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Best Time to Visit Cairo (Pure Sands & Historic Monuments!)

Alaina Johnson

Alaina Johnson, Updated November 16, 2022

Cairo is the beautiful capital of Egypt and due to the significance of the location, it draws swaths of tourist crowds each year. There are many international festivals held within the city, appealing to a variety of interest groups. Arts, fashion, and film industries are celebrated multiple times throughout the year, allowing tourists to experience the community.

The best time to visit Cairo is between March and April or October and November. Both of these shoulder seasons feature gorgeous weather, in the ranges of mid-70s to the low 80s. During these months, hotels can be found at a reasonable nightly rate, around 10-20% cheaper, if you book your stay a few months out.

For those looking to head to Cairo on a vacation, there is a monthly breakdown of what each month has to offer. If you head to Egypt during the summer, expect hot and dry temperatures during the day, which often cool off in the evenings. In the winter, the weather stays comfortable and tourists can enjoy many of the outdoor activities that the city has to offer.

When is the Worst Time To Visit Cairo?

The prime tourism season in Cairo is between December and February, which means that hotel rates are at a yearly high. If you’re looking to travel during this period, you’ll want to book your stay months in advance to ensure you secure accommodation.

During the peak tourist season, the lines at the popular attractions will be long. The Pyramids of Giza attract thousands each year, as well as activities such as camel rides. If you’re wanting to experience all that Cairo has to offer without wasting time in lines, you should avoid the busy season.

Another less than ideal time to visit Cairo is during the summer months of June through August. The weather is often in the mid to high 90s during the day, which can be uncomfortable when combined with the incredibly dry weather. Fewer people are visiting during this period, which is good for lines and hotel rates but leads to an unpleasant time when spent outdoors.

When is the Cheapest Time to Visit Cairo?

If you’re looking to book a trip to Cairo on a budget, then the months of January through early March. Travelers can often find discounted flights and hotel stays, usually by a percentage of 15-20%.

The weather will be cool for the most part during these months, which some tourists prefer over the intense heat. However, you may not want to spend time on the water during the cold days. If you’re looking to spend time at the dunes and pyramids, you may want to plan for a trip during the warmer months.

You can also find steep discounts during the summer months, as many tourists try to avoid the high Egyptian heat. If you can tolerate it, you may find that you can snag a deal on a hotel stay and stay under budget for your trip. You can expect to find a 3 or 4-star hotel for around $61 during the warmer months.

Best Time to Visit Cairo? Monthly Breakdown

January – Best Time to Explore the Outdoors

January is still within the peak tourist season for the city, so expect long lines. However, you’ll also be able to enjoy the book fair that is held annually in Cairo, which can be a unique experience for younger children who enjoy reading.

Temperatures during the month average 67°F (19.4°C) to 51°F (10.5°C), which leads to pleasant weather if you want to spend time outdoors. You’ll want to pack a sweater or a light jacket if you expect to walk the streets and enjoy outdoor venues during your stay.

  • Cairo International Book Fair
  • Coptic Christmas
  • LED Middle East EXPO
  • Annual Egyptian Marathon

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February – Best Time to Enjoy Live Music

During this month, expect temperatures ranging on average from 69°F (20.5°C) to 52°F (11.7°C). As the end of the month nears, temps will begin to reach 70°F (21.1°C) plus degrees during the day, which is still pleasant enough to be outside to take in the sights of the city and surrounding area.

The crowds will be dwindling compared to the previous two months, making February a great time to visit Cairo. You still have time to enjoy the cooler weather, minus the crowds of tourists which can make the city feel overwhelming. The Groove Nest Festival is an exciting 3-day music celebration that brings in international artists.

  • Abu Simbel Sun Festival
  • Groove Nest Festival
  • Pyramids Half Marathon

March – Best Time to Enjoy Art Festivals

The month of March boasts of two separate art festivals in the city of Cairo, with one being specifically marketed to children. This is a great time to visit if you want to take in the art and if you want to introduce your children to the scene; with a festival that is designed to entertain and delight them.

The weather during the month is gorgeous, with average highs being around 75°F (23.9°C) and lows averaging at a crisp 56°F (13.3°C). You’ll enjoy warm temperatures during the day and the weather will cool off in the evenings, allowing a reprieve from the sunny days.

  • Hakawy International Arts Festival for Children
  • Downtown Contemporary Arts Festival (D-CAF)
  • Moulid El Nabi Birthday

During April, visitors and residents of Cairo will enjoy the last bit of sub-90 degree weather, as the temperatures are still averaging around 83°F (28.3°C) to 61°F (16.1°C). After April, the weather begins to noticeably heat upend the days will become hotter and more intolerable for those who aren’t used to it.

This is an exciting time to visit Cairo if you’re interested in viewing the fashion industry first-hand. You’ll see designers and models at runway shows and people from all over the world come to view the statement pieces at fashion week.

  • Ismailia International Film Festival
  • Cairo Fashion Week
  • Port Ghalib shopping
  • Visit the beaches at Sharm el-Sheikh

May – Best Time to Visit Museums

During April and May, there is a chance of a Khamsin Wind sand storm. These storms can sweep across the city for a few days, leading to a less than ideal time to be outside. This can affect popular tourist activities and may alter plans for several days.

However, May can still be a perfectly pleasant time to visit if you don’t mind the warmer days. If a sand storm rolls in, you can head over to the indoor museums to escape from the weather.

