THE DO’S AND DON’TS FOR VISITING THE PYRAMIDS

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You’ll never forget the moment when you lay eyes on the Great Pyramids of Giza.  The experience of seeing the last remaining of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World with your own eyes is a humbling moment.  This post contains a list of the do’s and don’ts to make planning your trip to the pyramids a breeze! 

I’m here to tell you that Egypt is safe to visit, and there’s no time better to experience this beautiful country than right now. If you’re getting ready to finally cross the Pyramids of Giza off your bucket list, consider these tips to make the most of your time during your visit.

GETTING TO THE PYRAMIDS

If you’re planning to visit the Pyramids on your own from Cairo without a structured tour, I would suggest an Uber over a cab to ensure a fixed price and a safe mode of transportation. Even though Giza is only 10 miles outside of Cairo, the roads can be very busy. Depending on when you’re traveling, you should budget between 30 minutes and 60 minutes.  If you want to avoid the heat and the crowds, get there early when the doors open before the tour groups arrive around 10am.  The site opens every day between 8 am and 5 am. 

Cairo is a fascinating city with so much culture…don’t sip it! For five experiences that will make Cairo unforgettable checkout my blog post here.

Linnea in front of the great pyramids of giza

GUIDE OR NO GUIDE? 

It’s entirely up to you how you wish to experience the pyramids, but if you have a limited time frame, I would recommend hiring a guide to accompany you to pyramids. If you wish to explore on your own time please be cautious of locals who might be trying to sell you gifts, or press you for a camel, or horse ride.

Pros of Taking a Guide: 

  • Someone to take photos of you, or your group 
  • Air-conditioned vehicle for transportation 
  • Someone who is knowledgable about the history of the pyramids 
  • A guide would reduce the amount of people who would approach you to offer services (camel rides, souvenirs, horse rides)  

Pros to exploring the pyramids without a Guide: 

  • No additional cost beyond the entrance tickets 
  • You’re on your own time and never rushed 
  • You don’t have to worry about any other tourists with you 

Linnea riding a camel at the pyramids of giza

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PYRAMIDS ADMISSION PRICES

The cost of your visit depends what you want to do. Currently in 2018, the general admission is 120 EGP (Egyptian Pounds) per person, or under $7USD. If you want to go inside the Great Pyramid of Khufu this will cost you 300 EGP (or $17 USD). If you are a student, show them your ID to take advantage of their student discounts. 

You won’t find any mummies inside, but crawling up and around the Great Pyramid of Khufu is still a unique experience if time allows. You have options to purchase tickets to visit the other two, but the Pyramid of Khufu will be the most interesting. If you suffer from claustrophobia, it’s best to sit this one out. 

Linnea blowing a kiss at the sphinx in giza

BRIEF HISTORY OF THE PYRAMIDS AND THE SPHNIX  

There are around 138 pyramids in all of Egypt, but the most famous pyramid structures are the Pyramids of Giza. 

The pyramids are now housing places for the tombs of the pharaohs who commissioned them, but historians and archeologists still are not entirely sure how they were built, exactly who built them, and for what reason. 

The Pyramids were constructed around 200 B.C. The Pyramid of Khufu is the oldest and largest among the three pyramids standing around 455 feet as of today.   

The Sphinx is made out of limestone and represents a lion’s body with a human head. It’s believed that the Sphinx’s face is that of pharaoh Khafra. 

THE DO’S AND DON’TS WHILE VISITING THE PYRAMIDS 

DO:

  • Bring water and protect yourself from the sun!  The Egyptian sun is incredibly strong, and you’re going to want to have plenty of water and be protected from intense sun exposure with sunscreen, a hat, sunglasses, or all of the above!  If you need a place to cool off and grab a quick bite, the Marriott Mena House is a short notice away with a nice restaurant (rather on the pricy side) or bar overlooking the pyramids
  • Dress Conservatively. Yes, it’s hot out. Please don’t forget that Egypt is a predominately Muslim country, and it’s still important for both women and men to dress conservatively.  For women long lightweight cotton dresses, or pants below the knee are ideal, and a light shawl to go over your arms is not only respectful, but can be styled very well. For men, it’s not acceptable to wear shorts, so pants and a t-shirt is a standard option. Remember, you’re not here to change the culture, you’re here to experience a new one.
  • Ride a camel and take photos! You’re in Egypt for goodness sake! Please don’t leave without enjoying a moment exploring the pyramids and taking photos to document the occasion. 

