One of the best attractions of the city has always been the Giza Pyramids. When visitors see the magnificent Pyramid of Cheops, the largest of the Giza collection, they seem to disregard the heat and the dust. The Pyramid of Khufu, often known as the Great Pyramid, includes a simple yet beautiful tomb chamber with a sarcophagus. The fascinating narrow passageways inside the Pyramids lead you to the Solar Boat museum, which displays magnificent Sun-controlled ships that have been lovingly restored to their exceptional quality. The Pyramid of Chephren, also known as the Pyramid of Khefre, is located to the south and contains a sizable tunnel. The mysterious Sphinx, which has the body and face of a pharaoh and is undoubtedly Cairo’s most well-known sight, guards these cemeteries. This obsession actually represents the most notable landmarks of a bygone era.
Tickets for the Giza Pyramids
Once you’ve reached the pyramids, you can purchase a general admission admittance ticket on-site.
The majority of the complex’s exterior spaces are accessible with this ticket. Adults must pay 200 EGP, whereas students must pay just 100 EGP.
Keep in mind that they release the final tickets one hour before closing, so getting there early is usually preferable.
If you don’t have a strict timetable or a restricted amount of time, I advise an independent visit because many things can go wrong on your trip, such as taking the wrong turn or catching a delayed train.
What Time of Year Is Best to Visit the Giza Pyramids?
The number of visitors visiting the Giza pyramids daily depends on a few variables. The summer months are the least expensive and have the fewest visitors. The intense heat of the Egyptian summers, which frequently exceeds 40°C, might be painful if you’re out for a long period touring.
Traveling during this time of year is ideal if you think the reduced prices and fewer tourists are worth the desert heat. As it is still very chilly and calm at this hour, I advise you to get to the spot around 8 am.
As alluring as it may seem to cut costs, I advise traveling in the winter. The country experiences comparatively moderate winters, with nighttime lows of just 10 °C. For a tour that lasts several hours of your day, these conditions are much more tolerable and agreeable.
The Giza Pyramids are open at the following hours:
- Spring and summer hours are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
- Winter hours (October to March): 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
I advise spending at least three hours there. By doing this, you can be sure that you’ll have enough time to visit all three pyramids, and the solar boat museum, and still have time to take some eye-catching pictures for social media.
What to wear
Although Egypt is a devoutly Muslim nation, you do not need to dress extremely modestly to visit the pyramids, despite frequent misconceptions and recommendations. I was quite fine as a man in shorts and a t-shirt, as were many other people in my tour group. As a tourist resort, there are substantially more relaxed dress guidelines. In contrast, I donned pants and a shirt while exploring Cairo’s Islamic Quarter in observance of the local dress code.
The same is true for women, who are acceptable in lightweight summer dresses and similar attire. Although it seems sensible for women to want to cover up to prevent unwanted attention, pants and a t-shirt will work just as well.