Cairo International Airport
The last few years the international airport near the Egyptian capital has been significantly expanded and improved. In 2009 the new Terminal 3 became operational, not only doubling the capacity to 22 million passengers per year, but also improving the service level at Cairo Airport. Terminal 2 is temporarily closed for renovations and will be re-opened in 2013.
A so-called 'people mover' connects both terminals.
IATA airport code: CAI
ICAO airport code: HEKA
There's no train connection with Cairo Airport as yet, but a subway line is being constructed that will connect the airport with Mohandesin station (in Giza) in 2012.
Car and bus
Cairo International Airport is situated 22 kilometers northeast of the Egyptian capital. Until recently the infrastructure was completely inadequate, but since the opening of a new toll road the situation has improved significantly. The airport is easily accessible by rental car from Cairo's ring road. The way to the airport is clearly signposted.
Several bus services connect the airport with the Egyptian capital. For tourists the shuttle bus is easiest. This bus runs to Heliopolis, Nasr City, Cairo Center, Giza, Mohandesin, Zamalek, Maadi and the pyramids. In the Arrivals Halls of both Terminals 1 and 3 you can buy a bus ticket (Tel. +20(0)2 2265 3938).
Car rental Cairo Airport
You can rent a car in the Arrivals Halls of both Terminals 1 and 3. Six car rental companies are present at Cairo Airport: Avis, Budget, Europcar, J Car, Hertz and Thrifty. You can also book a rental car in advance using the service provided by EasyTerra; they compare the rates of several providers in a single quote.
There are many taxis outside the Arrivals Hall, but you will already be approached by drivers promising you a 'good price' inside the terminal. Although sometimes this is indeed the case, you better first inform yourself about the going rates. You can for example ask a fellow Egyptian traveler. You can also book a taxi in advance online via Cairo Taxi. The ride to Cairo's center takes 30-60 minutes, depending on traffic.
There are large parking lots outside Terminals 1 and 3. You pay 5 Egyptian pounds per hour. There's a parking garage near Terminal 2.
Le Meridien Cairo Airport (Tel. +20(0)2 3336 9100) which will have a direct connection with Terminal 3 will open in March 2012. Hotels nearby the airport include Iberotel Cairo Hotel & Casino (Tel. +20(0)2 2267 0099), Novotel Cairo Airport Hotel (Tel. +20(0)2 2291 8520) and Sheraton Towers & Casino (Tel. +20(0)2 3336 9800). For more hotels and to book online, you can go to Booking.com. They offer a large range of hotels at competitive internet rates.
Shops and restaurants
There's a good range of restaurants, cafés, (snack) bars and shops at Cairo Airport. If you have ever flown EgyptAir you know that this airline doesn't serve alcohol on board. You can however drink a beer (or something else) at the airport.
A lost-and-found desk is located in the Arrivals Hall. You cannot store your baggage at Cairo Airport.
There are several information desks in both the Arrivals and Departure Halls for inquiries about Cairo Airport, flight schedules and airport services. You can also approach airport employees walking around.
The business center in Terminal 1 offers basic facilities like faxing, copying and internet access. Extensive business facilities, like meeting space and conference rooms, are offered by the Novotel Cairo Airport and as of 2012 by the Le Meridien Hotel (see Hotels). There are also five VIP lounges at Cairo Airport: VIP Lounge, English Lounge, Italian Lounge, American Lounge and Egyptian Lounge.
Cairo Airport has good accessibility for the disabled. There are wheelchair ramps and adapted elevators and toilets. In the parking garage places have been reserved for disabled travelers.
There are banks, exchange offices and ATM's scattered around the terminals. There's also a post office and children's playgrounds. The First Aid station can be reached via +20(0)2 2265 5555. Free wireless internet (Wi-Fi) is available in the terminal.