Starting October 15th, you can purchase tickets to travel on the brand new "Cross-Bay Ferry" from the St. Pete River Basin to the Tampa Riverwalk.
The new ferry service, designed for day-tripping locals, sports fans and tourists, will begin on November 4th.
There is an exciting list of events surrounding the launch of the new ferry service.
- October 15: Projected date for commencement of online ticket sales.
- Late October: Vessel scheduled to arrive in Tampa Bay, subject to weather and transportation schedules.
- Early November: Inaugural VIP launch trip and scheduled Friday/Saturday/Sunday service begins for the public on November 4 – designed for day-tripping locals, sports fans and tourists.
- November 3 – November 18: Community and business organizations can experience the boat Mondays-Fridays through a series of pre-scheduled “Test the Waters” excursions. For organizations interested in special events or “Test the Waters” excursions, please go to CrossBayFerry.com.
- Thanksgiving Week (Mon.-Wed.): Free “Test the Waters” events for the general public.
- Week of November 28: Weekday service commences with Monday-Thursday commuter service and mid-day service for recreational and tourist trips.
- December: Corporations and 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.
How much will the ferry service cost?
Ticket prices will likely begin at $10 per one-way trip, with special discounts for regular commuters and tickets will be available for purchase online. Visit the website here: http://crossbayferry.com/
What about the ferry itself?
It is a 55-foot catamaran that can accommodate up to 149 passengers for the approximately 50-minute voyage between the cities.
Where will the ferry dock?
St. Petersburg yacht basin along Bay Shore Drive NE
Tampa Convention Center along the Riverwalk
The ferry will operate as a six month pilot program. If the ferry is a hit, it could stay in the Tampa area, but would only operate six months out of a year -- from November to April.