Midan Ramses is the name of the large square infront of the Ramses station (محطة رمسيس, Mahattat Ramses), the main station in Cairo for long-distance trains, and it's immedient surrondings. It's located immediately north of the very centre of the modern city at Midan Tahrir. Not the most attractive part of modern Cairo, Midan Ramses is notorious for swirling, raucous traffic, massive overpasses and crowds at peak hour, basically the Central traffic hub into and out of Cairo. Despite all this, the district does have some saving graces to offer the traveller.
All long-distance trains arrive at the Midan Ramses station.
Just below the square infront of the train station is Martyrs (الشهداء, Al-Shohadaa) metro station, which is an interchange between lines 1 and 2.
Walking from Midan Tahrir takes about 25 minutes.
- Egyptian National Railways Museum, Midan Ramses, ☎ +202 575-3555. Tuesday-Saturday 8:30AM - 1PM. located at the eastern end of Ramses Station, this museum houses an amazing collection of steam locomotives, including that used by Empress Eugenie during her opening of the Suez Canal in 1863. The entrance fee increased in September 2008 from 1.5 LE, to 20 LE (10 for students).
- Al Fath Mosque, At the South End of Midan Ramses. Completed in the early 1990's, this beautiful Mosque is worth taking a look at.
- Windsor Hotel, 19 Alfi Bei Street (a few blocks east of Midan Ramses). The bar at the Windsor Hotel is where the flotsam and jetsam of the expat world hang out. A place where Somerset Maugham meets Mr. Mulliner, it is the perfect place to meet odd characters!
- Fontana Hotel, Midan Ramses, ☎ +202 592-2321.
- Victocia Hotel, 66 al-Gomhuriyya, ☎ +202 589-2290.
- Windsor Hotel, 19 Alfi Bei Street (a few blocks east of Midan Ramses), . A popular hotel, but some would say overpriced for what you get.
- Happyton Hotel, 10 Ali al-Kassar, ☎ +202 592-8600.
- The Ramses Hilton, 115 Corniche el-Nil, ☎ +202 574-4000 (fax: +202 575-7152), . Housed in a large, modern, purpose-built tower, the Ramses Hilton has great views from its upper floors, but lacks any real character. Still, the standards are what you would expect from the Hilton chain - as are the prices!