Philae Transportation

  • Dock for boats to Philae
    Dock for boats to Philae
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  • Boat to Philae
    Boat to Philae
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  • Changing for boats to Philae
    Changing for boats to Philae
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    Aswan Airport

    by ATXtraveler Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    Aswan Airport - Gateway to Philae

    There are many different ways to arrive at Philae, but most start with landing at the Aswan Airport.

    This is a beautiful building that houses this regional airport, so make sure you take a picture of it while you have a chance!

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    Reaching Philae

    by MM212 Updated Mar 18, 2008

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    Dock for boats to Philae
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    Getting to Philae is not straightforward. One is likely to be staying in the city of Aswan, about 15 minutes north of Philae. So to get to Philae one must:

    1) Arrange for transport by car from Aswan to Philae, typically you can arrange for a car from your hotel or a taxi and ask the driver to wait for you while you visit the site;
    2) Drive in the taxi for 15 minutes south of Aswan and upon arrival, take the driver's cell phone number and car number (you'll need it when you exit);
    3) Pay the entry fee at the ticket booth;
    4) Get onto one of the many boats at the end of the dock (here, it's chaotic) and arrange the price for a return trip with the boat captain (this is separate from the entry fee);
    5) The boats are typically shared, unless you are part of a big group;
    6) The boat will drop you at Agilkia Island (where Philae is), but you must remember your captain's face and arrange to be picked up again at a specific time;
    7) After finishing the tour, ride the same boat again to be transported to the mainland where you pay the boat captain the agreed upon price;
    8) Find your taxi driver (typically, you'll have to give the security guard the car number and he'll call the driver in for you).

    This will seem like a hassle if you are not prepared, but otherwise, it's a smooth operation. Unfortunately, I wasn't prepared and it did seem like a hassle at the time!

    Lastly, a trip to Philae could easily be combined with a stop in beautiful Kalabsha.

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    How to get Philae from Aswan

    by Kuznetsov_Sergey Updated Sep 27, 2007

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    Changing for boats to Philae

    Philae is situated several kilometers south Aswan on the Agilka island between the Old and the High Dams. It took us 15 minutes to get the quay near the island. All the tourists get there by buses and cars. Then they change for boats. We got there by minibus then take a boat and in 5 minutes reached the island.

    Small Agilka harbor was full of other boats, which were taking tourists from previous evening-show. We could hardly find a place to moor the bank. When the show finished all the audience got the boats again and left the island and Temples sleeping.

    You may watch my VIDEO Clip from my personal YouTube channel:
    1 min 22 sec Egypt Aswan Getting Philai 2007

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    Take a felucca or boat

    by Homanded Written Feb 3, 2007

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    Philae sits on an island. The temple itself was buried mostly under water and, as several other sights in Egypt, has been meticulously moved, and lovingly rebuilt stone by stone, down to the joints!
    When you see pictures of the original you will be amazed that something this large could be reconstructed!

    You will need to take a boat ride to access the island temple and, as all else in Egypt, a small token will be appreciated by your boat crew.
    Although only one person is needed to actually drive the skiff to the island, don't be surprised if, up to 3 additional people jump in at the last moment - all hoping to somehow assist you at the end of your journey in exchange for some money!
    Everyone seems to have their hand out in Egypt and here is no exeption. Stand firm, say no! Hala! or, you'll be shelling out money for every Tom, Dick and Harry that decides to horn in on your trip!

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    Bus to temple of Philae

    by Sambawalk Written May 10, 2006

    I came to temple of Phliae as part of the day tour to Abu Simbel. I paid 60 EGP for the minibus transportation only and it also includes the visit of High Dam (entrance fee: 8 EGP),The Temple of Philae (Entrance fee: 30 EGP). Prices in May 2006.

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    Boat to the island

    by Sambawalk Written May 10, 2006

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    You need to take a ferry to reach the Temple of Philae (Entrance fee: 30 EGP). Depending your negotiation skills and the number of people you have to travel on the ferry. I paid 6 EGP per person (returned trip) in a boat with 15 people to the island. (May 2006)

    I know someone who paid only 5 EGP per person in the boat with 5 people.

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    Tour

    by MalenaN Updated Jan 17, 2006

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    Relief on the Temple of Isis

    There is no public transport to Philae (or Shellal village). I came here as part of a tour from Aswan. We left Aswan with the convoy at 4 o'clock in the morning (at least it left so early in the morning in July when I went). I paid 55 pounds for the tour (only transport) to Abu Simbel, the High Dam, Philae and the Unfinished Obelisk. In the minibus we were two people who paid 55 pounds, two other who paid 70 pounds and a Japanese woman who paid 110 pounds for the same trip. At the tourist office they had told me the price should be 45 pounds, but when they said 55 pounds at my hotel I thought it was okay. The minibus picked up passengers at their hotel (me at 3.30 am) and then went with the convoy. It took three hours to go to Abu Simbel. We reached Abu Simbel around 7 am and got two hours to see the site before the convoy left. We stopped by the High Dam and then went on to Philae, before returning to Aswan.

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    Boat

    by MalenaN Updated Jan 17, 2006

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    On the way to Philae

    After you have paid for the tickets (35 pounds in July 2005) to the temple you must get there and that you can?t do without a boat. We were five in our group and paid 25 pounds (5 each) for a return trip to Agilika Island. The boatman will wait for you during your visit at the temple. As you approach the island you will get a very nice view of the Temple of Isis. When we left we took the way on the other side of the island.

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  • boats to philae

    by stemc Updated Oct 5, 2005
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    the boats drop you off at philae at the landing jetty you may have to climb through other boats moored there ,the boat will then moor at the island facing the jetty until you return to whistle the boatman to come and pick you up.

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    To Philae

    by uglyscot Written Jun 5, 2005

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    boats to Philae

    Boats can be rented at the quay. We bargained and arranged for the round trip, plus a wait of an hour and a half which is what the boat owner suggested. Perhaps two hours would have been better, but we saw a lot.
    The boats are metal and shabby but have protection from the sun.
    You get a good view of the Old Aswan dam and rock formations, and he took a different side of the island on the return trip.

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    To Philae - only per boat

    by Myndo Updated Dec 2, 2004

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    Boats at Philae

    There is only one way to the island: you go there by boat. Boats you can find on the harbor place (I have yet to find out the right name).
    If you are not going there by group, you have to wait until the boat is full.

    There are two ways to the landing place on the island. On the way around the left side you have a good view on the Trajans Kiosk, on the way around the right side you see the main temple from the side.

    Both views are nice - but the Trajans Kiosk is the more well known.

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    by boat

    by TomorrowsAngel Written Nov 14, 2003

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    the boats

    To reach the Philae Temple Complex, you can take an organised excursion booked through a travel agent or hotel.
    Alternatively, take a taxi to the boat landing at Shellal on the east side of the old Aswan Dam. From there, a short boat trip can be arranged to the island.
    It should cost no more than LE25 to hire a boat, no matter how many passengers. Do not pay, until the return trip is over!

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    by boat

    by TomorrowsAngel Written Nov 14, 2003

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    the boats

    To reach the Philae Temple Complex, you can take an organised excursion booked through a travel agent or hotel.
    Alternatively, take a taxi to the boat landing at Shellal on the east side of the old Aswan Dam. From there, a short boat trip can be arranged to the island.
    It should cost no more than LE25 to hire a boat, no matter how many passengers. Do not pay, until the return trip is over!

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    Cruise to Philae

    by stevezero Written Apr 9, 2005

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    Cruise to Philae

    Being on an island, the temple of Philae is obviusly best reached by boat, either rowing, by sail, or motor powered

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