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Getting to the Pyramids of Giza Complex | Location, Directions, Best Routes, Parking & More

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No trip to Egypt would be complete without a visit to the iconic Pyramids of Giza. These pyramids were constructed around 4500 years ago to house the tombs of Pharaohs. They are located on the Giza Plateau, just 15 km from central Cairo, and attract millions of tourists each year. If you’re planning to visit the Giza Necropolis, here’s all the information you need on the Pyramids of Giza location and how to get there.

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Getting to the Pyramids of Giza from Cairo

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By taxi

Avg. travel time: 30 mins
You can flag down a taxi, or pre-book a taxi and ask them to wait for you until you’ve finished your visit. 

  • Black taxis don’t have a meter or air-conditioning, so you might have to negotiate prices. 
  • White taxis have a fare meter and air-conditioning.
  • Yellow taxis are the most expensive and can be pre-booked.

Fares from central Cairo: LE30 to 50.

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By Uber

Avg. travel time: 30 mins

  • You can book an Uber to take you to the Pyramids. 
  • It is both convenient and also will not involve haggling for the price.  
  • When booking the cab, remember to pick the entrance you wish to use. 
  • There are two entrances to the Giza Complex - the Great Pyramid entrance, or the Sphinx entrance.

Fares from central Cairo: LE 60 onwards

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By Careem

Avg. travel time: 30 mins

  • Careem is the Middle East’s version of Uber.
  • You can use their Android or iOS apps to book a ride to the Pyramids 
  • There is also the option to hire a car for a half-day or full-day. 
  • They offer real-time GPS tracking, credit card payment. 
  • Careem also gives users the option to choose women drivers. 

Fares from central Cairo: LE 60 onwards; or LE 800-1200 for half a day.

Getting to the Pyramids of Giza by public transportation

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By public bus

Avg. travel time: 1 hour
Nearest stop: Al Mansour Road

  • From central Cairo, you can take the large white CTA (Cairo Transport Authority) buses out to Giza. 
  • Routes 355 or 357 from around EL Tahir Square and the Egyptian Museum will take to the Pyramids.
  • Remember that the bus numbers are often not clearly visible or written in Arabic, so ask the driver where the bus is going. 
  •  You must purchase tickets from the conductor after getting on. 

Tickets: from LE 2.00 or 3.50

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By microbus

Avg. travel time: 40 mins
Nearest stop: Haram Mashaal, Al-Haram Road

  • Microbuses or small vans also travel along major routes to the pyramids from any normal bus stop. 
  • However, remember that the route or destination is not displayed on the bus,  so you must ask the driver where they are going. 
  • You must pay your fare to the drive after taking your seat onboard.
  • Due to overcrowding, be mindful of your belongings and valuables. 

Tickets: from LE 2.00

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By metro

Avg. travel time: 20 mins
Nearest stops: El Giza, Omm El-Misryeen

  • Metro line M2 runs to Giza, and the nearest stations are Giza (or “El Giza”) and Omm El-Misryeen. 
  • From here you can take a bus from El Giza Station or Moneeb Station to Haram Mashaal near the pyramids, 
  • You can also flag a taxi. 
  • There are usually two carriages on each metro train reserved for women, look for the blue ‘Ladies’ signs on the platform. 

Tickets: from LE 2.00

Driving to the Pyramids of Giza

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Best routes to the Pyramids of Giza by car

From central Cairo, the quickest way to get to the Pyramids of Giza is to head west on El Tahrir. Cross Gezira Island, and then take Charles de Gaulle, go on to Al Haram, and the Khatem El-Morsaleen to reach El-Malek Fouad. Then, you need to take a left onto Haret Eizis and you will find the ticket office at the Sphinx entrance. 
However, driving down to the Pyramids of Giza is not recommended. Apart from the heavy traffic, it is also very difficult to find parking at the Pyramids since most of the space is occupied by tour buses and taxis. A better option would be to take a taxi or rent a car and driver for the day. 

