Danube Delta Ferries and Hydrofoils
NOTE: ferry and hydrofoil schedules change frequently due to seasonal demand. The information below is meant to just be a planning guide. For current schedules, click the appropriate links.
Or just hire a row boat, piloted by a local fisherman, which is the only way to penetrate the delta’s exotic backwaters.
Unless you have no schedule to keep, hydrofoils (Tel: +40 0720.303.893 / 0737.259.337; www.naverapide.ro) are your best bet for visiting the Delta villages. They depart daily from the “AFDJ” Pontoon in front of the Administratiei Rezervatiei Biosferei Delta Dunarii office in Tulcea going to Sulina (leaving at noon and 4pm, stopping in Crisan) and Sfantu Gheorghe (13.30, stopping in Mahmudia) NOTE: The Naverapide website currently says that hydrofoils to Sfantu Gheorghe are running by request only. Not sure if this is situation is temporary or the new normal. Best to call in advance. Both journeys are 1 1\2 hours and cost 50 lei (roughly 11.30 euros) each way. Purchase tickets at the pontoon or on board. In high season, to guarantee a seat, reserve the night before either at the boat or by phone.
Tel. +40 (0) 240 519 008 (answered 8am-11am and 2pm-4pm)
www.navromdelta.ro (Romanian only)
Navrom operates passenger ferries year-round (though with devilish infrequency outside high season) to towns and villages in the delta. Ferry tickets are sold at Tulcea’s Navrom terminal from 11.30am to 1.30pm. In summer the queues are long, so get in the correct line early (each window sells tickets to a different destination). There are also ticket counters on the ferries themselves.
Tulcea to Sulina
There are now both fast and slow ferries to Sulina from Tulcea. Again, schedules change frequently, so check the web site for current information. If you intend to return on the fast ferry, it’s best to buy a return ticket when boarding in Tulcea, as it’s often sold out. Otherwise there’s always space – and extended time with your thoughts – on the slow ferry.
Slow ferries depart Tulcea at 1.30pm on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays (5.60 euros, 4 hours), returning at 7am on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays.
The fast ferry leaves Tulcea at 1.30pm on Tuesdays, Thursdays, Saturdays and Sundays (7 euros, three hours) returning at 7am on Mondays, Wednesday, Thursdays and Sundays.
The Tulcea-Sulina ferries stop at Partizani, Maliuc, Gorgova and Crisan (2.65 euros) on the way. To get to Mila 23 and Caraorman, disembark at Crisan and catch a local boat.
The fast ferry departs Tulcea at 1.30pm on Wednesdays and Thursdays (7.50 euros, 2 hours), returning at 7am on Thursdays and Fridays.
These boats stop at Balteni de Jos, Mahmudia and Murighiol.
Return ferries leave Periprava at 6am on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays and Sundays.