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More than 8 million passengers ride the Port Aransas and Galveston-Port Bolivar ferries annually. The two routes operate 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, weather permitting.

Port Aransas

The Port Aransas route runs between two and six ferries a day and connects travelers on SH 361 a link across the Corpus Christi Channel between Aransas Pass, on the mainland, and Port Aransas, on Mustang Island. The quarter-mile route typically takes less than ten minutes, although peak summer hours may require drivers to wait longer.

Each ferry can carry up to 20 regular passenger vehicles. Combined vehicles, such as a truck towing a boat, may not be longer than 80 feet, wider than 13 feet or taller than 13 feet 6 inches. Single-axle vehicles may weigh no more than 20,000 pounds, tandem axles no more than 34,000 pounds and combination vehicles may not exceed a total of 80,000 pounds.

For additional information or special needs, please call (361) 749-2850.

Galveston-Port Bolivar

The Galveston-Port Bolivar ferry takes travelers on SH 87 between Galveston Island and the Bolivar Peninsula.

Galveston Ferry
1000 Ferry Road N.
Galveston, TX 77550

Port Bolivar Ferry
123 SH 87
Port Bolivar, TX 77650

Day Schedule

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.

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.

To view current ferry wait times and live cameras, visit the Houston Transtar website. To receive updates and the latest news regarding the ferry, follow Galveston Ferry on Twitter.

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

Night Schedule

Departs Galveston   Departs Bolivar  
No. 1 Ferry No. 2 Ferry No. 1 Ferry No. 2 Ferry
12 a.m.   12:30 a.m.  
1 a.m.   1:30 a.m.  
2 a.m.   2:20 a.m.  
3:05 a.m.   3:30 a.m.  
4 a.m.   4:20 a.m.  
5 a.m.   5:30 a.m.  
6 a.m.  6:30 a.m. 6:30 a.m.  7 a.m.



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