In Photos: Ticket machines now available at Giza Plateau

Nevine El-Aref , Saturday 6 Apr 2024

Visitors to the Giza Plateau can now use four state-of-the-art ticket machines - with bank cards - to bypass the crowds and more easily visit one of Egypt’s most iconic landmarks.

Self-Ticketing machines


The Giza Plateau, home to the Great Pyramid of Giza, the Sphinx, and other ancient marvels, draws millions of visitors annually.

The initiative is part of a broader effort by the Ministry of Tourism and Antiquities to modernize and digitize visitor services and improve the tourist experience in Egypt.

Mohamed Ismail Khaled, secretary-general of the Supreme Council of Antiquities, explained that the new machines will significantly reduce congestion at ticket windows.

Khaled added that tickets can still be purchased online at the ministry's official website.

He emphasized that this step comes in conjunction with the nearing completion of the development of services in the Giza Plateau, undertaken in collaboration between the Ministry of Tourism and Antiquities and Orascom Pyramids Company for Projects.

Khaled Sherif, the assistant to the minister of tourism and antiquities for digital transformation, stressed that the new ticketing machines are part of the government’s broader effort to encourage non-cash transactions.

Sherif added that the Giza Plateau is the second site to receive such machines after the Valley of the Kings in Luxor.

He explained that the ministry plans to install 40 such machines at 20 of the most-visited archaeological sites in Egypt during the project’s initial phase.

Since May 2023, visitors have been unable to use cash to purchase tickets at more than 30 archaeological sites and museums.

The rollout of this initiative began in Aswan at the temples of Edfu, Kom Ombo, Abu Simbel, Philae, the Nubian Museum, and the Incomplete Obelisk.

Cash is no longer accepted at several sites and museums in Cairo, including the Giza Pyramids area, the Saladin Citadel, and the Egyptian Museum in Tahrir.

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