Cross-Bay Ferry in Tampa and St. Pete releases schedule, rates

Photo of a ferry outside Tampa

The Cross-Bay Ferry officially launches on November 1. The high-speed service connecting Tampa and downtown St. Petersburg has proved popular amongst area visitors and residents. Service will run through April 2020, though some hope to see full year-round service going forward.

On October 18, the barges arrived on the St. Pete waterfront to mark the start of the ferry season. Fares cost $8 for Adults, $5 for Seniors, Military, and College Students, $3 for children ages 5-18, and kids 4 and under ride free.


The vessel can carry up to 149 passengers at a time with indoor and outdoor seating. Regular 2-wheel bicycles can be stored on the ferry.

Service animals are allowed on board. Other pets may be allowed on board the ferry on a case by case basis. You can call 727-273-5932 for more details.

The service recently released the full ferry schedule. There will be no service on Mondays and Tuesdays, unless there’s a Lightning game happening at Amalie Arena. Happy to have more Bolts fans on this side of the bridge!


Wednesday – Thursday

St. Pete Departure4:45 PM
Tampa Departure6:00 PM
St. Pete Departure9:30 PM
Tampa Departure10:45 PM*

Friday – Saturday

St. Pete Departure10:00 AM
Tampa Departure11:30 AM
St. Pete Departure1:30 PM
Tampa Departure3:00 PM
St. Pete Departure4:45 PM
Tampa Departure6:00 PM
St. Pete Departure10:00 PM
Tampa Departure11:00 PM


St. Pete Departure11:00 AM
Tampa Departure12:30 PM
St. Pete Departure2:00 PM
Tampa Departure3:30 PM
St. Pete Departure6:00 PM
Tampa Departure7:30 PM

The St. Petersburg Ferry Terminal is located on Bayshore Drive NE, just north of the Museum of Fine Arts and just south of the Vinoy Hotel. The Tampa Ferry Terminal is located on the waterside of the Tampa Convention Center, just west of the Sail Restaurant and Franklin Street.

You can purchase tickets and read all about the Cross-Bay Ferry on the company’s website. Will you ride the ferry when it launches?

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