Tickets now on sale for Cross-Bay Ferry rides from Tampa to St. Pete

The Crossbay Ferry docked in Tampa Bay

The Cross-Bay Ferry is officially back! The mode of transportation that connects downtown St. Pete with downtown Tampa is ready to carry passengers again after a slight delay. Riders can now reserve tickets aboard the Cross-Bay Ferry beginning October 19. 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. Below you can see a full schedule that shows service Wednesday and Thursday, Friday and Saturday, and Sunday.

                                                                   SCHEDULE
 Wed/Thur Fri/Sat Sunday 
St. Pete  10:00am 11:00am 
Tampa Departure  11:30am 12:30pm 
St Pete  1:30pm 2:00pm 
Tampa Departure  3:00pm 3:30pm 
St Pete 4:45pm4:45pm 6:00pm 
Tampa Departure 6:15pm 6:15pm 7:30pm 
St Pete 9:30pm 9:45pm  
Tampa Departure 10:45pm 11:00pm  

The ferry vessel is a twin-hull aluminum catamaran that can carry a maximum of 149 guests at an average speed of 30 mph. The vessel has a full-service bar with basic food service. Passengers may bring up to two pieces of luggage and one small personal item at no extra charge, and they may also bring bikes on board. 

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While we’ve enjoyed seasonal service, by 2024 year-round service could be implemented. Hillsborough Area Regional Transit received a $4.9 million grant to secure a larger vessel that would call the St. Petersburg and Tampa area home permanently.

A project of this magnitude isn’t the undertaking of just one group, of course. The Cross-Bay Ferry is a regional collaboration between Hillsborough County, Pinellas County, the City of Tampa, and the City of St. Petersburg. 

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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