The St. Petersburg Ferry Terminal is located on Bayshore Drive NE, between 2nd Ave North & 5th Ave N across from North Straub Park and just south of the Vinoy Hotel.
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, which a patron can use upon exiting the Sundial Garage to get free parking for that day. There are also several other garages and 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.
St. Petersburg Transit Connections
The St. Petersburg Ferry Terminal is served by two transit lines and bike share service.
The Looper Trolley is available throughout the downtown and has a stop in the 100 block of 1st Avenue North at the Sundial Garage where there are 1,295 parking spaces and 26 designated accessible spaces. The Looper Trolley is accessible to persons with disabilities and there is no fee for anyone to ride. The Looper Trolley has a stop directly in front of the Ferry Terminal. Service hours for the Looper Trolley are 7am-10pm Monday through Thursday, 7am-midnight Fridays and Saturdays, and 8am-10pm Sundays. Route and schedule information can be accessed at http://www.discoverdowntown.com/.
The Central Avenue Trolley runs from the St. Petersburg’s Downtown Waterfront at 2nd Avenue NE and Bayshore Drive, and along the unique and popular Central Avenue to St. Pete Beach and Pass-A-Grille. It operates daily between 6 a.m. and at least 11 p.m. Its frequency varies depending upon the time of day. Go to http://psta.net/busschedules.php for more detailed schedule information.
Coast Bike Share also operates a bike-share program in St. Petersburg with a hub located at the St. Petersburg Ferry Terminal site and other locations around Downtown. Coast members enjoy reciprocity with the bike-share program in Tampa and are encouraged to use their membership on both sides of their ferry trip. Go to http://coaststpete.com/ for more information on station locations and membership pricing.
Due to construction at the St. Pete Pier, the intersection of 2nd Ave. NE and Bayshore Dr. is closed. Motorists intending to park or drop off passengers at the ferry terminal should plan to arrive via 4th Ave. NE or Central Ave. and follow the signed detours to approach the Ferry on Bayshore Dr. from 5th Ave. N.
TAMPA CONVENTION CENTER
The Tampa Ferry Terminal is located on the waterside of the Tampa Convention Center, just west of the Sail Restaurant and Franklin Street.
There are three public parking garages within a five minute walk of the Tampa Ferry Terminal. These include the Tampa Convention Center Garage, the Amelia 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.
Transit service is provided by the TECO Streetcar during all ferry operating hours. There is a streetcar station on Franklin Street a few hundred feet just east of the Tampa Terminal. The streetcar operates every 15 minutes during all ferry operating hours. It is a free service. The streetcar line connects to Amalie Arena, Sparkman Wharf, the Florida Aquarium, and Ybor City. Go to http://www.tecolinestreetcar.org/#/home#cs3 to learn more about the streetcar service.
Coast Bike Share operates a bike share program with a stand located at the Tampa Ferry Terminal. There are 300 bikes and 40 hubs including one across the street from the dock. Go to http://coastbikeshare.com/ for more information.
Water Taxi Service
The Tampa Pirate Water Taxi station is right next to the Tampa Terminal. It provides a unique local water transit connection through a scheduled water taxi service that operates between the Hillsborough County History Center and Rick’s on the River. Fares are $20 for adults and $10 for children for an all-day pass. Go to www.piratewatertaxi.com for more information.
The Tampa Water Taxi Company also offers private water taxi service, include tours and specialized service. Go to www.watertaxitampa.com for more information.