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Galveston - Port Bolivar Ferry

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Free , reliable, and convenient way to get to bolivar peninsula or Galveston

This free ferry operated by Texas DOT runs every day of the year at all hours , even in the dead of... read more

Reviewed yesterday
Houston, Texas
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Esay free ride

We checked the ferry schedule and got to it about 10 minutes before it was leaving. Got in a short... read more

Reviewed yesterday
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  • Average5%
  • Poor1%
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502 Ferry Rd, Galveston, Galveston Island, TX 77550-3146
+1 361-749-2850
Most Helpful Positive Review
Reviewed June 17, 2012

I found it off that to enter Galveston via ferry there were RANDOM SECURITY CHECKS. What's up with that?

12  Thank WalterB220
Most Helpful Critical Review
Reviewed July 28, 2013 via mobile

I waited in line for over an hour and people are cutting line left and right and no one does anything about it. What are the cops being paid for? And, TXDOT doesn't have an outlet for filing a complaint.

9  Thank Randomnam
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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

This free ferry operated by Texas DOT runs every day of the year at all hours , even in the dead of night. They always have one ferry in service and maybe two depending on loading, time of year, etc. It’s very efficient in terms...More

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Reviewed yesterday

We checked the ferry schedule and got to it about 10 minutes before it was leaving. Got in a short line of cars and were on the way quickly. It was a beautiful trip watching lots of dolphins along the way

Thank TimBattleGroundWa
Reviewed 2 days ago

It's FREE - and it's a very well run operation. If you're traveling east from anywhere south of Houston, it's a great way to avoid that horrendous traffic. If you're visiting Galveston, it's a fun ride across the channel and back that kids and adults...More

Thank DayTrip393091
Reviewed 6 days ago

Okay so you want to see what across the water, Port Bolivar, well plan on taking the ferry. But unlike any other ferry I've ever been on, its FREE, no charge, nada. And its so fun to drive you can onto the ferry then get...More

Thank g3658555
Reviewed 1 week ago

We took the ferry so we didn't have to do the causeway up to I-10 and deal with traffic of Houston. It was a lovely ride across to Bolivar Peninsula and then driving right along the beach NE to Beaumont Texas and I-10.

Thank sassyhavingfun
Reviewed 1 week ago

Granted, this is a ferry that takes you from Galveston Island to Bolivar Island. However, it is a free 20 minute ride across the channel that allows you to get out and watch the tankers or cruise ships line up to navigate up the Houston...More

2  Thank Traveling007Texan
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We drove onto the ferry and enjoyed the 20 minute ride across to Bolivar island and 20 minute return trip after we explored the island by car. As the ferry is underway you are free to exit your vehicle and walk around the ship. The...More

Thank CCSWebWeaver
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Taking advise from folks on the beach, we decided to take the free ferry from Galveston Island to Port Bolivar. You get to see the harbor and the power of crude oil, dozens of tankers waiting to onload refined products. You'll see lots of dolphins...More

Thank Ken B
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We had a nice ride on the East bound ferry. We spent most of the day @ Galveston but did not have to wait much. No problem with our 1 ton 12 passenger van. We saw a few dolphin & visited with some other riders....More

Thank 98mathewg
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Had time to waste and was looking for some shore/bay fishing spots. There's a very easy free access parking area right next to the Bolivar exit and more near by.

Thank djohns
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Kyle W
August 22, 2018|
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Response from GlennaBAustin | Reviewed this property |
You pay only with minutes of your life you will never get back. There is a website where you can see how long the wait is.
Shirley D
August 19, 2018|
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Response from Nidia N | Reviewed this property |
The ferry operation consists of multiple boats, each of which can carry approximately 70 vehicles. 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... More
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August 11, 2018|
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Response from Dennis B | Reviewed this property |
The ferry transports you from the Bolivar Peninsula to Galveston Island and back. There is only the one route. Three ferries operate at peak hours, with just one during off peak times. The dolphins are on their own... More