Cairo in detail

Money and Costs


Hotel bank branches can change cash, but rates are slightly better at independent exchange bureaux, of which there are several along Sharia Adly in Downtown and on Sharia 26th of July in Zamalek. These tend to be open from 10am to 8pm Saturday to Thursday. ATMs are numerous, except in Islamic Cairo – the most convenient machine here is below El Hussein hotel in Khan Al Khalili.

Daily Costs

Budget: Less than US$50

  • Double room in budget hotel: LE350–540
  • Metro and microbus to Pyramids: LE7
  • Major museum and site entries: LE50–100
  • Shawarma or kushari: LE10–25

Midrange: US$70–120

  • Double room in midrange hotel: US$50–80
  • Taxi from Downtown to Zamalek: LE12–15
  • Giza and Saqqara pyramid day-tour (driver-only): LE400–500
  • Two-course restaurant meal: LE150

Top end: More than US$170

  • Double room in a luxury hotel: from US$120
  • Private day tour guide: US$30–60
  • Bottle of wine: from LE200
  • Two-course meal at top-end restaurant: from LE250