Cairo International Airport Guide (CAI)

Airport info
Code: CAI
Airport Road, Heliopolis, Cairo, Egypt

Cairo International Airport is located 22km (13.5 miles) northeast of Cairo in Heliopolis.

No. of terminals: 4 Dialling code: +20
+20 2 2265 5000.
Timezone: GMT ++02:00

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, public transport connections and nearby accommodation.

Airport news

Terminal 2 is currently closed for a total renovation and is scheduled to reopen towards the end of 2015. 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: +20 2 2265 5000) is available 24 hours a day. Tourist police (tel: +20 2 2265 3642) are located within the terminals and can also provide information.

Transfer between terminals

Shuttle buses and an automated people mover system link the terminals.

Driving directions

The airport and Heliopolis are well signposted from the city centre. From the city, head across the 6th October Bridge on to Salah Salem/El-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.

Public Transport

Public transport 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: +20 2 2265 5000).

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.

Terminal facilities


Cairo International Airport has banks and ATMs in Terminals 1 and 3. 24-hour bureaux de change services 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 paid-for Wi-Fi internet access is also accessible in most 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. A lost and found service is also present in Terminal 1 (tel: +20 2 2265 5246).


Other facilities available at Cairo International Airport include numerous tour operators and travel agencies, as well as pharmacies, located in the departure areas of Terminals 1 and 3.

Airport facilities

Conference and business

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: +20 2 2291 8520;

Additional meeting facilities are available at the new Le Méridien Cairo Airport hotel attached to Terminal 3 (tel: +20 2 2265 9600;

Disabled facilities

Wheelchairs are available on request - passengers should contact their airline for assistance. There are adapted toilets for the disabled within the terminals, along with dedicated car parking spaces close to the terminals.

Car parking

There are short- and long-term parking facilities directly outside all terminals. In total, more than 3,600 spaces are available.

Car rental

Car hire companies represented at Cairo International Airport include Avis, Budget, Europcar, Hertz and Sixt. Offices for these providers are located in all terminals.


There is one hotel located on-site at Cairo International Airport, and numerous others within the vicinity. Many of these nearby hotels run complimentary shuttle buses to and from the terminals.

Concorde El Salam

+20 2 2622 6000.

The 5-star Concorde El Salam hotel is a 10-minute drive from Cairo International Airport in the suburb of Heliopolis. The classically decorated hotel boasts two swimming pools and a casino and cinema complex, as well as a large choice of restaurants with options ranging from an English-style tea room to a sushi restaurant.

65 Abdel Hamid Badawi Street, Heliopolis, Cairo, Egypt

Novotel Cairo Airport Hotel

+20 2 2291 8520.

The 4-star Novotel Cairo Airport Hotel is located a short distance from Cairo International Airport and provides a shuttle bus service to/from the terminals. Hotel facilities include an outdoor pool, three meeting rooms and a children's play area.

Cairo Airport, Cairo 11776, Egypt

Le Meridien Heliopolis

+20 2 2290 5055.

Le Méridien Heliopolis has six meeting rooms seating up to 450 people, as well as a fitness centre, spa and four restaurants. The hotel provides a shuttle service to/from the airport (reservations should be made in advance).

51 El Orouba Street, Heliopolis, Cairo, Egypt