How to Travel to The Pyramids

How to Travel to The Pyramids
Located approximately 25km west of downtown Cairo, the Giza plateau is a sprawling expanse of desert which encompasses one of the world's most visited tourist destinations: the pyramids. A cemetery, or necropolis, this complex of structures once functioned as a burial ground for the elite who lived in the nearby city of Memphis. The three main pyramids were built to serve as the final resting place for the pharaohs Khufu, Khafre and Menkaure. Today, millions of tourists flock to the area each year, producing a major source of income for the surrounding area. Traveling to the Giza plateau can be accomplished by various methods, each with its good and bad points.
 

Instructions

Difficulty: Moderately Easy

Things You’ll Need:
  • Comfortable walking shoes Cash
  • Comfortable walking shoes
  • Cash
 
Step 1
To reach the pyramids by train, take Cairo Metro Line 2, which runs west from Cairo, and get off at the Giza Railway station. This will be the stop immediately following the Cairo University stop, and the fifth stop from the main Sadat station in downtown Cairo. The metro does not extend to the pyramids, but there are buses and other modes of transportation which will take you the remaining 10 km to the main tourist areas.
Step 2
Travel to the pyramids by public transportation using the Cairo bus system. Several buses will take you from Cairo to the Giza area, but the number 355/357 bus is one of the most commonly used routes. In contrast to taxis or minibuses, the 355/357 bus is large, comfortable and has air conditioning, which can be a welcome amenity in the desert heat.
Step 3
To avoid timetables and schedules, hire a taxi to carry you to the pyramids. Like most major cities, Cairo is overrun with taxis of all makes and models. The most common are the black and white fiats or the yellow taxis. The biggest difference is that the yellow taxis are typically metered, where the others are not. Upon flagging down a taxi, ask the driver about the fare to your destination. Be prepared to haggle on the price; this is common. If you want to save a little money, consider taking the Cairo Metro down to the Giza Railway stop and then hire a taxi for the remaining distance to the pyramids.
Step 4
While not recommended for the faint of heart, renting a car in Cairo is also an option. Cairo, like Paris, London or Rome, is extremely congested with constant traffic jams and confusing road signage. Driving to the Giza plateau should be undertaken with great caution and patience. Avis, Hertz and Budget all operate car rental offices in Cairo, as well as at the airport.
 

Tips & Warnings

 
Bus route 355/357 stops directly behind the Cairo Museum. The underground train starts running at 5:30am, which will get you to the pyramids before the heat and crowds start to build up. To save money on a taxi, walk away from your hotel and hail a taxi in the street.
 
Bus route 355/357 stops directly behind the Cairo Museum.
 
The underground train starts running at 5:30am, which will get you to the pyramids before the heat and crowds start to build up.
 
To save money on a taxi, walk away from your hotel and hail a taxi in the street.
 
Minibus service is available, but can be crowded and hot. If you aren't comfortable negotiating, stay away from the taxis and stick to public transportation.
 
Minibus service is available, but can be crowded and hot.
 
If you aren't comfortable negotiating, stay away from the taxis and stick to public transportation.

Article Written By Jeff O'Kelley

Jeff O'Kelley is a professional photographer and writer, currently based in the Tampa, Florida area. His images and words have been featured by websites and publications such as CNN, Creative Loafing and Tampa Bay Times. O'Kelley holds associate degrees in telecommunications and website design from St. Petersburg College.

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