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Q How do I contact the ferry companies?
Q Are the ferries reliable?
Schedules
Q The schedules are confusing. How do I work out which ferry to take?
Q Some schedules show two different times. What does that mean?
Q My flight arrives into St Thomas (STT) at 15:30. Will I have enough time to make the last ferry to the BVI?
Q My flight arrives into St Thomas (STT) after the last ferry departs. What do I do?
Routes
Q Do the ferries go direct or do they stop off at another dock/island en route?
Q I'm travelling to the BVI from St Thomas. Do I need to take the ferry from Charlotte Amalie or Red Hook?
Q I'm travelling from St Thomas to Tortola. Do I take a ferry to West End or Road Town?
Q I've noticed there are two 'fast' ferries: Road Town Fast Ferry and Tortola Fast Ferry. Are they one and the same company?
Q Why do all ferries travelling from the BVI to Red Hook (St Thomas) stop at Cruz Bay (St John)?
Q I want to travel between Tortola-St John but the schedule only lists one ferry service. Do any other ferries travel between these two islands?
Q How long is the ferry ride?
Q I want to travel from St Thomas to Virgin Gorda but the ferry only goes on Tues/Thurs. How do I get there on other days of the week?
Q I'm flying into Tortola (EIS) and my final destination is Virgin Gorda. Do I take the North Sound Ferry from Trellis Bay or do I take a taxi to Road Town and take a ferry from there?
Q I'm flying into Tortola (EIS) and my final destination is Jost van Dyke. How do I get there?
Q Do ferries run to Cooper Island?
Tickets
Q Do I need to make reservations?
Q What is the cost of the ferry?
Q Do the ferry companies accept credit card?
Q Do I have to pay departure tax?
Q Do I purchase single (one-way) or return (round-trip) tickets?
Ferry Docks
Q Where is the ferry dock?
Q How long will it take to get to the ferry dock?
Q Is there a car park near the ferry dock?
Q Is there a bar/restaurant near the ferry dock?
Q Are taxis available at the ferry docks?
Q Can I rent a jeep at the ferry dock?
Documentation
Q How long will it take me to go through customs and immigration?
Q I am a US citizen and will be staying in the USVI but would like to take a day trip to the BVI. Do I need a passport?
Q I am staying in the BVI. Do I require a passport to visit the USVI?
Q I am staying in the BVI and plan to take a day trip to Anegada/Jost van Dyke/Virgin Gorda etc. Do I need a passport to travel from one British Virgin Island to another?
  Marina Cay, BVI Peter Island ferry Ferry in Sir Francis Drake Channel, British Virgin Islands (BVI)  
How do I contact the ferry companies?
Contact information for ferry companies serving the British Virgin Islands is listed below:
Bitter End
Tel: (284) 494-2746

Inter-Island Boat Services
Tel: (284) 495-4166 (Tortola)
(340) 776-6597 (St John)

Native Son Inc
Tel: (284) 495-4617 (Tortola)
(340) 774-8685 (Charlotte Amalie)
(340) 775 3111 (Red Hook)

New Horizon Ferry Service
Tel: (284) 495-9278 / (284) 495-9477
North Sound Express (NSX)
Tel: (284) 495-2138

Pusser's
Tel: (284) 494-2174
email: marinacay@pussers.com

Road Town Fast Ferry
Tel: (284) 494-2323 (Tortola)
(340) 777-2800 (St Thomas)
email: roadtownfastferry@hotmail.com

Smith's Ferry
Tel: (284) 494-4454/495-4495
email: magicplace@hotmail.com
Speedy's
Tel: (284) 495-5240
(284) 495-5235
(284) 495-5779
email: speedysbvi@surfbvi.com

Saba Rock
Tel: (284) 495-7711

Transportation Services
Tel: (340) 776-6282

Varlack Ventures Inc
Tel: (340) 776-6412
email: info@varlack_ventures.com
Are the ferries reliable?
On the whole, yes, they are reliable. However, it is advisable to contact the ferry company a few days before your intended travel dates as schedules can change at short notice.
The schedules are confusing. How do I work out which ferry to take?
- Check the schedule that lists your route.
- Check what day you are travelling. Some ferries only run on certain days of the week.
- Look at the times to see which is most convenient.

NB: If there is no direct ferry on the day you are travelling, you will need to take two ferries (e.g. St Thomas to Virgin Gorda - take a ferry from St Thomas to Road Town, Tortola and then take the ferry from there to Virgin Gorda).

