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Beautiful, bustling Cairo

Book Cairo flights with Etihad and enjoy an awe-inspiring city of ancient wonders.

This enchanting destination is filled with bustle, energy and a rich tapestry of history that is known the world over.

See the breathtaking antiquities on show and browse the city’s crowded, colourful bazaars.

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Cairo is home to magnificent temples and tombs, including the Great Pyramid of Giza – one of the last remaining Seven Wonders of the Ancient World.

The Egyptian Museum is packed with treasures from the days when pharaohs ruled the land, while Zamalek offers an oasis of calm outside the heart of this always lively city.

Elsewhere, hop on board a traditional felucca to travel along the world’s longest river, or journey to the top of Cairo Tower for a spectacular view of the city and beyond.

Sometimes chaotic but never dull, fly to Cairo for an experience like no other.

What's the weather like in Cairo?

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Temperatures in Cairo are at their most pleasant at the end of the Egyptian summer – usually from early September onwards – making this the best time to fly for a sightseeing trip.

Cairo feels coolest in January, when temperatures can drop to an average low of 10°C, and the desert wind can pick up in the evening. If you’re watching one of the sound and light shows at the pyramids, make sure you have some extra layers to stay warm.

Reasons to visit Cairo

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Marvel at the pyramids

Easily accessible from central and downtown Cairo, the iconic Giza Necropolis is made up of three pyramids – the Great Pyramid and those of Khafre and Menkaure – along with the Great Sphinx.

These incredible monuments were designed and built as tombs for the revered and all-powerful pharaohs. Constructed some 4,000 years ago, the Great Pyramid of Giza stands as testament to the feat of engineering that produced this awe-inspiring structure.

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Trace Egypt’s past

Purpose-built at the turn of the 20th century to house the nation’s ancient treasures, the acclaimed Egyptian Museum is not to be missed – but just in case you pass by, its distinctive pink hue building will catch your eye.

Within its walls you will encounter some of Egypt’s most breathtaking antiquities, including the contents of Tutankhamun’s tomb and the possessions buried alongside his fellow pharaohs to take with them into the afterlife. Join a guided tour to get the most from your visit.

The Coptic Museum is another great destination for history lovers, hosting collections of art from Egypt’s Christian era. Historic walking tours through the streets of Cairo also shed more light on the city’s colourful past.

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Explore Khan Al-Khalili

Located in the heart of Old Cairo, the lanes of this glittering bazaar have been filled with locals and visitors alike for hundreds of years.

Khan Al-Khalili market is bursting with stalls selling everything from spices and semi-precious stones to silverware and antiques. Meanwhile, cafes serve up traditional Egyptian street food.

Vendors are located in the small courtyards of the souk which shine in a kaleidoscope of colours. Merchants are welcoming and helpful – if you can’t find what you’re looking for, they’ll point you in the right direction.

Things to know before you fly

plane Transfers from the airport

You can pre-book an airport transfer with Etihad and your driver will be waiting for you when you arrive in Cairo.

Alternatively, a shuttle bus service operates from Cairo International Airport to various locations in and around the city.

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Arabic is the official language in Egypt. Most Cairo residents speak Arabic, although much of the population also speaks English.

If you’d like to say hello in Arabic, it’s ‘marhaba’.

bus Getting around

The quickest and simplest way to get around Cairo is by metro train. They run from early morning to late at night daily, while buses, taxis and the Nile Taxi are also all in operation.

meals Local cuisine

Cairo is a celebration of North African cuisine. Try fuul – a well-spiced fava bean dish served in a pitta bread. Pair it with taameya, Egyptian falafel with chickpeas swapped for fava beans.

Flying to Cairo: FAQs

Where should I stay in Cairo?

Stay in upmarket Zamalek to enjoy views of the city from Cairo Tower. Maadi is great for scenic shots of the Nile, while the downtown area is ideal for Khan Al-Khalili and the Egyptian Museum. Haram is the perfect location if you’re intending to visit the pyramids.

How many days should I spend in Cairo?

Spending up to five days in the city should allow you enough time to explore, including a day to visit the pyramids. It also gives you chance to experience the many restaurants, museums and markets on offer.

What should I see in Cairo?

Visitors to Cairo usually have the pyramids at the top of their list. Other must-see attractions include the Egyptian Museum, Khan Al-Khalili Market and the Nile. Don’t miss the chance to relax in Al-Azhar Park – it offers a tranquil contrast to the lively city.

What food is Cairo known for?

Egypt is famous for hearty North African cuisine that’s packed full of flavour. Enjoy a delicious Egyptian brunch with a selection of dips, sides of doughy pitta bread and crispy falafels. Street food favourites include kofta kebabs or fiteer, a flaky pastry served both sweet or savoury.

Why fly to Cairo with Etihad?

By booking plane tickets to Cairo with Etihad you’ll have the opportunity to shape your flight thanks to our flexible options.

Choose how to check in, book an airport transfer online so a driver is waiting when you arrive, and add extra baggage if you need to.

Begin your journey in the airport lounge – First and Business guests have complimentary access, while Economy guests can pay for access to some of our lounges.

On board your flight to Cairo, you’ll be able to relax in our spacious cabins featuring reclining seats and adjustable headrests.

Economy guests looking for more legroom or extra space can choose from a selection of upgrade options.

All our seats recline, and there is plenty of inflight entertainment on hand to keep you busy. Sit back and relax with hours of movies, TV and music.

Every guest can enjoy a delicious meal and drink from our inflight menus. Inspired by your destination, our dishes are prepared using fresh, seasonal ingredients.

*Aircraft, cabins and services may vary by route and flight. You can check this when you search for your flight. This page was last updated on 26/09/2019.

The best of Cairo

Six of Cairo’s best museums and galleries

Delving into the city’s blend of cultures is a must during a visit to Cairo. Explore the best museums and galleries in the capital and discover the fascinating stories of life in ancient Egypt.

Contemporary Cairo

Cairo’s art scene is exciting and vibrant, centred around the downtown and Garden City areas. Learn about the capital’s best galleries, the latest trends and the contemporary works being created here.

How to buy art in Cairo

Cairo art consultant Saida El Harakany gives her advice on buying art in the city in this expert guide. From world-famous works to more specialised pieces from up-and-coming regional artists, discover Cairo’s ever-growing arts scene.

A day in the life: Egyptian Fanous maker

First introduced 1,000 years ago, fanous lanterns are an important part of Ramadan celebrations in Egypt. Discover how they’re created with this glimpse into the daily life of the Cairo craftsmen who make them.

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Brisbane - Cairo
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10 Dec 2018 to 31 Dec 2019
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Departure Thu 6 Feb 2020,
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Departure Tue 31 Dec 2019,
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Departure Tue 3 Mar 2020,
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Weather in Cairo

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Monday9 Dec 2019
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Tuesday10 Dec 2019
19 °C
Wednesday11 Dec 2019
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Thursday12 Dec 2019
15 °C
Friday13 Dec 2019
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Saturday14 Dec 2019
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