Proving ridesharing doesn’t have to be confined to land, Captain Cook Cruises has announced the launch of Sydney’s first on-demand ferry service. Operating between Elizabeth Bay, Garden Island (immediately to the north of Potts Point in Sydney east) and Circular Quay, passengers can “hail” small ferries using a new app called Ahoy. The app finds the nearest ferry, requests it and tracks its journey and arrival time.

This super-convenient service might even be cheaper than your last Uber trip: it’s $7.50 per adult one-way – the same cost as a regular ferry journey in Sydney. You can even pay using your Opal card, as well as with cash, credit card or the Captain Cook Cruises app. If you plan to use the service regularly, you can pre-purchase a pass that discounts journeys down to $5.90 per trip.

The inner-eastern suburbs on-demand ferry service will run from Monday to Friday (not including public holidays) during the peak commuter period. Passengers will board the cruise company’s 12-metre “tubby-class” boats, which can carry up to 60 people.

The service is now operating.