Flight tickets from East London to Cairo

Cairo is an ancient city with a rich history dating back to the 10th century. It is an iconic destination for travellers from all over the world, and is renowned for its majestic architecture, vibrant culture, and mouth-watering cuisine. From the bustling nightlife of Downtown Cairo to the awe-inspiring pyramids of Giza, there's something to capture the imagination of everyone who visits. This guide will help you explore the sights, sounds, and experiences that make Cairo such a special place.

Getting to Know Cairo

Cairo is the largest city in Egypt and the capital of the country. It has an estimated population of 20.4 million, making it the largest city in Africa and the Arab world. It’s located in the Eastern European Time Zone, meaning that it’s two hours ahead of Greenwich Mean Time (GMT+2). The official language of Cairo is Modern Standard Arabic, but the main spoken dialect is a regional variant of Arab known as Egyptian Arabic. English is also widely spoken, particularly among the younger generations. The currency in Cairo is the Egyptian Pound (EGP). This can be exchanged for US Dollars (USD) in the city, but US Dollars are not accepted as payment. Credit cards and travellers cheques are also commonly accepted, but it is recommended to check with your bank beforehand.

Climate and Weather

Cairo is located in a hot desert climate, which means that it experiences hot and dry weather throughout the year. Average summer temperatures in Cairo can reach upwards of 40°C, with peak temperatures reaching even higher. Winters tend to be mild, with temperatures rarely dropping below 10°C. The city also receives very little rain, with an average yearly rainfall of around 50–60 mm. Despite the scorching summers and minimal rain levels, Cairo is still relatively humid, with humidity averaging around 74% throughout the year.

Touring Cairo: Airport and Transportation

There are two airports located in Cairo: Cairo International Airport (CAI) and Cairo Civil (CWE). To get from Cairo International Airport to downtown Cairo, there are several transfer options such as taxi, car rental, metro and bus. Depending on the transfer mode chosen, the cost of travel can range from 10-75 EGP (Egyptian Pound). Yes, you can change money at Cairo Airport. There are several ATM machines, currency exchange counters and banks in the airport.

Exploring the Rich History and Culture of Cairo

  1. Cairo is home to the Giza Plateau, located on the outskirts of the city, which hosts the iconic trio of the Sphinx and the Pyramids of Menkaure, Khafre and Khufu, one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World
  2. Cairo is the centre of Arab and Middle Eastern culture, known for its vibrant and cosmopolitan atmosphere. It is home to a myriad of diverse ethnic cultures, religions, architectural styles and cuisines, with many restaurants and cafés serving local dishes and specialities
  3. Cairo is widely considered to be the cultural capital of the Arab world, hosting a large number of museums, traditional and ancient monuments, mosques, churches and other religious sites, markets and plazas. Worthy of note are the Cairo Opera House and the Khan el-Khalili Bazaar, the latter being one of the oldest and largest open-air markets in the Middle East

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