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How to get from Cairo airport to the city centre

The city of Cairo is the proud capital of Egypt, located on the river Nile. Famous for the impressive Pyramids of Giza, the Sphinx and plethora of royal mummies and precious artefacts, it's one fascinating city to visit. There are two different Cairo airport transportation options when it comes to travelling to the city centre of Cairo; taxi or bus. Taking the public bus is the cheapest but slowest option as it takes at least 50 minutes to reach the city centre. Taking a taxi is also pretty cheap at just €8 (150 EGP), and it's much quicker and more convenient than taking the bus as it gets you downtown in just 26 minutes.

Comparison of the options

PRICE FOR 2PASSENGERS
OPTION PRICE DURATION AVAILABILITY
Taxi €8 26min 24/7
Bus €1 50min 07:50–18:15

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How to get from Cairo airport to the City Centre by taxi

Taking a Cairo airport taxi to the city centre is the quickest and most convenient transfer option. It's also very affordable compared to most other major cities as it costs just €8 (150 EGP).

Taxi fare from Cairo airport to City Centre

The local drivers that provide airport shuttles to Cairo don't offer a flat-rate fee. Instead, they will calculate your fee using a taximeter. The final cost of your journey will depend on your exact destination in the city centre of Cairo but will be around €8 (150 EGP). Additional fees for things such as excess luggage, travelling during the holidays and the number of passengers may also be added to your fare.

Convenience

Taking a private airport shuttle to Cairo is by far the most convenient transfer option. You won't have to wait in the hot sun for public transport and you will be dropped off right outside the door of your hotel. Furthermore, a Cairo airport taxi is very affordable, making it a great Cairo airport transportation option for those on a budget too.

Editor’s Note

Some taxis or shuttles from Cairo airport aren't legitimate. The older black and white taxis will usually declare a fare and not use an official taximeter. To make sure you get a fair price, be sure to use the white taxis.

Useful Tips

The white Cairo airport taxis are usually more modern and air-conditioned.
Make sure your driver resets the taximeter before you begin your journey.
To avoid confusion, have clear instructions or addresses written down as not all Cairo taxi drivers speak English.

How to get from Cairo airport to the city centre by bus

There are two buses that provide transfers from Cairo airport to the city centre; 111 to Shoubra and 381 to Imbaba

Taking the public shuttle bus from Cairo airport is a great option if you're looking for a cheap transfer into the city centre of Cairo. The total travel time is a little longer than other Cairo airport transportation options, but it will still get you to the city centre in under an hour.

How much is the bus from Cairo airport to the City Centre?

Taking the bus from Cairo airport to the city centre is extremely cheap. A one-way ticket costs just €0.50 (5.00 EGP). You will need to buy your ticket from the driver when entering the bus, so be sure to carry the change in the local currency with you.

Cost

€0.50 (5.00 EGP)

Trip Duration

50 Min.

There's a waiting time of up to 30 minutes for the public shuttle bus from Cairo airport.

Convenience
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Value for Money

The 111 and 381 public buses run from 7:50 to 18:50.

Where do I get it from?

The public shuttle bus from Cairo airport is located in the Bus Station at Terminal 1. Walk to the Bus Station and look for bus number 111 to Shoubra or bus number 381 to Imbaba. If you land in Terminal 2 or 3, you will need to take the free airport shuttle bus to Terminal 1 first.

Convenience

Although taking the bus into the city centre is a very cheap Cairo airport transport option, it's not the most convenient. Not only does the bus take double the travel time of a taxi, if you land after 18:00, there are no buses running, so you will have to wait until the morning or choose a different mode of transportation.

Editor’s Note

Although taking the public bus is a cheap Cairo airport transfer option, taking a taxi is also extremely cheap and much more convenient. Consider taking a taxi if you have lots of luggage or are travelling in a group.

Useful Tips

The public buses from Cairo airport to the city centre have WiFi and air-conditioning.
There's limited space for luggage on the public buses.
You must carry change in the local currency to pay to ride to public bus.

Frequently asked questions

How far is Cairo airport from the city?

Cairo Airport is located 22 km from the city centre of Cairo. The journey will take around 26 minutes by taxi or 50 minutes if you choose to take the public shuttle bus from Cairo Airport.

How much is a taxi from Cairo airport to downtown?

The local taxi drivers at Cairo Airport don’t offer a flat-rate fee for the transfer into the city centre. Instead, you will be charged using a taximeter. The more distance you travel to your final destination, the more you will be charged. The average cost for a taxi from Cairo Airport to the city centre is €8 (150 EGP). However, if you’d prefer the reliability of a set-rate fare, you can book your Cairo airport taxi in advance with Welcome Pickups.

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