TIP: At the larger docks, especially Charlotte Amalie, porters will attempt to take your luggage from you so you travel with their ferry company. It is advisable to resist and check out which ferry you want to travel on before handing your bags over.
Some schedules show two different times. What does that mean?
Native Son and Smith's alternate some of their routes weekly. For example, if a time is shown as 16:00/16:30 it indicates that on week 1 Native Son will depart at 16:00 and Smith's will depart at 16:30; week 2, Smith's will depart at 16:00 and Native Son will depart at 16:30.
My flight arrives into St Thomas (STT) at 15:30. Will I have enough time to make the last ferry to the BVI?
The last ferry of the day usually departs at approx 16:30/17:00 (see schedules). If you arrive into STT at 15:30 and are not delayed, you should have no problem making the ferry.
My flight arrives into St Thomas (STT) after the last ferry departs. What do I do?
You can either take a private water taxi with Dohm's Water Taxi or Dolphin Shuttle. Alternatively, make arrangements to stay overnight on St Thomas and then catch the ferry across the next day.
  Jost van Dyke ferry Beach on Tortola, BVI West End ferry dock, Tortola  
Do the ferries go direct or do they stop off at another dock/island en route?
Some ferries go direct; some will stop en route - see schedules for individual routes. Allow additional time if the ferry does not travel direct.
I'm travelling to the BVI from St Thomas. Do I need to take the ferry from Charlotte Amalie or Red Hook?
If you are flying into St Thomas (STT), it will be quicker to take a taxi from the airport to the ferry dock at Charlotte Amalie (10 mins). The journey to Red Hook usually takes 25 mins but can take considerably longer in rush hour.
I'm travelling from St Thomas to Tortola. Do I take a ferry to West End or Road Town?
If your final destination is west of Cane Garden Bay, then it is recommended to disembark at West End. If your final destination is east of Cane Garden Bay then Road Town would be closer to your final destination.
I've noticed there are two 'fast' ferries: Road Town Fast Ferry and Tortola Fast Ferry. Are they one and the same company?
No, Road Town Fast Ferry is the only ferry that travels direct between Charlotte Amalie and Road Town, Tortola.  ‘Tortola Fast Ferry’ is the same as Smith’s Ferry and their schedules apply.
Why do all ferries travelling from the BVI to Red Hook (St Thomas) stop at Cruz Bay (St John)?
There is no facility to clear customs and immigration in Red Hook. Therefore, all passengers are required to clear customs and immigration in Cruz Bay (St John) before re-boarding the ferry and proceeding to Red Hook (St Thomas). Please allow additional time if travelling this route.
I want to travel between Tortola-St John but the schedule only lists one ferry service. Do any other ferries travel between these two islands?
Yes, take a look at the schedule 'Tortola - St Thomas (RH)' as all ferries clear customs and immigration in Cruz Bay (St John) before continuing to Red Hook (St Thomas).
How long is the ferry ride?
Approximate times are listed below.
All times are for direct ferry unless stated otherwise.
Anegada to:
Tortola, Road Town: 60 mins
Tortola via Virgin Gorda: 75 mins
Virgin Gorda: 45 mins

Jost van Dyke to:
St John: 30 mins
St Thomas (RH) via St John: 60 mins
Tortola, West End: 25 mins

Marina Cay to:
Tortola, Trellis Bay: 15 mins

Peter Island to:
Tortola, Baugher's Bay: 25 mins

Saba Rock to:
Gun Creek: 10 mins

St John, Cruz Bay to:
Jost van Dyke: 30 mins
Jost van Dyke via Tortola, West End: 45 mins
St Thomas, Charlotte Amalie: 40 mins
St Thomas, Red Hook: 20 mins
Tortola, West End: 20 mins
Virgin Gorda, Spanish Town: 1hr 30 mins

St Thomas, Charlotte Amalie to:
St John, Cruz Bay: 40 mins
Tortola, Road Town: 50 mins
Tortola, Road Town via West End: 60 mins
Tortola, West End: 45 mins
Virgin Gorda, Spanish Town via St John: 1hr 45 mins
Virgin Gorda, Spanish Town: 1hr 30 mins

St Thomas, Red Hook to:

Jost van Dyke via St John: 60 mins
St John, Cruz Bay: 20 mins
Tortola West End, via St John: 55 mins
Tortola, Road Town via West End: 55 mins
Tortola, Road Town: 45 mins
Tortola, West End: 35 mins
Virgin Gorda, Spanish Town via St John: 1hr 40mins
Tortola, Baugher's Bay to:
Peter Island: 25 mins

Tortola, Road Town to:

Anegada: 60 mins
Anegada via Virgin Gorda: 75 mins
St Thomas (CA): 50 mins
St Thomas (CA) via West End: 60 mins
St Thomas (RH) via St John: 60 mins
St Thomas (RH) via West End & St John: 1hr 15 mins
Virgin Gorda, Spanish Town: 25 mins

