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The ferry industry is launching its first ever public ballot for free ferry tickets during Big Ferry Fortnight, which runs from 23rd March to 6th April.

As part of this celebration of ferry travel, developed by Discover Ferries, UK and Isle of Man residents will have the chance to bid for ferry tickets to travel with friends or family on 1 of over 50 ferry routes operated by Discover Ferries’ members. In total some 2,400 tickets are up for grabs.

Tickets are available for a vast array of ferry trips, from short Island-hopping routes across Scotland and larger island escapes such as the Isle of Wight, Isle of Man, Channel Islands and Isles of Scilly, to cruise-style ferries across the North and Irish Seas, as well as cross-Channel trips and even scenic river journeys across London.

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All of Discover Ferries’ 13 ferry members have come together to offer UK residents the chance to discover the ease and joy of ferry travel, including Wightlink, Hovertravel and Red Funnel. Tickets for cyclists, vehicle and foot passengers will be available to destinations such as France and Holland, as well as cruises on the River Thames.

Emma Batchelor, Director of Discover Ferries, says:

“Ferries are one of travel’s best kept secrets – especially if you value ease of travel, so we are inviting South East residents to discover ferry travel for themselves by offering the chance to win a pair of free tickets on a route of their choice.

“There are a wealth of incredible destinations to explore from the South East coast, and the ballot also includes travel on board some of the most advanced cruise-style ferries on the longer routes to Ireland and continental Europe. A plethora of shorter crossings on smaller vessels that offer unparalleled views of the coastal waters and rivers surrounding our beautiful and diverse collection of Islands and mainland UK are also up for grabs. Whatever ferry route you take, you will feel your holiday has started as soon as you board!”

Pre-registration for tickets is open now at, and the ballot will open for applications from 23rd March. Winners will be selected by random ballot and will receive a maximum of 1 pair of tickets per household (car and family tickets are also on offer for some ferry routes).

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