One of the most important urban mobility services in São Paulo Coastal Region is provided by DERSA: the Ferry Crossing System of the State of São Paulo. Its century-old history includes a series of significant investments that, through the providing of prompt, safe and affordable services, transformed the lives of people who need to cross seas and rivers on a daily basis and tourists that visit several of the country’s most beautiful and attractive regions.
The system comprises eight ferry crossings: Santos/Guarujá, Guarujá/Bertioga, São Sebastião/Ilhabela, Iguape/Juréia, Cananéia/Ilha Comprida, Cananéia/Continente, Vicente de Carvalho (Guarujá) / Praça da República (Santos), and Cananéia/Ariri. With a total fleet of 31,000 vessels, including boats and ferryboats, the system’s operating capacity reaches 2,400 vehicles/hour in each direction. The system serves, on average, 22,000 pedestrians, 22,000 vehicles, 11,000 bicycles, and 9,000 motorcycles per day.
Cyclists travel for free in the ferryboats. The same applies to passengers aged 65 years and over and children aged 5 and under in the boats. Students pay half the price, as well as the region’s residents in the Cananéia/Ariri Crossing. All vessels offer priority boarding to the elderly and to passengers with special needs.