World’s top ferry rides

Star_ferry_hong_kong For residents, ferries are routine public transportation.

For visitors they offer unparalled views at low prices.

The Society of American Travel Writers just released its list of the world's top ferry rides. I've only been on a couple, but would say they hit the highlights.

1. Star Ferry in Hong Kong, shown here.

2. Ferries from Sausalito to San Francisco, California    

3. Staten Island Ferry, New York harbor 

4. Washington State Ferries, Puget Sound to the San Juan Islands    

5. British Columbia Ferry System, including Vancouver to Victoria

6.  Ferry from Sydney to Manly, Australia

7.  The Ferry System of the Greek Isles

8.  The "Blue Canoes" of the Alaska State Ferry System

9.  "Norway in a Nutshell" Tour and ferry ride

10. Ferry from Mallaig to Isle of Skye, Scotland

I would add a few more.

The Sea Bus from Vancouver to North Vancouver, British Columbia; the ferries linking Istanbul's two halves cross the Bosphorus Strait and link two continents; and the Port Bolivar ferry from Galveston, Texas.

In fact, I thought I never met a ferry ride I didn't like until I saw this video of an October crossing from Nova Scotia to Newfoundland. Yikes! If you ever take the trip, remember to pack plenty of Dramamine.

Did we overlook your favorite ferry? Let us know in the comments below.


  1. Martin King

    I am sitting in my office looking at the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Liverpool across the River Mersey with a famous Mersey Ferry completing the scene. The only way to approach the Beatle City.

    September 3, 2009 at 1:15 am
  2. faehre

    Thanks for the related info. I was gonna say, after what we’ve had here it was great for us to get a good day..

    December 3, 2009 at 11:29 pm

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