  Before you take a camel, horse, or carriage ride follow these three tips below:  

  1. Be mindful to always negotiate a price before getting on a camel. 
  2. Discuss where you’ll be going and how long you’ll be on the camel.
  3. Be sure to tip!

Linnea in front of the great pyramids of giza

DON’TS:  

  • Don’t climb on the pyramids. As the last Ancient Wonder of the World, we want to preserve it as much as we can so another 4500 years from now visitors can still have this experience.  
  •  Don’t encourage the people trying to sell you things. Make it clear that you do not want to buy. When asked if you want to purchase anything they have to sell reply with a firm “La shukran”, or no thank you. As always, be very mindful of your backpacks, pockets, purses etc.  
  •  Don’t be too friendly with people coming up to you and asking “Where are you from?”. The second you answer, they will continue to talk to you and give you advice, information and/or directions. They will expect a tip even after giving you information you did not want. However, at the same time, please don’t refuse totally to talk to Egyptians. They are incredibly kind and friendly people who are just trying to make a living and support their families. 

a camel overlooking the pyramids

MAKE IT MEMORABLE

Never forget during your visit to stop and cherish a moment! As the last Ancient Wonder of the World, visiting the Pyramids of Giza is nothing short of remarkable. Close your eyes and feel the desert wind blow through your hair and the Egyptian sun against your skin, and you’ll be feel like you’ve stepped back in time. Open your eyes and look up at the massive pyramid above you, and you can’t help but feeling an overwhelming sense of humility.  

Have you been to the Great Pyramids of Giza? Do you have any other questions about visiting the pyramids that I didn’t cover? Comment below! 

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  1. May 19, 2018 / 01:58

    This has been on my bucket list forever, I need to make more of an effort to actually plan and visit! Thank you for sharing all the amazing pictures and tips 🙂

    • Linnea
      Author
      June 10, 2018 / 15:50

      You won’t regret it! It’s incredible!

    • Tamala
      March 28, 2023 / 12:51

      I concur! Its on my bucket list as well! Thanks for sharing!

  2. May 19, 2018 / 07:13

    Love the post! Hope we make it there one day!

    • Linnea
      Author
      June 10, 2018 / 15:50

      You need to! You won’t regret it! When you do let me know if you have any other questions!

    • Kelly
      March 21, 2020 / 15:45

      Love this and how you discussed the pros and cons of getting a guide to see the pyramids. I also had no idea how reasonable admission was. Thanks for sharing!

      • Linnea
        Author
        March 21, 2020 / 16:18

        You’re so welcome Kelly!

  3. May 25, 2018 / 12:29

    Great post!! Thank you for the incredible tips. This gives me incredible wanderlust and motivation to plan my trip I’ve been wanting to take forever!

    • Linnea
      Author
      June 10, 2018 / 15:52

      Its something you won’t regret! Egypt has so much to offer! Let me know when you go!

  4. August 17, 2018 / 13:30

    Oh how I would love to visit Egypt one day! Your post and pics make it sound awesome! Thanks for sharing. We are just back from Jamaica and I think I need to check out Egypt next!

    • Linnea
      Author
      August 18, 2018 / 13:33

      Please do! It’s definitely on the cost friendly side once you get there. Jamaica also sounds like a blast too!

  5. August 17, 2018 / 18:13

    This is such great information. This place is on my bucket list and I have it scheduled on my 10 year travel plan for 2026. I know that is soooo long from now, but you never know… maybe my life will change and I’ll have the ability to go next year! 🙂

    http://thekarlsonchronicles.com/fall-travel-plans/

    Karlson

    • Linnea
      Author
      August 18, 2018 / 13:32

      I love how you have a 10 year travel list! That’s the coolest thing! I definitely hope you get there soon! It’s definitely a trip of a lifetime.

