Galveston Ferry

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GALVESTON Ferry

Galveston Bolivar Ferry

The Galveston ferry is the bridge between two segments of State Highway 87. South of IH-10, State Highway 87 is the only highway around Galveston Bay. The free ferry service provided by the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) is the only way motorists can cross the waterway between Bolivar Peninsula and Galveston Island.

The  Galveston Bolivar ferry ride is free and there are excellent ferry deck hands to guide both individuals and vehicles easily and smoothly on and off the ferry.

Galveston Ferry

A fun thing for families to do is park their vehicles in the nearby lot and walk aboard the ferry and enjoy the 2.7 mile, approximately 20 minute ride each way from the east end of Galveston Island to the Bolivar Peninsula and back. Along the route visitors can enjoy excellent views of the harbor and the City of Galveston. Visitors also enjoy feeding the seagulls from the rear of the ferry. Be sure to bring along some bread scrapes for them to snatch up.

One vessel is in operation 24 hours per day. A second vessel will be placed in service at 6:30 a.m. 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 in necessary. Up to five vessels may be operated for summer and holiday traffic.

Galveston Ferry

Galveston Bolivar Ferry

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.

For additional information or special needs, please call (409) 795-2230.

Directions to the Ferry:

Come south out of Houston on Interstate 45. Stay on it. After you cross the causeway to Galveston Island at mile marker “0” the highway turns into Broadway. Continue on Broadway and as you move East on the island you will observe signs directing you to the ferry landing.

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