Travelling by ferry: A complete travel guide for your ferry booking
Everything you need to know about exploring Italy by ferry
Traveling in Italy by ferry offers a unique and picturesque way to explore this stunning Mediterranean country. With its extensive coastline and numerous islands, Italy's ferry network provides practical transportation and adds an extra layer of charm to your holiday.
What are the most popular ferry routes to Italy?
Italy has numerous ferry routes connecting it to neighbouring countries such as Greece, Croatia, Spain and Tunisia as well as between its islands and the mainland ports (Ancona, Bari, Brindisi, Civitavecchia, Genoa, Livorno, Peschici, Rodi Garganico, Salerno, Termoli, Venice and Vieste). The most popular and well-travelled international ferry routes are to Greece, connecting the Italian ports of Ancona, Venice, Bari and Brindisi to the Greek ports of Igoumenitsa and Patras on the mainland as well as the islands of Corfu and Zakynthos. Ferries also link Italy’s eastern coast to the Spanish mainland with frequent connections between the ports of Civitavecchia and Genoa to Barcelona. Frequent departures are also available from the busy port of Porto Torres in Sardinia to Barcelona. Italy's many islands are also connected by ferry services. You can book ferries to Sardinia (Cagliari, Olbia, Porto Torres, Tortoli) , Sicily (Palermo, Termini imerese) and Tremiti islands (San Domino, San Nicola) .
How do I book ferry tickets to Italy?
Booking ferry tickets to Italy routes can be done through our online ferry booking platform. Simply select your desired route, travel dates, and passenger details, and follow the 3 easy steps to complete the booking process. Below you find all the port destinations we offer in Italy.
Do I need to book my ferry tickets for Italy in advance?
Booking your ferry tickets in advance is highly recommended especially if you are travelling during peak or holiday season. Purchasing your tickets from the port at the last minute is possible but during summer, Christmas and Easter you may find that your preferred dates are fully booked. Even if your travel dates are relatively flexible, you may be in for an unpleasant surprise during these periods, especially if you are travelling to popular destination. If you are travelling with a vehicle or pet, booking in advance is a must as garage space and pet cabins are limited. Booking as early as possible can also save you money as many ferry operators offer Early Booking discounts. In general booking in advance offers you peace of mind knowing you have secured your places on board and don’t have to worry about availability.
Can I bring my car on the ferry to Italy?
Yes, you will find that most ferry operators and ferries can transport private vehicles such as motorcycles, cars, minibuses, campers, caravans, boat trailers and baggage trailers and bookings are possible through our platform. However, there are specific ferries that do not carry vehicles such as some catamarans and speed boats that either operate on shorter routes or serve the sole purpose of getting passengers to their destination as quickly as possible. When starting your booking in our platform you will be informed which ferries can transport vehicles and which can’t. In rare cases, you will be able to book smaller vehicles online such as motorcycles and cars but larger vehicles like campers and minibuses may require authorization from the ferry company, so feel free to ask for our help with your booking. If your vehicle is not registered as a private vehicle, you should contact the cargo department of the ferry company directly as the booking process for trucks and commercial vehicles is completely different.