There’s now a new way to travel between Dubai and Sharjah that guarantees no traffic jams!
Since it’s inaugural voyage on Saturday 27th July, Dubai’s Roads and Transport Authority ferry linking the two emirates has transported 47,843 passengers.
It’s the first marine transport service operating between Dubai and another emirate and is part of RTA’s plan to improve water transport and help us get about more easily.
Expected to service 1.3 million riders a year, the ferry will transport up to 125 people at a time between Al Ghubaiba Marine Station in Dubai and Aquarium Marine Station in Sharjah.
The first ferry departs from Dubai at 5.15 am and the last journey will leave at 8pm. From Sharjah, the first journey will be at 5am and the last one at 7.30pm.
The journey takes about 35 minutes and the ferry will run daily, except Fridays, setting off every half hour during peak times, which are 5am-9am and 4pm-8.30pm. Outside of busy hours, you can catch one every 90 minutes and there are 42 ferries in total every day.
Each journey will cost AED 15 for Silver, AED 25 for Gold Class and children under five and people of determination go free.
There’s free park-and-ride for 300 cars at Sharjah Aquarium Marine Station, plus a complimentary shuttle bus called ‘Heart of Sharjah’ that connects Corniche and Al Majaz to the ferry station and will eventually expand across the city.
Nervous travellers should note the ferry is equipped with five life-rafts, 110 life jackets, and six safety life-buoys. You can connect to free on-board Wi-Fi too.
Mattar Al Tayer, director general of the RTA, said, “The new marine transit line boosts the cooperation between Dubai and Sharjah by offering more mobility options between the two emirates. It will ease the pressure on roads through offering a safe and quick marine transport solution.”
Driving? A recently announced upgrade to Tripoli Street should cut Sharjah commute times for motorists.