Ferries in the Mediterranean: Wikis

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Up to date as of January 14, 2010

From Wikitravel

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This page aims to provide an overview of all the ferry services in the Mediterranean Sea between southern Europe, North Africa and the Middle East.

The Mediterranean Sea is sub-divided into a number of smaller seas, each with their own designation (from west to east). The ferries are - as far as possible - ordered by sea which they traverse.

Please add website links, sailing frequencies, sailing durations, discounts. As the purpose of this page is to provide travellers who want to cross the Med with info, while adding, focus on international lines, instead of meticulously adding small ferries connecting island to the mainland.

Discounts

Travellers owning a RailPlus pass are in some ferry lines eligible for a 10-20% discount on the fare price. See for example [1] and [2]

Map of the Mediterranean Sea.

Alboran Sea

(between Spain and Morocco) ferries leave from Algeciras on the Spanish side and arrive at Tangier and Melina in Morocco. There is also a connection from Barcelona to Tangier.

Balearic Sea (between mainland Spain and its Balearic Islands)

The cheapest cabine-less ticket is cheaper then the bus Rome - Barcelona.

Ligurian Sea between Corsica and Liguria (Italy)

  • From Genova: Grandi Navi Veloci http://www.gnv.it/ crosses to Barcelona weekly, and takes about eighteen hours. It also offers a weekly crossing to Tangiers, which takes around forty-six.
Other direct ferry routes from Genova are; Bastia (Corsica), Olbia, Palermo (Italy) and Porto Torres. It is best to book early to avoid over-booking on the ferries.

Tyrrhenian Sea enclosed by Sardinia, Italian peninsula and Sicily

For detailed info of all these lines, see Guide to Mediterranean Ferries

Adriatic Sea between the Italian peninsula and the coasts of Slovenia, Croatia, Bosnia, Montenegro and Albania

  • The coastal town of Neum does not seem to be served by any ferry line. Nearest larger ports are Split and Dubrovnik, both in Croatia.

For detailed info of all these lines, see Croatia Ferry Guide

  • From Bar it is possible to take a ferry to
    • Bari (Italy) - daily
    • Ancona (Italy) - Twice a week, only in the summer. Takes approx 16h.
    • Durrës (Albania) (bi-weekly). [3]

Ionian Sea between Italy, Greece, and Albania

Aegean Sea between Greece and Turkey

In the Aegean Sea there are some smaller sea's defined. It does not serve wikitravel's pupose to mention all of them, but they are the Thracian and the Myrtoan Sea and the Sea of Crete. [12]

Libyan Sea south of Crete, between the island and Libya

Sea of Marmara (between the Aegean and Black Sea)

Lots of ferry and fast ferry lines connect northern and southern coasts of Marmara, some examples are:

Also ferries run between Gallipoli/Eceabat on the northern bank of Dardanelles Strait (which links Aegean Sea and Marmara) and Lapseki/Canakkale on the southern bank, respectively.

Cilician Sea (between Turkey and Cyprus)

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