Postcards of the Pyramids always portray them to be devoid of people. But before visiting the Pyramids, we were at Zooba in Zamalek and met an Egyptian American guy. He recognised our Singaporean accent almost immediately, and was happy to share more on his country.
He said that many years ago, long lines of tourists would snake around the Pyramid complex. Tourists would wake up early in the morning to queue to enter the coveted attraction, or risk the wrath of Cairo’s hot desert sun.
Today, the line of tourists have dried up. All that’s left, which is still substantial, are local Egyptians. School kids, families and dating couples, the Pyramids felt like a park of sorts, where locals gathered to spend quality time with their loved ones.
And that worked in our favour. We headed there to the Pyramids at 9am in the morning. Traffic on the roads was smooth and we took less than an hour to get there from Cairo.
We did not see any tourists around, with the exception of two Caucasian and one Chinese couple. Indeed, the stream of tourists which had once lined the entrance of the complex had dried up.
The ticket line-up was manageable. The more challenging part is about deciding on which attraction to visit.
Ticket pricing of the Pyramids of Giza
Here are the tickets prices for adults. If you’re a student, bring a student card and you’ll get the tickets for approximately half the price.
- Ticket to enter the Pyramid complex: Egyptian Pounds 80 – USD9 / SGD16 *This is compulsory, and probably, the most value-for-money of all tickets
- Great Pyramid (Pyramid of Khufu): Egyptian Pounds100 – USD11.20/ SGD20
- Meresankh III tomb: Egyptian Pounds 50 – US5.60/ SGD10
There are also tickets to enter the Pyramid of Khafre, but it was closed for renovation when we were there. (It’s a good thing because based on our experience visiting the Great Pyramid of Khufu, I probably wouldn’t expect to see much in the Pyramid of Khafre).
Pictures are not allowed inside the Pyramids, but a quick Google search shows that the burial chamber in the Pyramid of Khafre, looks pretty much similar to that of the Pyramid of Khufu. I’m not an ancient Egyptian aficionado, and was happy to do away with it.
As for the Meresankh III tomb which we visited, it was actually quite an experience, because the Pyramid officials literally opened a tomb for us, which was boarded under lock and key. Do read that post to find out more.
Hope this post helps you identify the attractions within the Pyramid complex to visit.
Feel free to drop a comment should you have any questions.