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Galveston - Port Bolivar Ferry

502 Ferry Road, Galveston, Texas USA

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“one of the busiest waterways in the world”

The 2.7 mile trip takes approximately 18 minutes to cross one of the busiest waterways in the world. Through the Bolivar Roads Channel flows the commerce of the Port of Houston, the nations largest inland port, as well as other Galveston and Trinity Bay communities. Approximately 7,000 ships visit the Port of Houston each year. The ferry operation consists of five boats, each of which can carry approximately 70 vehicles, 500 passengers and six crewmembers. Each ferry is capable of carrying eight 18-wheel trucks weighing 80,000 pounds each. All of the boats are double-ended with a pilothouse on each end, and the Captain changes from one pilothouse to the other to go in the opposite direction.

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July 16, 2014

Saw a lot of dolphins and it is free!

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December 16, 2021
Rated 5.0

The connection between Route 87 at Port Bolivar and Galveston. Very efficient, frequent runs and a quick trip. Wait times were very short. A really nice ride!

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March 22, 2021
Rated 4.0

Gave is a 4 over a 3 because it was free. This town is cute. Its very much a mini Key West but without the beautiful water. The colors, styles, etc all make it feel like a beach town. We enjoyed the ferry. We chose to avoid the long vehicle line and parked to take the ferry as passengers. Its quick. About 20 minutes each way. You will pass a WWII ship, a shipwreck, and many wildlife (birds, fish, dolphins) on your trip.

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July 06, 2016
Rated 2.0

Great trip across. Great for adults and kids, We saw no less then 10 dolphins. No line to get to the other side. Trying get back though took almost 1:30 sitting in line.

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Galveston - Port Bolivar Ferry

502 Ferry Road
Galveston, Texas


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  • Sun - Sat: 12:00 am - 11:59 pm

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