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Visiting Cairo

History buffs will enjoy exploring Cairo, and visitors give high marks for the fascinating museums, beautiful gardens, and local tours. Tourists who journey to this culturally-rich city can discover its cafés, entertainment choices, and shopping. Top sights in the city include Great Sphinx of Giza, Pyramids at Giza, and Egyptian Museum.

  • There are 247 hotels and other accommodations in Cairo
  • The closest major airport is in Cairo (CAI-Cairo Intl.) 18.6 from the city center

Sightseeing and Staying in Cairo

Well known for its museums, the city's cultural venues include Egyptian Museum, Coptic Museum, and Museum of Islamic Art. The city is notable for its historic sites and landmarks like Great Sphinx of Giza, Pyramids at Giza, and Cairo Tower. Shopping is one of the favorite things to do, so consider an excursion to Khan el-Khalili, First Mall Cairo, and The First Mall.

In Cairo, you'll find 247 hotels and other lodging accommodations so you'll have ample places to choose from for a perfect vacation. These are top ones based on our user reviews:

  • Four Seasons Hotel Cairo Nile Plaza - With a stay at this 5-star hotel, guests can enjoy access to 2 outdoor pools and 5 restaurants, along with free WiFi. It's a favorite with Expedia travelers for its helpful staff and location.
  • Marvel Stone Hotel - Our customers like the helpful staff and location at this hotel. With a stay at this 3.5-star hotel, guests can enjoy access to free breakfast and a restaurant, along with free WiFi.
  • 3 Pyramids View Inn - With a stay at this 3-star guesthouse, guests can enjoy access to free breakfast and free parking, along with free WiFi. Expedia customers like its helpful staff and proximity to the airport.

Other favorite sights in Cairo include Sultan Hussan Mosque, Saladin Citadel, and Hanging Church. Outside the city, popular places to see include Pyramid of Djoser, located 12 mi (19.3 from the heart of the city, and Dahshur Pyramids, which is 16.5 mi (26.5 away.

Getting Around Cairo

To venture out into the surrounding area, ride aboard one of the trains from Cairo Rames Station. Cairo might not have many public transportation choices so consider a car rental to maximize your time.

Dressing for Cairo

  • Between January and March, you can expect the daytime average to be around 79°F and the nighttime average to be 47°F
  • From April to June, temperatures average about 95°F during the day and 55°F at night
  • July through September averages 96°F during the day and 67°F at night
  • In October-December, the average temperature is 88°F during the day and 49°F at night
  • About 0 inches of rain falls on Cairo each year
  • Hottest months are usually July and June with an average temperature of 95°F, while the coldest months are January and February with an average of 48°F

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Frequently asked questions

Where is the best place to stay in Cairo?
Giza Pyramids View Inn is a favourite property for Expedia customers. This 3-star hotel offers free breakfast and a restaurant. It is located a short 10-minute walk from Great Sphinx of Giza. Traveller reviews also recommend Sahara Pyramids Inn and Great Pyramid Inn as top options for your visit.
If I need to cancel my hotel reservation in Cairo, will I receive a refund?
Yes, the majority of room reservations are fully refundable provided that you cancel prior to the accommodation’s cancellation deadline, which is often 24 or 48 hours before your check-in date. If you booked a non-refundable reservation, you may still be able to cancel and be given a refund within 24 hours of your booking. Put in your dates and click on “Search”, then use the “free cancellation” filter to view the best options available in Cairo.
What's the best budget-friendly accommodation in Cairo?
Based on reviews, Bella Luna Hotel is a popular 2.5-star hotel for our travellers looking for an economical choice, and features free breakfast and free WiFi. Other good choices for your budget-friendly stay include City View Hotel and Hotel Grand Royal.
What's the best hotel for a family trip to Cairo?
Guardian Guest House is a top 3-star B&B on Expedia for families, and features free parking and free breakfast. Other good options for your stay with the children include Pyramids View inn Bed & Breakfast and Sofitel Cairo Nile El Gezirah. Also, attractions such as Dream Park and Giza Zoo are fun for children of all ages.
What's the best accommodation for a romantic holiday to Cairo?
Fairmont Nile City, Cairo is a favourite 5-star hotel for couples, and features deep-soaking baths and pillowtop beds. Other good options for your romantic getaway include Sofitel Cairo Nile El Gezirah and Pyramids Park Resort Cairo.
What's the best pet-friendly accommodation option in Cairo?
Lotus Hotel is a top hotel for people travelling with their pets, and offers a restaurant and 24-hour room service for its human guests. Other good choices to stay with your pet include Osiris Hotel and Four Seasons Hotel Cairo at Nile Plaza.
What's the best hotel for a beach holiday in Cairo?
JW Marriott Hotel Cairo is a top 5-star hotel located on the beach . Other good options for your stay near the beach include The Westin Cairo Golf Resort & Spa, Katameya Dunes and Guardian Guest House.
What's the best luxury accommodation option in Cairo?
Sofitel Cairo Nile El Gezirah is a 5-star hotel with 4 restaurants and 2 bars, and it’s a popular choice for Expedia travellers looking for a pampered stay. Kempinski Nile Hotel Cairo and Conrad Cairo are other upscale choices for your stay.
What's the best boutique accommodation in Cairo?
The Gabriel is a favourite 5-star hotel with Expedia travellers looking for stylish accommodation, and features 2 restaurants and 2 bars. Villa Belle Epoque and Golden Tulip Flamenco are two other options for a boutique stay.
What's the best place to stay if I'm looking to play golf in Cairo?
JW Marriott Hotel Cairo is a top 5-star hotel that has a golf course and features free WiFi. Other good options if you’d like to stay near a golf course include Swiss Inn Pyramids Golf Resort and Hilton Pyramids Golf. You can tee off at Dreamland Golf Course during your trip.
What's the best accommodation in Cairo to absorb the local history?
Based on our travel expertise, Pyramids View inn Bed & Breakfast is a top 3-star B&B for history buffs booking on Expedia, and it features free breakfast and a restaurant. A couple of other options to soak up the local history include Guardian Guest House and Mercure Cairo Le Sphinx Hotel. Also, notable landmarks to visit include Great Sphinx of Giza, Giza Pyramid Complex and Egyptian Presidential Palace.
What are some hotels with pools in Cairo?
Le Méridien Pyramids Hotel & Spa is a popular 5-star hotel featuring 2 outdoor swimming pools, a children’s pool and 4 restaurants. Other choices that feature an on-site pool include Sofitel Cairo Nile El Gezirah and JW Marriott Hotel Cairo.