Ferry Terminals

The Dubai Ferry currently runs from five ferry terminals: Dubai Marina, Al Ghubaiba, Dubai Canal Station, Al Jadaf and Sheikh Zayed Road Station.

The first two stations to operate were at Al Ghubaiba and Dubai Marina, with a terminal at Al Mamzar introduced in October 2014 – However, Al Mamzar no longer runs services due to lack of demand.

Ferry services run 7 days a week.

From November 2016 ferry services started using the Dubai Canal, trip details are shown further below.


The Al Ghubaiba terminal is a minutes walk from the Al Ghubaiba Metro station, near the creek abra stations.

The Marina terminal is a short walk (about 500 yards to the left) from outside the Marina Mall.

There are circular tourist type trips that run for approximately 1 hour from each terminal but there are now also trips that run from one terminal to the other (which also take 60-90 minutes).

The currently advertised trips for Dubai Marina and Al Ghubaiba are:

11am, 1pm and 6.30pm One way trips from Al Ghubaiba to Dubai Marina and Dubai Marina to Al Ghubabiba. From November 2016 these trips will  stop at the Dubai Canal Station en route.
10am, 12pm (midday) and 5.30pm One way trips between Al Jaddaf Station and the Dubai Canal Station: calling at Dubai Design District, Al Wajeha Al Maeyah, and Marasi stations in the Business Bay; and the Sheikh Zayed Road Station in the Dubai Water Canal.

See below for more specific details

3pm Circular Tourist trips:

  1. from Al Ghubaiba within the creek
  2. Dubai Marina to Burj al Arab
(Thursday and Friday) Tourist trip from Al Mamzar (circular) Not currently running although you can book a circular trip if you give 48 hours notice.
5pm Sightseeing circular trips:

  1. Al Ghubaiba to Jumeirah Beach
  2. Dubai Marina to Atlantis
Trips from Dubai Water Canal Marine Station
Ferry Direction 1 2 3
To Al Jaddaf 12:05 14:05 19:35
To Al Ghubaiba 11:50 13:50 19:20
To Dubai Marina 11:50 13:50 19:20
Dubai Water Canal Routes- Al Jadaf to Dubai Canal Station
Towards Dubai Canal Station
Al Jadaf 10:00 12:00 17:30
Dubai Design District 10:35 12:35 18:05
Al Wajeha Al Maeyah 10:50 12:50 18:20
Marasi 11:05 13:05 18:35
Sheikh Zayed Road 11:25 13:25 18:55
Dubai Canal Station 11:45 13:45 19:15
Dubai Water Canal Routes – Dubai Canal Station to Al Jadaf
Towards Al Jadaf
Dubai Canal Station 12:05 14:05 19:35
Sheikh Zayed Road 12:25 14:25 19:55
Marasi 12:45 14:45 20:15
Al Wajeha Al Maeyah 13:00 15:00 20:30
Dubai Design District 13:15 15:15 20:45
Al Jadaf 13:50 15:50 21:20
Dubai Water Canal Circular Trip
Sheikh Zayed Road Station
1 hour circular trip 6pm until midnight

Scheduled circular services (services that start and leave from the same station) will only run with at least 10 passengers. You can also privately hire the boats for your own trip at any available time between 9am and 9pm. Evening trips are busier so you may need to get to the terminal well in advance of the sailing (30 minutes or more).

Both circular routes run along the shore from the terminus with views of the coastline and the many local attractions, they run for one hour and then return from the place they started from. In this way they are really just excursions rather than a means to actually get anywhere within Dubai.

All Routes Map

Here is a summary map of the routes that are covered by the Dubai Ferry. You can click on the map to see a larger version.

Dubai Marina

This is the tourist route covered by the Dubai Marina ferry which runs at 5pm:

Dubai Marina Ferry Route
Dubai Marina Ferry Route

There is also an ‘internal route’ running from Dubai Marina for an hour at 3pm.

In addition you can travel at 11am, 1pm and 6.30pm from Dubai Marina to Al Ghubaiba. This stops at Dubai Canal Station en route.

Al Ghubaiba

The route covered by the Al Ghubaiba ferry for the circular trip at 5pm is shown below. However, note that the route may be subject to change. The 3pm trip stays within Dubai Creek.


In addition there is a ferry running from Al Ghubaiba to Dubai Marina Ferry terminal at 11am, 1pm and 6.30pm. This stops at Dubai Canal Station en route.

Route for Marina/Al Ghubaiba

Below is the approximate route for the ferry that runs to and from the Marina and Al Ghubaiba:

Al Jadaf/ Dubai Canal Station

From November 2016 a new route was added in the Dubai Water Canal that goes from Al Jadaf to Dubai Canal Station and back at 10am, Midday and 5.30pm.


Ticket Prices

Ticket prices are shown here.

