Here at Lifehacker we’re suckers for any form of transport that offers (or plans to offer) free Wi-Fi, whether it’s a bus, a train or an airport transfer. So we’re thrilled that a ferry service to Manly is also getting free Wi-Fi; it’s just a shame that it’s the “wrong” one.
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The privately-owned Manly Fast Ferry will offer free Wi-Fi to customers from this week, with a service from provider CafeScreen. While I’d imagine there’d be some variability crossing the ocean, it’s a nice addition to the service, which promises a 17-minute journey between Circular Quay and Manly.
What’s not so nice is the pricing: $8.50 for a one-way ticket, or $70 for a ten-ticket journey. To put that in perspective: you could do the same journey throughout the week on the Sydney Ferries service (which is slower but more frequent) with a $41 MyMulti1 ticket, which would also get you access to other train and bus services. iTnews reports that the standard Manly ferry may eventually offer Wi-Fi as well, but I wouldn’t be holding my breath given the speed with which Sydney transport services evolve.