Tortola, Trellis Bay to:
BEYC via Spanish Town: 35 mins
Leverick Bay via Spanish Town & BEYC: 45 mins
Marina Cay: 15 mins
Virgin Gorda, Spanish Town: 15 mins

Tortola, West End to:
Jost van Dyke: 25 mins
St John: 20 mins
St Thomas (RH) via St John: 55 mins

Virgin Gorda, BEYC to:

Gun Creek: 10 mins
Tortola, Trellis Bay: 25 mins

Virgin Gorda, Gun Creek to:
BEYC: 10 mins
Saba Rock: 10 mins

Virgin Gorda, Leverick Bay to:
Tortola, Trellis Bay: 30 mins

Virgin Gorda, Spanish Town to:
Anegada: 45 mins
St John: 1hr 30 mins
St Thomas (CA) via St John: 1hr 45 mins
St Thomas (CA) via Tortola, Road Town: 1hr 40 mins
St Thomas (RH) via St John: 1hr 40 mins
Tortola, Road Town: 25 mins
Tortola, Trellis Bay via Leverick Bay: 60 mins
  Saba Rock, North Sound, BVI BEYC, North Sound, British Virgin Islands Ferry travelling from Tortola to St Thomas, USVI  
I want to travel from St Thomas to Virgin Gorda but the ferry only goes on Tues/Thurs. How do I get there on other days of the week?
Take a ferry to Road Town (Tortola) and then continue the journey from Road Town to Spanish Town (Virgin Gorda).
I'm flying into Tortola (EIS) and my final destination is Virgin Gorda. Do I take the North Sound Express (NSX) ferry from Trellis Bay or do I take a taxi to Road Town and take a ferry from there?
The North Sound Express (NSX) ferry departs from Trellis Bay which is within walking distance of the airport (EIS). It will be far quicker to take this ferry rather than the take a 25 mins' taxi ride to Road Town and then getting a ferry from there.
NB: Reservations are required for the NSX ferry.
I'm flying into Tortola (EIS) and my final destination is Jost van Dyke. How do I get there?
The ferry to Jost van Dyke departs from West End. You will need to take a taxi from the airport to the West End ferry dock which will take approx 45 mins.
Do ferries run to Cooper Island?
Cooper Island Beach Club's boat runs between Port Purcell, Tortola and Cooper Island. Contact Cooper Island for further information.
Do I need to make reservations?
Reservations are generally not required except for the following:
Between Virgin Gorda - Anegada (Road Town Fast Ferry)
Between Beef Island - Virgin Gorda (NSX)
Between Tortola - Cooper Island

St Thomas - Tortola:
If your timing is tight and you are unsure whether you will make the last ferry from St Thomas to Tortola, it is possible to contact Smith's Ferry who can arrange a taxi to meet you at the airport and speed you to the ferry dock. Sometimes, they will hold the ferry for 5-10 mins but this is not guaranteed.
What is the cost of the ferry?
Prices are listed on the schedules or on the individual ferry companies' websites. Alternatively, contact the ferry company direct.
Do the ferry companies accept credit card?
Yes, credit cards are generally accepted except for the ferry between Tortola-Jost van Dyke (New Horizon Ferry Service) which accepts cash only. However, there are occasions when there may be a power outage and credit cards cannot be processed. It is therefore advisable to carry cash as well.
Do I have to pay departure tax?
If you are departing the BVI by ferry, a departure tax of $15/pp ($10/pp for residents) is payable whether it be for a day trip or returning home.
Do I purchase single (one-way) or return (round-trip) tickets?
Take a look at the schedules to see if the same ferry company is returning at a convenient day/time. If not, then it is recommended to purchase one-way tickets so it doesn't tie you in to any particular ferry company on your return journey. On the whole, this does not apply to day trips. Also, please be aware that ferries can be cancelled at short notice so it is advisable to contact the ferry company a couple of days before your intended travel dates.
Where is the ferry dock?
See Ferry Route Map
Anegada - Setting Point
Beef Island, Tortola - Trellis Bay
Jost van Dyke - Great Harbour
Marina Cay
Peter Island - Spratt Bay
Saba Rock
St John - Cruz Bay
St Thomas - Charlotte Amalie
St Thomas - Red Hook
Tortola - Baugher's Bay
Tortola, Beef Island - Trellis Bay
Tortola - West End
Tortola, Waterfront Dr, Road Town
Virgin Gorda - Gun Creek
Virgin Gorda - Leverick Bay
Virgin Gorda - Spanish Town
How long will it take to get to the ferry dock?
The following times are approximate. Please allow extra time during rush hour on the larger islands and also to purchase tickets.

