to take back to loved ones.
  • Museum of Islamic Art: Egypt's capital is home to one of the world's most comprehensive Islamic art museums.
  • Tahrir Square: Tahrir Square is the liveliest part of this city lying on the edge of the Nile. If you're going downtown, this is the place to be.
  • Cairo Castle: The castle's construction began in the 12th century in the name of Sultan Saladin, and was completed during the reign of the Ottoman Empire in Egypt. Definitely a place to visit for history buffs.
  • Cairo Tower: The television tower on Gezira Island is visible from all over the city.

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