The Best Time to Visit Cairo

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The best time to visit Cairo is between October to April when temperatures are cooler yet pleasant enough to enjoy outdoor activities. It’s a fantastic time to enjoy a host of things to do and see in Cairo, including visiting the Pyramids of Giza as well as activities like camel riding along the sand dunes. No matter when you decide to travel to Cairo, this guide will help you in planning an amazing visit to "The City of a Thousand Minarets."

Weather in Cairo

The weather in Cairo is generally pleasantly warm in the spring and fall seasons, but hot and dry during the summer season from May to September. While the summer months are still a viable option for visiting Cairo, overall there are far fewer tourists during these months due to the extreme temperatures. During the months of April and May, which is part of high season, the Khamsin Wind sometimes brings about a hot stand storm which sweeps across the city for a few days, which can be a bit unpleasant for those tourists looking to enjoy outdoor activities.

Cairo’s Peak Tourist Season

The winter months between December and February is prime tourist season in Cairo due to pleasant weather conditions during this timeframe. Average daytime temperatures can reach in the high 60s Fahrenheit with enjoyably cooler evenings. Major attractions such as the National Museum of Egyptian Civilization and the Pyramids of Giza will more than likely have long lines so try to book your entry tickets early if possible. Furthermore, due to it being peak season, make sure that you book your hotel reservations and tours months in advance to ensure availability.

Tourist Attractions in Cairo

Cairo is home to a host of amazing tourist attractions which draw visitors from around the globe annually. From the Grand Egyptian Museum which houses more than 12,000 ancient artifacts to the city’s first mosque Al-Azhar, the city features an abundance of places to see during a visit. Visitors commonly enjoy taking a short cruise overlooking the famed Nile River and dining at one of the many delicious restaurants in Cairo. One famed dining choice is the historic Naguib Mahfouz Café, which serves up traditional dishes such as mezze and tagines. The Church of the Virgin Mary or commonly referred to as the Hanging Church, which sits above the Roman-built Babylon Fortress in the center of Old Cairo, is another prime tourist attraction.

January

In January tourists can expect lovely weather with average temperatures in the upper 60s Fahrenheit. It is prime tourist season however so visitors can expect long lines at the main tourist attractions.

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February

The peak tourist season occurs in the month of February as well due to cooler temperatures yet warm and sunny days.

Events to check out:

  • The Sun Festival which celebrates the ascension of Ramses II takes place annually on Feb. 22.

March

In the month of March, there is only an occasional rainstorm, yet warm comfortable temperatures averaging in the mid-70s Fahrenheit.

Events to check out:

  • D-CAF is a Contemporary Arts Festival which takes place in downtown Cairo highlighting multi-disciplinary and international arts.

April

Spring in Cairo is a fantastic time for a visit as crowds lessen yet the weather is stunning with daytime highs in the mid-70s Fahrenheit to low 80s Fahrenheit.

Events to check out:

  • Cairo Fashion Week takes places in April featuring top-end fashion designers from around Egypt.

May

Ramadan occurs in May and temperatures start to climb into the high 80s to low 90s Fahrenheit.

Events to check out:

  • Moulid of Abu Al Haggag is a festival to celebrate the patron saint 13th-century Sufi leader Yusuf Abu Al Haggag.

June

Temperatures continue to be on the rise during the summer month of June from the low to mid-90s Fahrenheit. Little to no rain ensues also in the hot summer month.

Events to check out:

  • Eid Al Fitr which marks the end of the holy month of Ramadan takes place for 3 to 4 days. It involves a big feast for locals and tourists alike throughout establishments around the city.

July

The summer months continue to have extremely warm temperatures, from the mid-90s F well into 100s F. Fewer people visit during this time making it easy to avoid crowds at most tourist attractions.

Events to check out:

  • The Feast of the Sacrifice or more commonly known as Eid Al Adha occurs in July, which is an Islamic national holiday where families and friends come together for traditional meals.

August

As it is still peak summertime, temperatures continue into the 100s F. It’s an ideal time for indoor activities or being on the water such as taking a Nile river cruise or swimming in your hotel pool. Because it's so hot there aren't any notable events as most people stay indoors.

September

Temperatures tend to decline to the low 90s F by September as the summer temps fall back down.

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October

 The fall is a great time to visit Cairo as temperatures fall back down to the high 70s to mid-80s F, yet crowds aren’t as high as the winter months.

Events to check out:

  • Oct. 22 is the birthday of Ramses, where an additional Sun Festival occurs in the city.

November

Seasonally November is one of the best months for a visit to Cairo, as temperatures are generally cooler ranging from the mid-70s to low 80s F, bringing about a delightful chill in the evenings making it an ideal time for tourists.

Events to check out: 

  • Early in the month of November, the annual Arab Music Festival is typically held at the Cairo Opera House and an array of other venues around town featuring acts performing everything from classical music to orchestral Arabic and traditional music.

December

Tourism is in peak form in the month of December due to pleasant temperatures and winter breaks around the world. Due to the bustling tourism scene in the winter month, make sure to book your hotel accommodations early as hotel reservations fill up for the month of December.

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Frequently Asked Questions
  • What is the best time to visit Cairo?

    The best time to visit Cairo is between October and April, when temperatures are pleasantly cooler making outdoor activities enjoyable.

  • What is the coldest month in Cairo?

    January is the coldest month in Cairo, with an average high temperature of 66 degrees F (19 degrees C) and an average low of 48 degrees F (9°C).

  • How many days do you need to visit Cairo?

    Three days in Cairo gives you enough time to visit the pyramids, the Egyptian Museum, and the famous bazaar, Khan el-Khalili.

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