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Cross-Bay Ferry Launches Sixth Season from Tampa Convention Center

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By Kirstin Albert, Communications Coordinator - Tampa Convention Center

The Cross-Bay Ferry began its sixth season of operations across Tampa Bay on Wednesday, Oct. 19, 2022. The ferry departs from the dock outside Tampa Convention Center in downtown Tampa. It provides a convenient, scenic, and traffic-free route for guests of the Tampa Convention Center, connecting them directly to downtown St. Petersburg. It transports riders to North Straub Park in Saint Petersburg, near the Vinoy Marina. 

“The Cross-Bay Ferry offers a uniquely accessible and affordable transportation option between downtown Tampa and downtown St. Pete, providing local residents and visitors with a commuting option that includes incredible views of the bay and surrounding skylines,”  said Matt Miller, President, HMS Ferries.

Tickets are now available for purchase online at thecrossbayferry.com or at dockside ticket booths in Tampa (outside Tampa Convention Center) and St. Petersburg.

Adult ticket prices for the ferry will now be $12 per one-way trip. All other tickets will remain at the same price as the 2021-22 season: $8 one-way and $16 roundtrip for seniors (65-plus), children (ages 5 to 18), members of the military (active or retired), and college students. The service remains free for children aged 4 and under. People using a wheelchair will continue to benefit from a discounted rate of $5 one-way and $10 roundtrip.

The ferry season runs through May. First departures from St. Petersburg will start at 4:45 p.m. on Wednesdays and Thursdays, 10 a.m. on Fridays, 10 a.m. on Saturdays, and 11 a.m. on Sundays. Final departures from Tampa will be at 10:45 p.m. on Wednesdays and Thursdays, 11 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays, and 7:30 p.m. on Sundays. 

The Cross-Bay Ferry just had its most successful season yet, with a record-breaking 62,130 riders from October 2021 to May 2022, an increase of 10,000 more people compared to its previous record. 

Local leaders are working to build the ferry into a long-term local transportation resource that will significantly relieve roadway congestion, boost commerce to local businesses, and provide a fast, fun, and affordable way to travel. 

For schedules, tickets, and more information on the Cross-Bay Ferry, visit thecrossbayferry.com.