Cairo

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If you see something at a souq (market) that you really want, offer half the price and go from there. If you don’t reach a price you think is fair, just say thank you and walk away.

Cairo Money-Saving Tips

Don't Drive

Not only are Cairo drivers aggressive, they also don’t really follow traffic rules. Parking is also challenge, so unless you’re feeling bold it’s better to opt for taxis, which are readily available.

Fares Upfront

To avoid being taken advantage of, agree on cab fare before you hop in a taxi. A trip from one end of town to another shouldn’t cost more than $6, and shorter rides are just a few American dollars.

Comfortably Conservative

Cairo residents tend to dress conservatively, especially during the day. So unless you’re comfortable with stares from locals, women should avoid revealing outfits like mid-riffs and miniskirts. Men tend to wear pants, though shorts are acceptable.

Street Eats

Avoid street cart food – although the hot roasted nuts, freshly cut fruit, and kebabs may look tempting, poor hygiene standards could lead to an upset stomach.

Private Tour

Even fans of do-it-yourself touring would do well to hire a guide since Cairo is vast and its historic sites can be difficult to navigate alone. Most hotels offer private guides for as little as $40 a day.

Security Checks

Although Cairo is perfectly safe, past threats and terrorist attacks have led every hotel, historic spot, and some shopping areas to install metal detectors and security checks. Allot extra time for these procedures during peak periods.

Bargaining

If you see something at a souq (market) that you really want, offer half the price and go from there. If you don’t reach a price you think is fair, just say thank you and walk away.

Tipping

People asking for baksheesh (gratuity) are common in Egypt. Do not give money to people who simply walk up and ask for money, but you should tip people who offer a service: bathroom attendants, valets, and informal guides at tourist sites. One Egyptian pound is greatly appreciated.

Join an Archeological Dig

Join Egyptian Exploration Society, a well-respected British archeological society, for a minimal fee (about US$22) and sign up for one of their archeological digs at various sites throughout Egypt.

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