Cairo International Airport, Cairo, Egypt

Cairo International Airport is the busiest airport in Egypt and the second busiest in Africa, behind Johannesburg's OR Tambo Airport. Cairo Airport is located 15km from the centre of the capital.


The airport has three terminals in all. These are divided by airline rather than destination.


Since EgyptAir moved to Terminal 3, Terminal 1 hosts mainly foreign airlines, including the likes of Air France and KLM. The recent addition of the AirMall has helped give the terminal a passenger-friendly feel.


Terminal 2 closed in 2010 to allow contractors to modernise and enlarge the terminal. This is scheduled to re-open in late 2016.


Terminal 3 opened in 2009 with a size bigger than the other two terminals combined. It was originally used just for EgyptAir flights, but now also looks after all Star Alliance flights (including Air New Zealand, Lufthansa and United).


Terminals 1 and 3 are connected by a free shuttle bus. 

Airports near Cairo:

 Cairo International Airport

Driving hide 

There are car rental services on-site. Heliopolis is relatively well signposted. If you are travelling farther, make sure you plan your route before setting out.

Buses hide 

Public buses are available from Terminal 1 only. Buses to the centre of Cairo take between an hour and 90 minutes, with a ticket costing E£2. Most buses only have their destination written in Arabic, so be sure to check with the driver where it's going.


Shuttle buses are also available, but must be pre-booked. Prices are online, with the most popular journey to downtown Cairo costing E£35. The shuttle buses are quicker and more comfortable than public buses. 

Taxi hide 

There are two taxi types available from Cairo Airport: white taxis and limousine taxis (luxury taxis rather than celebrity-style vehicles).


White taxis should always use their meters. Drivers may try to offer you a fixed price, but be aware that this will always work in their favour, so insist on meters at all times. A trip into central Cairo should cost between E£30 and E£45.


The fancier taxis, however, do operate on a fixed-fee basis. There are four grades of this type of taxi, ranked A-D, with A being the most expensive. Ask to see a price list before you get in the vehicle. Prices can be found online too.


Uber is also available in Egypt, but prices are often not much, if any, cheaper than a taxi. 

 Who flies to Cairo

 Airport Contact Details

Cairo Airport

Airport Road,
11776 Cairo,

Tel:+20 (0)2 2655000, 2653413
Fax:+20 (0)2 6332522


Cairo Airport Company

 Location Details

Longitude:31° 24' 24'' E
Latitude:30° 8' 15'' N

 Airport Location

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