While the daytime temperatures in Cairo reach an average of 90°F (32.2°C) during the day, they cool off to around 67°F (19.4°C) during the evening. This is still pleasant weather to walk along the streets and enjoy the local restaurants for dinner.

  • Moulid of Abu el-Haggag
  • Visit the Egyptian Museum and the Coptic Museum
  • Tour the Mosque of Muhammad Ali

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June – Best Time to Cool Off in the Water

With the summer in full swing, weather hits average temperatures of 95°F (35°C) during the afternoon, though it still cools off to around 72°F (22.2°C) at night. For tourists looking to spend a great deal of time outdoors, heat exhaustion may become a concerning issue.

The month of June features little to no rain, making the climate quite dry. This can be difficult to adjust to if you’re coming from a cooler, more humid environment. However, Cairo offers many indoor activities to accommodate visitors who don’t want to be outside for the majority of the day.

  • Eid Al Fitr
  • Enjoy a sunset sailing cruise on the Nile
  • Scuba dive at the Red Sea
  • Head to the Alexandria beaches

July – Best Time to Enjoy the Empty Streets

The hot summer temps lead to a decline in tourism. The summers in Cairo are often hot and dry, which makes for an unpleasant time spent outdoors unless you’re accustomed to such weather. Even locals will find ways to escape the heat by retreating indoors. With so many museums to choose from, you can stay entertained for days.

The average high temperature during July is 95°F (35°C) and the lows average 75°F (23.9°C). Some days will reach over 100°F (37.8°C), which necessities protective clothing and sunscreen before you brave the outdoors.

  • Eid Al Adha
  • Walk around the Abdeen Palace Museum
  • Take a tour of the Egyptian Textiles Museum
  • Cool off at the Aqua Park

August – Best Time to Enjoy Excursions on the Water

The lingering high summer temperatures require fewer outdoor activities to take place. If you’re visiting during this period, you should focus on planning indoor activities to escape the heat. There are also various water activities available, such as a cruise along the historic Nile River.

With a large swing of 20 degrees from the highs of 95°F (35°C) and the lows of 75°F (23.9°C), visitors will get a range of temperatures to experience. While the daytime is hot and dry, the evening is still pleasant enough to take a short stroll after your dinner meal.

  • Go swimming in the hotel pool
  • Take a guided cruise
  • Jump into a salt pool to cool off

September – Best Time to Take In a Theatre Show

During September, the summer temperatures begin to decline. By the end of the month, temps are entering into the 80s. On average, highs are at around 92°F (33.3°C) and lows are temperate at 73°F (22.8°C).

As the weather begins to cool off, you can enjoy a more pleasant stroll around the city. As the end of the month nears, you can expect to travel to the dunes and ride camels without the heat being so brutal.

  • International Festival for Experimental Theatre
  • Take a guided tour on camelback
  • Visit the sand dunes

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October – Best Time to Take Outdoor Tours

The month of October features comfortable weather and light crowds. This is the winning combination when visiting Egypt. With highs averaging at 86°F (30°C) and lows coming in at around 67°F (19.4°C), visitors will enjoy enjoyable warm temperatures during the day and cooler nights.

October is an ideal time to visit Egypt, as the weather is cooled off but there is still plenty of sunshine during the day. You can stroll outdoors without feeling the effects of the intense sun’s rays. This opens more outdoor activities up, such as visiting the popular Great Sphinx of Giza.

  • Sun Festival (Birthday of Ramses)
  • Visit the Great Sphinx of Giza
  • Shop at Khan Al Khalili
  • Spend a day at the Catacombs of Kom El Shoqafa

November – Best Time to Catch a Film

November is a beautiful time to visit Cairo, with temperatures ranging from 77°F (25°C) to 60°F (15.5°C) at night. The days are wonderful to experience the outdoors and take in the outdoor festivals being celebrated throughout the month.

With the weather cooled off for the ensuing few months, festivals begin to pick back up in the city. During November, you can enjoy the many films shown at the Cairo International Film Festival, as well as plenty of live music.

  • Cairo International Film Festival
  • 100 Kilometer Pharaonic Race
  • Arab Music Festival

December – Best Time to Enjoy the Calm Before the Storm

December picks up in terms of tourists flying into the city, but there is still plenty to experience that won’t put you in the middle of the crowds. If you’re looking to hit up the more popular attractions, try to do so towards the beginning of the month.

Expect temperatures to average out at around 69°F (20.5°C) and 53°F (11.7°C). You’ll want to pack sweaters and warmer clothes, especially for the evening hours until nightfall.

  • Beat the crowds to the popular tourist destinations
  • Visit lesser-known attractions
  • Wander around the Egyptian Desert

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When Is The Best Time to Visit the Pyramids of Giza?

Many first-time visitors to Cairo (or even frequent tourists!) want to check out the popular pyramids. This is one of the most photographed scenes in the world, so it’s only natural to want to take it in yourself.

If you’re wanting to prioritize visiting the pyramids on your trip to the capital city, you should plan a visit when there won’t be so many crowds. Long lines and hundreds of other tourists trying to get the same photograph can ruin the experience.

The best time to visit the Pyramids of Giza is during the springtime (March-April) or the summer when the crowds are light. Keep in mind, that the summertime temperatures can feel brutal. This may negatively impact your experience but if you can tolerate it, you won’t have to deal with large crowds.

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