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 and back
  2. Dubai Marina to Burj al Arab and back
(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 and back
  2. Dubai Marina to Atlantis and back
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 Design District is currently closed

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 Design District is currently closed

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 a route running from Dubai Marina and out to the Burj al Arab for 60-90 minutes 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.

395 thoughts on “Routes/Timings”

  1. Hii, I am staying in Al Ghubaiba, I have nbd go4it gold credit card, I want t to take a ride on Dubai ferry Round trip from Al Ghubaiba water transport station up to the area close to Burj Al Arab, so where can I get a ticket for this ride on Friday, I want two tickets, is both tickets are free? please let me know.


    1. Hi, it depends what you want to see but from WTC you can get the metro to 3 of the departure points – Marina, Al Ghubaiba and Al Jadaf so you could take any of those trips.

  2. Hi
    We plan to use the ‘inside route’ on January 6th
    How many times do you have an ‘inside route’ at 3:00 pm in Dubai Marina?
    How much do I charge for 6 adults?
    Where can I book a ticket?
    Thanks in advance.

    1. Hi, the route at 3pm runs to the Burj al Arab from the Marina. Ticket prices are shown on the tickets page. You book at the ticket office in the Marina at time of travel.

  3. I am looking for a site seeing round, especially the colorful waterfalls at night.
    If I am put up in Bur Dubai, which is the recommended tour and time?

  4. Dear all:
    I’m just asking about the time you open the booking “is it hours or days?” in advance for 5pm Sightseeing circular trips: Dubai Marina to Atlantis and back. I know the booking is not available for online.
    Thank you

  5. Which is the nearest ferry stop to the Bastikya area? If travelling from Dubai Marina to and from Bastikya – what are the timings? Hoping to leave Marina in the morning between 9am – 11am and return in the afternoon?
    Thanks, Linda

  6. I am reading conflicting reviews about the size of your boats. Some Trip Advisor reviews say the boats are small and only carry 8 people, making for a very nice, uncrowded trip. Your site (and other reviewers) say boats carry 100 people and back deck can be quite crowded and difficult to find room there. Is this dependent on route and time? Do you know what size boat I might expect on the 6:30 route from Dubai marina to Al Ghubaiba on Saturday, Nov. 25th? Is this a very busy route and time?

    Also, does the boat run near shore for good views or is it farther off shore?

    1. Maybe people are getting confused with the Dubai Water Taxi which can carry 10 people but is a lot more expensive and runs on demand. The ferries all have 100 seats no matter which route. Weekends are busy, especially as the weather improves so you might find that trip busy. You do get quite good views from the ferry on that trip.

  7. Please update your website, yesterday I went to Al Jadaf to catch Dubai Ferry to Dubai Design District and your agent said there is no more D3 marine station exist.

  8. Sheikh Zayed Road Station Round trip from 6 pm onwards.

    1, What is the circular route?
    2, What is the ferry frequency?
    3, If we reach thre by 6.30 pm can we catch the 7 pm ferry?
    4, Does it go till Al Ghoubaiba?

    Thanks a lot in advance.

    1. I think it is early days for this circular trip from SZR Marine Station therefore it probably runs on demand. In theory it goes hourly but I suspect that there are not enough people to warrant that so you may just need to go there and see if you can get on one of the ferries. It just runs within the canal, Sorry I don’t have the route.

  9. Hi,
    We would like to go on a cikular trip around or nearby the Palm tomorrow the 24th. Is there a trip running between 12 to 2 pm? Where does the trip start?

  10. Hello, I can’t understand if there is a route from Dubai Marina to Dubai Water Canal Marine Station. Please let me know if there is and the time schedule on Monday. Thanks

    1. The ferry stops at Dubai Water Canal Station on the way through from Dubai Marina to Al Ghubaiba and back. It takes about 40-45 minutes to get there from either station.

  11. Hi i want to take a boat ride from Al Ghubaiba and i want to see the dubai marinas and the atlantis palm on the 30th of october. What route do you suggest i take and what time will it leave from al ghubaiba station?

    1. As you can see by the trips listed above, the Atlantis trip leaves the Marina at 5pm so you would need to get either the 11am or the 1pm from Al Ghubaiba to get there.

  12. Hi,
    I am looking for a single ferry trip which covers the Palm and Burj Arab.
    1. Is there any trip which covers both?
    2. What are the timings for those trips for someone who is staying in Dubai Marina or in Diera?
    3. Can it be booked online?
    Thanks in advance.

  13. Hello, looking to do a morning trip from Dubai Marina along the coast, so will have to take a one way trip. How long is the ride to Al Ghubaiba and what time could we get a ride back to Marina if we cathh the 11am to Al Ghubaiba?
    Also do all boats have wheelchair access?

  14. 20th October 2017. Bought the tickets early and stood in the queue only for idiots to push in like animals and take the best seats.. got off the ferry in disgust of the over crowding and chaos. Never using the services again. Not recommending either.

    1. That’s a shame Ian, I hope you got a refund. Fridays do tend to be busy. You can make a complaint to the RTA and see what response you get.

  15. I have a question on the One way trips from Al Ghubaiba to Dubai Marina and Dubai Marina to Al Ghubabiba

    I did look at the route map but wanted to reconfirm, wouldn’t this ride give a view of the Burj Arab, coast line, world islands so in short be inclusive of some of the circular rides? Other than atlantis I assume it gives a good overview of these places or will you not see them? It’s hard to make out what key areas you get to see

    1. Yes the one way route is similar to the circular route to the Burj al Arab and goes along the coastline so you will see some of those places.

  16. Hi,
    For Dubai Marina what is the difference between the ‘Internal route’ at 3pm vs the 5pm route?
    And what is the duration of 5pm route?

    Thanks in advance.

  17. Hi, if you just want to do the ferry tour for the Dubai canal only, what time are tours in the evening and what price please?



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