The Dubai Ferry is a relatively recent addition to the Emirate’s expanding public and tourist transport system and is being constantly improved and expanded.

In the last few years Dubai has seen the opening of the Dubai Metro, the Palm Monorail and last year the Dubai Tram also opened 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 that start at the ferry station, tour round areas of local interest, and return to the same station, with each trip lasting for an hour.

Added to that they have introduced routes that goes from one port to another to increase the appeal of the ferry and they are now looking to increase the more ‘functional’ routes with some ferry services that will go through Business Bay and Al Jadaf.

There are a number of stations served by the Dubai Ferry at either end of Dubai in Al Ghubaiba, Dubai Marina and also some stations running through the Dubai Water Canal.

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, the round trips will only run if there are a minimum of 10 passengers on each trip. (One way trips will run however many people are on them).

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.

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  1. Would like to know if gold tickets are still available for the new year eve fireworks route ?? Also is there a sitting for gold class

    1. Hi, I have 4 tickets on waterbus for thenew year eve.leaving from Marina. I am not sure I can make it. I can sell it to you. 125was each.

  2. Dear Admin

    This is a complaint regarding Dubai Canal Ferry.
    Yesterday i booked 10 tickets for my family from Jumeirah Marine station upto Dubai Design Distt. My family boarded at 7.35pm and i went to Dubai Design Distt to pick them up.

    My complaint is that there is no signing no presence on google map for location of DUBAI DESIGN DISTT marine station.
    I roamed around IN DDD for 1 hour 30 minutes to locate the marine station but in vain. I called RTA for 16 minutes but he knew nothing about location.

    they gave me some GPS guidance number 700017000 which wasnt working,

    i asked the ticket booking person at Jumeirah Canal take off marine station, he said the stop is at DDD and there are lots of branded restaurants. this was his location information.

    I roamed around in DDD for 90 minutes , i entered all restricted project sites to get a trace of information or a small CARD BOARD Playcard saying RTA but none.

    For such a huge project such basic information not avaiable.

    You dont have any staff level guy who can pin point or flag locations of google map or smart drive or just list coordinates.

    I lodged a compalaint with RTA , 1279743 mentioning same facts.

    i still cant believe that such mega project is so ill administered and operated . till the time you can get proper sign boards you can just use paint , mark arrows or even wooden placards to guide.

    Dubai which is known for IT integration par excellence , such non availability of information is not believable,

    I hope you can do something at the earliest to not to let anyone else suffer like i did.

    It was a bad experience for my visiting family with 4 kids and 2 senior citizen to see such mismanagement.



  3. We plan to take the circular trip – Dubai marina – Atlantis – Dubai marina ( 5 pm) this week , since advance booking is not available, what time does the ticket counter open and what time should we come to be able to get the gold tickets. can we buy tickets in the morning. pl advice

  4. Hi Admin,

    Good morning. I just want to know who is the supplier of the RTA ferries cause I have some buyer for the same kind maybe you can help me

      1. Is it possible to take a ferry starting from the marina which goes up the Dubai canal and then back down to then carry along the coast up to al Ghubaiba / the bottom of the creek or is this 2 different routes?
        If the latter, please could you let me know the timings and if it is possible to change and connect between the ferries on the 2 routes in the same day without a long wait?
        Final question: do we need to buy tickets in advance?
        Many thanks.

        1. Hi Rachel, you are right that this is 2 separate routes so it is just a question of looking at the timings on the routes page. However, it does not look possible without a long wait. If you get the 11am ferry from the marina then you should be able to get the 12.05 from Dubai Canal station but then it gets to Al Jadaf at 13.50 and the next ferry back from there is not until 5.30pm although that should link you up with the ferry that left Dubai Marina at 6.30pm and will go on to Al Ghubaiba.

  5. Hi where i can get station from deira to dubai water canal i mean in which area i can get ferry station i want to go dubai water canal plz tell me give me station detail and ticket prize as well

    1. According to the maritime anouncement issued by DMCA for the water canal, it is allowed to enter with the following ristrictions
      * maximum length 35 meter
      * maximum draft 2.5 meter
      * maximum airdraft (height) 7 meter
      * maximum speed 7 knots

      Please contact DMCA who can give you a copy of this maritime anouncement, if any one would stop you, than you have an official document in your hands of Dubai Maritime Authority.

      Hope this helps you.

  6. Hello,
    I am looking for a any vacant position if available in dubai ferry.
    I have done Higher National Diploma in Nautical Science and having 9 months onboard experience in dubai itself.
    I urge you to kindly guide me with my query.

    Thank you

  7. Pls. advice by using emirates NBd i can take free trip on Friday, 30-Sep-2016 from Marina station that is fifth Friday of Month Sep. 2016.

  8. Hi, where can I buy tickets for ferries following the 2016 dhow races and from where (and what time) do they depart? Thanks.

      1. respacted sir,
        i’m a seaman i can work on the yacht and as a boat driver also i have RYA certificate if have anything kindly inform

        thank you

        Akash Gupta

  9. Hi, I wondering if it’s possible to book one of your boats for transfer from Jumeriah The Palm and close by the hotel Burj al arab ?(1-1,5 hour trip).
    We are getting married in Dubai and we will probably have around 80-100 guests.

    Is it possible?
    Whats would it cost?
    Please give me the answer by email.

    Best regards,

    1. Hi, you can privately hire the Dubai Ferry but you need to contact the RTA to arrange it. You can call them on 800 9090 or if you tweet @RTA_Dubai they can probably give you an email address for contacting them.