Anegada - Setting Point
From: Loblolly - 20 mins; Cow Wreck - 15 mins
NB: The Anegada - Tortola ferry can sometimes leave a few minutes early so it is advisable to arrive in plenty of time.

St Thomas - Charlotte Amalie
From: the airport (STT) - 10 mins; Red Hook - 25 mins

St Thomas - Red Hook
From: the airport (STT) - 25 mins

Tortola - Baugher's Bay
From: Beef Island (airport) - 20 mins; Cane Garden Bay - 25 mins; Soper's Hole/West End - 35 mins

Tortola, Beef Island - Trellis Bay

From: Beef Island (airport) - 5 mins; Cane Garden Bay - 45 mins; Soper's Hole/West End - 55 mins

Tortola - West End
From: Beef Island (airport) - 50 mins; Cane Garden Bay - 20 mins; Soper's Hole/West End - 5 mins

Tortola, Waterfront Dr, Road Town
From: Beef Island (airport) - 30 mins; Cane Garden Bay - 20 mins; Soper's Hole/West End - 20 mins

Virgin Gorda - Spanish Town
From: the top of The Baths - 10 mins; Leverick Bay - 25 mins; Mahoe Bay - 10 mins
Is there a car park near the ferry dock?
Road Town, Tortola
There is a large car park to the west of the ferry dock.

West End, Tortola
Parking is available either side of the road leading to the terminal.
Trellis Bay, Beef Island, Tortola
You can usually park behind the coffee shop or along the unpaved road leading to it.

Baugher's Bay, Tortola
There is a car park adjacent.
 
Is there a bar/restaurant near the ferry dock?
Anegada, Setting Point
Potters-by-the-Sea

Jost van Dyke, Great Harbour
Corsairs

Marina Cay
Pusser's

St Thomas, Charlotte Amalie
The Petite Pump Room Restaurant is located upstairs above the terminal
St Thomas, Red Hook
Mollly Molone's

Tortola, Baugher's Bay
Chillin' Café behind the ferry terminal

Tortola, Beef Island, Trellis Bay
Cybercafé, D'Best Cup coffee shop, De Loose Mongoose

Tortola, Waterfront Dr, Road Town

Pusser's and Capriccio di Mar are across the road from the ferry dock
Tortola, West End
Jolly Roger is 5 mins' walk west of the terminal

Virgin Gorda, Leverick Bay
Leverick Bay Resort

Virgin Gorda, Spanish Town
Bath & Turtle at Virgin Gorda Yacht Harbour
Are taxis available at the ferry docks?
Yes, taxis are readily available on Anegada, St John, St Thomas, Tortola and Virgin Gorda.
Can I rent a jeep at the ferry dock?
Yes, jeep rental is readily available. Contact the car rental company direct to reserve your jeep. If requested, the majority of car rental agencies will meet you off the ferry. Recommended companies are listed below:
Tortola:
DeDe's Car Rental
Tel: (284) 495-2041/2780

Jerry's Car Rental
Tel: (284) 495-4111

Denzil Clyne Car Rental
Tel: (284) 495-4900

Bix Sexy Rentals
Tel: (284) 544-9141

D&D Car Rental
Tel: (284) 495-7676

Hertz Car Rental
Tel: (284) 495-6600 (Airport)
Tel: (284) 494-6228 (Road Town)
Virgin Gorda:
Mahogany Rentals
Tel: (284) 495-5469

Speedy's Car Rental
Tel: (284) 495-5240
Anegada:
D W Jeep Rental
Tel: (284) 495-9677

Jost van Dyke:
Paradise Jeep Rental
Tel: (284) 495-9477
  Long Bay (west), Tortola, BVI Palm tree at Peter Island Resort Long Bay (east), Beef Island, Tortola, BVI  
How long will it take me to go through customs and immigration?
Between 10-30 mins depending on island and number of passengers arriving at the same time.
I am a US citizen and will be staying in the USVI but would like to take a day trip to the BVI. Do I need a passport?
All US citizens require a valid passport to travel between the USVI and BVI.
I am staying in the BVI. Do I require a passport to visit the USVI?
All travellers require a valid passport to travel between the BVI and USVI.

Electronic System for Travel Authorization (ESTA)
International travelers who are seeking to travel to/from the British Virgin Islands via the United States under the Visa Waiver Program (VWP) are now subject to enhanced security requirements and will be required to pay an administrative fee. Applications can be made online.
ESTA application
Please remember to bring a printout of the authorisation with you.
I am staying in the BVI and plan to take a day trip to Anegada/Jost van Dyke/Virgin Gorda etc. Do I need a passport to travel from one British Virgin Island to another?
No, a passport is not required for travel within the British Virgin Islands.


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