The Dubai Ferry can be hired for private trips with no seats so that guests can mingle. It costs 2800 dirhams per hour (prices may change).

You can also use the Water Taxi and the Water Bus for your journeys.

341 thoughts on “Routes/Timings”

    1. Yes you can take the ferry towards Al Ghubaiba and get off at the Canal Station. Change there for a trip down the canal.

  1. Hi, can i get the water buss from DFC ( Dubai Festival City ) to Al Jadaf ? And can i pay with my NOL Card? Thank you.

  2. Hi, we’re looking to do the circular trip from Dubai marina to burj al Arab on Friday 16th June, is this service still running and what times can we do it ?

  3. Hello Admin,
    I want to be book a circular trip for 6 persons from Dubai Marina for today evening, can i book it now?
    What will be the cost per person?

  4. Hi please confirm during Ramadan the ferries from al ghubaiba to Dubai marina is at 11 :00 am and the other way we have at 5 pm and 6:30 pm that is from Dubai marina to Al Ghubaiba

  5. Hi
    Which route​ is the best for family inclued canal, burj al arab and Atlantis.
    This all is possible in one trip? Plz help

    1. All 3 of those are separate trips although if you went from The Marina to the Canal and then changed there you could include those 2.

  6. I want to take a short round trip from Sheikh Zayed Rd station to canal. Can I take the 11:25 to canal station and back at 12:15. Is the parking near at Sheikh zayed road and is there an air condition resting place at the dubai canal station whilst waiting for ferry back?

    1. Yes you can take that trip (the return comes back at 12.05pm) but there is not anywhere air-conditioned to wait for the ferry at the canal station.

  7. Myself and Family needs to Travel from Al Gubaiba Station to Dubai Canal Station for a pleasure trip after 7.30 pm on Saturday 3rd of June, 2017. Is there any service during that time, please advise.

  8. I want to take a ferry ride tomorrow from Al Ghubaiba to dubai Marina water station at 6.30 pm…What time should i reach Al Ghubaiba station for that

    1. I would not recommend walking from the canal station. You should be able to get a taxi from there though if you ask the people at the office there to call you one.

  9. I wish to enquire about the ferry from Al Ghubaiab to Marina. I see that times are 11am, 1pm and 6.30pm. Do I need to pre book? Also how much does it cost? Thank you.

      1. We are a Tourism company and wanted to use the Ferry for 01 hour sailing through Dubai Canal. Could you please help in getting the rate and availability. What is the maximum capacity per ferry?

        1. You can either hire a ferry or you can take a scheduled trip. Capacity (as shown on the FAQ page) is 100. Check the routes page for timings.

    1. It depends on what you want to see, Burj al arab or Atlantis or the canal. Choose the ferry that takes you to the sights you want to see.

  10. Is it possible to get the ferry from Dubai Marina to the Canal and then from the canal to Jadaf. If so what times do the ferries leave the Marina ?

    1. Yes, the ferries that go from the Marina to AL Ghubaiba stop at the Canal station – see above for timings.

  11. what about the frequency of tourist trip Dubai ferry?, yes I have noticed from web it’s start from 5:00pm but there in no further schedule & how much cost per adult?

    1. All trips are shown above. Round trips take about 1h 15mins. Ticket prices are shown on the tickets page!

  12. Is it possible to get a ferry from Al Jadaf along the canal and out to the Marina. This looks possible from the map, but would I have to get out at Dubai Canal station and change to a different boat?

    1. Yes you are right you need to take the ferry to the Dubai canal station and then change there.Each of the 3 trips from Al Jadaf arrives at Dubai Canal station 5 minutes before the marina ferry departs.

        1. I think occasionally the ferry is full (usually on public holidays) so it is worth getting there with time to spare.

  13. Hi! I would like to know if it is still possible to get to the waterfront at Al Seef marine transport station, since I know there’s a construction site over there. It seems there’s no point to take some photo of the opposite river bank.

    Thank You! 🙂

    1. Sorry I don’t have any information on Al Seef station – it is not a terminal for the ferry but is for the water taxi and water bus.

      1. Hi admin.
        Pls I would like to know the exact timings of al jaddaf route going to dubai water canal station & schedule for RTA water taxi. Im planning to go later afternoon. Pls reply asap. Thank you

  14. Hi we are staying at the Cyan Tower on the Marina and going for afternoon tea at the Ossiana Restaurant in the Atlantis,The Palm Jumeira can you get a boat or ferry from the marina that can drop off at the Atlantis?

  15. I would like to experience the ferry with a final destinations being Dubai Old Souq Marine Transport Station. What beginning of route and timing would enable me to get to the Dubai Old Souq Marine Transport Station?

    1. Al Ghubaiba marine station is right near the old soukh station so you can get the ferry from the marina to there. See above for more info on timings.

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