Cheap Flights to Cairo

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When to Fly

Peak Season: 

Most visitors book flights to Cairo from mid-October to May, which is known as the high season. During the peak season a number of festivals are hosted within Cairo. One such example is the Cairo International Jazz Festival, which usually takes place during March and includes jazz orchestras from United States, Spain, Lebanon, France and Germany, to name a few. Alongside the event, a number of activities are available for visitors to attend, including workshops, kids’ programs, master classes and film screenings.  

Off Season: 

The summer months (June-August) are low season and it may be easier to find cheap flights to Cairo. The combination of high temperatures - up to 35 degrees - and smog can be unpleasant for visitors. During Ramadan, the month of fasting, which is one of the most important parts of the Islamic calendar, many museums and tourist sites close early, many restaurants only open after sundown and the streets will be deserted. This should be taken into consideration when booking your flights, as you may not be able to make the most out of your trip if attractions you’d like to visit are closed. Ramadan takes place approximately mid-September to mid-October, however, it varies from year to year, so check the exact date before you plan your trip.

Shoulder Season: 

September is a pleasant time to book a flight. The weather starts to cool down slightly, with the temperature on average about 26 degrees Celsius and there are also fewer crowds.

Cairo climate

Temperatures at this time of year generally stay between 23 and 24 degrees Celsius, with night-time temperatures about 10 degrees. However, when packing your suitcase, bare in mind temperatures can soar to above 32 degrees and have been known to drop to lower than 9 degrees at some times during this period.

Getting around Cairo

There are taxis and limousines available at Cairo International Airport (CAI). Taxis operate on a flat-fare system and fees are the same as the limousine service.

The Cairo Airport Shuttle Bus serves central Cairo as well as Heliopolis, Giza and Nasr-City.

There are airport bus services too. Air-conditioned and non air-conditioned buses can be picked up from Terminal 1.

It's not advisable to drive in Cairo. Lots of the city is walkable and taxis are cheap and plentiful. Ensure that you choose the taxi, don't let it choose you. Don't select one of the taxis parked outside expensive hotels or restaurants. It's like having "tourist" written on your forehead and you'll pay more than you need to.

The metro train system is efficient, punctual and clean. There are women-only carriages. You'll see the "Women" signs above the platforms; the train carriage for women will be beside the signs.

Locals use microbuses to get around. This is an option best left to those who speak Arabic and those with a good knowledge of Cairo.

Cairo insider information

  • Official Egypt takes a long lunch break - 1pm to 4pm. Lunch is the main meal of the day. 
  • There is gold everywhere in the Egyptian Museum. King Tutankhamen's gold death mask is the star exhibit and you'll also see just about everything that was buried with him - a statue of Isis, the goddess, protecting Tutankhamun's shrine, gold bangles, an alabaster perfume vase, a magnificent pectoral, detailed corselet and gold rings. The museum is in Midan Tahrir. 
  • The Birqash Camel Market is an easy day trip from Cairo. Get there early and choose a good spot to see the action. 
  • Coptic Cairo (Masr al-Qadima) has been inhabited for more than 2,000 years. It's the centre of the Coptic Christian community. There are lots of ancient and beautiful churches, including Saint Mary Church (Haret Elroum), Saint Mercurius Church and the The Hanging Church.

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How much do things cost in Cairo?

Loaf of white bread
$ 0.38
Pack of Marlboro cigarettes
$ 1.80
A dozen eggs
$ 0.88
1 km taxi journey
$ 0.11
One-way ticket (local transport)
$ 0.15
Taxi - fixed fee
$ 0.23
1 hour taxi waiting fee
$ 1.20
Clothing & Shoes
Pair of Nike shoes
$ 57.20
Pair of jeans
$ 38.38
3 course meal for 2
$ 15.02
Cheap meal
$ 2.63
Coke/Pepsi (0.33 litre)
$ 0.24
How much does a beer cost in Cairo?
Bottle of local beer (0.5 litre)
$ 1
Imported beer (0.33 litre)
$ 1
Local draught beer (0.5 litre)
$ 1
Bottle of beer (imported beer)
$ 1

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More information about Cairo

  • Be sure to see the Pyramids of Giza and the Sphinx, the only remaining monuments of the 7 Wonders of the Ancient World
  • Take a tour to Magic land, part of The Media Production City complex to see the TV and drama sets of the Arabic studios
  • The Genenet El Asmak Park in Zamalek has all kinds of aquatic creatures in its large water aquariums hidden in the caves
  • Don’t forget to stock up on Egyptian spices, gold and hand craft at the many merchant stalls found at Khan El Khalily
  • Cairo is a perfect holiday destination for those looking to get their first taste of Arab culture
  • Direct flights to Cairo operate frequently with major airlines including EgyptAir, British Airways and bmi
  • For a quieter, Western scene head to the Island of Gezira and Zamalek located right in the middle of the River Nile
  • Thousands of Ancient Egyptian artifacts can be found at The Egyptian Museum that sits at the heart of the city center
  • Witness the grandeur of the great Sphinx and pyramids in Giza a short distance away from Cairo
  • For a glimpse of Egyptian history, head to the Islamic city and Coptic site of Old Cairo found along the Nile
  • Head to Sayida Zeinab to marvel at the Ibn Tulun, the oldest and most exquisite mosque that can be found in here

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