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The Alaska Marine Highway System offers ferries between various places in southern and eastern coastal Alaska as well as to Bellingham (Washington).


Small water taxis along the waterfronts of San Francisco, Santa Barbara, Marina del Rey, Long Beach, Newport Beach, and San Diego.

Bay AreaEdit

Ferries run from San Francisco to a variety of locations around the bay, including Vallejo, Oakland, Larkspur, Alameda, Sausalito, and Alcatraz. Future locations include Redwood City, Treasure Island, Richmond and Berkeley.

Los AngelesEdit


Bridgeport & Port Jefferson Ferry: Port Jefferson (New York) to Bridgeport (Connecticut).

Cross Sound Ferry: Orient (New York) to New London (Connecticut).

Block Island Express: Old Harbor, Block Island, (Rhode Island) to New London, Connecticut.

Fishers Island Ferry: Fishers Island (New York) to New London, Connecticut.


The Cape May-Lewes Ferry travels between Cape May, New Jersey and Lewes, Delaware several times a day.


Key West to Fort Myers and Marco Island, 3.5 hours.


There is limited ferry service between different islands of Hawaii. The three only islands with regular ferry service are Maui, Molokai and Lanai.





The SS Badger Ferry travels between Ludington, Michigan, and Manitowoc, Wisconsin several times a day.

New JerseyEdit

The Cape May-Lewes Ferry travels between Cape May, New Jersey and Lewes, Delaware several times a day.

New YorkEdit

New York City has some ferries running between the boroughs. The Staten Island Ferry runs 24/7 every 30 minutes. There are a network of smaller lines that connect Manhattan to New Jersey, Brooklyn and Queens, run by NY Waterway and New York Water Taxi. There is also service to several offshore islands, as well as to New Jersey, Massachusetts, and from Long Island to Connecticut.

North CarolinaEdit

Ferries from the NC Department of Transportation [dead link] offer service to several destinations. Parts of the Outer Banks can only be reached by ferry or private boat.

Rhode IslandEdit


Car ferry from Port Aransas to Hwy 361. Car ferry connecting the northeast tip of Galveston to the southwest tip of Bolivar Peninsula.


There is a ferry from several points in Vermont including Burlington (Vermont) across Lake Champlain to upstate New York



Washington State Ferries has ten routes connecting various locations in Puget Sound. Also, there is a water taxi from Seattle to Seattle/West.


The SS Badger Ferry travels between Manitowoc, Wisconsin & Ludington, Michigan, several times a day.

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