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The Dubai Ferry is a recent addition to the Emirate’s expanding public and tourist transport system. In the last few years Dubai has seen the opening of the Dubai Metro, the Palm Monorail and in the next year the Al Sufouh Tram will also open to the public.

In most countries the term ‘ferry’ would imply a boat that takes you from one place to another for more of a public transport purpose. However, although the Dubai Ferry is run by the RTA (Roads and Transport Authority), the Ferry is more of a tourist trip as there are two trips that are run on the Dubai Ferry and they start at the ferry station, tour round areas of local interest, and return to the same station, with each trip lasting for an hour.

The two stations served by the Dubai Ferry are at either end of Dubai in Al Ghubaiba and in Dubai Marina. The ferry runs 4 times a day, twice from each location, for a duration of an hour and the boats are designed for comfort with a snack bar on board and facilities for two classes of passenger as well as two spots for those in wheelchairs.  There are tickets available for gold class and silver class passengers just like on the Dubai Metro, so you can choose your level of comfort. As the ferries are very new they are also very modern and stylish.

The Dubai ferry was opened in 2011 and each boat can take up to 100 passengers. Although it is scheduled to run at certain times, it will only run if there are a minimum of 10 passengers on each trip. The boats can also be hired for private use from the RTA on hourly rental charter packages either with or without seats installed.

The Dubai Ferry can be a great option for tourists as it enables them to see the city from the sea and get a view of some of the most popular parts of Dubai including the Burj al Arab and the Palm Jumeirah at a great price. Other options for this kind of tourist trip exist but are usually much more expensive so it is worth taking a trip on the Ferry if you are on holiday in Dubai.

24 comments

  1. Jessica says:

    Hi, is this an official website for the Ferry? Do they accept credit cards? Thanks.

    • admin says:

      Hi Jessica, no this is not an official site. The RTA don’t seem to have one so I set this up. Yes you can pay for your tickets using a credit card.

  2. Dana Georgescu says:

    Hi,

    Is it any way to apply for a job with you?

    Regards,
    Dana Georgescu

    • admin says:

      Hi Dana, if you are looking for a job with the Dubai Ferry then you will need to contact the RTA to see if they have any vacancies. Their number is 800 9090.

  3. Varinder says:

    Can someone guide me on where is the exact location of the Ghubaiba Ferry station?
    I am planning a group trip, can I buy tickets one day in advance to be on a safer side?

    • admin says:

      Hi Varinder, sorry for the delay in replying. I haven’t been to the Al Ghubaiba station sorry, but check out the map on the routes page and this may help you. If you are looking to do a group trip it may well be worth contacting the RTA regarding a private charter if there are enough of you, otherwise just get there in good time and you should be OK. Many people turn up at the last minute but usually the boats are not completely full unless it is a public holiday or something so maybe choose a quieter time.

  4. Anna says:

    I would just like to inquire regarding the offer from my Go for it Gold Emirates NBD Credit card if there is a free ride from your Dubai Ferry, whichnI can take one guest with me.

  5. Amelie says:

    Could you please explain the difference between the Gold and Silver service? Thanks.

    • admin says:

      Hi Amelie, gold class tickets give you access to the front of the boat where you can get a better view and better photo opportunities :-)

  6. Amelie says:

    Hi again!
    Just hoping you could give me a general idea of passenger traffic recently and looking forward a few weeks. Of course you can’t guarantee a departure, but have most of them run with more than the required minimum lately? I’m primarily interested in the 9am, hate to make my way from Bur Dubai just to find out that that was the least popular and hardly ever runs,or perhaps it was the most popular and make sure one gets there early! Thanks, this helps in planning our sightseeing!

    • admin says:

      Hi Amelie, sorry but I don’t work for the RTA so cannot comment on passenger numbers. I think the ferry service is getting more popular so I don’t expect that many sailings are cancelled, particularly when the weather is good but I can’t confirm this.

  7. Steve says:

    I really liked the boat when I took the trip at the Burj Khalifa. Do you know who manufactures the boats?

    Thanks.

    • admin says:

      Do you really mean the Burj Khalifa? i’m not sure there are many boat trips from there ;-) Having said that I have no idea who manufactures any of the boats…

  8. Petra Graves says:

    Hi,
    My husband and I are planning on doing a ferry trip starting at the Marina on our upcoming vacation around March 28. I am totally confused about the ferry routes and departure times. I read somewhere that the routes and times changed and would like to find out the new departure times in the afternoon for a round trip Marina ferry ride that allows views of Atlantis.
    Thanks for your help
    Petra

  9. erlie ganuelas says:

    hi… can i have your email address as if we want to make a reservation if possible?. Thank you

  10. Rashad says:

    Iam graduate in BE marine eengineering and having experience of 8months in an oil tanker of dubai company. Is there any job opportunity in your dubai ferry ??

  11. Ravinder singh says:

    dear mam i have an experience in oil tenker. so i wanted to do job with you. i am not able to understande by RTA. can you pls send me the contact and email id

  12. mohamed says:

    please inform rates and timetables for October (first 02 weeks) , ferry Dubai / Iran – Bandar Abbas, for 3 pax (Portuguese nationality), as well as rates for private transfers apt DXB / ferry port.
    The TK flight arrives 05h45 am. Depending on the ferry departure time, we may suggest a tour in Dubai or other services.

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    • admin says:

      The Dubai Ferry just runs within Dubai and not to Iran, you will need to seek other transportation services for this request.

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