There are a
lot of motor boats working on the Nile, offering a fast, cheap and method
for crossing the river. The boats operate 24 hours per day and charge
visitors 1 LE per journey if they are entering a boat that is full of
other people or 5 LE if they boat is entirely for their own use. This
is for a journey that goes directly across the river from one side to
the other. For journeys that are further up or down river, the cost will
of course be increased. For a journey to or from the Sheraton, expect
to pay 10 LE.
If you want to hire a boat for the afternoon to take you up and down
the river simply to relax and watch the world go by, you can expect to
pay around 20 LE per hour. Of course, some boat captains will try to charge
you ten times this and sometimes they are successful, but if you, know
what the going rate is then you have the grounds on which to bargain.
Nobody is ever 'robbed' or 'ripped off', the price is what you agree to.
If you agree to a very high price then the onus is on you and not on the
boat captain to agree on what is a reasonable price..
The boats are limited in the number of passengers that they can take
and in where they can go. For instance, if the River Police see a boat
that they consider has been dangerously overloaded with people, then they
will stop it. Likewise, if a boat is seen beyond the region that the River
Police operate then they will order it to turn back. It is not possible
to travel to other towns in one of these motor boats.
Recently, however, fuel costs have been rising continuously and people
have to make a living so expect a considerable price rise to compensate
for the increased costs.