Sunrise at ferry Caspian Sea
Asia From the road

Caspian Sea ferry

streets of Baku
oldtown Baku Azerbaijan
Illuminated staircase Baku
Flame towers Baku at night
Having beers in Baku
sleeping at the port Baku
sleeping at the Alat ferry port
waiting at the port Baku
entered the ferry to Kazakhstan
ferry leaving the port in Alat
Alat ferry travelers
talk with a kazakh girl
Andrew on the caspian sea ferry
travel crew on Professor-Gul Ferry
two Azerbaijani guys on ferry
Professor gul ferry deck
ferry deck at dusk
meeting the ferry crew
Sunrise through the ferry Window
Sunrise at ferry Caspian Sea

 

Caspian Sea ferry FAQ

Timetable of the Caspian Sea ferry

There isn't a timetable for the Caspian Sea ferry. The ferry leaves when it’s full and if weather permits. The best you can do is to head to the ferry port in Alat (75km south of Baku) and to chek-in and get your name entered on the passenger list to be sure to have a place on the next ship leaving (This is also the case if you already bought the ferry ticket online, you need to check-in at the port).

Waiting / camping at the ferry port in Alat

There is a big waiting room just on the left at the entrance of the ferry port. In there, you can put your sleeping mat to spend the night or you can put the tent just outside the waiting room or somewhere else at the port.

How to get ferry tickets

There are two ways to book a Caspian Sea ferry, either online or at the port itself. online: You can book tickets directly on the Website of the Caspian shipping company (check my blogpost to get more information and for the direct link to buy tickets online. At the port: There is a container at the furthest ferry terminal, where you can add yourself to the waiting list. You will pay later when you are assigned to a ferry.

How much does the Caspian Sea ferry cost

There are three different types of cabins (the prices below are for one Passenger ticket, a bicycle is free of charge and for cars or motorbikes there are additional costs). 2-bed cabin: 80$ (with window, toilet, and shower) / 4-bed cabin: 70$ (no window) / 6-bed cabin: 60$ (no window) Children (older than 5) have a 50% discount. Meals on the ferry are included in the price) The tickets are slightly cheaper when you buy them directly at the port in Alat compared to previously buy them online.

Duration of a Caspian Sea ferry crossing

The ferry crossing normally takes between 22 to 30 hours. If there is really bad weather on the sea and the ferry has to set anchor, the crossing could take longer. This is also the case if the ship is not allowed to dock at the Port in Kuryk Kazakhstan for any reason.

2 comments

Stephen 16. September 2020 at 13:47

Very useful information, Fabian! I’m planning on taking this ferry, myself, when the time comes. Though, I thought it went to Aktau, not Kuryk.

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Fabian 16. September 2020 at 14:05

Hi Stephen
Thanks for the comment.
You’re right, the ferry connection is known as Baku-Aktau, though the ferry port in Kazakhstan for passenger transportation is Kuryk, a bit further south of Aktau.
The same way it is Alat and not Baku in Azerbaijan. So you might have to cycle up the 70km stretch to Aktau or take a Bus / Taxi at the port.

Have a good time!

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