Ferries to Philipsburg

Sail the seas and discover why ferries are important in Philipsburg

St. Maarten, like many of the smaller islands of the Caribbean, ferries are as normal as a public bus system in large cities in the United States.  They offer an inexpensive and enjoyable form of transportation while allowing you to avoid the more mundane, often busier, ways of getting around.  Philipsburg has the benefit of hosting direct service to two nearby islands, allowing you to enjoy a couple of hours on the water, and to experience another country -- all at a very reasonable cost.

Riding the Ferries

From Dock Maarten in Philipsburg, there are several different ferry services for tourists to take advantage of, each with a distinct destination in mind.  One is a local option that offers something akin to a taxi ride between two towns in Sint Maarten, another travels to Anguilla, a third goes to Saba, and the other offers daily trips St. Barthelemy.  

Familiarize yourself with the choices for water transportation below.

Ferry Docks
Name Location
Captain Hodge Wharf Philipsburg
Philipsburg Ferry Dock Philipsburg
Philpsburg Cruise Port Ferry Dock 0.6 mi. (1.0 km) South of Philipsburg

Water Taxi

For a mere $7 per person or $14(USD) for unlimited trips during the day, you can hop on a ferry that travels between the ferry terminal in Philipsburg and the Great Bay Boardwalk.  The water taxi leaves every five to ten minutes.

Saba C Transport

You can also travel between Philipsburg and Fort Bay, Saba several times a week with Saba C-Transport.  Their vessel is an aluminum mono-hull called the Dawn II which is air conditioned and can carry up to 50 passengers at one time. Although the schedule is subject to change, the ferry typically leaves from Saba at 7:00 a.m. on Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays, then makes the return trip that day at 4:30 p.m.  The crossing takes 90 minutes and round trip rates are $100 for an adult and $50 for children.

Great Bay Express

The ferry that travels between Philipsburg and St. Barths is called Great Bay Express, and there are several crossings a day.  It takes about 45 minutes and during that time, travelers are welcome to drink free soda and water as they watch TV or hang out on the upper deck taking in the sights. For this service, you pay $85 one way or $124 round trip for an adult and $52 one way or $59(USD) round trip for a child.  There are also special rates for those making a day trip, costing adults just $80 and children $46(USD).  The ferry leaves from St. Maarten daily at 7:15 a.m., 9:30 a.m., and 5:30 p.m., except on Sunday when the first trip of the day is canceled.  The return trip from St. Barths is at 8:15 a.m., 10:30 a.m., and 6:30 p.m. 

Ferry Routes, Philipsburg
Location Served Dock A Dock B Company Frequency
Anguilla Philipsburg Ferry Dock Blowing Point Ferry Terminal several times per day
Gustavia Philipsburg Ferry Dock Gustavia Ferry Port Great Bay Express at least daily
Philipsburg Philpsburg Cruise Port Ferry Dock Philipsburg Ferry Dock Sint Maarten Water Taxi many times per day
Saba Philipsburg Ferry Dock Fort Bay Ferry Terminal Saba C Transport 3 to 4 days per week

Whether you have plans to do some day tripping to the nearby islands of Anguilla and St. Barths, or you just want to avoid traffic on land, head down to the ferry terminal and let a boat provide you with a fun and unique way to travel.


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