Dubai has transformed into a tourism hub. Exciting tourist spots like Burj Khalifa and activities such as overnight desert safari attract millions of visitors from across the world. The Dubai Ferry service in recent times has become another major tourist attraction.
With the tremendous influx of tourists, one could expect traffic congestion to become a major issue. However, authorities in Dubai have worked hard to improve the transport mechanisms in the city. The focus is to develop a strong, friendly transportation network that works well for both residents and tourists. Despite being a relatively new addition to the Emirate’s expanding public and tourist transport system, the Dubai Ferry project has surely made Dubai’s transport more manageable and tourist-friendly.
Usually, the word ferry is used for a boat and it is a regular means of transport for the local population. However, the Dubai Ferry is more of a tourist attraction. The route of Dubai Ferry as designed by the RTA (Roads and Transport Authority) covers areas of interest for tourists. The ferry starts and returns to the same station with each trip lasting for about sixty or ninety minutes.
All about the Dubai Ferry
Dubai Ferry is an excellent addition to the list of tourist attractions in Dubai. It enables tourists to get a good view of the beautiful coastline of Dubai on a short tour. This is a complete guide for those who plan to take a Dubai Ferry tour.
On-route Tourist Attractions
You can witness the most popular spots of Dubai including the Burj Al Arab and the Palm Jumeirah on the Dubai Ferry. You can marvel at their magnificence from the boat or hop off at a station and catch another ferry later.
Burj Al Arab
A globally recognised iconic structure, Burj Al Arab is a major tourist attraction. This luxurious hotel was designed to resemble a sail of a ship. There are many activities to do in Burj Al Arab including water sports, spa rituals and fine dining, etc. And to enjoy them thoroughly, you have to stay at the hotel for a period. If you don’t have the time, you can look at this wonderful building up close during a Dubai Ferry tour.
The Palm Jumeirah
The Palm Jumeirah is a wonderland on its own. Visit this magical eighth wonder of the world and enjoy amazing entertainment and leisure activities. You can visit some renowned restaurants in Palm Jumeirah or relax your body and mind with a session at one of the many top spas in Palm Jumeirah. Take the morning ferry and spend a day at this incredible place and be back by dinner time.
The Atlantis Hotel
Be it Hollywood stars or top athletes, the Atlantis hotel has captured the imagination of one and all. Most would remember its launch party attended by Kylie Minogue, Lindsay Lohan, Michael Jordan, Denzel Washington, Robert De Niro and other celebrities. Once you’re done with the ferry tour, you can plan a detailed visit to the other attractions in this iconic resort. You can opt for Atlantis Helicopter tours or explore the Altantis Lost Chambers Aquarium.
Dubai Creek is the heart of old Dubai. As a tourist, one has to visit the city to appreciate its rich heritage and culture. This city isn’t just about skyscrapers and glamour. Dubai Creek presents a different and more realistic picture.
Dubai Marina Mall
During your trip, it might be a good idea to have lunch or dinner at least once at Dubai Marina Mall. Several cafes and restaurants offer sumptuous meals and snacks, plus the view makes it worth visiting.
The popular financial and business district of Dubai is also home to the largest station. It is one of the few central transportation hubs where the Dubai Metro, public buses and marine transport modes integrate. If you are planning to do some shopping after or before your ferry ride, the City Centre Shindaga is located nearby.
Dubai Ferry Features
Total seats per Ferry
- Silver class: 84
- Gold class: 14
- Disabled seats: 2
Kiosk on board
You can buy souvenirs and snacks from the onboard kiosks.
Nahaam (Video displays)
Educational videos are played as per the location. These videos have information about the prominent attractions in that particular area.
4 LCDs for entertainment
* Round trip ferries run with at least ten people on board
Dubai Ferry Facts you may want to know
How many Dubai Ferry stations are there?
There are a total of five operational stations. One can find Dubai Ferry stations at the following locations.
- Dubai Marina
- Al Ghubaiba
- Dubai Canal
- Al Jaddaf
- Sheikh Zayed Road
What are the Dubai Ferry timings & routes?
Dubai Ferry timetable and routes are as follows
- Route 1: Al Ghubaiba Ferry Station – Dubai Water Canal Station – Dubai Marina Mall Station and vice versa | Timings: 11:00 am, 01:00 pm and 06:30 pm | Duration: 1 hour and 40 minutes
- Route 2: Al Ghubaiba Ferry Station – Floating Bridge – Hyatt Regency Hotel – Al Ghubaiba Ferry Station | Timings: 03:00 pm | Duration: 1 hour – round trip
- Route 3: Al Ghubaiba Ferry Station – Jumeirah Beach – Al Ghubaiba Ferry Station | Timings: 05:00 pm | Duration: 1 hour – round trip
- Route 4: Dubai Marina Mall Station – along Dubai Marina – Atlantis – Dubai Marina Mall Station | Timings: 03:00 pm | Duration: 1 hour – round trip
- Route 5: Dubai Marina Mall Station – Palm Jumeirah – Atlantis the Palm – Dubai Marina Mall Station | Timings: 05:00 pm | Duration: 1 hour – round trip
* Before your journey, check the Dubai Ferry timings on the official website for confirmation. The Dubai Ferry schedule is subject to change during peak season.
How much does a Dubai Ferry ticket cost?
Dubai Ferry Tickets are available in two classes – gold class and silver class. With a gold class ticket, you can have a seat towards the front of the ferry. While with silver class, you have access to the open deck. Both experiences are equally delightful. You can choose as per your preference of comfort and Dubai Ferry price.
- Silver Class from Al Ghubaiba to Marina: AED 50 (one way)
- Gold Class from Al Ghubaiba to Marina: AED 75 (one way)
- Kids less than five years of age can travel for free
If you are travelling for shorter distances, ticket prices start from AED 25.
* For ticket related or any other queries, you can contact customer services at +971-800-9090.
Where to buy Dubai ferry tickets?
You can buy Dubai Ferry tickets at the ticket booths located adjacent to the ferry departure points. You also can buy specific tours from the official Burj Khalifa website.
Can I book tickets in advance?
Yes, some category tickets can be bought a month (30 days) in advance for ferry ride Dubai. For Dubai Ferry booking you contact RTA on the number given above.
Can I get any discounts?
Emirates NBD Go4It Credit Card Holders can get a free ride on the ferry boat Dubai. For more details, contact your bank representatives.
Can I book the Ferry for a private tour?
Yes, you can book a private tour on an hourly rental charter package. For more details, call the Dubai Ferry contact number +971-800-9090.
Dubai Ferry is a wonderful and affordable way to explore this splendid city. You can witness some of the most popular tourist attractions and you can cover a large part of the city in a single day. If you plan to visit Dubai soon, check out some new attractions in Dubai or even places to visit at night in Dubai. Don’t forget to subscribe to MyBayut to get all the updates about new attractions in Dubai.