Sleeping in Airports

Cairo Airport Guide

Whether you have a layover, overnight sleepover or you are just quickly passing through, our Cairo Airport Guide is a great place to start planning your visit.  Here, you’ll find information on services and facilities available inside the airport – including details about airport lounges, WiFi, mobile charging points, lockers, 24-hour food options, nearby hotels, and everything in between.

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

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 about their time spent at Cairo International Airport.

What to Expect

Cairo International Airport has three primary passenger terminals (T1, T2 and T3), as well as a seasonal Hajj terminal. An automated people mover links Terminal 1 with Terminals 2 and 3, the AirMall and multi-storey car park along; and Terminals 2 and 3 are also connected by an air bridge. Passengers must pass through terminal 1 for initial baggage screening, which can cause line-ups and chaos outside the entranceway. There are a variety of dining and shops both airside and landside in Terminals 1 and 3, but limited options in Terminal 2. Duty free shopping can also be found in Terminals 1 and 3. While most of the airport has been renovated or is new, travellers have reported that some bathrooms are in poor condition and lack adequate supplies. Therefore, we suggest you bring your own! Things to do at Cairo Airport are limited, so the WiFi may be your only saving grace. The airport contains lounges that offer fee-paid access to economy class passengers. See Airport Lounges below for locations and rates.

Where to Sleep

Travellers tend to mention Terminal 3’s Level 3 (landside) and Zone H has having plenty of lightly padded benches that can provide comfortable sleeping. For greater security solo travellers should try to sleep near other travellers. There is a 350-room hotel connected by skyway to Terminal 3, and numerous other hotels within easy shuttle distance. See Airport Hotels in the airport guide below for more details.

Good to Know

  • Passengers are not allowed to pass into secure areas of the airport earlier than three hours prior to departure. If you arrive early, it is not possible to pass through security early. You must remain in the public area of terminal.
  • 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.
  • Be wary of aggressive porters or self-alleged “airport employees” who promise to expedite you to the “first class line” for a fee. They will ask for your passport and appear to hold it hostage until you pay them for their services.

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.

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!

Terminal 1

Passes  First Class Lounge– Location: Terminal 1, Airside, 1st & 2nd Floors. Hours: open 24 hours. Lounge Access: Pay at the Door • Prepaid lounge passes • Lounge membership programs. [ more lounge info ]

Terminal 2

Passes  Pearl Assist – Location: Terminal 2, Airside, 1st Floor. Lounge Access: Prepaid lounge passes • Lounge membership programs. [ more lounge info ]

Passes  First Class Lounge– Location: Terminal 2, Airside, 1st Floor. Hours: open 24 hours. Lounge Access: Prepaid lounge passes • Lounge membership programs. [ more lounge info ]

Terminal 3

Passes  First Class Lounge– Location: Terminal 3 , airside, 2nd Floor. Hours: open 24 hours. Lounge Access: Pay at the Door • Prepaid lounge passes • Lounge membership programs. [ more lounge info ]

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

At Airport Le Meridien Cairo Airport
Connected to Terminal 3 by a pedestrian bridge. At the time of our 2017 update the hotel offered day rate at the rate of $110.00 USD, 10:00AM – 6:00PM. Unfortunately we don’t know if day rooms are still offered and what the 2018 rate is.  If you know, send us an email at [email protected] and we will update this info. » Check Rates

Near Airport Novotel Cairo Airport – (5 minutes from the airport) Free shuttle bus is available on request (seat must be pre-booked). Day rooms are available from 10:00AM to 7:00PM. » Check Rates

Near Airport Radisson Blu Hotel Cairo Heliopolis – (15 minutes from the airport) Airport shuttle is available on request. ($) » Check Rates

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.

Free WiFi is available at Cairo airport.

ATMs / Cash Machines – Need cash? ATMs are available. Fees may apply, so be sure to check your bank’s fee schedule and your daily withdrawal limit if you are travelling internationally. You may also want to notify your bank of your travel plans.
» 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, click here to update this airport guide.

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.

The airport is open 24 hours.

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.

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.

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

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.

Last updated: 2018-10-23

This guide is for informational purposes only to assist with your planning.  All information, including rates and hours, are subject to change at any time without notice.   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/update any items mentioned in the guide: update the airport guide or  write a review.