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Ferry routes
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should not be used on nodesmay be used on waysshould not be used on areasmay be used on relations
Useful combination
Status: In use

Displays the route of a ferry on sea.

How to map

Use the route=ferry tag to show the route of a ferry. You can either use the tag a single way Way drawn along the whole route, or on a relation Relation containing several ways joined end-to-end.

The relation approach is more complicated and is often not necessary for showing basic ferry routes. It is useful for very long ferry routes, or routes which need to share some ways which are denoting other features (e.g. other ferry routes) The relation approach is standard across other types of transportation routes. See Relations/Routes and some more details on Cycle routes for example.

Please remember to connect each end of the ferry route to a way on land. Do not combine two different parts of the route when approaching land. The ways should be drawn like the letter V and not like the letter Y with the bottom connected to a way on land. In other words a ferry port, pier or harbour receiving several ferry routes, should have each of these routes separately drawn in and connected into it. This is important to ensure functional routing. The connection should be on a node shared with the coastline.

When mapping ferry routes, remember that a very simplified way should do. No need to use every point from your GPS.

Tags to use in combination

Access restriction tags can be used to mark the type of ferry, such as:

  • motor_vehicle=yes - Yes. The ferry allows motor vehicles
  • hgv=no - No. The ferry does not allow heavy goods vehicles (freight lorries)
  • motorcar=yes - Yes. The ferry does allow motorcars
  • foot=yes - Yes. The ferry does allow foot passengers.
  • See access=* for other access restriction tags. Also see Map Features#Restrictions

Other possible combo tags:

  • operator=* - for the name of the operator of a ferry route
  • name=* - for the name of a ferry route
  • ref=* - for a reference number/code of a ferry route.
  • duration=* highly recommended for indicating how long the route takes ('00:05' is 5 minutes, '1:15' an hour fifteen, or '48:00' two days). Important to avoid large detours to avoid ferries for routers that underestimate the speed of ferries. OSRM supports this tag (on ways).
  • ferry=* - for the type of road the ferry route belongs to (used with the same values as highway=*).
  • ferry:cable=yes - Reaction ferry

If you are using a relation, this should always have a 'type' tag, in this case type=route.

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