Best Ferry Boat Rides

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Star Ferry, Hong Kong, China

Rated first in this year’s list of the “Top 10” most exciting ferry rides by the Society of American Travel Writers, it is indeed a unique way to enjoy great views of city skylines and a catch a glimpse of Hong Kong’s lively buzz.

Venice Vaporetto, Italy

Perhaps not as romantic as a gondola, these waterbuses are much faster and still offer an overview of the city’s famous allure. Zigzag between several stations on your way from Piazzale Roma to Lido, touring the Grand Canal from one end to the other.

San Francisco to Sausalito Ferry, US

Once in San Francisco, don’t miss the opportunity to take the ferry trip voted second best in the world by the Society of American Travel Writers. Cross San Francisco on a sunny day on this unforgettable ride, cruising past Alcatraz prison, the Golden Gate Bridge and the glorious city skyline.

Staten Island Ferry, New York, US

On this iconic 25-minute ride past the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island, in lower Manhattan, enjoy superb views of the city’s spectacular skyline. When you reach Staten Island, you can either disembark for a stroll through New York’s most authentic borough or stay onboard and return to Manhattan.

Mersey Ferry, Liverpool, UK

The 50-minute River Explorer Cruise, departing from Liverpool’s Pier Head, offers an unparalleled experience in Liverpool and Merseyside from the deck of the red and black ferries. You may combine the ferry trip with a visit to Spaceport, a space-themed attraction at the Seacombe Ferry terminal.

Sydney to Manly Ferry, Australia

The 30-minute ferry trip across Sydney Harbour provides a unique view of the famous city’s Opera House and the national park’s superb scenery all the way to the seaside suburb of Manly.

Vancouver BC Ferries, Canada

Explore the coast of British Columbia and enjoy magnificent views of the Canadian landscape onboard state-of-the-art ferries cruising between Vancouver and its nearby islands.

Bateaux Parisiens, Paris, France

Enjoy a lively narrative tour available in 13 languages, including particular anecdotes and cultural references, onboard this hour-long cruise. There are a few boarding sites at the foot of the city’s two most prestigious monuments: the Eiffel Tower (year-round) and the Notre Dame Cathedral (from April to November).

Bosphorus Ferry, Istanbul, Turkey

Offering an exclusive privilege for those visiting Istanbul in the summer, these boat tours, setting off from Eminonu, allow passengers to travel gently up the Bosphorus to Anadolu Kavagi, while admiring astonishing views of the ornate minarets of this captivating city.

Naples to Capri Ferry, Italy

Take a ferry or a hydrofoil from the port of Molo Beverello on an 80-minute ride from the beautiful coastline of Naples to Capri, where you may explore the magnificent Blue Grotto