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Giza

Country
Egypt
State
Cairo
City
Giza
Type of Location
Multiple
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Places to Visit
How to Reach

By metro

Metro Line 2 now runs from Cairo into Giza, although it doesn't go all the way to the Pyramids. Get off at Giza station (not the terminus!). The pyramids are 8 km, 15-20 min trip due southwest on the long Al-Haram avenue that the train crosses over just before stopping at the station. That's effectively a 'right turn' from the line you've just been taking. Any number of minibuses and buses go to the site (known as 'al-haram' in Arabic'); they include the green public 900 and 997 buses.

By taxi

The Pyramids may be nearer than you think, so it's possible to take a tax to the Pyramids from any part of Cairo. There are essentially two options for this, unmetered & metered:

Older black & white taxis - meters are not used, so don't forget to haggle. Taxi drivers will nearly always want to take you to see their "brother's" perfume shop, or their "father's" carpet warehouse on the way - if you don't want to waste time doing this, and being put on the spot to make a purchase - just make it very clear that you only want to see the antiquities.

By bus

From central Cairo, the optimum way to get to the Giza Pyramids using public mass transit options is by bus routes 355 or 357 - a large white, air-conditioned coach with CTA (Cairo Transport Authority) on the side. Travelling every 20 minutes from the airport and Heliopolis, the bus stops (or doesn't - you may have to flag it down!) at the Abdel Menem Riyad Station in Midan Tahrir, next to the Egyptian Museum, before continuing out to Giza and the Pyramids. Tickets costs LE 2 - a bargain!

Key places to visit
Giza Plateau, Great Pyramid of Khufu (Cheops), Solar Barque Museum, Pyramid of Khafre (Chephren), Pyramid of Menkaure (Mycerinus)


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Places to Visit

Giza Plateau

All the worthwhile attractions within the Giza area are concentrated on the Giza Plateau at the end of Pyramids Road. Some people are shocked to travel down a street in Giza and see the tip of a Pyramid rise up over the golden arches of a McDonalds with a sign in Arabic - your idea of pyramids rising up out of an empty desert might not match the reality.

Great Pyramid of Khufu (Cheops)

the last surviving representative of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World, originally 146 m (479 ft) high but now slightly reduced to a still awe-inspiring 137 m (449 ft). Over 2 million blocks of stone were used to construct this edifice, all through manual labour.

Solar Barque Museum

located immediately alongside the southern face of the Great Pyramid, an exceptionally well-done museum showcasing an excavated and reconstructed "solar boat", buried along with the Pharaoh for use on his daily journey with the sun across the sky.

Pyramid of Khafre (Chephren)

slightly smaller than the Great Pyramid, though appearing from some angles to appear larger owing to a better position on the desert plateau.

Pyramid of Menkaure (Mycerinus)

the smallest of the Giza Pyramids at 62 m (203 ft) high (originally 66.5 m).

Right Time to Visit

February - April
October - December

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