The Cairo tram map shows all the stations and lines of the Cairo tramways. This tramway map of Cairo will allow you to easily plan your routes in the trams of Cairo in Egypt. The Cairo tram map is downloadable in PDF, printable and free.
Cairo tramway origins date back to 1894, by which time Egypt had fallen under British rule. Despite this, the infrastructure for the transport systems were largely in French and Arabic, with the former harking back to previous occupation by France and the fact that the original tramway was owned by a large Belgian tramway company. As the lines were extended and developed, a route was even laid through to the famous Pyramids at Giza but this was closed in 1957 as its mentioned in Cairo tramway map. The outlying town of Heliopolis was joined to the system in around 1908.
By the 1970s, Egypt had become a self-governed state and elected to focus more on accommodating automobiles in its towns and cities, marking the start of a decline in Cairo tramways. At its peak, the system in and around Cairo was thought to have been the largest in Africa. The ageing Belgian rolling stock was soon replaced by Japanese tramway units, either imported or built locally to a Japanese design (see Cairo tramway map). Various models of the Kinki Sharyo trams were used exclusively on routes to Helwan, south of Cairo and Heliopolis and this suggests that some of the photos from our anonymous archive may in fact have been taken in these areas.
Cairo tramway lines in the centre of Cairo were removed in favour of roads and the photographs featured here are most likely from a period in the 1980s whereby only the Helwan and Heliopolis sections were in operation as you can see in Cairo tramway map. Over time, overhead wires were removed by both authorities and the public and what remained of the routes was taken away bit by bit following the 2011 revolution. In 2019, the last of Cairo trams ran for the final time and most of the rails had been removed. The fate of the tram units is not known.