Cairo is the capital city of Egypt, located along the Nile River in North Africa. The city boasts an ancient history, with the Great Pyramids of Giza located less than 10 miles from downtown Cairo. The Pyramid of Khufu is the oldest of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World, and the only one still standing.

Known as the “City of a Thousand Minarets,” Cairo is one of the most important centers of Islamic culture, and the largest city (by population) in the Arab World. The metropolitan area, home to more than 15 million, is expansive, with overcrowding, traffic, constant construction and pollution of the air affecting residents daily.

As many other Arab countries have made investments in accessibility, Egypt has lagged behind. People with disabilities traveling to Cairo will encounter barriers at every turn, but this guide will help you to navigate and overcome those challenges wherever possible. Study this travel guide to wheelchair accessibility in Cairo, Egypt, so that you can set your expectations appropriately and enjoy what the city has to offer.

Guide Contents

Wheelchair assistance at Cairo Airport.

Airport Accessibility

Cairo International Airport is the second busiest in Africa and has a newly renovated international terminal.

Wheelchair accessible attractions in Cairo, Egypt.

Attractions & Sights

The Great Pyramids of Giza are amazing, but there is so much more to see in historic Cairo.

Wheelchair accessible hotels in Cairo, Egypt.

Hotels & Accommodations

Many hotels in Egypt offer handicap accessible guest rooms with roll-in showers.

Wheelchair accessible public transport in Cairo, Egypt.

Public Transportation

Plans for an expanded metro system may bring greater accessibility to public transit.

Wheelchair taxis in Cairo, Egypt.

Wheelchair Taxis

These black cabs, native to London, will whisk you and your wheelchair around town for an affordable price.

Sidewalk accessibility in Cairo, Egypt.

Sidewalk Accessibility

One of the greatest challenges in Egypt; use these tips to roll around Cairo.

Travel visa requirements for Egypt.

Visa Requirements & Safety

Take advantage of the visa on arrival if you are a United States citizen or European national.