Airfare to Cairo, Egypt
The crazy, striking capital of Cairo is one of the largest 15 cities in the world, with hundreds of ancient sites. The most famous attractions are nearby Giza Pyramids, Saqqara, and a trip down the nile. Shopping is also big business, especially at the Khan El-Khalili bazaar.
Airfare to Cairo will be the cheapest on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursday. Mondays are popular with business travellers and weekends are key dates for holidaymakers wanting the longest trips possible – avoid these dates.
Also consider flights into Tel Aviv, Israel. To get between the cities, you can grab a spot on a train, bus or flight. Look for cheap flights on no frills airlines. Although it will take longer to reach your destination, a bus or train could save you enough cash to make it worth your while.
Another possible money-saving tip is to look for flights that go through Nairobi, Kenya; Cape Town, South Africa; Lagos, Nigeria or another major gateway city instead of flying direct. Because there are more flights – and competition – from these cities on low budget airlines, you can save some cash over flying non-stop to your destination. It is very common to layover in one of these main cities.
Finally, consider traveling on a lesser-known carrier. EgyptAir is the national airline. However, Alitalia, Singapore Airlines and other airlines also stop in Cairo – which has the second-busiest airport in Africa.
The most expensive air tickets to Cairo are found during peak holiday travel times, such as the New Year. Also be aware of national events or festivals, which can also cause ticket prices to rise.
Summary of Money Saving Tips:
- Fly mid-week
- Book your holiday during the off-peak season
- Consider flying into Tel Aviv, Israel and traveling overland to Cairo via train or bus
- Look for flights that go through large cities, with many flights
- Check out carriers besides the national airline – they may undercut the monopolistic competition
For more information on Cairo, check out BootsnAll’s Cairo Travel Guide.