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Parking near the Pyramids of Giza

There are a number of parking spaces available at the Giza Complex:

  • Sphinx entrance: There is a parking lot located near the ticket office, and stretches across to the entrance for the Sound & Light Show 
  • Great Pyramid entrance: A larger parking lot lies near this entrance. It is located near the Marriott Mena House Hotel and can be reached from Al-Hara Road.
  • If these lots are full, it is also possible to find a spot and park on the roadside near the entrances to the Pyramids of Giza.

Tips to note when visiting the Pyramids of Giza

  • The best way to get to the Pyramids of Giza is to hail a cab or take the metro.
  • Visitors are advised to book tickets online, and in advance, as tickets to the Pyramids of Giza are limited and often sell out by 8 AM. 
  • The best time to visit the Pyramids of Giza is from October to March during the cooler season when you can skip the summer heat and crowds. 
  • Don’t forget to wear sunscreen to protect yourself from the desert sun, and to you carry plenty of water with you. 
  • Wear comfortable clothes and shoes as the Giza Plateau covers a vast area that requires a lot of walking around.



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Frequently asked questions about the Pyramids of Giza location

Where are the Pyramids of Giza located?

The Pyramids of Giza are located in the Giza Governorate of Egypt. The Giza Necropolis is situated around 15 km away from the Cairo city center. You can take a metro from line 1 of the Cairo metro station and reach Giza, from where you can take a tour bus or taxi to reach the Pyramids of Giza entrances.

What are the different ways of getting to the Pyramids of Giza?

The most convenient and budget-friendly way to reach the Pyramids of Giza from Cairo is to take a metro from line 1 of the metro station. You will reach Giza, from where you have to take a tour bus or hire a taxi to reach the Pyramids. The Necropolis is situated along the outskirts of Cairo, around 15km away.

What is the best way to get to the Pyramids of Giza?

The fastest way to reach the Pyramids is to get a taxi or catch an Uber from the Cairo city center. It takes around 30 minutes to reach the Pyramids by car. However, the most pocket-friendly way to reach the Pyramids is to get a metro from line 1 of the Cairo station. From the Giza metro station, you can either take a bus or hire a taxi to reach the Pyramids.

Are the Pyramids of Giza easily accessible by public transportation?

Yes, although the Pyramids of Giza are located along the outskirts of Cairo, around 15km away from the Cairo city center, they are well-connected by metro, tour buses, and cars. You can either catch a metro from line 1 of the Cairo metro station, or hire a taxi, or board a microbus to reach the Pyramids of Giza.

Which is the closest metro station to the Pyramids of Giza?

The Giza Metro station on Al Haram Street, located about 8 km away, is the closest metro station to the Pyramids of Giza. From here, you can take a taxi or a bus to reach the Pyramids. It takes around 15 minutes from the Giza metro station to the Pyramids of Giza.

Are there bus tours available to the Pyramids of Giza?

Yes, depending on the kind of Pyramids of Giza day tours you purchase, you can avail of direct tour bus transfers from your hotel to the Pyramids. These bus tours often include a professional Egyptologist guide who will accompany you and acquaint you with the history, mysteries, and legends associated with the Pyramids of Giza.

Is parking available at the Pyramids of Giza?

Yes, there are three large paid parking lots near the pyramids that charge up to LE 10 for a car, as well as free parking. However, due to the heat and overcrowded lots, we recommend you take a microbus or a metro to reach the Pyramids.

What is the nearest town to the Pyramids of Giza?

The Pyramids of Giza are located on the outskirts of Cairo, the capital of Egypt. The Giza Necropolis is around 15 km away from the Cairo city center. It is easily accessible by bus, metro, or taxi from the city center.

What is the nearest airport to the Pyramids of Giza

The nearest airport to the Pyramids of Giza is the Cairo Airport (CAI), around 29.5 km away. The best way to reach the Pyramids from the airport is to either get a taxi or book tickets that include transfers from the airport.