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Cairo Airport Guide

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In this section you will find traveller airport reviews as well as our Cairo Airport Guide with info on WiFi, lounges, facilities and services....and yes, even the names of some airport hotels in case you decide that sleeping in the airport is not for you!

I asked security to wake me up at 7am (I was tired!) and they actually did.
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Airport Overview

To help you plan your layover or overnight sleepover, we are here to give you the low-down on what travellers have reported back to us during their time at Cairo Airport.

What to Expect

  • Cairo airport consists of four terminals. Terminal 1 (old terminal, still in use), Terminal 2 (recently renovated), Terminal 3 (new terminal) and the Seasonal Flight Terminal (for Saudia's Hajj flights). Terminals 2 and 3 are connected via an air-bridge.
  • An Automated People Mover moves passengers between Terminal 1, Terminal 2 / 3, the AirMall and the multi-storey car park. Air-conditioned trams carry passengers along the 1.8km track.
  • In Terminal 1, all baggage is screened before entering the terminal. This can result in chaos with a lot of pushing and shoving in a small area before you even get inside the terminal.
  • Have your passports and documents handy as they will be checked frequently.
  • Several bathrooms are reportedly in poor condition and lack basic supplies. Have plenty of tissue and hand santizer ready!
  • Passengers are allowed to pass through from the public to secure zone 3 hours prior to departure. If you arrive early, it is not possible to pass through security early. You must remain in public area of terminal.
  • Free WiFi is available. See WiFi below.

Where to Sleep

  • In Terminal 3, multiple reviewers mention Level 3 (Landside) and Zone H as having a lot of lightly padded benches to spend a relatively comfortable night. 
  • If you are sleeping in the airport alone, try to find another traveller to sleep near.
  • For more comfort, there is an airport hotel connected to Terminal 3. See Airport Hotels below.

Good to Know

  • Be on alert for aggressive porters and "employees" who offer to take you to the "first class line". They will ask for your passport and appear to hold it hostage until you pay.
  • Economy class passengers can pay to use one of the first class lounges. See Airport Lounges below for locations and rates.

For more information about the services and facilities available, scroll down to continue exploring our Cairo Airport Guide. Send us your airport tips to help us keep this information up to date.

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Cairo Airport Information

In this guide we may refer to locations as "landside" and "airside". Landside is the public area of the terminal located in the non-secure zone, before security. Airside is the secure area of the terminal that you must reach by going through security.

Airport Lounges

Pay-per-use, Single Visit Passes & Lounge Memberships

Regardless of what class of service you are flying, there are lounges that you can enter by paying at the door, purchasing a lounge pass or through a lounge membership program (ie. Priority Pass). Visit the individual lounge page for more details about the lounge itself and to also find out how you can gain lounge access with just an economy class ticket!

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Airport Hotels

If sleeping at the Cairo Airport does not appeal to you, there are hotels near the airport:

  • At AirportLe Meridien Cairo Airport - Connected to Terminal 3 by a pedestrian bridge. The hotel offers a day rate of $110.00 USD, 10:00AM - 6:00PM. Hourly rates are also available, minimum 2 hour stay at $45.00 USD for the 1st 2 hours and $10.00 USD per hour after, maximum stay is 5 hours and does not include overnights.
  • Novotel Cairo Airport - (5 minutes from the airport) Free shuttle bus service available on request (seat must be pre-booked). Day rooms are available from 10:00AM to 7:00PM.
  • Radisson Blu Hotel Cairo Heliopolis - (15 minutes from the airport) Airport shuttle is available on request for $15 USD each way.

To see more options there is a list of hotels near Cairo Airport on Tripadvisor that can be sorted by price, distance, traveller rating and popularity.

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Airport WiFi / Internet

Free WiFi is available at Cairo airport.

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More Services, Facilities & Things To Do On A Layover At The Airport

  • ATMs / Cash Machines -Terminal 1: Most of the ATMs can be found in Arrival Halls 1 and 3, but there are also a few in Departures. Terminal 3: Almost all of the ATMs are located in the Meet and Greet area of the Arrivals Hall, but there are a few located landside in Departures.
  • Currency Exchange - Several banks offer full-service banking and currency exchange in Terminals 1 and 3.
  • Duty Free & Shopping - Duty-free shopping is available in Terminals 1 (1st Floor) and 3. In addition, a variety of retail shops are available landside and airside.
  • Food & Drinks - At the time of this update, there were many food options such as Burger King, McDonalds, Starbucks, Ritazza, Upper Crust and more. However, it was not known if there are any 24 hour food concessions.
  • Luggage Storage & Lockers - Not available.
  • Medical Services - Urgent and emergency medical care is available at the airport’s First Aid station. For access, seek the assistance of an airport staff member.
  • Mobile Charging - At the time of this update, we did not have any information about mobile charging availability. If you know, write a review or email us at guides@sleepinginairports.com.
  • Pharmacy - The airport has two: Dr. Vivian Pharmacy in Terminal 1, and El Ezaby Pharmacy in Terminal 3. Location and hours: unknown.
  • Rest Zones - Not available.
  • Showers - Not available.
  • Smoking - Designated smoking rooms are available in these locations: T3, airside, between Gates F9 and F10   •   T3, airside, between Gates G2 and G3.

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Airport Hours

The airport is open 24 hours.

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As of March 2018, Cairo airport is served by the following airlines: EgyptAir • Air Canada • Etihad Airways • Swiss • Lufthansa • Emirates • Royal Jordanian • Saudia Air • China Air • Aegean Airlines • Turkish Airlines • Austrian Airlines • Alitalia • British Airways • Ethiopian Airlines • Brussels Airlines • Air France • Royal Air Maroc.

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Airport Transportation: Getting To/From The Airport


The airport is served by CTA City buses which provide connections to the city as well as buses that connect you to farther locations (services provided by companies such as West Delta, Upper Egypt, East Delta, and Super Jet). Ask for assistance at the airport. All buses depart from the parking area of Terminal 1.

Car Rentals

The following car rental companies have offices onsite (in all terminals): Avis, Budget, Dollar, Europcar, Hertz and Sixt.

Shuttle Buses

The airport is served by shuttle buses which will take passengers quickly and comfortably to a variety of destinations. At the time of this January 2018 update, sample fares (one way, one adult) include: Downtown 35 LE; Alharam - El Maadi 45 LE; or Heliopolis 25 LE. Buses depart every half an hour. Go to the shuttle bus customer service counter (arrivals area of Terminal 1 and 2) for assistance.


Taxis are readily available. The airport suggests you use the services of the white or yellow taxis as they are metered. If you choose to take the older, black/white taxis, be sure to negotiate your price before getting in.

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Last Updated: 13 November 2017

This guide is for informational purposes only to assist with your planning and is subject to change at any time. The information in this airport guide is based on information collected and/or received from the airports, lounges, hotels, transportation providers and their web sites. We are not representatives of any of the above mentioned service providers. To report errors, or to add/change any items mentioned in the guide, please contact us .