Favourite airline: Alitalia
Most travellers looking for flights on the route from London to Cairo decide to book with Alitalia.
Alitalia
11 %
Lufthansa
9 %
Egyptair
7 %
Tip: book 2 months before departure
Save up to 44 % by booking flights 2 months before departure.
68 days before departure
Cheapest weekday: Wednesday
Flight tickets are cheapest on Wednesday when flights cost up to 10 % less.
Stopover flights are the cheapest connection
Compared to flights with a stopover, direct flights are £139.00 more expensive on this route.
non stop flight
1 stop
2 stops
04h 45min
16h 55min
10h 15min
£388
£249
£271
Favourite connection: via Istanbul
Stopover flights on this route are especially popular via Istanbul, making up 10 % of bookings.
Route
bookings
1 stopover Istanbul
08h 40min, from £349
10 %
1 stopover Athens
09h 15min, from £295
9 %
Direct flights
04h 45min, from £388
9 %
Return from £249.00
The price of a ticket for a flight on 23/10/19 and returning on 12/12/19 is currently £249.00.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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