Tortola Ferries

Tortola's visitors will enjoy ferries as a main source of transportation

Offering a handful of routes that traverse both the American and British Virgin Islands, the Tortola ferries give visitors plenty of options in planning their perfect vacation. Shopping on St. Thomas, hiking on St. John, and the beaches of Virgin Gorda are just a ferry ride away when you are on Tortola.

Riding the Ferries

Tourists who initially fly into the Cyril E King Airport on have another option available to them. Instead of flying to Beef Island, they can take a ferry directly to Tortola. Ferries leave from Charlotte Amalie, St. Thomas at regular intervals each day, and arrive either at the main ferry dock in Road Town, or further south in West End. The trip, provided by Road Town Fast Ferry, Smith's Ferry, or Speedy's Ferry Service, takes between 45 and 70 minutes, and costs around $35(USD) for a one way adult ticket. The low cost and reasonable time the transport time makes taking a ferry to Tortola a common choice.

Tourists who will be taking a ferry to the island should always be sure that they have coordinated their plane's arrival so that they have plenty of time to make it to the ferry dock in Charlotte Amalie before the last ferry of the day leaves. This will ensure that a night spent on St. Thomas will not become necessary. Additionally, have $6 or $7(USD) per person on hand to cover the cost of the taxi to the ferry dock.

Check the following chart for ferry details.

Ferry Docks
Name Phone Location Island
Beef Island Ferry Dock -- Trellis Bay - Beef Island Beef Island
Marina Cay Ferry Dock -- Marina Cay Marina Cay
NSX Beef Island Dock (284) 495-2138 Beef Island Beef Island
Road Town Jetty (284) 494-2323 Waterfront Drive - Road Town Tortola
Scrub Island Ferry Dock (877) 890-7444 Scrub Island Scrub Island
West End Ferry Terminal -- 6.2 mi. (9.9 km) West-Southwest of Road Town Tortola

A hub of ferry routes in the British Virgin Islands, visitors will find the convenience of the ferries hard to pass up. On top of this, the cost is quite comprable to air travel, which can be overwhelming to arrange for so many. Keep this very important option in mind as you make travel arrangements for time spent on Tortola and you may find it to be the best way for you to get around.

Ferry Routes, Tortola
Location Served Dock A Dock B Company Frequency
Charlotte Amalie Road Town Jetty Charlotte Amalie Ferry Terminal Native Son Ferry several times per day
Charlotte Amalie Road Town Jetty Smith's Ferry USVI Smith's Ferry several times per day
Charlotte Amalie West End Ferry Terminal Charlotte Amalie Ferry Terminal Native Son Ferry several times per day
Charlotte Amalie West End Ferry Terminal Smith's Ferry USVI Smith's Ferry several times per day
Cruz Bay Road Town Jetty Cruz Bay Ferry Dock Inter Island Boat Services 1 to 2 days per week
Cruz Bay West End Ferry Terminal Cruz Bay Ferry Dock Inter Island Boat Services several times per day
Jost Van Dyke West End Ferry Terminal Jost Van Dyke Ferry Dock New Horizon Ferry Service several times per day
Red Hook Road Town Jetty Red Hook Ferry Terminal Inter Island Boat Services 1 to 2 days per week
Red Hook West End Ferry Terminal Red Hook Ferry Terminal Inter Island Boat Services 7 days per week
Road Town Crown Bay Ferry Docks Road Town Jetty Road Town Fast Ferry 1 to 2 days per week
Road Town Setting Point Ferry Dock Road Town Jetty Smith's Ferry 3 to 4 days per week
Road Town West End Ferry Terminal Road Town Jetty Smith's Ferry several times per day
Spanish Town NSX Beef Island Dock Virgin Gorda Ferry Docks North Sound Express several times per day
Spanish Town Road Town Jetty Virgin Gorda Ferry Docks Speedy's Ferry Service many times per day
Virgin Gorda NSX Beef Island Dock Bitter End Ferry Dock North Sound Express several times per day
Virgin Gorda NSX Beef Island Dock NSX North Sound Ferry Dock North Sound Express several times per day
the BVI Marina Cay Ferry Dock Beef Island Ferry Dock Pusser's Ferry Service many times per day
the BVI Scrub Island Ferry Dock Beef Island Ferry Dock Scrub Island Ferry many times per day
 

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