The Pyramids of Giza is situated in Giza just west of Cairo, the capital and largest metropolis in Egypt. Giza is best known for its world famous Pyramids. Together with the Sphinx, it the iconic image of Egypt, representing its ancient human civilization.
Getting to the Pyramids of Giza
Giza is to the west of Cairo. You can get there by Metro and a short taxi ride from central Cairo, costing around $5. Alternatively, you can order an Uber from anywhere within the city. It is also possible to get there directly from the airport in Cairo. The drive takes around an hour by Uber, and should cost around $15 – $20.
Prices at the Pyramids of Giza
The public transport from Cairo to Giza is very affordable. A Metro ride is around $0.5. An Uber trip from Giza Metro station to the Pyramids will be around $5.
Depending on what attractions you’d like to visit, the fees will be vary as follows.
|Attraction||Price per person “Egyptian Pounds”|
|Entry to the inside of the Great Pyramid||200|
|Entry to the inside of the 2nd or the 3rd Pyramid||40|
|Entry to the Solar Boat Museum at Giza Pyramids||60|
If you are good at bargaining and you really want to ride a camel or horse, 100-150 Egyptian Pounds for a 1 hour ride per person is usual. Don’t pay more than that. Be sure to agree on a price before getting on the camel. You will be charged more if you didn’t agree to a price in advance. The camel owners can be quite aggressive sometimes.
Where to stay in Giza
Numerous accommodation options are available in Cairo, from a dorm room in a budget hostel to luxury hotels offering panoramic views of Cairo’s skyline. If you’d like get a head start on your visit to the pyramids you can stay in Giza. We booked a four-bed room for $40 per night in a hotel with a view of the pyramids from the hotel room window. However, you should always be careful of any scams and offers from the people on the street and from the hotel owners, especially the horse/camel rides tours. Simply refuse politely.
How much time will you need there
For visiting the Pyramids of Giza, 4 hours is more that enough time. In fact, it will be enough to visit the Sphinx, all three pyramids, and even get inside of one of them.
When is the best time to visit the Pyramids of Giza
If you want to take the best pictures alone with the pyramids, it’s best to get up early. Also, the weather won’t be too hot early in the morning. The best season to go is definitely winter time or early spring/late autumn, from November to April. We visited the pyramids at noon in July. It was unbearable hot at that time and can’t imagine doing it again. Not a good idea.
What to do there
Visit the Pyramids and the Sphinx. It’s a must see if you’re in Cairo.
What should you not do
A visit to the inside of one of the pyramids can be interesting, but don’t expect anything spectacular. If you are on a tight budget you can do the small pyramid for 40 LL instead of The Great Pyramid (the biggest one of the three) for 200 LL.
Why should the Pyramids of Giza be on my bucket list
How can you come to Egypt and not have a selfie with the pyramids? It is no wonder that Giza is such a popular destination. The Pyramids and Sphinx will take you back to ancient Egypt. So what are you waiting for?