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Sydney gets first-ever on-demand ferry service

Concept works like ride sharing apps

Forget timetables, transport cards and traffic. In a first for Sydney Harbour, Captain Cook Cruises is bringing the ferry to you, when you need it, with a new on-demand ferry service. The service operates between Elizabeth Bay, Garden Island and Circular Quay via a new hailing app AHOY.


Like popular ride sharing services, AHOY allows customers to locate their ferry, hail a ride and then track the ferries journey and time until it arrives, all on your mobile device.


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According to Captain Cook Cruises, General Manager, Anthony Haworth, “we are very excited to launch this new on-demand ferry service for Elizabeth Bay commuters.”


“With Uber proving so popular we thought why not translate this success to the water and start an on-demand ferry service.”


“After meeting with Elizabeth Bay residents and receiving their positive feedback and support, we are confident it will be a success. We hope Elizabeth Bay is the first of many on-demand ferry services in the future.” Continues Mr Haworth.


The on-demand ferry service operates Monday to Friday, excluding public holidays, between Elizabeth Bay Marina, Garden Island Wharf and Circular Quay during peak-commuter times of 6.30am to 9.15am and 4.15pm to 7.30pm.


Captain Cook Cruises new and versatile “tubby-class” ferries will service the new route. 


The small 12-meter Tubby’s have been purpose built to operate a high frequency, low cost service. They are light weight, low wash, efficient, highly manoeuvrable, and have the capacity to carry up to 60 passengers. Like all the Captain Cook Cruises fleet the Tubby’s are fuel efficient, eco-friendly, and equipped with the latest technologies to reduce their carbon footprint.


The Elizabeth Bay on-demand Ferry service is priced at $7.50 per adult and $5.00 per child (5-14 years) one-way. Our pre-purchase TravelPass offers discounts to $5.90 per trip. Payment options including Opal Pay, credit card, cash or via the Captain Cook Cruises app.


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Published: 18 December 2018

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