Cross-Bay Ferry Prepares for November Launch


Tickets for the Cross-Bay Ferry go on sale Tuesday, November 1 and service officially begins on November 4.

Below you’ll find an early glimpse at the Cross-Bay Ferry’s weekly/weekend schedule:crossbayferry

Rides will cost $10 each way for adults and $8 for children (ages 3-12). Click HERE to learn more about the Cross-Bay Ferry and what this new service can provide the Tampa Bay area.

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UPDATE 9/21/16: Tampa Bay’s Cross-Bay Ferry continues to take shape form with the launch of a new website and more specifics on travel time, launch dates and cost. “The opening of ferry service between Tampa and St. Petersburg is a major addition to our offerings as a tourism destination,” said Santiago Corrada, president and CEO of Visit Tampa Bay. “We know that visitors pay no attention to municipal boundaries, so providing them with an exciting alternative to driving between Tampa and St. Petersburg will make their visit all the more memorable.”

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The officials behind the project will begin selling tickets for the ferry online October 15. The group will host an inaugural VIP launch trip in early November, and the first trip open to the public will depart November 4. From November 3 through November 18, community and business organizations can experience the boat Mondays through Fridays in a series of pre-scheduled “Test the Waters” excursions. Weekday service will begin again the week of November 28 with Monday through Thursday commuter service and mid-day service for recreational and tourist trips.

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In December, non-profit organizations will be able to “Make a Splash” and book a portion of the vessel for group sales on limited select dates as a way to support the project. The Cross-Bay Ferry became possible through the joined efforts of four local governments: The City of St. Pete, City of Tampa, Hillsborough County, Pinellas County.

Initial ticket prices will begin at $10 per one-way trip, with special discounts for regular commuters. The vessel, operated by HMS Ferries Inc., is a catamaran design that provides for smooth runs, and measures 55-feet, with room for up to 149 passengers for the approximately 50 minute trip between St. Pete’s Vinoy Yacht Basin and Tampa’s Convention Center.

Written by Dex Fabian

Dex Fabian

Dex Fabian is the co-founder of I Love the Burg and That's So Tampa. A graphic designer by trade, Dex has been witness to Tampa Bay's explosion to become one of the hottest regions in the nation. In 2009, he helped develop the brand for I Love the Burg and in 2014 developed the branding for That's So Tampa and has been a regular contributor to both ever since.