How to travel from Neil Island to Port Blair in Makruzz?
Port Blair and Havelock are beautiful, tropical island-towns separated by water and not connected by roads. This makes ferry services the only way to go from Neil Island to Port Blair. Ferry services in the Andamans are fast, comfortable and economical.
Ferry services in Andaman can be categorized into two types:
a) Government Operated Ferry
b) Private Ferry
The advance & online booking is possible only for private ferries. Tickets for govt. ferries can be bought only at the counter, two days before the journey.
There are five Private Ferry operators in Andaman (as of January 2022):
About Makruzz Ferry
Makruzz is a high speed fully air-conditioned catamaran ferry. It has three classes of travel with 250+ seats collectively on three levels. Private ferries like Makruzz, run on time, are clean and well-organized, with ferry staff to assist you at all points. Makruzz ferry to Havelock and Neil Island can be booked online through their website or through authorized partners like Go2andaman.
Makruzz Seat Categories
The easiest, fastest, and most convenient way to get to Havelock from Port Blair is via a private ferry and the Makruzz AC catamaran is a great choice for your travel. The boat has two decks and four categories of seats: Premium, Premium +, Deluxe, and Royal. Premium and Premium + seats are available on the lower deck with the Premium + seats having a window view. The upper deck accommodates the Deluxe and Royal seats with the royal class having eight pushback seats in a private cabin.
Makruzz Ferry Routes
- Port Blair → Havelock Island (Swaraj Dweep)
- Havelock Island (Swaraj Dweep) → Neil Island (Shaheed Dweep)
- Neil Island (Shaheed Dweep) → Port Blair
- Havelock Island (Swaraj Dweep) → Port Blair
- Neil Island (Shaheed Dweep) → Havelock Island (Swaraj Dweep)
- Port Blair → Neil Island (Shaheed Dweep)
Havelock to Neil takes around 1 hr and the journey starts at 10 am in the morning. For the Port Blair return journey one can take a Makruzz ferry from Neil Island which reaches Port Blair in 1 and half hours. A similar ferry ride is available from Havelock around 4 pm. They have different categories of tickets – Deluxe class, Premium +, and Premium class which is further divided into lower deck and upper deck accommodation.
How To Book A Makruzz Ferry?
To book a makruzz ferry to Havelock or Neil you can simply go to the Go2Andaman Makruzz Andaman ferry booking page where you can get discounted prices and book the tickets at a lower price. You will get a confirmed ticket within 3-4 working hours.
- Go to the Online Andaman Ferry Booking page and select your route – Port Blair to Havelock, Havelock to Neil, Neil to Havelock, Neil to Port Blair or Havelock to Port Blair.
- Select your ferry and seat class (deluxe, premium, royal).
- Check out and make an advance payment of 200 INR per ticket.
- You will get a confirmation mail within 3-4hours.
- Once you get the confirmation mail you have to make the rest of the payment for the ticket in 24 hours and you’ll receive your ferry tickets!
- You will get exciting discount coupons and offers once you have made the final payment.
Things to note while booking your Ferries
- If you are booking your ferry on the day of arrival in Port Blair, make sure there is a time gap of 1.5 hours to 2 hours between your flight arrival and ferry departure time. You will need to be present at the jetty at least 1 hour before the ferry departure time.
- Book your ferries in the sequence of your travel. An example: if you are going from Port Blair to Havelock to Neil & then back to Port Blair, book your ferry for Port Blair to Havelock first, then Havelock to Neil & then Neil to Port Blair.
- Please enter all your details correctly. If there is any change in title, name, age or gender then tickets will need to be canceled and reissued. This will incur cancellation charges as per our cancellation policy.
- Your tickets would be issued 3-4 working hours after payment during working hours (9 am to 6 pm IST, Mon to Sat).
- On the checkout page, please enter your full name and correct age as per your valid ID card.
- All seats in Makruzz-3 are issued under the Economy Category and there is no distinction like Premium, Deluxe or Royal. There’s only one category of seats which are all priced the same.
⚠️ Ferry Booking Advice by GO2ANDAMAN
1. Always book ferry tickets before confirming hotels.
We cannot stress on this enough. We have a number of people approaching us every season with a booked hotel at Port Blair (with a strict refund policy) looking to somehow get a ferry ticket from Havelock (Swaraj Dweep) to Port Blair. Unfortunately, once the tickets are sold out, it becomes impossible to get a ferry for that day.
