How To Set Up A Harbor In Cities: Skylines 2

In Cities: Skylines 2, you’ll come across various crucial services for your citizens, and one significant service you’ll encounter early on is transportation. Beginning with road transportation, you’ll gradually expand to include air and water transportation options to meet the growing needs of your citizens.


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If you choose to improve transportation services with a water option, setting up a harbor is crucial. This enables citizens to use ships for their transportation needs. Fortunately, this guide will help you unlock the water transportation option and establish harbors, allowing you to make the most of the rivers and the ocean in your city.


How To Unlock The Harbor

unlocked water transportation from transportation tree in Cities: Skylines 2.

The option to unlock the harbor becomes available early on, specifically in the fourth milestone, as you reach the Grand Village. At this point, you gain access to transportation options, starting with the basic option as the initial service.

However, to unlock other options, it is important to keep in mind that you need development points to unlock each tier node. Fortunately, you will be able to unlock the water option from your first access to the transportation development tree and won’t need to unlock any other node tiers before accessing them.

To easily unlock the harbor, simply unlock the water option from the transportation development tree using two development points.

When you initially access the transportation option, concentrate on the basic transportation choice. As you progress, you’ll gradually require the other options, all while keeping in mind that harbors come with a higher cost.

How To Set Up A Harbor

containers in cargo harbor in Cities: Skylines 2.

Once you’ve unlocked the harbor, you’ll have two options, Cargo Harbor and Harbor used for passengers. It’s recommended to start with the Cargo Harbor if you already have other passenger transportation options in place.

Cargo Harbor

Setting up a cargo harbor in Cities: Skylines 2.

The Cargo Harbor serves as a water point, enabling the import and export of cargo to and from outside connections. It functions as a hub with cranes and container yards, facilitating the loading and unloading of cargo ships. Additionally, it stores the cargo until it is ready to be shipped further.

If you decide to set up a Cargo Harbor, anticipate an initial cost of 490,000, along with a monthly upkeep of 67,000. In return, you’ll receive a capacity of 15,500 tons as cargo storage, with three available upgrades to consider.

  • Extra cargo cranes function as additional cranes to increase the speed of loading and unloading processes. It comes with an initial cost of 120,000 and a monthly upkeep of 40,000.
  • With the cargo harbor railway connection upgrade, you enable trains to transport cargo directly to and from the harbor. This upgrade comes with an initial cost of 80,000 and a monthly upkeep of 40,000. It requires having a rail yard already in your city.
  • To double the cargo storage capacity in your harbor by an additional 15,500 tons, you can upgrade it with extra warehouses. This upgrade has an initial cost of 100,000 and a monthly upkeep of 25,000.

Harbor

Setting up a passenger harbor in Cities: Skylines 2.

If you decide to create a water terminal to offer citizens water transportation option, you’ll have the choice of a harbor functioning as a passenger terminal. This allows passengers to board and disembark from passenger ships.

To establish the passenger harbor, you need to pay a cost of 420,000 and keep in mind a monthly upkeep of 60,000. This investment provides you with one pier, and you can upgrade the harbor with two additional upgrades.

  • To add an extra pier to your passenger harbor, you can upgrade it with an extra pier. This upgrade enables another ship to dock in your harbor, expanding its capacity beyond just one. It will require a cost of 100,000 and a monthly upkeep of 40,000.
  • The second upgrade is a transit terminal, functioning as an integrated bus station and taxi stand. This setup facilitates direct bus and taxi traffic to and from the harbor, providing flexibility for your citizens to travel to and from the harbor. It requires a cost of 75,000 and a monthly upkeep of 40,000. This upgrade requires having basic transportation already in your city.

How To Set Up A Seaway

purchase map tiles in Cities: Skylines 2.

Once you have finished establishing the harbors, you can create seaways that connect between your harbors or directly link them to outside connections.

You can choose from three types of seaways, and your selection depends on the available space in the water body. If you’re creating a seaway on a river, consider the width of the river, along with the needs and the upkeep cost.

Keep an eye on the bridges over your rivers to avoid issues related to their elevation.

setting up a seaway in Cities: Skylines 2.

  • The Narrow Seaway is the smallest option, suitable for rivers, especially the smaller ones. You’ll need to pay an initial cost of 5,000 for each kilometer and upkeep of 500 for each kilometer per month.
  • The Medium Seaway is the second option, recommended for rivers with a wider width to accommodate more ships, It comes with a cost of 10,000 per kilometer and an upkeep of 1,000 for each kilometer per month.
  • The third option is the Wide Seaway, featuring a broad width that allows for a high capacity of ships. While suitable for large rivers and the ocean, it’s not highly recommended due to its high monthly upkeep of 1,000 per kilometer and an initial cost of 20,000 per kilometer.

To establish a seaway that connects to outside connections, keep in mind that you need to purchase map tiles to reach the map edge.

Water Lines

setting up cargo ship line using cargo ship route tool in Cities: Skylines 2.

To establish water lines over seaways, choose the tool that suits your needs. If you want to create a cargo line, select the Cargo Ship Route Tool. Then, connect the cargo harbors you want to link with each other or with outside connections. Ensure that you create a loop line to allow for a round trip to import and export.

The process for creating a passenger line is similar to the cargo harbor line. Utilize the Passenger Ship Line Tool to establish a passenger ship route over a seaway. Connect the passenger harbors with each other or with outside connections, ensuring that you create a loop line for efficient transportation.

Once you establish the water lines, you’ll be able to manage them as water transportation booming in your city.

Tracking a passenger water line in Cities: Skylines 2.

To manage water transportation, you can follow the same steps as with other transportation options. Access the transportation menu in the info views, then click on the ship icon. This will allow you to view and manage all the lines you created earlier, with cargo and public transport lines separated for easier handling.

You also have the option to handle each line by clicking on the details icons beside the line you want to manage. This provides access to manage line color, schedule, and assigned vehicles, and you can also assign a different name to each line for clarity.

Tracking a cargo ship in Cities: Skylines 2.

Additionally, you can monitor each line along with its points, and by clicking on each point on the line, you will focus on where it is linked. Similarly, for ships, clicking on them allows you to see all the details about the line of that ship and the storage. You can also identify the type of goods on that ship.

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