Ferries to St. John

Centrally located between St. Thomas and the British Virgin Islands, St. John has become a well traveled ferry route for anyone exploring the island chain

Photo credit: © John Grana

St. John is best reached by ferry. The extensive ferry routes that come into Cruz Bay make this island well connected with the rest of the Virgin Islands. Any traveler hoping to island hop will be pleased to know that St. John's ferry offerings make it very easy.

Riding the Ferries

After arriving on St. Thomas via Cyril E King Airport, most tourists then take a taxi to the Red Hook Ferry Terminal for between $11 and $15(USD). This is where the most ferry services to St. John are available, including the shortest route which is just a seven to 10 minute trip operated jointly by Varlack Ventures and Transportation Services.  Having launched in June of 2014 it is the most recent offering in Pilsbury Sound.  Three of the ferries that take off from Red Hook are car barges, so you can rent a car on St. Thomas and take it with you to St. John if the agency allows this (though it is rare). Rates for these ferries range from $6(USD) per person one way to $50(USD) for a group with a vehicle one way.

There is also one regular ferry option from the Charlotte Amalie Ferry Terminal. The trip from Charlotte Amalie to St. John is 45 minutes long and costs $12(USD) one way.

Ferries typically arrive at the cruise terminal in Cruz Bay, which is the largest town on the island, however, Boyson's Car Barge docks at Enighed Pond.

Familiarize yourself with the choices for water transportation below.

Ferry Docks
Name Location
Caneel Dock Caneel Bay Resort - Caneel Bay
Cruz Bay Barge Dock Cruz Bay
Cruz Bay Ferry Dock Prince Street - Downtown Cruz Bay
Moorehead Marine Facility Cruz Bay
Westin Dock The Westin St. John Resort - Cruz Bay

You may have noticed that the ferry routes are not limited to the US Virgin Islands; there are a few routes that go to the British Virgin Islands as well. Routes to places like Tortola, Jost Van Dyke, and Anegada allow tourist to fully explore what this island chain has to offer. If you do end up traveling between the US and British islands, just make sure you bring a passport with you.

Ferry Routes, St. John
Location Served Dock A Dock B Company Frequency
Charlotte Amalie Cruz Bay Ferry Dock Charlotte Amalie Ferry Terminal Boyson's Car Barge many times per day
Charlotte Amalie Westin Dock Crown Bay Ferry Docks Westin Ferry Service several times per day
Cruz Bay Jost Van Dyke Ferry Dock Cruz Bay Ferry Dock Inter Island Boat Services 5 to 6 days per week
Cruz Bay Red Hook Ferry Terminal Cruz Bay Ferry Dock Global Marine's Tug Life many times per day
Cruz Bay Red Hook Ferry Terminal Westin Dock Westin Ferry Service many times per day
Cruz Bay Road Town Jetty Cruz Bay Ferry Dock Inter Island Boat Services 1 to 2 days per week
Cruz Bay Setting Point Ferry Dock Cruz Bay Ferry Dock Inter Island Boat Services occasionally
Cruz Bay West End Ferry Terminal Cruz Bay Ferry Dock Inter Island Boat Services several times per day
Red Hook Cruz Bay Ferry Dock Red Hook Ferry Terminal Inter Island Boat Services many times per day

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