New IKEA ferry line to launch this weekend

The Red Hook IKEA.
Photo by Luigi Novi via Wikimedia Commons

All aboard!

Starting this weekend, you can again get to IKEA by ferry.

NY Waterway announced that it would be launching a ferry service on Saturday to take shoppers from Manhattan to the Swedish furniture giant’s Brooklyn location at the Red Hook Wharf.

“We hope to make the trip to IKEA a little bit easier and a lot more pleasant with a free ferry ride from our Manhattan terminals,” said Armand Pohan, president, CEO and chairman of NY Waterway in a June 30 statement. We’re excited to partner with IKEA to launch this new service for the summer.”

The boat will have three ports of call in Manhattan: at Pier 79 in Midtown, Brookfield Place in Battery Park City, and Pier 11 in the Financial District, before making its way to IKEA. You can read the schedule here.

The service is separate from the existing NY Water Taxi, which stopped servicing IKEA at the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, and will not return. 

The new ferry is also separate from NYC Ferry, the city’s public network of ferry routes operated by Hornblower. 

“We are excited to reintroduce our ferry service to our customers after a year off,” said Mike Baker, New York market manager for IKEA. “At IKEA we believe that sustainability, accessibility and affordability should be included in every aspect of our customers’ journey.”

Correction (July 4): This article has been updated to reflect the lack of NY Water Taxi service to IKEA.