Cairo city centre
Cairo International Airport (CAI): 10 mi from city centre
Flights to Cairo: practical information
Cheap airlines to Cairo
Finding cheap flights to Cairo International Airport (CAI) is easy when you compare the prices with airlines like Swiss, Alitalia, Lufthansa, BMI and Turkish Airlines, just some of the airlines offering flights between Cairo and the UK.
When to book flights to Cairo
The weather in Cairo is considered a desert climate but due to the river valley it can be quite humid as well. Windstorms, which can be quite frequent in Marh and April, bring a lot of dust from the Saharan desert into the city. Holidays in Cairo are hugely popular among British travellers, to avoid peak prices, travel outside of UK holidays and school breaks.
- Peak season: Winter, November to March.
- Low season: Summer, when temperatures are often unbearable.
Direct flights to Cairo take 4 hours and 30 minutes from London.
Experience Cairo: what to see, what to do
There is no shortage of things to do when you explore the wonders of Cairo. Making the trek to Cairo, Egypt isn’t for everyone. In fact, many may be put off by the midday hustle and bustle of busy Cairo.
Essentials in Cairo
Ancient Egypt: As for sightseeing, you’ll find Giza southwest of the city proper, a 45 minute drive from the city centre. You’ll find the Sphinx here along with the Pyramids of Giza, Khufu, Khafre and Menkaure. On top of the list below, other noteworthy sights include Mereruka’s Mastaba, Niankhkhnum and Khumhotep’s Mastaba and the Step Pyramid.
Shopping in Cairo: Shopping venues include arts and antiques, fashion, books, health and beauty products, markets... imagine returning home with authentic Egyptian linen and handmade alabaster pots! You can, if you know how to haggle properly. Khan al-Khalili is a spectacular medieval marketplace where bargaining and browsing is the main point. Find some treasures there for friends at home. The first price is never final.
Find more information on Egypt Travel.
Accommodations in Cairo
Once you’ve located cheap flights, you’ll be glad to know that there are also cheap hotels in Cairo and plenty of budget accommodations in the Egyptian capital. You'll find the best selection of budget places in the downtown area but for something luxury, why not try a hotel that faces the majestic Nile River?