A Many of our tourists are well-heeled travellers and don’t like to leave anything to chance. They inquire on the ticket bookings to various islands and want to ensure their experience isn’t marred by non-availability of tickets in the last minute. This is especially true during peak tourist / vacation season.
Booking tickets to any of the islands is not as difficult as people make it out to be. Yes, it is best to plan your trip itinerary in advance and even better to have a local tour operator take care of the bookings for you.
Here’s all you need to know about Andaman ferry ticket booking
Once you are in Port Blair, here are the ferries you are likely to take
Port Blair to Havelock Ferry or Port Blair to Neil Islands Ferry
You can either take the private ferry to these islands or the government ferry. The private ferries have more frequency – 3 to 4 per day while there are 2-3 government ferries. The differences are clear. Private ferries are expensive, faster, have newer vessels and also have online bookings. Government ferries cheaper but slower have older vessels and bookings via direct agents.
Private vessels are ideal for tourists on a schedule and government vehicles can be chosen if you are on a really tight budget and don’t have a time constrain.
Port Blair to Little Andaman, Long Island or Diglipur by Ferry
Here you only have government ferries available and the best way to book these are with the help of a local travel agent.
The additional catch is that government ferries can be booked only 1-4 days before the actual travel. Government ferry booking is available in the counters only. There are no direct agents available for Government ferry booking. With private ferries and their online booking and fixed schedules you can easily plan in advance and book.
In conclusion: If you have charted your itinerary, get in touch with an Andaman tour operator to finalize your ferry bookings. If you haven’t and are OK with doing so when you are here, you can do so on your own or take the help of a local tour operator and book.