Is Cairo Worth Visiting for Solo Female Travelers?

Cairo, the vibrant capital of Egypt, is a sprawling cosmopolitan city situated on the northeastern tip of Africa, along the lush bank of the Nile River. Known as the "City of a Thousand Minarets," it's a treasure trove of history and culture that reflects ancient civilizations. From the awe-inspiring Pyramids of Giza and the Sphinx which speak of centuries of grandeur and antiquity to the bustling Khan El Khalili Bazaars with its vibrant essence of traditional Egyptian life; Cairo offers a unique blend of the old and new. The city also houses the famed Egyptian Museum, holding an array of Egyptian antiquities, making it a paradise for history lovers. Whether exploring the narrow lanes of Old Cairo, marveling at Islamic architecture, or indulging in its rich cuisine, a visit to Cairo is a sensory experience that leaves a lasting impression.

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Overall rating

3.8 /5

based on 11 experiences

Rating summary

Things to do

4.2/5

Safety

3.7/5

Food

3.8/5

Budget-friendly

3.9/5

Solo travel experience

It’s safe to use airbnb there and better to go with it because hotels in Cairo are over priced when we compare the prices.. best way to stay in Cairo is using airbnb. It’s safe in Cairo for a girl solo traveller

Posted: February 11, 2024
Things to do: 5/5Food: 5/5Budget-friendly: 5/5Safety: 5/5
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Elodie

Elodie (29)

France

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It's a trip of a lifetime. Cairo is definitely a good place to discover the piramids. However the locals are too interested by your wallet. I felt like a walking ATM. You have to learn how to say no and you will definitely have a mariage proposal or two. I enjoyed the monuments and the history of this country however the locals are not very welcoming or at least it didn't feel very genuine. Might try Sharm.

Posted: January 26, 2024Experienced: December, 2021
Things to do: 5/5Food: 1/5Budget-friendly: 3/5Safety: 3/5
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Egypt is just the mother of the world 🌍🔐❤️ The safest place ever If u happened to get there u should definitely visit the pyramids Shabrawy restaurant all the way ❤️‍🔥❤️‍🔥❤️‍🔥 It depends if u know Egypt very well 1000usd will be enough for a month but if u don’t know the country very well its gonna cost you fortune 😂 InDrive app for transportation

Posted: December 29, 2023Experienced: August, 2023
Things to do: 5/5Food: 5/5Budget-friendly: 5/5Safety: 5/5
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I did not like it in Cairo. I did not feel safe there, I was constantly harassed by vulgar men and deceived whenever possible. Cairo is a chaotic and dirty city. It is impossible to cross the street, so crowded and dangerous, as cars and motorcycles squeeze in every direction. I would never return to this place and never recommend it to anyone. It was a total hell, and I got the worst food poisoning in my life.

Posted: September 28, 2023
Things to do: 3/5Food: 2/5Budget-friendly: 4/5Safety: 2/5
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Solo travel experience

I'm a very pale redhead and I was alone in Cairo for a few days. I felt safe and even met a few incredibly nice locals, with whom I spent some time. I dressed modestly and maintained confidence, and everything was fine.

Posted: July 18, 2023
Things to do: 5/5Food: 5/5Budget-friendly: 5/5Safety: 4/5
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I fell in love with Cairo. The Zamalek area in Cairo turned out to be stunning and was the place I liked the most. Full of art galleries and gardens full of palm trees. The rest of Cairo was quite intense - but Koshary Abou Tarek was simply incredible. I was grateful that I met a few charming locals who showed me the city - walking down El Moez street and wandering through the back alleys is an experience I will never forget, it was like going back in time. I can't wait to return.

Posted: May 23, 2023
Things to do: 5/5Food: 5/5Budget-friendly: 5/5Safety: 5/5
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Solo travel experience

Cairo is a safe city, and the people are very nice. However, the attention from men was irritating (even though I always wore long pants and discreet shirts). Overall, I spent a pleasant time there, but it was tiring.

Posted: April 10, 2023
Things to do: 5/5Food: 5/5Budget-friendly: 5/5Safety: 5/5
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I went solo in July and I only did guided tours. Apart from that, I kept to my room. I didn't stay in downtown Cairo, but in the old city, from where I had a view of the Pyramids from my balcony. I found Cairo to be dirty, with dangerous traffic and men calling out to women at every step. My experience would have been much better if I had a companion.

