Cairo International Airport Guide (CAI)
Code: CAINo. of terminals: 4 Dialling code: +20Timezone: GMT ++02:00
Al Orouba Street, Heliopolis, Cairo, Egypt
Cairo International Airport is located 22km (13.5 miles) northeast of Cairo in Heliopolis.
(02) 265 5000/1.
One of Africa’s busiest airports, Cairo International Airport is the main air transport hub for Egypt’s capital city. Our Cairo International Airport guide provides information on airport facilities, transport connections and contact details.
Terminal 2 is currently closed for a total renovation and will reopen during 2015. A new on-site 5-star is due to open in December 2013. The construction of a new Cairo Metro line linking the airport with the city is planned to open in 2019.
Information desks are located in the arrivals and departures halls and in the transit hall. Flight information (tel: (02) 634 8566) is available 24 hours a day. Tourist police (tel: (02) 265 2313) are located within the terminals and can also provide information.
The airport and Heliopolis are well signposted from the city centre. From the city, head across the 6th October Bridge on to Salah Salem/Al-Orouba Road. This leads directly to Heliopolis where the airport is located. Cairo International Airport can also be reached via a link road from the Cairo Ring Road.
Bus: Public buses run to a number of destinations in the city from outside the terminals. Intercity connections link the airport with Alexandria.
Shuttle: A shuttle bus service connects the airport with Heliopolis and central Cairo (journey time: 45 minutes; fare: 35LE). It operates at half-hourly intervals and it is recommended to reserve in advance (tel: 19970).
Taxi: Taxis to central Cairo are available from outside Arrivals (journey time: 30 minutes; fare: around 80LE). Haggling is recommended for cabs with no meter, while newer white taxis have meters.
Cairo International Airport has banks and ATMs in Terminals 1 and 3. 24-hour bureaux de change are located in the departure areas of all terminals.
The on-site post office is open 24 hours a day. There are public telephones throughout the airport and Wi-Fi (chargeable) is also accessible in many areas of the terminals.
There are numerous restaurants at Cairo International Airport, including a range of international fast-food and coffee chains. Bars are located in the departure halls of Terminals 1 and 3 and are open 24 hours a day.
Many shops, including duty-free outlets, gift retailers, clothes shops, bookshops and newsagents, are located in the departure halls of Terminals 1 and 3 and in the transit hall.
Baggage trolleys and porters are available. Left-luggage facilities can be found in both terminals.
The business centre in Terminal 1 provides computer and fax services. There is a choice of VIP lounges in the terminals, which can also provide a range of business services upon request. In addition, business facilities and meeting rooms can be found in the Novotel Cairo Airport Hotel (tel: (02) 2291 8520; www.novotel.com).
Additional meeting facilities will be available at the new Le Méridien Cairo Airport hotel attached to Terminal 3 (tel: (02) 748 2301; www.starwoodhotels.com), which is due to open in July 2013.
The Cairo International Convention and Exhibition Centre (www.cicc.egnet.net) is within 10km (6 miles) of the airport.
There are short- and long-term parking facilities directly outside all terminals. In total, more than 3,600 spaces are available.
Car hire companies represented at Cairo International Airport include Avis, Budget, Europcar, Hertz, Sixt and Thrifty. Offices are located in all terminals.