Travelling to Cairo is for the traveller that is serious about experiencing the greatest places on earth. Very few cities can boast that they have the same level of historical significance. Even before Cairo was formally established, the land it sits on saw pharaohs, empire and war. Its proximity to the fertile Nile River has been attracting civilization for thousands of years.
Today, Cairo is one of the largest cities in the world and the largest city on the African continent. It is bursting with people from numerous backgrounds and traditions. Egypt refuses to identify itself only with Africa or the Middle East. The Egyptians have long been acknowledged as one of the most advanced societies in history with their affinity for art, engineering, and science. Their ancient customs and traditions have fascinated the world for thousands of years.
Visitors to Cairo won't leave disappointed. The ancient Pyramids are as breathtaking today as they were when they were first built and the city of Cairo is as lively today as it's always been. A trip to Cairo feels like stepping into a history book!
Getting in and around Cairo
Cairo International Airport is the major airport in Cairo and is frequented by many of the major airlines. However, the airport is located on the edge of the city and getting to the city's centre can be a challenge. Negotiating fees with cab drivers is difficult if you don't speak Arabic but it can be done. There are also express buses that travel to and from Alexandria during the daylight hours.
Getting around Cairo is relatively easy as Cairo has one of the most advanced metro systems in Africa. You can even get all the way to Giza to see the Pyramids on the metro. Taxis are also available but again, communication with Arabic-speaking drivers can be tricky if you don't speak the language.Cairo Car Hire
Driving yourself in Cairo is not recommended as the traffic is completely overwhelming and driving laws and signals are not consistently obeyed by Egyptian drivers. However if you decide to you will find car hire available in Cairo.^ Back to top
Accommodation in Cairo ranges from the luxurious world-wide chain to the very basic hostel. Luckily, there are many wonderful quality hotels located in safe neighbourhoods just a few easy steps away from many of the must-see Cairo attractions. Travellers on a budget can still find quality accommodation for a fairly reasonable price.
Things to do in Cairo
As one of the world's oldest and most historically significant cities, you can't imagine how much there is to see and do in this magnificent city. The Egyptians' history as one of the sophisticated cultures on earth has made art, architecture, and diversity the defining factor in Cairo's list of attractions.