Tickets are available for purchase at any time online at thecrossbayferry.com or through our FREE mobile app. To download the app, visit the App Store or Android Marketplace and search Cross Bay Ferry. Tickets purchased online or on our mobile app can be changed or modified through the point of purchase (ie. web portal, app).
Our ticket window in St. Petersburg is manned 1 hour before the first scheduled departure. Our ticket window in Tampa is manned approximately 30 minutes before the first scheduled departure on any given day. Tickets purchased at the ticket window cannot be modified or used for a different time/date. We cannot refund or replace any lost or unused tickets. All sales are final.
Single-use or roundtrip tickets can be purchased at our ticket windows at the ferry landing sites, online, and via your mobile device through the free Cross Bay Ferry app.
All guests must be ready for loading 15 – 20 minutes prior to departure. Ticket sales cease 5 minutes prior to sailing in order to complete the loading process.
A person must be 19 or older to ride the ferry on their own. Children ages 18 and under must be accompanied by an adult. All guests, including children under 4, require a ticket to board the ferry.
Yes, all guests will be asked to exit upon arrival, so that the crew can clean the vessel. Returning guests will line up to board the vessel on a first-come, first-served basis. One way or roundtrip tickets are available and may be purchased at any time from any ticketing platform.
No, due to the restraints of keeping an on-time sailing schedule and the varying arrival times of guests, we are unable to provide any standby seating should a sailing be sold out in advance. Once a trip is fully booked, we cannot sell any additional tickets. We recommend if you’re planning a trip to purchase tickets at your earliest convenience online or through our free mobile app. Walk-up availability for any particular trip is not guaranteed.
The ferry runs from November 1st through April 30th. Please check the schedule for the latest information.
The mission of Cross Bay Ferry is to provide Tampa Bay area residents and visitors with water transit service and passenger ferry technology.
The ferry is a twin-hull aluminum catamaran that provides a stable and comfortable ride.
The ferry is certified to carry a maximum of 149 guests with ample interior and exterior seating.
The vessel is 98 feet long and 33 feet wide. The ferry is a dual-hull catamaran design that provides comfort and stability.
The ferry can comfortably cruise at 29 knots (33mph) but the actual operating speed will vary.
The ferry is inspected and certified by the United States Coast Guard.
The ferry will homeport and overnight in St. Petersburg.
In St Petersburg, the landing site is in the North Yacht basin, adjacent to the Vinoy and St. Petersburg Museum of History. In Tampa, the landing site is behind the Tampa Convention Center.
While the vessel is fully capable of running during fog, the Captain of the Port (U.S. Coast Guard) prevents all vessels from operating during periods of reduced visibility in Tampa Bay. In these situations, any delays are outside of Cross Ferry’s operating control.
Please check the schedule and the rates page for the most up-to-date information.
The Sundial Garage is three blocks away with an entrance located on 2nd Street, south of 2nd Avenue North. All customers who purchase a ticket for the Cross Bay Ferry and who park in the Sundial Garage will be given a parking pass, upon request of the ferry staff at the St. Petersburg ticket booth, which a patron can use upon exiting the Sundial Garage to get free parking for that day. There are also several other garages and parking lots downtown which are also open to the public for market rates. There is also limited availability of metered surface parking spaces in downtown St. Petersburg.
There are three (3) accessible spaces along the east side of Bayshore Drive Northeast just north of the entrance to the ferry. There is an accessible route from this point to the vessel and the vessel is also accessible.
There are also three spaces on the east side of Bayshore Drive Northeast with designated signs that allow drop off and pick up for the public. There is no charge to utilize these spaces.
The physical address for the ferry terminal is: 375 Bayshore Drive NE, Saint Petersburg, Florida
Yes. There are three public parking garages within a five-minute walk of the Tampa Ferry Terminal. These include the Tampa Convention Center Garage, the Amalie Arena Garage (located at Florida Avenue and Channelside Drive), and the Ft. Brooke Garage. The Convention Center and Amalie parking garages may have limited parking on Lightning game nights or during major conventions. The Ft. Brooke Parking Garage typically has spaces available on all weeknights and weekends. Parking rate information can be found at https://www.tampagov.net/parking/info/parking-hourly-and-daily-rates.
Yes, reasonable accommodations can be made for guests with disabilities. The vessel is laid out in a manner that supports ADA needs. Before planning your trip, please contact our Customer Service department for additional information at 727-273-6877.
Yes, strollers are easily accommodated and there is no additional fee.
Yes, the ferry is equipped with two “heads” (restrooms) on the main deck. One restroom supports ADA use.
No, there is no smoking on the ferry in any location at any time.
Yes, the vessel is equipped with ample outside seating on the main and upper decks.
Service animals are allowed. Other pets may be allowed on board the ferry on a case by case basis. For more information, please call customer service at 727-273-6877.
Yes, there is limited food service which is revised and enhanced as guests’ tastes warrant.
Coffee, tea, soft drinks, and water are available. Also, beer, wine, and limited cocktails are available to guests who are of legal age and have a valid photo I.D.
Passengers are not allowed to bring their own alcohol onto the vessel. This is strictly forbidden.
No. Alcoholic beverages purchased off-site are not permitted onboard the ferry.
Yes, there are storage facilities for standard 2-wheel bicycles on the ferry. Guests must be able to handle their own bicycles. Our crew cannot assist with the loading and unloading of bicycles. A maximum of 30 bicycles can be stored on the ferry. We cannot accept recumbent, tandem, tricycles, bicycle carriages, or segways.
Yes, two (2) hand-carried items (e.g. suitcases) and one (1) small personal item (e.g. purse or laptop) may be carried on board at no additional charge – provided:
- The guest can carry on the items (in a single trip) and
- The carry-on items are commercial luggage (duffle bag, backpack, suitcase)
Carry-on luggage is stowed in dedicated luggage areas on the main and upper decks. Guests may keep small personal items (e.g. purse, laptop, small backpack) with them, but for safety reasons, all other luggage must be kept in the storage areas.
Examples of items that cannot be carried on include (but are not limited to):
- Fish boxes
- Trash bags
- Dive tanks
Firearms cannot be carried on board the vessel, except by law-enforcement personnel that are on duty or as otherwise permitted by state law.
Under no circumstance may any hazardous materials be brought onto the ferry as, or within, carry-on items.
The regular crossing time is scheduled at approximately 50 minutes. Weather and traffic conditions can impact the transit time. All guests must be ticketed and ready for loading 20 minutes prior to departure. All ticket sales cease 5 minutes prior to sailing in order to complete the loading process.
No, but a guest can make a reservation and purchase a ticket for a specific sailing time on a specific date.
There is no WiFi access on the vessel. Guests can utilize their personal devices to access their cellular network connection.
The ferry has limited A/C receptacles on board. Access to these receptacles is available on a first-come, first-served basis, and is limited by one’s seat location on the ferry.
The ferry may be available for some special events. Please contact our Guest Services department at 727-273-6877 for more information.