Cairo is the capital city of Egypt and is set upon the Nile River; it’s home to numerous iconic Egyptian landmarks and is located in close proximity to the famed Pyramids of Giza.
There’s plenty to see and do in the Egyptian capital, but unfortunately not everything is free, which is why we’ve compiled a list of the 10 best free attractions in Cairo to give you some inspiration for your trip there.
In the guide below, you can also find our recommendations of the top paid attractions in Cairo too which will suit you perfectly if you plan on having a larger travel budget while visiting.
Al-Azhar Park is one of largest green parks in Cairo and is home to an abundance of free attractions and activities.
You can enjoy the stunning manicured gardens, the spectacular water fountains and numerous restaurants within Al-Azhar Park.
If you’re travelling to Cairo with kids and you’re on a budget, then Al-Azhar Park is the perfect place for you to spend some time as a family.
Even if you’re not...
Once you arrive at the Khan el-Khalili bazaar, you’ll be more than glad that you made the effort to make your own way there to see one of the best markets in Cairo!
It’s advised that you shouldn’t really visit Khan el-Khalili bazaar with kids in tow.
While it’s entirely your own decision and children are technically allowed in the bazaar, it gets so busy and crowded that you’re more likely to lose...
While you do have to pay an entrance fee to many mosques and religious buildings in Cairo, the Mosque of Ibn Tulun is completely free.
The Mosque of Ibn Tulun has a fortress-like look and feel to it and as it’s so huge, you could easily spend a couple of hours exploring its brilliant complex.
You don’t necessarily need to be religious to visit the Mosque of Ibn Tulun, but you must remember to wear appropriate...
Coptic Cairo is a great place in the city to discover some of Cairo’s best cultural, historic and architectural offerings.
Once a stronghold for the Christian community in Egypt as well as boasting some unique Islamic heritage too, Coptic Cairo is a lovely place to see.
Make sure you spend some time exploring the many paintings, sculptures and other artistic works on the streets of Coptic Cairo.
While it might seem like a bit of a generalisation to include this in the list of the best free attractions in Cairo, Downtown Cairo is actually one of the best places to hang out.
Downtown Cairo offers numerous religious sites, streets donned with remarkable architectural designs, plus plenty of shops and restaurants for you to explore too.
You should begin your time in Downtown Cairo at Tahrir Square where you can see the...
, the most famous market in Egypt from downtown. We will arrange to pick you up from either downtown or Giza Pyramids area and take you back to a time more than 6500 years ago! To add an even deeper experience, why not join us for a 2-hour tour of the Egyptian Museum with an Egyptologist as your guide? You'll get to see highlights of the...read more
Situated in the middle of an island on the River Nile, Zamalek is one of the best free attractions in Cairo as it offers something for everyone.
It’s a place that’s teeming with modern-day galleries and fancy stores and boutiques and is a very beautiful part of the Cairo landscape.
You can visit with children in tow who are sure to love walking around and seeing the city across the Nile in numerous...
Witness the top attractions of Cairo on a full-day tour that encompasses its ancient sites, artifacts and bustling bazaar. Stride along the desert sands near Giza's towering pyramids with a camel ride, then delve into the Valley Temple's funerary complex. After facing off with the Sphinx, break for lunch before visiting the Egyptian Museum...read more