Cairo International Airport
The airport is located 13.5 miles northeast of Cairo.
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Cairo International Airport (CAI) is located 14 miles (22km) outside of the city and is the primary gateway to the ancient wonders of Egypt, including the Sphinx and the Pyramids of Giza. More than 16 million tourists and business travelers pass through Cairo Airport each year.
Because of the popularity of Egypt as a holiday destination, and the city’s convenient location between Europe, Africa and the Middle East, Cairo is an important hub for many airlines. You can find flights to Cairo International Airport from many cities on several continents, including London, Paris, Moscow, Tokyo, Rome, Johannesburg, Athens, Dubai, Beijing, Amsterdam, Bangkok, Vienna and Munich.
The airport’s Terminal 1 and new Terminal 3 facilities are considered clean and modern by Egyptian standards, however the bathrooms are often unclean and out of order, as is the case with many Egyptian airports. Cairo is not a pleasant airport to spend much time in, as entertainment, food and shopping options are rather limited and many staff members don’t speak English.
The airport has three terminals, though Terminal 2 is currently closed for renovations. The terminals are two miles (3km) apart, but there are free shuttles connecting the two.
Getting into Town
Train: There is no train service to Cairo International Airport.
Bus: There are several buses to downtown Cairo. Air-conditioned bus 356 goes to Tahrir Square in downtown Cairo and costs EGP 2. Public buses 27 and 949 (without air-conditioning) cost EGP 0.5 to the same location. All buses stop at Terminal 1.
Taxi: There are private taxi and limo services available at the airport, and the fees are the same for each. The average fare to central Cairo is roughly EGP 70-80.
There is short and long-term parking available at the airport, mostly adjacent to Terminal 1. Short-term rates are EGP 5 per hour
There is an information desk at the entrance of Terminal 1.
Money and communications: There are banks, ATMs, currency exchange facilities, and a post office.
Luggage: There are baggage trolleys and porters available to assist passengers.
Conference and business: There is a business center in Terminal 1 with computer and fax services, as well as VIP lounges with similar offerings. The Novatel Cairo Airport Hotel has additional services as well as conference facilities.
Shopping: There are limited shopping options at Cairo International, but there are duty-free shops in addition to a few gift shops, newsagents, book stores and souvenir shops.
Food and drink: There are restaurants and bars in each terminal, as well as coffee and snack shops.
Other facilities: The airport has a cafeteria, duty-free shops, restaurants, pharmacies, a first aid station, mosque, several lounges, and handicapped services.
Wi-Fi: There is free Wi-Fi available in Terminal 1, but the service is unreliable.