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Taking The Cross Bay Ferry From St. Pete To Explore Channelside

  • March 12, 2023
  • | 14:09 PM

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Let's Hop on The Cross Bay Ferry to Channelside 🏃‍♀️

It’s no secret that a lot of us St. Pete and Tampa locals don’t love driving over the bridge. While we enjoy what our neighboring cities have to offer, we’re also very comfortable staying in our own bubble, especially when we think about getting stuck in traffic on the Howard Frankland Bridge.

Thankfully, there’s a new way to commute from St. Pete to Tampa and vice versa – cue the Cross Bay Ferry! In less than an hour, you can go from strolling Downtown St. Pete’s beautiful waterfront to discovering all that Channelside has to offer.

10:00 am - Depart from St. Petersburg

All aboard! The Ferry leaves promptly at 10 am on Friday and Saturday, so we definitely recommend arriving 15 minutes early to hop in line.

We purchased our passes online ahead of time, which is always what we recommend, as the ferry often sells out. While we opted not to bring bikes today, you are welcome to. Check out the ferry’s FAQ page for other helpful information.


📍 375 Bayshore Dr. NE, St. Petersburg, FL 33705

The St. Petersburg Ferry Terminal is located on Bayshore Drive NE, between 2nd Ave North & 5th Ave N across from North Straub Park and just south of the Vinoy Hotel.

Hours & Location

Monday | 7:00am-11:00pm
Tuesday | 7:00am-11:00pm
Wednesday | 7:00am-11:00pm
Thursday | 7:00am-11:00pm
Friday | 7:00am-2am
Saturday | 8:30am-2:00am
Sunday | 8:30am-11:00pm


📍Centennial Park Station (#1)
20th Street & 8th Avenue
Southbound Schedule

📍Centro Ybor Station (#2)
16th Street & 8th Avenue
Northbound Schedule | Southbound Schedule

📍Streetcar Society Station (#3)
15th Street & 8th Avenue
Northbound Schedule | Southbound Schedule

📍Cadrecha Plaza Station (#4)
13th Street & 7th Avenue
Northbound Schedule | Southbound Schedule

📍Publix Station (#5)
McKay Street & Channelside Drive
Northbound Schedule | Southbound Schedule

📍York Street Station (#6)
York Street & Channelside Drive
Northbound Schedule | Southbound Schedule

📍Cumberland Avenue Station (#7)
Cumberland Avenue & Channelside Drive
Northbound Schedule | Southbound Schedule

📍Amalie Arena Station (#8)
Beneficial Drive & Channelside Drive
Northbound Schedule | Southbound Schedule

📍HSBC Station (#9)
Morgan & Old Water Streets
Northbound Schedule | Southbound Schedule

📍Dick Greco Plaza Transportation Center (#10)
Franklin Street & Old Water Street
Northbound Schedule | Southbound Schedule

📍Whiting Station (#11)
Franklin and Whiting Streets
Northbound Schedule

Hours & Location

Monday | 7:00am-10:00pm
Tuesday | 7:00am-10:00pm
Wednesday | 7:00am-10:00pm
Thursday | 7:00am-10:00pm
Friday | 7:00am-10:00pm
Saturday | 7:00am-10:00pm
Sunday | 7:00am-10:00pm

📍3402 W. Columbus Drive Tampa, Florida 33607

6:00 pm - Board Ferry Back to St. Pete

That’s a wrap! The Cross Bay Ferry heads back at 6:15 pm, so we dropped off the scooters one last time and boarded the ferry to head back. It felt amazing to be in the A/C after a long day of exploring…and to think we had all this fun in Channelside without having to drive over the bridge.

📍333 S Franklin St, Tampa, FL 33602

The Tampa Ferry Terminal is located on the waterside of the Tampa Convention Center, just west of the Sail Restaurant and Franklin Street.

Spend a Day Taking The Cross Bay Ferry To Explore Channelside

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