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Timely, efficient, and at no fees to ride.

The ferry is an efficient way to travel. This ferry does not charge to cross the James River. We... read more

Reviewed yesterday
lynnsea
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mansfield texas
Relax and enjoy the ride

The ferry is free! Run by VDOT, it travels between Jamestown and Southside Virginia on a regular... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
499larryr
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Providence Forge, Virginia
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Reviewed yesterday

The ferry is an efficient way to travel. This ferry does not charge to cross the James River. We used it throughout our stay in Virginia to get to Colonial Williamsburg and Jamestown.

Thank lynnsea
Reviewed 1 week ago

A neat little ferry. It may be faster to take the ferry than drive depending on where you live. I used to like feeding the birds, but that seems to annoy the other drivers. Beautiful views.

Thank Charles B
Reviewed 1 week ago

The ferry is free! Run by VDOT, it travels between Jamestown and Southside Virginia on a regular schedule. If you want to get to that part of Virginia south of the James River, this is the best way to travel. It leaves Jamestown near the...More

Thank 499larryr
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

A free ride to save two hours. What couldn’t be better. Ferries are large enough one doesn’t get sea sick but small enough they can load and unload quickly. The front of the ship has a bunch of seagulls that ride from side to side...More

1  Thank CalvertHiker
Reviewed 1 week ago

The ferry is clean, efficient and a fun way to cross the river. Depending upon when you cross, you may need to wait in line, especially at commuter hours; however, if you travel during off hours, it is super quick. We cross with our bikes...More

Thank DoingWhatWeLove
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We took this ferry across, back and across again over two days. Loved it! The people was nice, the wait short and the ride smooth.

1  Thank L0rraine_112
Reviewed September 17, 2018

Crossing the James River by ferry is wonderful, and it's free! Very relaxing way to get to your destination.

Thank 11Limited
Reviewed September 16, 2018 via mobile

It’s a great way to cross the James River. There’s no charge for this and it takes about 30-45 minutes depending on the line. Make sure to get out and enjoy the wind in your face. We crossed from Surry to Jamestown and then continued...More

Thank Karen G
Reviewed August 27, 2018

Great way to travel round trip from Williamsburg to Surry. Great views of Jamestown and the James River. FREE! Operated by VDOT. Runs 24 hours a day. It is important to check the Ferry website and timetables for appropriate planning. Wait times in the summer...More

1  Thank pearx4
Reviewed August 22, 2018

We started our vacation by taking route 460 stopping at a train museum in Crewe then a great ride on the Jamestown-Scotland Ferry to Jamestown. My parents and sister had never been on a ferry and they loved it. More things checked off their bucket...More

1  Thank LMiller65
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Shirley S
May 12, 2018|
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Response from FLworldwanderer | Reviewed this property |
Depends on which direction you are driving, and what side of the river you are on. If you are in Jamestown, then find Route 31 (Jamestown Road) and drive south to the James River. Look for posted signs. If you are in... More
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upliftingpastor
November 8, 2017|
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Response from Cathy K | Reviewed this property |
On the Jamestown side, you can see the ships in dock at Jamestown. On the trip across the river, you can see Eagles, Osprey, ships, tug boats, and barges. You may also see boaters and water skiers in the summer. On the Surry... More
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Shirley S
January 18, 2017|
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Response from Cathy K | Reviewed this property |
The ferry runs 24-hours a day, 7 days a week. There is a ferry every 20 minutes in the morning rush hours. They may reduce to 2 ferries crossing during the daytime, then 3 at afternoon rush hour. depends on the time of... More
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