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Ferries in the Mediterranean

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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.

Discounts[edit]

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[edit]

The Alboran Sea is 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[edit]

The Balearic Sea is between mainland Spain and its Balearic Islands.

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

Ligurian Sea[edit]

The Ligurian Sea is between Corsica and Liguria (Italy).

Italy[edit]

  • From Genoa: Grandi Navi Veloci http://www.gnv.it/ [dead link] 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 Genoa are; Bastia (Corsica), Olbia, Palermo (Italy) and Porto Torres. It is best to book early to avoid over-booking on the ferries.

Tyrrhenian Sea[edit]

The Tyrrhenian Sea is enclosed by Sardinia, Italian peninsula and Sicily.

Italy[edit]

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

Adriatic Sea[edit]

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

Albania[edit]

Bosnia[edit]

  • 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.

Croatia[edit]

For detailed info of all these lines, see Croatia Ferry Guide or All international and local ferries in Croatia

Montenegro[edit]

  • 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). [5]
  • From Kotor it is possible to take a ferry to
    • Bari (Italy) - weekly, only in the summer

Italy[edit]

Slovenia[edit]

Ionian Sea[edit]

The Ionian Sea is between Italy, Greece, and Albania.

Greece[edit]


Aegean Sea[edit]

The Aegean Sea is between Greece and Turkey. Within it, there are some smaller seas, including the Thracian and the Myrtoan Sea and the Sea of Crete.

Sea of Marmara[edit]

The Sea of Marmara is 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 Gelibolu/Eceabat on the northern bank of Dardanelles Strait (which links Aegean Sea and Marmara) and Lapseki/Çanakkale on the southern bank, respectively.

Cilician Sea[edit]

The Cilician Sea is between Turkey and Cyprus and the Eastern Mediterranean countries such as Lebanon.

Black Sea[edit]

The Black Sea is between Ukraine, Romania, Bulgaria, Turkey, Georgia and Russia.

Odessa Ilyichevsk to Poti/Batumi [15]
Odessa Ilyichevsk to Varna [16]
Odessa Ilyichevsk to Derince (Turkey, port on Marmara Sea) [17]
Kerch to Poti [18]
Varna to Poti/Batumi [19]
  • Navibulgar (Navigation Maritime Bulgare),  +359 52 683 409, +359 887 000 469; +359 888 449 052;, e-mail: . German/Bulgarian-owned company provides passenger transportation between:
Varna (Bulgaria) and Poti/Batumi (Georgia) -- passenger €100, car €220
Varna (Bulgaria) and Chernomorsk (near Odessa, Ukraine)
Chernomorsk (Ukraine) and Poti/Batumi (Georgia)
  • From Russian port of Sochi ferries go to Trabzon (Turkey) and Batumi (but you have to be a citizen of Georgia, Russia or CIS to board this one). Website of the port in Sochi [20]
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