2. Do not leave ferry bookings to the last minute.
Andaman Islands have become tourist hot spots in the last couple of years leading to a shortage of ferries on all routes, whether it is Havelock to Port Blair or Havelock to Neil Island, during the peak holiday season. So, ferry tickets get sold out weeks before the scheduled departures. We advise you to book your ferry tickets online as soon as your plan to visit the Andaman Islands is finalized.
Why Book With Us?
Is Makruzz Ferry better than Government Ferries?
The pricing is higher than government ferries but the journey is more comfortable here. Makruzz booking is relatively easy as schedules are easily available on their website and can be easily booked.
Facilities Available on Makruzz Ferry:
- The Premium seating is in the Lower Deck and comes with side and front windows, but it’s generally more crowded.
- The Deluxe class in Makruzz ferry comes with an upper deck seating along with complimentary breakfast which offers a beautiful view of the sea and surrounding islands. However, you won’t get a front view here as the captain’s cabin is on the upper deck. You will get excellent side views from your side windows in the Deluxe Class.
- If you are traveling Royal Class, you will get a backside seating arrangement on the upper deck. This gives a good view from the side windows and the huge back windows.
Government Ferry from Neil Island to Port Blair
- Government ferries from Neil Island to Port Blair to are operated by Directorate of Shipping Services (DSS). The department primarily operates for the convenience of local islanders. Since this is the only way of transportation for the islanders, tickets are highly subsidized for them.
- Govt. Ferry booking is not available on our platform. The information given below for the government ferry from Neil Island to Port Blair is simply for your understanding and reference.
They’re available everyday and depart from the Port Blair Jetties.
Why do we not take bookings for Government ferries?
If you want a hassle-free & stress-free holiday, we suggest you to not opt for govt. ferries. Government ferries are primarily aimed at transporting locals and are not recommended for tourists. Go2Andaman does not book govt. ferry tickets.
You can buy the tickets when you arrive in Neil Island. Do note that queues for tickets start early in the morning, are usually long and if you are at the far end of the queue, seats might get filled by the time your turn comes.
Are Private Ferries worth the price?
Private ferries from Neil Island to Port Blair cost a little more but they are worth the price. They run on time, are clean and well organized with ferry staff to assist you at all points. You can compare fares & timings for all ferries and book tickets for any of the ferries with us. We’re a one-stop shop for all your ferry needs.
Ferry Journey Timeline
- After booking your tickets online, you will be sent an email asking for Name, Age, and Gender of all passengers
- On providing details, receive your confirmed ticket in an email. Print this out, as soft copy tickets are not accepted.
- Reach Neil Island jetty at least 1 hour prior to your sailing time.
- Check-in your luggage and take your allotted seats.
- Set sail to Port Blair, and enjoy the beautiful views of the sea. Snacks will be served on board.
- Reach Port Blair jetty in 90 minutes.
Frequently Asked Questions – FAQ’s
Do you need to buy a ticket for an infant?
On most ferries, an infant above the age of 1 year is charged on a full-charge basis and an infant below the age of 1 year can travel free of cost. On some ferries, an infant below the age of 1 year is charged a small fee. This changes from operator-to-operator.
Do you have to take a print out of the ticket?
It is mandatory to carry a print-out of your ferry tickets. A soft copy or email confirmation is not valid to board the ferry. Another important document to carry is your valid ID Card/ Passport.
How long before the scheduled ferry time should I be at the jetty?
We recommend that you reach the jetty at-least 45 mins prior to the departing time so you have sufficient time for boarding. If travelling with children or senior citizens, 1 hour prior would be ideal. The boarding gates close 30 mins before departure.
What is the check-in & luggage drop-off process?
Once you reach the jetty gates, your tickets are checked after which you are allowed to enter the jetty
Then you get your luggage scanned, pick up your luggage & start walking towards your ferry
You then drop off your bags at the back side of ferry in the luggage store compartment
After that you can board the ferry and take your seats.
What are the facilities available on the ferry?
Both Makruzz and Green Ocean Ferries have cafes where you can buy hot and cold beverages, snacks and mineral water.
There are lavatories for use for both men and women.
If you have booked Royal class seats, refreshments would be provided on your seats. If you have booked Premium or Deluxe class seats then you would need to buy your refreshments from the canteen on the ferry.
What are the mandatory documents one should carry?
It is mandatory to carry a valid ID proof for all the passengers.
If you are a non-Indian you will need to carry a vaild passport.