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Car Hire from Cairo Airport

Car Hire from Cairo Airport

Cairo, Egypt is a city renowned for its history and culture. It sits on the River Nile and is home to the Giza pyramids, one of the last remaining wonders of the world. In the surrounding region, there are lots of historical sites to explore. Hire cars are available at Cairo Airport and give you the freedom to discover Egypt under your own steam.

Where to hire a car at Cairo Airport

A number of car hire companies operate at Cairo Airport including Avis, Sixt, Hertz, Budget and Europcar. All of the companies have desks in each of Cairo Airport’s terminal buildings. They are located in the arrivals halls.

Petrol Stations near Cairo Airport

If you need to return your rental car with a full tank of petrol, you’ll find a petrol station located at the start of Airport Road, leading up to the airport. It’s a Caltex garage around 10 minutes’ drive from the terminal on El-Nasr Road.

Driving around Cairo Airport

Cairo Airport sits on a well-connected road network with easy routes to Cairo city and beyond. El-Orouba and El Nasr roads lead from the airport towards Cairo city centre. Josip Broz Tito Street leads towards the city’s ring road which provides connections to roads travelling towards Alexandria, Port Said and Beni Suef.

You’ll need an International Driving Permit to drive in Egypt. This is different to your standard international driving license. You should apply for your permit before you travel and it will be valid for up to a year after the date of issue.

Driving on Egyptian roads can be an eventful experience. Roads aren’t always in good condition and drivers are prone to making up their own rules. You should take extra care on the roads and try to avoid travelling out of cities or resorts at night.

Getting to your destination

Cairo Airport offers easy car access to a variety of city and countryside locations, including the following.


Cairo is Egypt’s crowded capital and a great place to learn about the history and culture of this diverse country. There are ancient buildings, museums including the Egyptian Antiquities Musuem and The Coptic Museum and elegant palaces. You can spend your days eating delicious cuisine and soaking up the atmosphere at a traditional coffee house. Nile river cruises and trips to the pyramids of Giza are both easily arranged too.

It takes around 30 minutes to get from Cairo Airport to Cairo city, taking the El Orouba road. Driving through the city is usually slow going due to congestion. Drivers should be aware that few drivers obey the rules and it’s wise to use your horn before making a manoeuvre just to alert other drivers to your presence. Parking in the city is often as chaotic as the driving. Official car parks are rare although valet parking is available outside some shops and cafes.

Lake Qaroun

Lake Qaroun offers a beautiful retreat from the hustle and bustle of Cairo. It also provides a home for a great selection of wildlife including wintering water birds. Visitors can enjoy bird watching or fishing, visit the area’s small museum and explore a range of ancient ruins. The artist village of Tunis, a great place for pottery shopping, is also within easy reach.

Lake Qaroun is around two hours’ drive from Cairo Airport, driving into Cairo city and then taking Giza Luxor road south. The small towns around Lake Qaroun are easier to drive around than Cairo. However, you should still be on the look-out for poor road surfaces and chaotic driving from other drivers.


Tanta is one Egypt’s oldest cities and home to one of the country’s largest universities. The city can be found to the north of Cairo. It’s most popular attraction is the Al Sayed El Badawy mosque, an impressive structure dating back to the 18th century. Visitors can learn more about the city’s history at the Tanta Museum of Antiquities, which contains five floors of artefacts.

Tanta is two hours’ drive from Cairo Airport, taking the ring road north west before connecting to Cairo – Alexandria Agricultural Road. Like Cairo, Tanta is a large city and care should be taken when navigating its busy roads. Take it slowly and obey the rules of the road but don’t presume that other drivers will be doing the same.

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