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Airports in Egypt

Cairo International Airport (CAI)

Overview

The biggest airport in Egypt, Cairo International Airport is the main gateway to the wonders of the ancient pharaohs, serving more than 16 million passengers each year. The airport is located 14 miles (22km) outside of Cairo, and is accessible by bus or taxi.

The facilities at Cairo International Airport are good, especially in the brand-new Terminal 3, which boasts more than 5,000 square feet of retail space and a food court. The terminals are spread out over two miles (3km) apart, so passengers should allow time for the shuttle ride when transferring.

Cairo is also a busy air traffic hub, with many flights between the east and west connecting in the city; for this reason flights to Cairo airport are available from many cities in North America, Europe, Africa and Asia.

Location

The airport is situated 14 miles (22km) from Cairo.

Getting to the city

There are taxis outside the main arrivals hall; the journey to central Cairo takes around 45 minutes. An Airport Shuttle bus is a convenient way to get from the airport to downtown Cairo and along the Pyramids Road in Giza. Public buses and air-conditioned coaches also leave regularly from Terminal 1.

Time

Local time is GMT +2.

Contacts

Tel: +(202) 2265 5000.

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Luxor International Airport (LXR)

Location

The airport is situated four miles (6km) east of Luxor city.

Getting to the city

The best way to the city is by taxi (journey time 15min), but there is also a regular bus service available, although it is generally very crowded.

Time

Local time is GMT +2.

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El Nouzha Airport (ALY)

Location

El Nouzha Airport is located in Alexandria, 4.3 miles (7 km) south-east of the city centre.

Getting to the city

Taxis are available outside the terminal building and fares should be negotiated before entering the taxi. Drivers often prefer to be paid in US Dollars, Euros or British Pounds.

Time

GMT+2

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Hurghada Airport (HRG)

Overview

Hurghada International Airport is one of the main gateways (along with Sharm El-Sheikh) to Egypt's popular Red Sea resorts. Located three miles (5km) from El Dahar in central Hurghada, the airport handles about seven million passengers each year.

The airport's single terminal has recently expanded to add a number of duty-free stores and restaurants and a second runway. The facility is much larger and more modern, contrasting sharply with the cramped chaos of the old terminal.

Location

Hurghada Airport is located 3 miles (5km) south of the city of Hurghada El Dahar.

Getting to the city

Taxis are available outside the terminal building but rates should be negotiated before entering the taxi. Drivers often prefer to be paid in US Dollars, Euros or British Pounds. The journey time to Hurghada El Dahar (Downtown) is approximately 20 minutes. You can also find transfers from the airport to town by minivan or bus; minibuses are available outside the airport, leaving once full.

Time

GMT+2

Contacts

Tel: +20 65 344 2592.

see full airport guide


Sharm el-Sheikh International Airport (SSH)

Overview

Sharm el-Sheikh Airport is an airport well known by many holidaymakers from across Europe. The airport, also known as Ophira Airport, is the gateway to Egypt's popular Sharm el-Sheikh and Dahab resorts.

A number of charter companies and low-cost carriers offer cheap flights to Sharm el-Sheikh. The small airport handles over seven million passengers each year and although there are often complaints about dirty facilities and luggage theft, it is still Egypt's second busiest airport.

Location

Sharm el-Sheikh International Airport is located 11 miles (18km) north-east of Sharm el Sheikh centre, near Ras Nasrani.

Getting to the city

Regular taxis and tourist taxis, which are known to charge almost double that of regular ones, can be found at the taxi rank outside the arrivals area. Blue and White taxis are the only ones allowed to go into the town centre of Naama Bay. Minibuses also operate to Sharm el Sheikh and leave once full. The journey to Sharm el-Sheikh centre is approximately 20 minutes.

Time

GMT+2

Contacts

Tel: 069 362 3353.

see full airport guide


Cairo International Taxis: the taxi fares above are intended as a guideline only.

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