Posted: April 10, 2023
Things to do: 4/5Food: 5/5Budget-friendly: 4/5Safety: 3/5
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I stayed in a hostel near Tahrir Square in Cairo. I didn't have any problems that I haven't had elsewhere. I mainly walked around the areas where I stayed and didn't attract much attention in Cairo. I felt safe, but key was to dress appropriately. Long pants/skirts, long sleeves. I saw lots of local women wearing tight clothes. Egypt is a loud and chaotic place that really comes alive at night. I loved it and will definitely return there.

Posted: April 10, 2023
Things to do: 5/5Food: 5/5Budget-friendly: 5/5Safety: 5/5
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Solo travel experience

El-moez Street is a real delight and an unforgettable experience. My favorite thing to do in this area (the Fatimid district) is climbing up the Bab Zuweila minaret. It costs 20egp (literally 1 USD) and is almost always empty and quiet. From the top, you can see the entire skyline and have the whole view to yourself! I also highly recommend the Monastery of St. Simon the Tanner. Hire a driver to take you there. It's a complex carved into the side of a mountain with these huge, intriguingly carved cave churches. And there's also an amazing zipline route there!

Posted: November 12, 2022
Things to do: 5/5Food: 5/5Budget-friendly: 3/5Safety: 5/5
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Local tips

The best places in cairo to stay would definitely be Maadi or West el Balad (downtown) they’re incredibly lively and diverse areas with rich history and architecture and very safe since shops close late at night (till around midnight and many cafes stay open for longer). Ive lived in cairo for 7 years so far and Egyptians are incredibly friendly and if they stare its mainly out of curiosity at the unknown. Having an egyptian friend around is extra helpful for the language barrier problem and because cairo is such a big city and the pyramids and the museum are just the tip of the iceberg and they can show you the actual way cairo worms now, not 5000 years ago. ( btw your visit to the pyramids will be rough and this applies to egyptians and non egyptians alike so i apologize in advance but its a necessary evil) Contemporary cairo, its nightlife and the many subcultures that coexist within this complex city are really what make it shine. Zamalek, Maadi and Downtown are go-to areas for arts and culture. Local bars are everywhere there and incredibly cozy and always have a fun crowd, rarely a boring moment ! The metro connects all these areas and regardless ubers are very safe in my experience (ive been in ubers alone at 2 am no problem)

Posted: February 7, 2024
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In Cairo, you can wear t-shirts, but I certainly would not recommend wearing short shorts or belly-revealing tops. If you plan on coming for a few weeks, it wouldn't hurt to learn some basic Egyptian Arabic on YouTube before arriving, it will certainly help you during your stay. Avoid taxis at all costs, use the Uber app, which actually costs less than taxis. However, if you do decide to take them, settle the price before the trip and do a little bargaining, but I still really don't recommend this option. Remember, Egypt is much safer than some might think, you won't have problems going out at night, as we say here - Egypt never sleeps. Don't drink the water here, because even the locals buy water at the bazaar, you don't want to get sick during your stay! You should also avoid all kinds of salads in restaurants. Don't book a stay near the pyramids, as it's not a tourist area and there's also not much to do there. The best option is Zamalek, where most expatriates live, everyone understands English, the restaurants and cafes are really good and it is close to everything. When the call to prayer begins, know that all music should be turned off.

Posted: September 28, 2022
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Hey gurls 🌻❤️ My name is Samaa, but my close friends call me Sky. I am a fresh graduate from politics school. I am a solo traveler and have my tiktok channel about this called Skysci ✈️🚗 I love exploring so much. You can spot me in any activity that out of my comfort zone 💅🏻👯‍♀️

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Mayada

Mayada

Cairo

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Cairo

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3 days

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I dream of traveling the whole world but am still a student so financially I’m not that good however, I try my best to catch some flights and not missing out any adventure. Am here for help also if u are in cairo please don’t hesitate to reach out.

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I’m Aya, 30 years old, tunisian living in Berlin. I love travelling alone and meeting inspiring people on the road🌷

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Hi , my name is Laura. I teach 21 century skills to children I'd love to meet other women, local or traveling & make new friends and connection.

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