The USVI Ferries

Take advantage of local ferries - they're the only way to see all of the Virgin Islands

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In the Virgin Islands, ferries are the most valuable resource for getting around. They connect the British islands with their U.S.-owned counterparts and are often the only way to reach some of the smallest islands. Fortunately, ferry travel isn't terribly expensive, and the opportunity for riders to enjoy the beautiful water and warm sunshine makes it one of the most pleasurable ways to sight-see.

The island's ferries are very reliable, making them a favorite choice of vacationers and locals alike. Travelers who plan on taking advantage of the ferry service without making reservations in advance, however, are advised to contact their ferry line of choice to ensure the standard schedule is still valid.

Riding the Ferries

Rates, of course, will vary according to the ferry line, but a general rule of thumb is that the price of the ride will depend on how far you are traveling. For example, a ferry from Cruz Bay, St. John to Red Hook, St. Thomas should cost less than $5(USD) each way. Those traveling from Cruz Bay to Charlotte Amalie, St. Thomas, however, should anticipate spending approximately $10(USD) each way per person. Longer trips may cost as much as $45(USD). All ferries offer reduced rates for children 3 to 11, and some offer discounts for senior citizens.

Make finding water transportation easy by browsing the selection of ferry services below.

Ferry Docks
Name Phone Location Island
Caneel Dock -- Caneel Bay Resort - Caneel Bay St. John
Charlotte Amalie Ferry Terminal (340) 774-2250 Charlotte Amalie St. Thomas
Charlotte Amalie Waterfront Docks (340) 774-1629 Downtown Charlotte Amalie St. Thomas
Christiansted Ferry Dock -- Christiansted St. Croix
Crown Bay Ferry Docks -- The vicinity of Charlotte Amalie St. Thomas
Cruz Bay Barge Dock -- Cruz Bay St. John
Cruz Bay Ferry Dock -- Prince Street - Downtown Cruz Bay St. John
Frenchman's Reef Ferry Terminal (340) 776-8500 The vicinity of Charlotte Amalie St. Thomas
Hotel on the Cay Ferry Dock (340) 773-2035 Downtown Christiansted St. Croix
Moorehead Marine Facility -- Cruz Bay St. John
Phillips' Landing -- Water Island Water Island
Red Hook Ferry Terminal (340) 774-1629 Red Hook St. Thomas
Vessup Bay Dock -- Red Hook St. Thomas
Westin Dock -- The Westin St. John Resort - Cruz Bay St. John
Ferry Routes, the USVI
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 Frenchman's Reef Ferry Terminal Charlotte Amalie Waterfront Docks Frenchman's Reef Ferry many times per day
Charlotte Amalie Peter Island Dock Charlotte Amalie Ferry Terminal Peter Island Ferry Service 7 days per week
Charlotte Amalie Phillips' Landing Crown Bay Ferry Docks Water Island Ferry many times per day
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 Virgin Gorda Ferry Docks Crown Bay Ferry Docks Speedy's Ferry Service 3 to 4 days per week
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
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
Fajardo Charlotte Amalie Ferry Terminal Fajardo Ferry Dock Transportation Services occasionally
Red Hook Cruz Bay Ferry Dock Red Hook Ferry Terminal Inter Island Boat Services many times per day
Red Hook Jost Van Dyke Ferry Dock Red Hook Ferry Terminal Inter Island Boat Services 5 to 6 days per week
Red Hook Road Town Jetty Red Hook Ferry Terminal Inter Island Boat Services 1 to 2 days per week
Red Hook Setting Point Ferry Dock Red Hook Ferry Terminal Inter Island Boat Services several times per day
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
Spanish Town Crown Bay Ferry Docks Virgin Gorda Ferry Docks Speedy's Ferry Service 1 to 2 days per week

If you are looking for a way to move around the islands, ferries may be the best option for you. As you can see there are many options, including international ones. These low-cost opportunities allow you to see more of the Caribbean on one trip, and are allows you to spend some time on the water. It may not be the quickest option, but it is definitely one of the most iconic features of the US Virgin Islands.

 

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