Cairo Metro Information
The first of only two full-fledged metro systems in Africa, the Cairo Metro is a 77.9 km long network, with 3 lines covering 61 stations. The system began operations in the year 1987 and is operated by the The Egyptian Co. for Metro Management & Operation. An already widely popular means of transport, it further planned for expansion, with 3 more lines planned. The metro network has an annual ridership of 8 million. The extension of line 2 under the river Nile, made history for being the first metro tunnel constructed under a river.
Cairo Metro Lines
Cairo metro has 3 operational lines and the metro lines are recognized by its color.
|Line 1 (Blue )||Helwan – El Marg|
|Line 2 (Red)||Shobra El Kheima – El Mounib|
|Line 3 (Green)||Attaba – Al Ahram|
Cairo Metro Map
Map of Cairo Metro showing various lines and stations. Click on the map to enlarge it or Download Cairo Metro Map in PDF.
Cairo Metro Hours
The metro operates from 05:00-1:00 am, the next day on all days except during the month of Ramadan. During the holy month, the working extends by an hour from 05:00-2:00 am, the next day.
Cairo Metro Fares, Tickets and Cards
A One trip ticket costs 1.00 EGP. It serves only one journey and can be purchased from ticket offices in each station. Riders can also purchase Subscription Tickets that have validity ranging from three months to one year. These can be purchased through subscription office in each station. The metro system is planning to launch a Contactless card that will be based on contactless technology. These cards will be rechargeable and can be used up to 5 years.
Cairo Metro Parking
Cairo Metro offers park and ride facilities at some stations.
Cairo Metro Rules and Tips
Travelling through metro is the fastest and cheapest way to get around the city. The first two carriages of a train are reserved only for women. This is for their safety to prevent them from experiencing any harassment. However they are free to travel in other carriages as well. Some stations also offer park and ride facility to the riders. The metro also has special seats for handicapped and old people. The system provides tickets at a subsidized rate to people in the military, police and to students.