  10. Hi we are 4 people planned to go a round trip in ferry this weekend friday & would like to know the following . Whats the timing for the ferry for round trip & we want to see the palm atlantis & the Burj al arab from ferry so which route to choose & the timing

  11. I took the ferry today Wednesday 3 feb 2016 on the 1pm ferry from the Marina to Dubai Creek and I think I dropped my spectacles on the ferry. Is it possible to check

  12. Dear admin,

    1: Could you please let me know if the Dubai Ferry from Al Ghubaiba to Dubai Marina is travelling past The Atlantis?
    2: Is the roundtrip from 17.00 PM from Dubai Marina the only roundtrip from Dubai Marina that is travelling past The atlantis at this moment?

    Thank you already in advance for your concern.

    Kind regards,

      1. Hi Admin
        I have ENBD Credit card and I have got an email that I can avail complimentary service of Free Dubai Ferry ride on First and Second Friday of the month from Ghubaiba to Burj ul Arab at 2;30Pm

        Kindly advise where I can get the ticket on my car and avail this free offer.

        1. As I understand it, you can turn up at the ferry and show your Emirates NBD card but you may want to check with Emirates NBD themselves as to whether they will issue you with a ticket first. There seems to be a lot of confusion over these free trips.

          1. Each departure location has its own ticket office at the terminal. You can phone the RTA on 800 9090 for more info.

  13. Dear Admin,
    I did not see much connection of Ferry, train and buses in Dubai. In order to reduce the personal transportation, RTA should create an efficient network of public transportation and hand out free map and routine so everyone can easy travel from here to there in Dubai. You can take an example for Sydney public transportation system, for me it works quite good.

    1. The ticket counters are open when the trips occur so with the last trip being 6.30pm they are open then. However, this time last year the tickets were sold out so you may need to be quick.

    2. Hi, I am looking to sell my tickets (3 of them) as I have a last minute change of plans. Please contact me at 052 995 1277. Thanks

  14. Are the gold class tickets for New Years Eve still available? Till what time can I purchase them from the Dubai Marina Station?

    1. I’m afraid you will need to go to the ticket office and check there or else you may be able to get the information if you ring the RTA on 800 9090.

  15. Hi,

    The Dubai Ferry tickets for New Year’s Eve 2015 are available to purchase.

    I bought mine from the Dubai Ferry – Marina Mall kiosk a few days ago.

    Silver class – 250AED
    Gold class – 375 AED

    1. Also the timings for the Ferry are:
      Departs 10pm from Marina Mall, it goes around the Palm and anchors near the Burj Al Arab, returning at 1am.

  16. Folks new year special tickets for 31-Dec-2015 are on sale. I collected mine sometime back. Please rush to Dubai Marina ferry station in front of Marina Mall.

    See you all on 31st….

  17. I read your announcement of the Dubai Ferry tickets available for New Year’s Eve.
    I wonder if when you get the details you can book and purchase tickets on this website .
    Thank you

    1. Hi, unfortunately not as this website is not run by the RTA. I think though the tickets are usually only available by buying in person.

  18. We (2 persons) are interested in reserving/booking 2 tkts of 2015 NYE special ferry ride (last year the ferry ride was 3 hrs ride and departed at 10 pm from Marina) from Marina on Dec 31st 2015 for watching the NY fireworks.

    Can you please tell us when and how can we purchase/book /buy these 2 tickets in advance? Please let us know if there is any web site and phone nos. for purchasing these tkts.

    Many thanks

    1. Hi, they normally only announce these tickets shortly before New Year. We will try and keep you updated on here as soon as we have any news.

  19. Hi.. I have got a project regarding the ferry company.. I would like to meet up with the managers So that i would be able to do it well… kindly advise whether I will be able to meet them
    Thank you

  20. Hey! Can you please provide me with the timings for trips from Dubai Marina to Al Ghuaiba station on 15th October. Thank you

  21. i m search to dubai farry boat’s.
    can any one give me the job.
    this is my email id (hanifbetara78@gmail.com)
    i need a job ..
    please anyone help me…
    i have a passport..

  22. Hello Dubai Ferry! Is there any available position for Ferry Captain? Can you tell me the requirements for the position? Thanks a lot! 🙂

  23. Hello,
    We will be a group of 17 people from New Jersey, US visiting Dubai in December.
    Can you please send best options and group pricing to view all 3 fireworks from ferry/boat/etc if available on New Years eve. This would be for both Burj towers and Atlantis.


    1. Hi, I think with that number of people you might be best to do a private charter of some kind of boat/ferry. I would recommend contacting the RTA (rta.ae) to enquire about this or else you might be able to get a private yacht hire from somewhere.

  24. good day
    i worked as a ferry captain in similar ferries of dubai for several years i interested to apply for job in ferry dubai kindly ask about the way to applying for a job there

      1. Sorry I don’t know what other companies may be recruiting for that kind of role – may check out Gulf News for vacancies?

  25. Hi Team,

    I was wondering if there is a ferry service run by Dubai RTA that travels to Iran? If not, do you have any information as to who might?


  26. 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.

    1. 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.

  27. hi,
    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?


    1. 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.

  28. 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 😀

  29. 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,

  30. 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

    1. 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.

  31. 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?

  32. 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?

    1. 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)

  33. 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..),


    1. 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.

    2. Dear Admin i would like to rake the ferry or water taxi from dubai marina to water canal but was wondering departure timing from dubai marina?
      and return timings from safa canal to dubai marina
      thanks a lot for your professionalism you are great

  34. 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?

  35. 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

  36. 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

    1. 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)

  37. 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!

  38. Dear Mam,

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

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

  40. 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

  41. 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 ??

  42. 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

    1. 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…

  43. 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!

    1. 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.

    1. 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 🙂

  44. 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.

  45. 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?

    1. 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.

    1. 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.

    1. 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.

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