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About Cairo International Airport (CAI)

One of Africa’s busiest airports, Cairo International Airport is the main air transport hub for Egypt’s capital city, Cairo. Our Cairo International Airport guide provides information on airport facilities, public transport connections and nearby accommodation.

Airport news:

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.


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. The approximate driving time from the city centre is 25 minutes.

Transfer between terminals:

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

Airport Info

Airport Road

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

No. of terminals:

+20 2 2265 5000

Time Zone:
Eastern European Time
GMT +0200

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: 25LE). 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.


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: +20 111 111 3822;

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

Communication Facilities:

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.

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.

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