If you like to experience the dual nature of ocean water, the so called serenity and roaring waves, then you must take a ride of RoRo ferry service operating between Hazira and Ghogha. It is a unique initiative in waterways connecting the seacoast of India. If you are looking to travel from Surat to Saurashtra or anywhere in western Gujarat, then the following post is for you.
RoRo ferry service takes passengers, vehicles and truck from Hazira to Ghogha and return journey. The charges are nominal and provided in 3 classes – Executive, Business and Lounge! All 3 classes are comfortable in terms of journey experience. Food provided is reasonable in price and good in taste. You will find most of fast-food served along with beverages. Adequate facilities available for cleaning, washing and toilets.
You can prebook your seat online and choose your preferred location as per your choice, however the chances are you will end up exploring the “Voyage Symphony” and enjoy the view of water, waves, sky and the clouds. Light music is played in the background which makes the experience memorable. TV are placed at sufficient distance for passengers to enjoy in-room relaxation time.
Total journey time is around 4 to 5 hours either side with loading, checking time being between 45 mins to 1 hour. So if you are planning to board the ferry from Hazira at 8am to reach Ghogha, it may be good idea to reach by 7am or so for a smooth transition from land to the ferry. The approach route from Surat to Hazira port is slightly isolated so it is a good idea to either travel in personal vehicle preferably 4 wheeler or get a private service available before hand.
If you are planning to ride from Ghogha to Hazira and getting down at Hazira in the night, which may be around 8pm to 8:15pm for a ferry starting at Ghogha by 3pm to 3:20pm. You may not find any online cab services like Ola or Uber, neither there is any public transport connectivity like City bus, so you may prior book or make arrangements for pickup. The distance from Surat to Hazira is over 20km and from railway station it is 40km which may take an hour or more depending on traffic so plan accordingly.