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Cross-Bay Ferry hits 300,000 rider milestone during spring break season

Photo of a ferry outside Tampa
Photo by Andrew Harlan

The Cross-Bay Ferry is surging in popularity in the Tampa Bay region. This splendid new transit option connecting downtown Tampa and downtown St. Pete reached a new milestone in its history the first week of April when it transported its 300,000th rider since the system’s launch in 2016.

The ferry is also on track to once again set a new single-season ridership record and surpass the 62,130 riders from its 2021-22 season, with 56,130 riders this season so far and weeks to spare before the end of the season, on May 28, according to a release. The 300,000-plus total riders and expected new single-season ridership record represent new highs in the growth of the ferry and another step in its evolution in becoming a permanent transportation option that provides a fast, fun, and affordable way to travel across the Tampa Bay area. 

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Photo by Andrew Harlan

Cross-Bay Ferry offers a scenic ride from Tampa to St. Pete

You can take a ride on the free Tampa streetcar in Ybor, take it to the ferry launch point outside the convention center downtown, arrive in St. Pete and use the new free Sunrunner service and take it all the way to the beach. We are fully on board with the multitude of public transit options illuminating our region.

The Cross-Bay Ferry is also one of the coolest ways to take in a sunset, and offers one of my favorite reading spots in the whole city.

The Cross-Bay Ferry is a regional collaboration between Hillsborough County, city of Tampa, city of St. Petersburg, and Florida Department of Transportation. This season’s service began on Oct. 19 and will continue until May 28.

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Photo by Andrew Harlan

Ferry continues service through May 28

The ferry normally offers four trips daily between Tampa and St. Petersburg on Wednesdays and Thursdays, eight trips daily on Fridays and Saturdays, and six trips daily on Sundays. In Tampa, the ferry departs from the dock at the Tampa Convention Center, and in St. Petersburg from the dock at North Straub Park, near the Vinoy Basin. More information on the Cross-Bay Ferry, including the latest schedule and ticket-buying options, can be found at online.   

Adult tickets cost $24 round trip. Senior (65+), Military, College Student (w/ ID)*, and Youth (Ages 5 – 18) cost $16 round trip. Persons who use a wheelchair cost $10 round trip. Children 4 years and under ride free. You can reserve tickets online

Cross-Bay Ferry’s St. Pete docking station is located at 375 Bayshore Dr. NE. The ferry arrives at 333 S Franklin Street in Tampa. 

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