The Pyramid complex of Giza, also known as the Giza Necropolis lies at the edges of the Western Desert in the city of Giza. The site includes the Great Pyramid of Giza, the Pyramid of Khafre and the Pyramid of Menkaure, along with the Great Sphinx of Giza. Giza is not something one would expect a tourist spot to be. It has a typical atmosphere and rustic as well.
Why should you visit the Pyramids of Giza?
The Pyramids of Giza are the most iconic structures of the world that dates back to nearly 5 thousand years. One the pyramids, the Great Pyramid of Giza, is the only surviving part of the original Seven Wonders of the World.
A great archaeological site, the Pyramids of Giza can prove to be a memorable place amongst the places you visit throughout your life, especially if you are a history buff!
How to get to the Pyramids?
One of the easiest ways to visit the Pyramids is to take an Uber. After arriving at the airport, make sure to buy or rent a local sim card and it will help you to use the Uber app on your smartphones or tablets.
From downtown Cairo, it would approximately take 65 EGP and the journey takes about 45 minutes. The driver will drop you at the entrance gate that is situated at the right side of the Great Pyramid. On your way back, you can use the same technique as well.
Another alternative way is taking the metro to Giza Station. The Giza Station is located almost 5 km away from the Great Pyramids and the ticket cost is about 3 EGP. At the station, there are options to catch the local minibus that runs along the main road and will drop you off at the Pyramids.
But it won’t drop you at the entrance like the Uber driver, you would have to walk some paths to reach the entrance gate. By travelling this way, you can save some money and also end up having some friendly interaction with the local people on the way.
There are mainly two entrances to the site. Some people are not familiar with this piece of information. One entrance is located in front of the Great Sphinx and the other on stands on top of a hill, right next to the Great Pyramid.
If you are trying to avoid the crowd, it would be better to choose the entrance that stands beside the Great Pyramid, on top of a hill. The hill is not too high, so you don’t have to work yourself out much.
The Pyramid complex opens everyday at 8 AM and closes at 4 PM during the winter season (October to March). During the summer season, it usually remains open from 7 AM to 7 PM. To get a better experience and enjoy a trip away from the hustle and the bustle of tour groups, it is better to arrive at the site during early hours. Because the tour bus services usually starts arriving at 10 AM.
A light and sound show takes place at the Pyramids during the evening. Make sure to be a part of this spectacular show. It starts at 7 PM during the winter and in summer, it starts at 7.30 PM. During the holy month of Ramadan, the show starts at 8.30 PM. There are three shows scheduled for each day.
You can buy a combined ticket or buy separate tickets for each of the sites. Usually the combined ticket costs about 500 EGP. On the other hand, you would have to pay maybe 160 EGP (~$9 / €8) for the site, 360 EGP (~$20,50 / €18) for the Great Pyramid, 100 EGP for the Khafre Pyramid, 50 EGP for Mers Ankh Tomb. The evening light show might cost you about 1a5 US Dollars. There are also options to hire a tour guide who will show you around.
It takes about 2 hours to visit the whole site. Beware of the camel hustle that can make your trip take a bad turn. This hustling actually starts right after the moment you cross the entrance gate. Hustlers are likely to charge higher rates for camel rides if they hear that you are from U.K., U.S., Germany or the Netherlands. If you really want to ride a camel, make sure to do it in the early hours.