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|Destination Airport||Cairo Intl.|
|Destination Airport IATA Code||CAI|
|Destination City Name||Cairo|
Egypt’s capital is one of the world’s greatest cities with an epic history dating back thousands of years. Modern Cairo is a chaotic mix of African, Middle Eastern and European influences and its attractions, from the Pyramids of Giza to the river Nile, are fixtures on most people’s bucket lists.
Winter, from November to March, is the most popular time to visit Cairo. The weather is pleasant and the evenings are cool. If you plan to visit at this time of year be sure to book well in advance.
The best time to find a cheap flight to Cairo is in the spring or autumn after the winter crowds have dispersed and before the summer heat kicks in.
The city is also busy during Ramadan in May and June, and the airport becomes very busy during Hajj season. The summer months are the quietest as the city swelters in temperatures of 35°C.
It is always possible to track down cheap flights to Cairo, and when you book with Expedia there are plenty of ways to make sure you find the best deal.
If travelling in high season plan ahead and make sure you are flexible. The only direct flights from the UK to Cairo leave from Heathrow, but you can use the ‘Nearby airports’ option under your departure point to check fares via different routes.
Having leeway in your schedule helps. The price of flights changes from day to day, so use the ‘Show flexible dates’ option to compare fares.
Optimal flight times from UK cities to Cairo include:
Cairo International Airport, nine miles northeast of the city centre, is the second busiest in Africa with nearly 15 million passengers a year.
Like the city it serves the airport can be confusing to navigate and there are lots of touts so it pays to organise transport from the airport before you arrive.
The two airlines that fly direct from the UK to Cairo are:
You can take connecting flights with:
Getting around Cairo is a challenge that begins at the airport. Buses into town can be chaotic and crowded, but there are regular shuttles. If you take a taxi make sure you agree a fare in advance. It is worth checking if your hotel offers a transfer service.
Once in the city the underground Metro system, which will soon reach the airport, offers an efficient way to travelling around Cairo. The bus network is confusing although the smaller microbuses run routes to the major tourist sites like Giza. Trying to navigate Cairo’s traffic in a hire car is not advised.
Not seeing the Pyramids of Giza and the Sphinx while in Cairo is unthinkable. One of the original Seven Wonder of the World, the pyramids lie just beyond Cairo’s southern outskirts, half an hour’s drive from the city centre.
Through the mayhem of Cairo flows the mighty Nile. Escape the dust of dry land with a cruise on one of the world’s biggest rivers.
Cairo’s Egyptian Museum on Tahrir Square is immense and houses some extraordinary artefacts from the tombs of pharaohs including Tutankhamun.
It pays to learn a little Arabic before heading to Cairo and learning the symbols for numbers is especially useful when shopping and eating out.