In June 2018, Port Phillip Ferries ran free services between Melbourne and Geelong to gauge interest in a regular service. Now the company has announced that a ferry commute will be a reality by year’s end.

In December, Port Phillip Ferries will begin running a twice-daily service connecting the two cities.

The purpose-built ferry, built by Tasmanian shipbuilder Incat (which also built the Bellarine express that runs between Docklands and Portarlington), will dock at Victoria Harbour in Melbourne and adjacent to Cunningham Pier in Geelong.

Dubbed the Geelong Flyer, the 400-seat ferry will make the trip in 100 minutes. (The operator is working with authorities to gain approval for a speed increase on the Yarra River, which would cut the journey by a further 10 minutes.) The boat also will come equipped with free wi-fi, a cafe, tables and bike racks.

The journey between Melbourne and Geelong by train (from Monday to Friday) takes approximately 60 to 90 minutes, while the drive can be anywhere from an hour to two hours, depending on the time of day and traffic conditions.