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Take a Ride on the Ferry

By October 26, 2020July 14th, 2023No Comments


Drive down to the Ferry landing and park your car, for a ride across the Galveston Bay.  Don’t forget to bring a loaf of bread for feeding the birds and binoculars for watching the dolphins. When you get to the Galveston side, stay on board and return to Bolivar.

Galveston-Port Bolivar

The Galveston-Port Bolivar ferry takes travelers on SH 87 between Galveston Island and the Bolivar Peninsula.  One vessel is in operation 24 hours per day.  A second vessel will be placed in service at 6:30 am. After this departure, the two vessels will operate based on traffic volumes, and will space themselves to carry traffic as efficiently and safely as possible. A third vessel will be placed in service during the afternoon period if necessary. Up to five vessels may be in operation for summer and holiday traffic.

Vehicles should not exceed 80,000 pounds, may have a maximum length of 65 feet, a maximum height of 13.5 feet and a maximum width of 8.5 feet.

Tips for the Ferry:

  • NEVER CUT IN LINE! It is illegal and you may receive a citation and/or be sent to end of the line.
  • Take a “ferry box” with you. Include snacks, drinks, something to read or an ipad for the kids.  The wait can sometimes be very long.
  • Take a loaf of bread or crackers with you to feed the seagulls during the ride. REMEMBER, you can only feed the seagulls from the back of the boat.
  • AVOID THE WAIT! If you are spending the day in Galveston, call a taxi to pick you up at the ferry landing on the Galveston side.
  • Call the ferry ahead of time to determine how many boats are running and what the estimated wait time will be.