I just noticed that there is a ferry from mainland spain to Tenerife. I already knew of the ferry to Iceland.

My question is if there are ferries that travel longer distances than these two?

  • Cadiz–La Palma is slightly longer than Portimao–Tenerife. Can there be intermediate stops?
    – gerrit
    Commented Jul 19, 2012 at 12:22
  • Yes intermediate stops are accepted. The route to Iceland stops on the farroerislands
    – user141
    Commented Jul 19, 2012 at 12:26
  • How often should it go to be considered a ferry? The 2219 km I found is just three times a year, so maybe it doesn't really count. Bergen–Kirkenes does, but it does a much longer distance than driving would, and is closer to a cruise-ship than to a ferry in practice.
    – gerrit
    Commented Jul 19, 2012 at 12:45

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Omsk – Salekhard 2783 km, 6 days. Currently as of 2018. River boat. I don't know if it takes cars.

Some sea or ocean crossings that are longer than 1000 km, as the crow flies (current as of 2012):

Even longer: The river boat from Omsk to Salekhard (Siberia, Russia) runs for 2783 km. If I'm reading the timetable correctly, the journey takes 6 days (and a connecting ferry from Salekhard to Antipayuta is another 2 nights and 715 km). I don't think it takes cars, but I'm not entirely sure about that, as the only other way for people in some communities along the river to bring a car would be by winter road, so maybe there is a provision for that.

There may be other very long river boat journeys in Russia, in particular in Siberia. Siberia is big. Really big. You just won't believe how vastly, hugely, mind-bogglingly big it is. I mean, you may think it's a long way down the road to the chemist, but that's just peanuts to Siberia¹.

See also: Overview (map) of Russian long-distance river regular passenger ships in regions too remote for roads or railways

¹After Douglas Adams.

  • This answer seems to be suffering from link-rot. Commented Mar 23, 2017 at 22:18
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    @PeterGreen Unsurprising. I'm linking to 2012 timetables.
    – gerrit
    Commented Mar 23, 2017 at 23:37

There are multiple ferries over 1000 km as the bird flies; all take cars unless otherwise noted

  • Mauritius to Agalega, 1084 km and https://mauritiusshipping.net, not sure if it takes cars
  • ones across the Black Sea, like 1173 km Burgas - Batumi (https://pbm.bg), Constanta - Poti (https://ukrferry.com/en/), 1075 km
  • Travemunde to Helsinki by finnlines (1108 km)
  • Venice - Patras (with an intermediate stop in Igoumenitsa), by superfast ferriers (1117 km)
  • Bellingham - Sitka, 1260 km from Alaska Marine Highway System
  • Canary Island ferries, such as the 1300 km Huelva - Tenerife (https://navieraarmas.com/en/)
  • Osaka to Shanghai (https://shinganjin.com/en/) being 1338 km (not sure if it takes cars)
  • Seydisfjordur - Hirtshals via Torshavn, by Smyril lines and 1519 km
  • Russian river ferries (with multiple intermediate stops), e.g. from Krasnoyarsk to Dudinka, 1525 km from pr24.ru, 1463 km from Ust-Kut to Yakutsk by https://Lenaturflot.ru and Kargasok - Salekhard, 1100 km from https://Severflot.ru. Not sure if they take cars
  • But the longest I could verify exists and takes cars was Tangier Med - Civitavecchia, a whopping 1643 km by Grandi Navi Veloci (https://gnv.it/en/)

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