  6. August 19, 2018 / 01:04

    Thanks for the share! I enjoyed having a tour guide when I visted. I felt like I was able to connect to the locals through the guide.

    • Linnea
      Author
      August 19, 2018 / 03:02

      I definitely agree! I’m glad you visited! What was your favorite part?

  7. May 12, 2019 / 04:35

    Super helpful! I’ve always wanted to go to the Pyramids, and this will be such a great resource when I finally do make it there. Pinned for later 🙂

  8. May 12, 2019 / 06:12

    LOVE your line about being there to experience a new culture, not change it. This is also a super helpful guide… did you go DIY or with a guide?

    • Linnea
      Author
      May 20, 2019 / 01:32

      Thank you, Katie! We went with a guide around the pyramids, but most of the trip I planned on my own.

  9. Emma
    March 21, 2020 / 04:48

    This is an amazing guide, everything you could ever want to know is covered! Plus your photos are beautiful!

    • Linnea
      Author
      March 21, 2020 / 04:59

      Thank you Emma! It was an incredible trip!

  10. March 21, 2020 / 05:38

    This is such a huge bucketlist of mine. Love this guide, it’s very helpful.

    • Linnea
      Author
      March 21, 2020 / 14:58

      Thanks! I hope you can go one day!

  11. March 21, 2020 / 10:48

    Now that there are direct flights between my own country and Egypt, I am now tempted to visit. And of course I’ll visit the pyramids of Giza so this post will be very useful. Thanks.

    • Linnea
      Author
      March 21, 2020 / 14:58

      I’m so glad to hear that! I hope you can visit one day!

  12. March 21, 2020 / 12:37

    I would love to visit the pyramids one day! What an amazing experience. It’s sad you have to tell people not to climb on them lol.

    • Linnea
      Author
      March 21, 2020 / 14:57

      Right? So many people do though!

  13. March 21, 2020 / 14:38

    I appreciate the honesty about the sellers around this area. Great tips!

    • Linnea
      Author
      March 21, 2020 / 14:57

      Your welcome!

  14. March 21, 2020 / 15:34

    Thanks for the advice! To be honest, I didn’t know the Pyramids are so close to Cairo, that should make them easy to visit, I suppose. Would love to do that one day.

  15. March 21, 2020 / 16:30

    So nice to read that Egypt is safe. I have been wanting to go here for the longest of time and this is getting me so excited.

    • Linnea
      Author
      March 21, 2020 / 16:59

      I’m so glad! Thanks for reading!

  16. March 21, 2020 / 16:40

    I have never heard before the expresion ” you are not here to change their culture” and I loved it! I may steal it haha. That said, were you traveling alone when you visited the pyramids? As a white (and blond) women, did you have a lot of problems visiting on your own (if that was the case?). I have been wanting to go to Egypt for years but since I usually travel on my own I am a bit taken aback about what would that experience be. Thanks!

    • Linnea
      Author
      March 21, 2020 / 17:00

      Hi Jenn! Good question. I was actually with another female friend, but we had a private your guide with us. I highly recommend booking a private your guide!

      • Izabella
        March 11, 2023 / 11:48

        Hi, could you please share the name of the tour guide company you used or their website? Thank you!

        • Linnea
          Author
          March 26, 2023 / 00:00

          Hi! I apologize I don’t have it because we had a friend book this tour on our behalf.

  17. March 21, 2020 / 17:36

    Those photos are absolutely breathtaking… its making me want to squeeze Egypt into my next travel plans. And super helpful tips about interacting with sellers/people giving advice in exchange for tips – I can be naively friendly to locals so I don’t realize when people are trying to butter me up to sell me something haha.

    • Linnea
      Author
      March 21, 2020 / 18:07

      Thanks Julie! I hope you’ll be able to visit one day!

