Caption: Captain Cook Cruises General Manager Anthony Haworth, Northern Beaches Council Mayor Michael Regan, Head of Cities Uber Australia & New Zealand Natalie Malligan, and MP for Manly James Griffin at the launch of FerryCONNECT at Manly Wharf.

At Uber we believe we can use cars to cut congestion and unlock our cities for the future.

Today Uber Australia is taking an important step towards this vision, with the launch of a new pilot program developed as part of the NSW Government’s Mobility as a Service Innovation Challenge.

In conjunction with Transport for NSW and Captain Cook Cruises, we are offering a new discounted multi-modal transport option, FerryCONNECT in Manly, NSW.

From today, commuters around Manly will be able to access 20 percent off their Captain Cook ferry trip to or from Barangaroo when they take an UberPOOL trip to or from Manly Wharf between 6-9am and 4-7pm on weekdays. Under this Manly trial, commuters’ UberPOOL fare to and from Manly Wharf will also be capped at a maximum of $5. If a Manly commuter regularly used this service to get to and from their work in the city, this would cost them approximately $130 per week. In comparison, the average annual cost of running a car in Sydney is over $22,000, or around $420 a week, not including parking.

This means riders can leave their car at home and save time trying to find a parking spot. It also reduces emissions and congestion on our roads.  

A study by The Grattan Institute found commuters from Balgowlah near Manly, heading to the CBD, endured Sydney’s worst road congestion.

Despite this, many commuters still choose to drive over The Spit Bridge rather than take the ferry. We hope that by removing the challenges of parking, and by making leaving the car at home an even more affordable option, we can help reduce congestion and give commuters the best possible door-to-door travel experience.  Over time, we can create credible alternatives to car ownership because the cost of a trip is much cheaper when it is shared.

This is a small, but meaningful step toward making integrated transport a reality through the Uber app, whenever you need to get from point A to B.

Anthony Haworth, General Manager, Captain Cook Cruises said, “Captain Cook Cruises is thrilled to be partnering with Uber Australia. The pilot program, FerryCONNECT represents our commitment to improve and offer more efficient transport options.”

“In 2018 Captain Cook Cruises launched Sydney Harbour’s first On Demand Ferries and we believe this project with Uber will further connect commuters to core transport routes including our Manly Barangaroo Fast Ferry service. Ultimately, it is about better journeys for our customers, reducing road congestion, providing personalised travel options and making better use of transport infrastructure.”

What is the service area for the discounted UberPool trips?

  • Manly Vale
  • Balgowlah
  • Fairlight
  • Manly
  • Clontarf
  • Balgowlah Heights