Cairo is the capital of Egypt, a city rich in world famous history, it is a great place to explore Egyptian history and culture. Even though Cairo is an ancient city; but it is also a modern metropolis. If you are visiting Egypt then Cairo must be on your Itinerary.
There is a lot of things to see/visit in Cairo that I would recommend at least three days, but if you only have 24 hours to stay in Cairo, then this is the perfect itinerary for you.
1. How to Get Your Visa for Egypt
5. Best Time to Visit Cairo
2. 9 Things to do in 24 Hours in Cairo
6. Accommodations in Cairo
3. How to Get to Cairo
7. Best Cafes & Restaurants in Cairo
4. How to Move Around Cairo
How to Get Your Visa for Egypt
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9 Things to do in 24 Hours in Cairo
1. Giza Plateau - Giza Necropolis - Giza Pyramid Complex
The Pyramids of Giza are the number one thing you need to visit whenever you are in Cairo. Pyramids are royal tombs, and discoveries are done in that area. You will also find The Great Sphinx of Giza there; which is a large limestone statue with the body of a line and the headed of a human, this is an iconic symbol and it is a must see.
You will find three Pyramids there; Pyramid of Khufu, Pyramid of Khafre, and Pyramid of Menkaure. The Giza Plateau is also set to welcome The Grand Egyptian Museum which will be the biggest museum in the world with exhibitions of antiques from a single civilization.
You can arrive by Uber or Careem there, and then book your tickets at the entrance of you can book it online. Opening hours are from 07:00 until 17:00, and tickets costs EGP 200 for adults and EGP 100 for students (For Egyptians and Arabs tickets costs EGP 40 for adults and EGP 20 for students), these are entry tickets to The Giza Plateau only, and last ticket can be bought at 16:00. Inclusive tickets that allow entry into the Great Pyramid and Khufu's Boat Museum costs EGP 600 for adults and EGP 300 for students.
Please do not support the use of camels or horse carriages, it is easy to get around on foot via the pavement.
2. The Egyptian Museum
A great way to go back in time is by visiting The Egyptian Museum which is the home of the world's greatest collection of ancient Egyptian artifacts. It is recommended to plan to stay between 2 to 4 hours exploring the museum. Make sure to visit the Tutankhamun Gallery.
The museum is open from 09:00 until 17:00, and tickets can be bought at the entrance of the museum, and ticket window closes at 16:15. Tickets costs EGP 200 for adults and EGP 100 for students (For Egyptians; tickets costs EGP 30 for adults and EGP 10 for students).
3. Salah Al-Din Al-Ayoubi Castle
Cairo's Citadel is a medieval Islamic era fortification in Cairo that was built by Salah Al-Din Al-Ayoubi, this is one of the most iconic monuments in Islamic Cairo. You can view the whole city of Cairo from the hilltop. You will find the Mosque of Muhammad Ali at the hilltop, and you will also find Mosque of Al Nasser Mohammed Ibn Kalawoun and the Nationals military Museum.
Cairo Citadel is open from 09:00 until 17:00, and tickets costs EGP 180 for adults and EGP 90 for students (For Egyptian and Arabs; tickets costs EGP 40 for adults and EGP 20 for students), for night visiting hours tickets costs EGP 160 for adults and EGP 80 for students (For Egyptians and Arabs; tickets costs EGP 30 for adults and EGP 10 for students).
4. Mosque of Muhammad Ali
The Mosque of Muhammad Ali is located on the hilltop in the Citadel of Cairo. The mosque is a beautiful site to visit and it has a view overlooking the entire city. Entrance is free since you buy tickets for the entry of the citadel, and opening hours are mentioned above for the Citadel of Cairo.
5. The Coptic Museum
The Coptic Museum contains a lot of information on Egypt's early Christian period and you will find one of Egypt's finest collections of Coptic art. The museum is open from 09:00 until 17:00, and last ticket can be bought at 16:00. Tickets costs EGP 100 for adults and EGP 50 for students (For Egyptians; tickets costs EGP 20 for adults and EGP 10 for students).
6. Synagogue Ben Ezra
Located in Coptic Cairo, and it is said to be built near the spot where baby Moses was found. It is open from 09:00 until 16:00 and entrance is free.
7. St. Sergius and St. Bacchus Church
It is said that this is where the Holy Family sheltered during King Herod's massacre of male babies. The church is open from 08:00 until 17:00 and entrance is free. You will also find a map of the Journey of the Holy Family in that area.
8. St. George's church
St. George's Church is a greek orthodox church in Coptic Cairo within the Babylon Fortress, and the church dates back to the 10th century. The church is open from 09:00 until 15:00 and it is free to enter.
9. The Hanging Church
The Hanging Church is built on top of the ancient Roman Fortress of Babylon hence the name 'The Hanging church'. This is one of the oldest churches in Egypt and it dates back to the third century, and the church belongs to the Coptic Orthodox Church of Alexandria. You can see how the church is hanging through glass floor areas in the church and through a small window in the church.
How to Get to Cairo
Cairo International Airport is the busiest airport in Egypt and serves as the primary hub for several airlines. So, it will be easy to reach Cairo that way, and chances are you will find a direct flight from where you are coming from.
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How to Move Around Cairo
Moving around Cairo is easy since services like Uber and Careem are accessible and cheap as well so it will be easy to hop from one place to another. You can also use a taxi but you will need to pay in cash as they do not accept credit/debit cards.
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Best Time to Visit Cairo
The best time to visit Egypt in general is between October and April, but when it comes to Cairo, if you are looking for a nice and warm weather, then it is best to visit in October, November, and April. You can of course visit Egypt during the summer, but it gets really hot during that time.
Accommodations in Cairo
Since Cairo is a huge city, there is a vast variety of hotels that you can find. If you are looking for luxurious hotels, then you will find them along the Nile River or near the Pyramids of Giza such as the Four Seasons, Sofitel Cairo El-Gezirah & Marriott Mena House. If you are looking for mid-range options, then you will find them in Zamalek - my favorite district - and Garden City districts, such as Steigenberger El Tahrir & Hotel Longchamps. If you are looking for budget friendly hotels; then you will find them in Downtown district such as Cairo Golden Plaza Hotel & Osiris Hotel.
If you prefer to stay in an Airbnb then you will be able to find a lot options that suits your budget, you will find a lot of hostels if you prefer to stay there. The point is; Cairo is a large city so your options are endless, and it doesn't matter where you stay in Cairo since you will enjoy it regardless.
Best Cafes & Restaurants in Cairo
Sea Salt Cafe & Bakery (Gluten-free, vegan options available)
Eish + Malh (Gluten-free)
Zooba (Best Koshari in Cairo)
The Bakery Shop (Desert)
Naguib Mahfouz Cafe (Located near Khan El Khalili)
Abou El Sid (Egyptian cuisine)