|The ferry point
can be found to the northern end of Luxor Temple. Payment for the journey
is made at the small kiosk, which is down the steps from the Corniche. For
visitors, the cost of the journey for visitors is 1 LE each way. If payment
for a return journey is made then a ticket should be received otherwise
no tickets are issued.
The ferries cross the river from east to west and back all day and all
night. During the day, the movement is constant with three ferries in
operation; as one arrives, one departs and another is filling with passengers.
During the night, the ferries are reduced to two, and the time waiting
for them to leave is longer but they still offer a reliable and very cheap
service. Because of the river's current, they cross in a backward letter
S shape so that they leave pointing south on one side and arrive on the
other, still pointing south.
Crossing on the ferry is a pleasurable experience with a good view of
the riverside and the colourful mix of local people travelling to markets
and to work makes it very interesting. At times the ferries can be quite
crowded but never let this be intimidating as they are safe and although
people may try to talk to you they are being friendly and hassle is usually
at a minimum on the ferry itself.
Sometimes you will see people clambering aboard the ferry once it has
started to move. Several people are killed each year doing this as they
lose their footing and fall into the water. Sometimes people are rescued
but at other times, they surface under the pontoon instead of beside it,
and they drown. The River Police, who are usually on duty at both ferry
points, dissuade people from attempting to jump on the moving ferry but
sometimes they are unsuccessful.
From early 2009 new ferry boats are being introduced to replace the old boats that were getting into a dilapidated condition.