Ferry service is scheduled and pretty reliable from St Thomas to Tortola daily. The ferry ride is 45 to 90 minutes depending on boat, destination and route.
St Thomas ferry terminals are located downtown in Charlotte Amalie and further east at Red Hook. Ferry companies include Fast Ferry, Smith’s Ferry, Native Sun and Ocean Dreams.
In addition, once you get your ferry tickets and check in your bags, go upstairs to the Petite Pump Room for a tasty burger, chicken sandwich or Conch Fritters and maybe your first rum punch or Mike’s famous Pain Killer of the vacation. Cold beer, good service and a beautiful view of the harbor are yours as you wait for your ferry.
Be aware that the sea plane airline Seaborne is located next door to the Charlotte Amalie Ferry Terminal so expect some interesting sights and sounds as they take off and land in the harbor waters right in front of you!
Currently all Tortola bound ferries go to Road Town. It is a 30 to 40 minute car ride to the East End or the West End communities. The West End Ferry terminal at Sopers Hole might reopen later this month!
Contact information with links to their web site, a Tortola phone number ( 284 ) and a US / St Thomas number ( 340 ) are listed. You can buy tickets in advance on line and save some time at the ferry terminal.
Road Town Fast Ferry – 284-494-2323 or 340-777-2800
Smith’s Ferry Service – 284-499-3480 or 340-775-7292
Native Son – 284-495-4617 or 340-774-8685
Ocean Dreams – 340-690-0035
Check out the discount on a round trip ticket and be aware of a 10 dollar per person environmental fee upon arrival in Tortola and a 20 dollar per person departure tax as you leave Tortola so the total cost is around one hundred dollars round trip.
The 5 minute taxi ride from Cyril E. King St Thomas Airport to the Charlotte Amalie ferry terminal is 10 dollars per person each way, usually with no charge for bags. If the driver charges for bags, it is usually negotiable to zero with a smile.
If you are flying into Cyril E. King Airport in St Thomas on your way to Tortola, be aware that customs in the BVI closes down at 5-6 pm. You want to plan to land at St Thomas to make the 2:30 or 3:30 ferry to Tortola.
Please note, when flights are delayed, you can usually get together with a group of fellow passengers to make a deal with one of the water taxi companies. The taxi service will pay for a late entry fee and you are at your vacation destination as planned at a reasonable cost.
Last, would recommend checking with ferry company the day before you are leaving to verify your departure time as most flights home from St Thomas are early pm and require you get on an early am ferry.