Sydney Ferries offers free Wi-Fi to commuters

Free wireless internet is now available on 13 Sydney Ferries following a successful trial last year.

Over 200,000 ferry passengers will have access to the free internet, with 70% of ferries on Sydney Harbour offering the service.

Minister for Transport, John Robertson, said: "Passengers will be able to check their emails, read the news and catch up with friends online while travelling across Sydney Harbour on a ferry."

Sydney Ferries offered free Wi-Fi on a trial basis to Manly Ferry passengers last year and more than 140,000 people took advantage of the service.

Passengers will be limited to 30 minutes or 30MB of download per device, for a morning and afternoon session each day.

With mobile internet devices such as smartphones, tablets and netbooks gaining popularity, many transport networks have experimented with free Wi-Fi, including Melbourne's Yarra Trams, which partnered with ANZ to offer the service last year. Sydneysiders can also enjoy free Wi-Fi at Circular Quay railway station.

Ferries offering free WiFi from today include services from the following wharves: Balmain, Birchgrove, Balmain West, Woolwich, Greenwich, Milson’s Point, Kirribilli, Cremorne Point, Neutral Bay and Pyrmont Bay.