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Posted October 14, 2021 | 3:46 PM

Cross Bay Ferry Returns to Tampa Bay on Oct. 21

Extended schedule provides service from Wednesday to Sunday, October to May

Tampa and St. Petersburg, Fla., (Oct. 13, 2021) - The Cross Bay Ferry is returning to service in Ta.m.pa Bay beginning Oct. 21. The ferry will provide transportation for the next seven months between downtown Ta.m.pa and downtown St. Petersburg. The ferry's return marks its fifth season of convenient, cost-efficient travel across the bay, helping to relieve traffic congestion on the area's roadways in a fun and entertaining way.

Tickets are available for purchase on the ferry's website or at the dockside ticket booths in Tampa and St. Petersburg.

New Extended Schedule

This year and next, the ferry will offer an extended season, with an additional month of service. It also will have an expanded daily schedule, with later evening runs. Service will begin on Oct. 21 and continue until May 22. Later evening departures will also be available, with final departure times from Tampa as late as 11 p.m. on Friday and Saturday nights.

"Thanks to a great partnership between four local governments, one of the most exciting and reliable ways to travel across Tampa Bay is back," said Matt Miller, HMS Ferries president. "The Cross Bay Ferry offers an incredibly accessible and affordable transportation option between two of the hottest spots in downtown Tampa and downtown St. Pete. What's more, passengers get treated to some amazing views of the bay and both cities."

Docks and Departures

The Cross Bay Ferry will operate from the same terminal locations as last season. In Tampa, the ferry will depart from the dock at the Tampa Convention Center, and in St. Petersburg from the dock at North Straub Park, near the Vinoy Marina.

The schedule includes two departures from each city on Tuesday and Thursday, four departures from each city on Friday and Saturday and three from each on Sunday.

St. Pete Departures Tampa Departures
Weds. & Thurs: 4:45 p.m., 9:30 p.m. Weds. & Thurs: 6:15 p.m., 10:45 p.m.
Fri. & Sat: 10 a.m., 1:30 p.m., 4:45 p.m., 9:45 p.m. Fri. & Sat: 11:30 a.m., 3 p.m., 6:15 p.m., 11 p.m.
Sunday: 11 a.m., 2 p.m., 6 p.m. Sunday: 12:30 p.m., 3:30 p.m., 7:30 p.m.

Ticket Pricing

The price for adults will be the same as last season: $10 one way and $20 round trip for adults; $8 one way and $16 round trip for seniors (65-plus), youths (ages 5 to 18), members of the military (active or retired), and college students; and free service for children age 4 and under. This year, the Cross Bay Ferry will also offer people who use a wheelchair a discounted rate of $5 one way, $10 round trip. Residents and visitors can view the full schedule and purchase tickets online or visit the dockside ticket booths in Tampa and St. Petersburg.

Regional Cooperation

The Cross-Bay Ferry is a regional collaboration between Hillsborough County, Pinellas County, the City of Tampa, and the City of St. Petersburg. Beginning this year, Hillsborough County becomes the lead governmental sponsor, taking the reins from City of St. Petersburg.

"Hillsborough County is proud to take the lead on continuing this unique regional partnership. We are glad to be expanding this popular ferry service while also laying the foundation for permanent ferry service in Tampa Bay," said Hillsborough County Commissioner Pat Kemp. "Together, we are providing residents and visitors with a fast, fun, and affordable way to travel between our communities."

Vessel Information

The ferry vessel, named Provincetown III, is a twin-hull aluminum cataran 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. Customer surveys will also be taken regularly to improve service and gain better insight into how future permanent service can be structured.

For schedules, tickets, and more information visit on the Cross Bay Ferry website.

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