Airships are used for direct, non-stop travel between the three City-States and can be boarded from each of the three city-states (for a fee), after completing The Gridanian Envoy, The Ul'dahn Envoy or The Lominsan Envoy as part of the main storyline.
Cross Zone Routes:
|Location 1||Location 2||Fee|
|Gridania||↔||Limsa Lominsa||120 gil|
|Limsa Lominsa||↔||Ul'dah||120 gil|
|Limsa Lominsa||↔||Ishgard||150 gil|
|Gridania||↔||The Gold Saucer||Free to the Gold Saucer, 120 gil to Gridania|
|Limsa Lominsa||↔||The Gold Saucer||Free to the Gold Saucer, 120 gil to Limsa Lominsa|
|Ul'dah||↔||The Gold Saucer||Free to the Gold Saucer, 120 gil to Ul'dah|
|Ishgard||↔||The Gold Saucer||Free to the Gold Saucer, 150 gil to Ishgard|
Airships are miracles of the Eorzean skyscape—flying vessels born from the ingenuity and ambition behind the Garlean Empire's most advanced technologies. The airships of the realm's free nations most commonly achieve flight by either one of two means—large balloons of hide and cloth filled with gases less dense than the surrounding air, or wings of magitek making, made to beat by powerful ceruleum—burning engines. Despite whatever technological simliarities they may share, however, the realm's vessels are easily distinguishable on sight from the enormous and sinister juggernauts of Garlemald—armored monstrosities designed for the sole purpose of destruction.
By pioneering the sky routes between the realm's major cities and establishing regular flights along them, Highwind Skyways, an institution founded by the exorbitantly wealthy aristocrat and adventurer Tatanora, is now slowly but surely making commercial flight an ordinary aspect of everyday life in Eorzea.
Airships are flying machines, some reaching titanic proportions. They come in many shapes, such as the cylindrical design called a "totem pole" by some.