How expensive is ferry travel? FerryGoGo found out

March 31, 2023

With summer approaching, FerryGoGo has investigated the prices for ferry crossings in the high season.

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Ferries are an excellent alternative to flying and increasingly expensive rental cars. This study examined the costs of a ferry crossing to various holiday destinations in the high season.

Since ferry crossings are difficult to compare and prices are often dynamic, this study explicitly looked at the price for a crossing with two people and a car during the high season (1 to 8 July) and calculated the cost per km/mile.

FerryGoGo selected all prices between 15 and 17 March 2023.

Based on the data, here are some conclusions:

  • For longer international crossings with a cabin for two people and a car in high season (1 to 8 July), you pay an average of €1,061. That average is €0.97 per km.
  • For shorter international crossings (<150 km), you will pay a lot more per km: €2.36 on average.
  • The study’s most expensive international short crossing is from Helsingør to Helsingborg or vice versa at €11.60 per km. The alternative, the Öresundbridge between Copenhagen and Malmö, is even a bit more expensive.
  • If you look at the long night crossings, the Trelleborg ferries from Rostock and the ferry from Liverpool to Dublin and vice versa are among the most expensive.
  • The crossings from Cairnryan to Larne and Fishguard to Rosslare are also quite expensive, while Calais to Dover, Dunkirk-Dover, and Holyhead-Dublin ferries are a lot cheaper by cost per km.

Prices for a return ferry ticket to popular destinations in total & price per km in the peak season (long routes > 150 km)

Prices for a return ferry ticket, and price per km in the peak season (short routes < 150 km)