Cross-Bay Ferry Between St Petersburg Florida and Tampa

By Published On: March 7th, 2022

Cross-Bay Ferry Between St Pete and Tampa

Published on 03/07/22: Who is familiar with the Cross-Bay Ferry between Downtown St Pete and Tampa? It exceeded our expectations, and we’ll definitely return. You’ll find some general thoughts on our day trip below! My next post will provide tips and things to do in Tampa, all walkable from the ferry port!

Nice Catamaran with Full Bar

Some use the ferry to avoid traffic. We took it because it’s a boat ride across Tampa Bay that departs an incredible area of downtown St Pete (Beach Drive) and arrives into a great area of Tampa. In between, you’re on a large catamaran with a full bar. Are we in Florida or are we in Florida? 🤷🏼‍♂️ I mean a great perk is no traffic and you have a driver, but still, we did it for the experience and destinations.

The Cross Bay Ferry is setup to be more ‘social’ than we expected. Not simply a water taxi with 15 rows of uncomfortable seats and mere goal of point A to point B. Instead there are tables with comfortable seats around them, encouraging conversation. Our family will bring games next time as the tables make a perfect setup to pass the 50 minute ride. (50 minutes each way)

Cross Bay Ferry Specs

Size and Capacity:

98 foot catamaran and holds 149 passengers!

The Provincetown III is ADA friendly, stroller friendly and has bike racks. Colt even found power outlets to charge his Nintendo Switch. Indoor and outdoor seating is available as well as restrooms. Service animals are allowed.

Coffee, tea, soft drinks & water are avail. Plus beer, wine & limited cocktails. We enjoyed our Bloody Marys! Some basic snacks are avail as well.

Dates of Departure:
Departs Wednesday thru Sunday from Oct 21st thru April 30th. Full schedule: They’re working hard to make the ferry a year round possibility. Hopefully one day!

Adults: $10 one way, $20 round trip. Seniors 65+ and students: $8 one way, $16 round trip. Those in a wheelchair are $5/$10. Children four years old and under are free.

How to Purchase Tickets:
Use or their mobile app. You can also purchase at the ticket window in St. Pete starting 1 hour before first scheduled departure. The Tampa ticket window is manned 30 minutes before first scheduled departure.

Click here for Ferry FAQ’s

Google Reviews: 139 with a 4.5/5 Average

Departure Address: 375 Bayshore Drive NE, St Pete

Arrival Address: 333 S Franklin St, Tampa

Phone: 727-273-6877

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Written by : St Petersburg Realtor, Mike Braswell

Mike Braswell is a Tampa Bay Realtor, serving St Petersburg, Clearwater, all nearby beaches and more. Mike started LovingStPete in October of 2020 after a difficult year took its toll on local businesses. After being cooped up for portions of 2020 (lockdown) Mike and his son decided to get out and explore, helping spread the good word about the local area he loves so much. Often even doing gift card giveaways to support local. LovingStPete is now followed by over 48 thousand people on social media! The majority of posts are informative on fun parks, activities, day trips, great restaurants, and in general provide a comprehensive tour of the area!

Soon after receiving his bachelors in Management Information Systems, Mike developed and then operated a vacation rental advertising business for 10+ years as CEO/Owner. The business was eventually acquired by VRBO. Mike has earned the trust of many large clients over the years. Such as NFL, Wynn Resorts, Blue Cross Blue Shield, VISA, Genuine Parts Company (NAPA Auto Parts), AT&T, and other Fortune 500 companies.

When not spending time with his beautiful wife and energetic son, Mike enjoys boating and is also an avid tennis player. An interesting fact about Mike is that he grew up on an avocado farm with over 15 varieties, some of which you can find in our local Publix/Winn Dixie as his dad still farms the same farm at 87 years old!

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