|Chicken breasts at the market||$5.28|
|Internet (6 Mbps, unlimited data)||$49.14|
|Taxi 1hour Waiting||$2.31|
|1 Pair of men leather shoes||$55.72|
|1 Pair of Jeans||$65.87|
|Milk (1 liter)||$1.06|
|Utilities (Electricity, Heating, ...) for medium apartment||$22.93|
It is about 120 kilometers from Cairo. It is often referred to as "The City of Beauty and Enchantment" because of Suez Canal.
The city can be reached by a direct route using the “desert highway” which is a faster route than taking the countryside road which is about 135 kilometers journey and takes longer. There are micro buses that used the desert highway to reach Ismailia from Cairo. The ticket price is much cheaper compared to a taxi service which adds up with tips asked by taxi drivers.
The city still bears some of the old French and British buildings which are currently used as offices for Suez Canal Authority employees but other than these old buildings, the city has few places of interest. The house of Ferdinand de Lesseps, the promoter of Suez Canal is a grand place in the city but does not make the city a major tourist destination. There is also an Old Catholic church standing notably on the bank of a fresh water canal. The church’s façade is made of mud bricks that create an image of a typical Egyptian traditional structure. Other places of interest are outside the city and in other Ismailia’s villages. However, the beauty of Suez Canal creates imposing image for the city as the canal flows to Ismailia before ending at Golf of Suez.
There are few hotels in Ismailia but most are small hotels offering cheap and good stop over rooms. Along the Ismailia desert highways, there are small lodges that offer shade from the heat and cool bath water. The rates are ridiculously cheap including a breakfast treat for 1 Euro.
Cheap flights to Ismailia are directed to Cairo International Airport. Many climbing clubs avail cheap flights to Ismailia and from here head to the mountainous Sharm el-Sheikh before heading to the south of Mt. Sinai.
Ismailia city may not be a great tourist destination but the city is tapping its tourism potentials and hopes are high that in the near future, it will rise as one of the major attractions in Egypt.