Big Ferry Fortnight Ballot is now open and runs from March 23rd – April 6th, 2019

2,400 free pairs* of ferry tickets are available for ferry routes across UK, Ireland and the British Islands, worth a total of around £80,000

The Big Ferry Fortnight public ballot is now open, with over 2,400 free pairs* of ferry tickets up for grabs during Big Ferry Fortnight, which runs from March 23rd – April 6th.

Residents from the UK and the Isle of Man can now apply for tickets via the online ballot system – www.bigferryfortnight.com – where they will need to register in order to apply for free tickets on over 50 routes across the UK, Ireland and British Islands, before the closing date, April 6th.

The tickets, which are allocated in pairs, (with some for a vehicle and family travelling together), are for a range 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 river journeys with spectacular views across London.

This ballot is part of a celebration of ferry travel, developed by ferry industry body, Discover Ferries, and includes tickets from all 13 of its ferry members. The campaign is designed to encourage people to discover, or re-discover, the freedom, convenience and comfort that ferry travel provides families, couples and people with a passion for travel and adventure.

The latest industry figures show that more than 38 million passenger journeys[1] were made by ferry within the UK and to the British Islands, Ireland, France, Spain and Holland in 2018. A recent survey by IRN Research²also revealed that ferry travellers surveyed last year were overwhelming happy with their experience (92% rated it as good or very good), with 82% of travellers saying they would recommend ferry travel to friends and family.

Emma Batchelor, Director of Discover Ferries, says: “Research suggests that those who try ferries tend to become ferry advocates – especially if you believe that the journey is an important part of your holiday, so we are inviting residents from the UK and Isle of Man to discover ferry travel for themselves by offering the chance to win a pair of free tickets on a route of their choice.

“I am delighted to say that more than 1,800 people have already pre-registered for the ballot, which is fantastic, and with over 2,400 pairs of tickets up for grabs, there is a good chance you will be able to bag tickets on one of your chosen routes, but you only have two weeks to enter, so I advise entering straight away.”

Discover Ferries members taking part in the Big Ferry Fortnight ballot are: Brittany Ferries, Caledonian MacBrayne, Condor Ferries, DFDS, Hovertravel, Irish Ferries, Isle of Man Steam Packet Company, Isles of Scilly Travel, MBNA Thames Clippers, P&O Ferries, Red Funnel, Stena Line and Wightlink.

“Whether you fancy travelling on advanced cruise-style ferries on the longer routes to Ireland and continental Europe, or checking out some of the 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, there is something for everyone to enjoy. Whatever ferry route you take, you will feel your holiday has started as soon as you board,” added Emma.

To enter the Big Ferry Fortnight ballot, visit www.bigferryfortnight.com.

BIG FERRY FORTNIGHT 2019 FACT SHEET

Big Ferry Fortnight 2019 – Summary

  • Over 2,400 pairs of free ferry tickets up for grabs
  • Tickets available on over 50 routes across the UK, Ireland and British Islands
  • Winners will be selected by random ballot and will receive a maximum of a pair of tickets per household (vehicle and family tickets are also on offer for some ferry routes)
  • Big Ferry Fortnight Ballot opens on 23rd March and closes on 6th April 2019

When is the Big Ferry Fortnight?

Big Ferry Fortnight 2019 will take place from 23rd March – 6th April

Big Ferry Fortnight has evolved from National Ferry Fortnight, which was first launched in 2008 to showcase Britain’s extensive network of ferry routes and the benefits of travel by sea.

The annual event is organised by Discover Ferries, the industry body representing 13 ferry companies operating in the UK, Ireland and British Islands

Applying for tickets

UK and Isle of Man residents can apply for as many tickets as they like at www.bigferryfortnight.com  when the ballot opens on Saturday 23rd March 2019.

Residents can also pre-register their interest for tickets now before the ballot officially opens. The ballot will close on Saturday 6th April 2019.

You can apply for as many tickets as you like, and the winners will be selected at random.

Anyone who pre-registers on www.bigferryfortnight.com or signs up to the Discover Ferries newsletter at www.discoverferries.com will get exclusive early access to the ballot.

What are the rules?

This ballot is only available to people living in the UK and the Isle of Man. UK and Isle of Man residents aged 18 and over can apply for tickets to any of the ferry routes listed. A maximum of one pair of tickets per household will be allocated at random by ballot (some car + family tickets are available).


* Some tickets are for a vehicle with 2, 4 or up to 7 passengers.

[1] Source Discover Ferries IRN FerryStat

²Source Discover Ferries IRN Continental Ferry Survey