Destination of domestic ferry passengers in the United Kingdom (UK) 2003-2018

This statistic shows the number of passenger movements using domestic routes in the United Kingdom between 2003 and 2018. Northern Ireland was the most frequently travelled to destination by ferry, although the number of passengers travelling this way fell from 2.7 million in 2003 to two million in 2018.
In the period of consideration, crossings on Northern Ireland routes were consistently three or more times higher than those on Isle of Man routes, and crossings on Isle of Man routes were slightly more than twice those on Channel Island routes.

Number of domestic ferry passenger movements in the United Kingdom (UK) between 2003 and 2018, by destination

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Release date

April 2019


United Kingdom

Survey time period

2003 to 2018

Supplementary notes

Sea crossings do not include inter island routes which include Hampshire - Isle of White and Scottish island routes.

* Data for Orkney and Shetland travel is released a year later

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