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 this year the Dubai 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 three 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. In recent months they have introduced a route that goes from one port to another to increase the appeal of the ferry.

The three stations served by the Dubai Ferry are at either end of Dubai in Al Ghubaiba, Dubai Marina and at Al Mamzar. The ferry runs multiple times a day from each location, for a duration of an hour (frequency and times change often so check out the routes page for more info) 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. Contact the RTA on 800 9090 for more info.

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.


  1. Jessica says:

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

  2. Dana Georgescu says:


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

    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?


    • 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:

    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

  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.
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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.

  13. adrian nihal machado says:

    Dear Mam,

    i need to know the ferry timings from Dubai Marina to atlantis and the place which that ferry passes.

  14. FerrisXia says:

    Hi! Can you send me the 3rd video, which is on the “Dubai Ferry Video” page, to my Email? Because we’re promoting the tour to Dubai with Dubai Ferry, and the commercial is going to be played on Guangdong TV.
    Hope to hear from you soon! If you have any question, please feel free to contact me.
    Thank you very much!

  15. Yatin says:

    Whats the Ramadan timing for Dubai Marina Ferry Route.
    Specially looking for after noon timing

  16. Katrin Hesslinger says:

    Dear Sirs and Madams,
    I also saw a route from Dubai Marina Station to Al Ghubaiba Station at daily 11 A.M. But on your Homepage I couldn’t find this routs. Doesn’t this route exist anymore ?
    Thank you very much for an answer.
    Best regards,
    Katrin Hesslinger

    • admin says:

      Hi the ferry does not go from one station to another it just does tourist round trips from each station (unless they have changed this recently)

  17. Sardar Ali says:

    Me & My family are planning for Ferry trip inside Dubai on RTA ferry. could you tell me the main ferry station from where i can get tickets and timings as well

  18. khushboo says:

    I just want to know do they serve breakfast or lunch or dinner on board? i mean as per the trip schedule do they provide anything?

  19. Good morning dear lady, I have been reading your answering to most questions and I found you very informative and accurate…In relation to a new ferry route that links Dubai Marina and Dubai Creek as per the link I copy below:


    I know you are independent but,,, you have an idea for how long does it take this trip and what would be the price on gold class ticket ??

    Thanks a lot in advance (don’t know your name sorry..),


    • admin says:

      Thank you Luis. I would expect the price if this ticket to be the same as the others as there has been no announcement of a change. However if anyone has any other information please feel free to post.

  20. Tetsuya Oue says:

    Hi, we are gouing to Dubai from Japan at the end of this year. On Jan, 2015, do you operate ferry from Dubai Marina?
    According to HP, usual feerry does not sail out from Dubai Marina to Al Ghubaiba on Friday. Do you operate sightseeing ferry from Dubai Marina? If so, what time does ferry depart from Dubai Marina?

    • admin says:

      Hi yes there are sightseeing trips running from the Marina on a Friday but as the schedules keep changing it is best to check with the RTA when you arrive in Dubai (800 9090)

  21. sahil khandelwal says:

    I have heard that one can see new year’s Fireworks in Dubai by ferry ride.
    Do you have any info where to buy tickets n all?

  22. arvind says:

    Please advise how can I book ferry or water taxi for 31.12.2014 mid night new year festivities

  23. Tashfeen says:

    I called to book for a water taxi for new years eve… unfortunately in a very short time all bookings are done. Can you please tell me if you have a plan to increase the # of boats to accomodate more bookings ?

    Thank you

    • admin says:

      Yes I heard that the water taxis were all booked before they were even officially announced so I would book the ferry asap if you are interested. I don’t have information here as this site is not run by the RTA, so i would contact them.

  24. kumar natarajan says:

    I would like to enquire about new year’s eve cruise to view the fireworks. We are looking for 4 families each with 2 adults and 2 children.

    Would appreciate if you could assist with few options.

    Thanks and best regards,

  25. Lucas Lee says:

    Hello, there are a few things I want to ask about private hires but I would like to know if there is a way to ask by e-mail. Since I’m on the other side of the world, it’s not very easy to make phone calls because of the time difference. if you can help, please reply to lulee21@naver.com
    thank you and happy new year :D

  26. Patrick Gyde says:

    We are 2 adults and 2 children( with suitcases)who are going to spend a few days in Abu dhabi and then move on to Dubai for the rest of the holiday.
    Any chance of go from Abu dhabi to Dubai by boat?


    • admin says:

      There is no public ferry service from Abu Dhabi to Dubai but she may be able to get a private charter. Otherwise there is a bus service.

  27. Marie says:

    Good morning.
    Just a few questions:
    1. Where is the terminal in the Marina?
    2. How much is the cost for a ticket and where we could buy it? the price is for a round trip?
    3. We have to book or we could go directly to the terminal?
    4. How long does the trip take to go and return?
    5. Which is the difference between normal trip (11, 1, 6:30), tourist trip and Sightseeing trip?

    Thank you very much for help us!
    Have a nice day.

    • admin says:

      Most of the answers can be found on this website!
      The terminal is outside marina mall, just turn left and walk about 500 yards
      See tickets page – tickets are sold at the terminals
      No you can’t book, go straight there
      trips are around 60-75 minutes
      the 11, 1 and 6.30 go from one terminal to another, the other 2 trips are circular.

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