  18. March 21, 2020 / 18:57

    Definitely on my post-quarentine bucket list 🙂

    • Linnea
      Author
      March 21, 2020 / 19:00

      My list keeps growing too!

  19. March 21, 2020 / 19:32

    Thanks for all the tips! I’ve been to Egypt before but not to the pyramids, will make sure to use your tips when I do go!

    • Linnea
      Author
      March 21, 2020 / 20:43

      Thanks Greta!

    • Linnea
      Author
      March 21, 2020 / 20:43

      I feel the same way Kariss!

  20. March 21, 2020 / 20:18

    Seeing the Pyramids of Egypt is so high on my bucket list! I’m hoping to go either later this year or sometime next year. This is a great guide! 🙂

    • Linnea
      Author
      March 21, 2020 / 20:44

      Thanks Taylor! Let me know when you go!

  21. March 21, 2020 / 21:28

    I loved to visit the pyramids in Cairo! This place really impressed me too!

    • Linnea
      Author
      March 22, 2020 / 02:34

      I’m so glad!

  22. March 21, 2020 / 22:55

    Visiting the pyramids are on my bucket list. Thanks for the post as I’m sure when I visit I will make the most of my time there thanks to your tips.

    • Linnea
      Author
      March 22, 2020 / 02:34

      You’re so welcome! Thanks for reading!

  23. March 22, 2020 / 00:50

    Ahhh this is such a bucket list item for me!! I can’t wait to visit someday. Thanks so much for sharing these dos and donts 🙂

  24. Katie F.
    March 22, 2020 / 02:58

    This is great advice! I’d love to visit the pyramids someday!

    • Linnea
      Author
      March 22, 2020 / 13:42

      I hope you can one day! You’ll love it!

  25. March 22, 2020 / 05:26

    These are great tips! Egypt has been on my bucket list for as long as I can remember. I’ll be saving this post for whenever I finally plan a trip there! 😁

    • Linnea
      Author
      March 22, 2020 / 13:41

      Hooray! Let me know when you visit!

  26. Aurelia Teslaru
    March 22, 2020 / 16:22

    The pyramids are so high on my bucket list! Thanks for all your advice!

    • Linnea
      Author
      March 23, 2020 / 01:15

      You’re welcome!

  27. March 22, 2020 / 21:30

    So amazing, one day I hope to visit!! Thanks for sharing 🙂

    • Linnea
      Author
      March 23, 2020 / 01:15

      Thanks for reading!

  28. Cass
    March 24, 2020 / 03:03

    The pyramids must be an incredible thing to see! Awesome post

    • Linnea
      Author
      March 25, 2020 / 02:31

      Thanks Cass!

  29. April 12, 2020 / 15:26

    Love how informative this post is, super helpful! I think I would opt to not take tour so I can go at my own pace, which would be such a cool experience in a place like Giza!

    • Linnea
      Author
      April 13, 2020 / 03:32

      I hope you can go! It’s such a stunning place!

  30. April 28, 2020 / 15:17

    I have never been to Egypt. Your photos are amazing!

    • Linnea
      Author
      April 29, 2020 / 21:04

      Thank you Arunas!

  31. Hesham
    August 15, 2020 / 11:51

    Hi Linea,

    I’m Egyptian living in Germany and on my way now to the airport to visit Egypt. I was looking for some tips while visiting the pyramids as I plan to visit them with my kids this time. I really liked your post and how to respect, even if you disagree with, other cultures. Thanks alot for the nice guide 🙂

    Hesham

  32. Jenny
    June 21, 2022 / 12:18

    Wow !!! Thank You for sharing! If God willing I will be going there soon the flight would be on 24 this month😍

    Hoping to experience all of those above😎😊

    • Linnea
      Author
      July 17, 2022 / 14:52

      I’m so happy for you! Reach out if you have any questions!

  33. February 4, 2023 / 08:28

    This is s helpful post! I’m sure bringing water is really important, and that’s a good reminder to dress conservatively, even when it’s hot out.

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