Cairo is best visited between September and May, referred to as 'non summer', temperatures rest between 17C and 25C, in contrast to highs of 38 C in summer proper. You need also to consider the timing of Ramadan - during which whole towns shut before 3pm - think closed bars and restaurants due to fasting and abstinence from alcohol.
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The main language is Arabic although most traders will happily try some Pidgin English, or French or Italian. Making international calls from Cairo can be expensive so shop around for a phone card rather than just dialing out of your hotel.
Cash, card or cheque?
Piastres and Pounds.
Exchange money before travelling and take US$ with you for the best deals.
Expect to pay 2.50 Egyptian pounds (UK£2) for a bottled water in a bar, and UK£8 for a beer. Taxi drivers and market sellers, will definitely expect a haggle, starting at prices they expect to be knocked down on.
We know a total of 18 attractions in Cairo. See all Cairo attractions.
The Pyramids, the Sphinx, the Museums, the Nile, Aswan... the difficulty with travelling around Egypt is what you'll have to miss!
To really visit Cairo you need to experience both ends of the scale: spend hours peacefully tracing Egypt's history in the Egyptian Museum, and hours negotiating the alleyways of goods and noise making up the bazaar, Khan-el-Khalili.