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 four 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.

Dubai FerryAdded 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.

Before asking any questions using the form below, it would be appreciated if you could check all of the information on this site first, in particular the Frequently Asked Questions page. Probably 90% of the questions asked request information that is already posted on the site 🙂

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  1. Hi,
    we are 9 tourists. can we start at Al Gubaiba and see the burj al arab, palm jumerah, atlantis and end at Marina?
    If we get off at Marina for lunch, can we take another ferry back to Al Gubaiba?

    1. If you check the routes page you will see that there are sailings from/to Al Ghubaiba and the Marina at 11am, 1pm and 6.30pm so you will need to work around those times. You can also see the route map which shows that the ferry goes ‘under’ the Palm so you will only see Atlantis from a distance.

  2. Hello, wich one is the beste tourist route the one from 3 pm or 5 pm? Or is it an option to do both?

    Or are there other options ?

    Thank you!

    1. Yes you can do both. It really depends on what you want to see as to which one is best! You can also tour the Dubai Water Canal but the best circular trips are from the Marina.

  3. Hello! We want to take the ferry from Dubai Marina to Al Gubaiba? Can you confirm that this is running today at 1pm?

  4. Hi im new to dubai ferry. Which route would you recommend for a tourist to take to have a good view of dubai such as burj al arab etc. ? Also in the route page it was saying that after nov 2016 the ghubaiba trip to marina will end at dubai canal? May i know what does this mean?

    1. Hi, the 3pm trip from Dubai marina goes to Burj al Arab and back. The trip from Al Ghubaiba to the Marina does not end at the canal but it stops there on the way through.

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  6. Hello! I have read that it is possible to buy tickets to dubai ferry for 31 of December to watch fireworks in Burj Khalifa. But I haven’t seen any information about this in its website. Do you have such offer?

    1. Hi, every year we get this question! Tickets for New Years Eve generally only go on sale in the week before and get snapped up very quickly. As soon as we have any information about the tickets we will post it in the news section. If you want to get alerted to any news posts then you can subscribe to them.

  7. Dear Sir,

    I am a US educated (Masters in Engineering in Ocean Engg and Naval Architect) professional with over 5 years of experience. Currently I am the project manager for design and operation for New Your City Ferry where I was involved from idea to construction to operation.)
    I am looking at the possibility for a similar role in Dubai ferry, Can you send me right contact details.

    Thanking you

  8. Hi there!
    I need your support, actually we have a new technology for such boats and it may be interesting for your organisation, could you please contact me with the relevant section for this issue?

    Thank you!

  9. Dear Admin,

    kindly assist by giving a number for contact to RTA – Dubai Ferry. I would like to reserve a one hour ride for a group.

    +97156 8206973

  10. Hi,

    When we take the tour at 5pm to Atlantis will the boat go as far to seemthe Burj Al Arab at least from a distance?

    The cruise via the interior route at 3pm to Burj Al Arab doesn’t go around Palm Jumeriah, correct?

    Thanks a lot

    Best regards


    1. The Atlantis tour goes around the ‘left’ side of the Palm so you will see the Burj al Arab from a distance and yes the 3pm tour goes under the Palm near the shoreline so it doesn’t go round the Palm.

    1. There is usually a special service on NYE. We will post details as soon as we have them but that is usually only in the week preceding.

  11. Dear Sir
    I’m an Iranian Tourist who has lost his sun glasses on Saturday 17 September on the way in a Taxi going from Iranzamin Restaurant in Downtown towards Dubai Shopping Mall parking.
    I’ll be grateful if you could help me to find it. It is really precious to me.
    Thanks for your attention and kind consideration.

  12. Hi, I can see that there are 2 sight-seeing round-trips (from Dubai Marina station) on a daily basis (3 pm trip to Burj Al Arab & back / 5 pm trip to Atlantis & back)….however, if one wants to cover both Burj al Arab & Atlantis in one sight-seeing round-trip, is that not possible? Rgds!

  13. I am holiday in Dubai in September I would like to do the 3 following trips, is this all possible and if so how should I do it. I am staying at The Royal Mirage so my nearest ferry would be the marina.

    A trip around the marina, Palm and Burj and back .
    A trip from the marina along the coat to the start of the new canal.
    A trip down the canal under the all new bridges inc the water fall one and carry on into the creek passing festival city and the floating bridge back to the sea opening again .

    1. Yes it is possible. The first one is the 3pm trip from the marina. The second one is the ferry that goes to Al Ghubaiba but stops at the canal (but goes a similar route to the first trip so not sure you would gain much from doing both). You could pretty much do the 2nd and 3rd one in 1 day. 1pm from Marina, change at DWC to get the 1405 to Jadaf. Arrives Jadaf at 1550 then return trip at 1730 arriving DWC at 1915. Depart DWC at 1920.

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