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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.


As of Oct 2018, Grimaldi Ferries provides free passage (no seat or berth) for children under 2 years old (and for children under 12 on some routes to Sicily), and 50% off ship passage (not including fixed dues for children under 12 years old). It offers a 20% discount (fixed dues excluded) for passengers over 60 for voyages from/to Spain, Sicily and Sardinia.

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).


  • From Genoa: Grandi Navi Veloci 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.


A ferry leaving the port of Civitavecchia

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

The port of Naples is one of the busiest of the Mediterranean Sea

Adriatic Sea[edit]

The Adriatic Sea is 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 or All international and local ferries in Croatia [dead link]


  • From Bar it is possible to take a ferry to:
  • From Kotor it is possible to take a ferry to:
    • Bari (Italy) - weekly, only during the summer



Ionian Sea[edit]

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


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.

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