National Statistics

Final sea passenger statistics: 2015

Final statistics on the number of sea passengers on both international and domestic routes, to and from the UK in 2015.


Final sea passenger statistics: 2015 tables

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Final statistics on the number of sea passengers which include all vehicle drivers, their passengers and foot passengers on ferries. This updates the provisional data published in February.

In 2015:

  • international sea passenger numbers remained broadly stable, decreasing by 1% from 23.2 to 23.0 million
  • domestic sea passengers decreased slightly by 2% from 42.7 to 41.7 million
  • cruise passengers increased by 7% to 1.9 million, after fluctuating growth in recent years
  • domestic sea crossing passenger numbers decreased by 2% to 3.5 million

Provisional figures for 2016 will be published in February 2017.

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Published 9 November 2016