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Flight booking tips

Favourite airline: Lufthansa
18 % of flights booked on the route from London to Cairo are booked with Lufthansa, Egyptair and British Airways.
Lufthansa
10 %
Egyptair
6 %
British Airways
2 %
Tip: book 4 months before departure
If booked 4 months before travel, flights cost only £263.00.
112 days before departure
Cheapest weekday: Wednesday
The cheapest ticket prices are available for flights departing on a Wednesday.
Stopover flights are the cheapest connection
Direct flights on this route are £119.00 more expensive on average than flights with a stopover.
non stop flight
1 stop
2 stops
04h 55min
09h 00min
15h 00min
£327
£218
£208
Favourite connection: via Istanbul
When booking flights from London to Cairo 9 % of travellers prefer to fly via Istanbul.
Route
bookings
1 stopover Istanbul
14h 15min, from £272
9 %
1 stopover Rome Fiumicino Leonardo da Vinci
07h 00min, from £276
8 %
Direct flights
04h 55min, from £327
8 %

Travel Tips

The colourful city of Cairo

Cairo is a bustling and noisy city full of colour, beautiful mosques, elegant grand avenues and imposing 19th century palaces, as well as bazaars, souks and street after street of delicious food. All with a hazy view of the pyramids of Giza in the background.

Best time to travel for festivities and weather

The most pleasant time to travel to Cairo is from November until March, as the rest of the year can be unbearably hot. The Islamic festivals of Eid al-Adha and Eid al-Fitr, the end of Ramadam, fall on different dates each year. The Cairo International Film Festival is held in November.

Important information to know before travel

British passport holders require visas to enter Egypt and passports should be valid for at least six months from the date of entry. For further information contact Egyptian consulates. Vaccinations against hepatitis A, typhus, tetanus and diphtheria are recommended. Tap water is not suitable for drinking, and fruit and vegetables should be peeled or cooked before eating. Taking antiques and protected species of animals and plants out of the country is strictly forbidden.

Restaurant prices start at around 20 EGP, while street food prices begin at about 10 EGP, both cheaper than UK prices. Locally grown seasonal food is cheap to buy in the markets. Prices for alcohol, imported food, textiles and electrical equipment can be high. Bartering is the normal way of trading in souks and is widely expected.

Once you arrive: transport and accommodation

The number 356 bus runs from Cairo Airport to Tahrir Square, while the number 381 stops at Ramses Train Station, both with prices at around 2 EGP. Taxis are more expensive, with a trip from the airport costing approximately 200 EGP. Keep an eye on the meter and insist on paying the meter price, as taxis will often over-charge. Cairo has a well-developed public transport system of trains, urban trains, trams, buses, minibuses, underground services and ferries. Prices for most forms of public transport start at around 2 EGP. Taxis are cheaper than in Britain, with a fixed price for the first 3 km of about 5 EGP, then around 1.5 EGP per km. Tourists are often charged more, so visitors should be prepared to haggle.

Budget hostel accommodation starts at around 85 EGP per night, while 3-star hotel rooms are about 250 EGP per person per night.

Flight information London - Cairo
Cheap direct flights
Flight details London - Cairo
  • Flight duration: min. 04:40 / max. 05:00
  • Distance: 3521 km
  • Flights per week: 24
  • Return flight duration: min. 05:25 / max. 05:30