Cairo: Places to Explore

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Giza

It used to be that you approached Giza through green fields. Cairo's expansion means that now you have to run a gauntlet of raucously noisy city streets clogged with buses, vans, taxis, and the odd donkey cart, not to mention a busy four-lane bypass. Unfortunately, the large concrete towers lining the road obscure the view of the Giza pyramids that loom at the desert's edge.

Although Giza is technically a suburb, it's one of the more popular places for tourists to stay when they visit Cairo. If you are staying in Central Cairo, you can get to the Pyramids by taking the Metro to Giza station (£E1), then the public bus that plies a route along Pyramids Road (£E0.50). To get to the Pyramids by bus from central Cairo, take a CTA bus from Abdel Meneim Riyadh Station on Tahrir Square for £E2; it will bring you to the foot of the Giza Plateau opposite the Mena House Hotel. Hiring a taxi for the day to take you to the Pyramids and other ancient sites is by far the most convenient way to get to and from the site. Your hotel can arrange a taxi, or you can hail one in the street. A reasonable daylong taxi hire should cost £E30–£E40 per hour—if you bargain well.

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