I am going to be in Egypt towards the end of the year for about ten days. I have a few quick questions for those of you from there or who have been there. Here goes:
1. How far is the Cairo international airport from downtown Cairo (in terms of time)?
2. Where can I find the bus schedules (specifically A/C Bus #356)?
3. Have any of you stayed at the following hotels:
- Hotel Tulip
- Hotel Luna
- Victoria Hotel
- Berlin Hotel
If so, what was your experience at any of these hotels?
4. Are there specific areas of Cairo I should avoid?
Hope to get a response to my questions soon. Thanks a lot.
1. By cab, it is about 20 minutes.
2. If 356 is the bus that leaves from the airport and goes to downtown, i cant imagine there is a schedule. If it is that bus, i waited about 25 minutes from the station at the airport. That bus takes about 35-40 minutes. Traffic can be pretty rough. Oh, make sure you know what 356 looks like in arabic--though someone will probably be able to help if you ask.
3. I stayed at Meramees Hotel/hostel near Talat Harb in downtown. It was nice and cheap.
4. Cairo is a safe city--you shouldnt have any problems.
Thanks for your response. 356 is the bus from the airport to downtown. Did you see you waited 25 minutes at the airport for the bus? Let me know.
Traffic in Cairo is unpredictable, you can take a trip at one time from the airport to downtown in 20 min and in another in 2 hours, basically it depends on the traffic. As a rule below are the rush hours that you will almost find it very hard to travel from place to place in Cairo.
8:30 to 9:00 am (people go to their work)
2:00 pm (where governmental employees finishes their work)
4:00 pm (students finishes school)
6:00-7:00 pm (private sector employees finishes their work)
between and after that the streets will be somehow less jamed.
PS: i dont advise that you arrive on Thursday night since it is the end of the week and most people go out. (ie. high traffic).
so good luck.
Thanks a lot for your response on the traffic situation in Cairo. I think it's good for me to have an idea of that (at least for the day that I plan to arrive in Cairo). Frankly, I am hoping I can restrict my travel within Cairo to the metro. I was wondering how bad the traffic is on Saturday afternoons and evenings. I would appreciate it if you could let me know. I can plan my iterinary for the day accordingly. Once again, thank you for your response.
Sorry for replying to your message late, travelling by metro inside Greater Cairo (Cairo and Giza)is a great idea since it is faster to reach your destination, metro is everywhere all around cairo, there is a train every ten minutes, and it is cheap. The downfall on the other hand is that you will find it somehow a little bit croweded.
Concerning traffic on Saturday it is good since most schools take Saturday off as a part of the weekend( Friday & Saturday), as well as all banks.
have a nice trip,
PS: take care when taking the metro that there is one or two compartments that is reserved for women. (never get on them or else the women on board will beat you up )
Thank you once again for your response. I do have one more question though. I am trying to combine a visit to the Pyramids at Giza AND the Pyramids of Dahshur in the same day. Now, I might be wrong about this but I think the metro extends to Giza. How far is this stop from the actual site of the Pyramids? Furthermore, do you have any ideas as to how I may combine the two places (i.e. Giza and Dahshur) in one day? I apologize for my endless list of questions but your help will be much appreciated. Thank you once again for your response.
Dear Pranavc ,
I can answer the first part only of your question.. well , the metro staion extends to Giza station , and Dawahi giza station , you should leave the metro in the former station . then you have to take a taxi to the end of the ElHaram street , where the pyramids area is located , this will take about 15 minutes by taxi.
Thanks a lot for your response. I was wondering if you had any idea how much the cab fare would be from Giza Station to El Haram Street. I would appreciate it if you could let me know.
hmmmm , I always use bus it is so inexpensive (only half Egyptian pound)..
well , if i have to take a taxi ( as an egyption not a tourist) I guess I will pay about 5 LE .. so you should pay only one USD not more , this will annoy the driver i think , but you should not give attention to his words , and say that you won't pay more than this !
hope it helped..