Ferry

The JTA assumed operation of the St. Johns River Ferry Thursday, March 31. 2016. Our team is on board to spruce up the area and enhance the overall ferry service experience. With the new paint and partial replacement of the slip walls, the JTA is committed to continue improving the area. A few of the projects we are pleased to share are Listed below:

Mayport Slip 
  • New fencing around the fuel tanks
  • Painting of signage and buildings
  • Removal of obsolete structures
  • Landscaping clean up
  • Clean up of informational signs
  • Upgrade of portable restroom facilities
  • Pedestrian access to boarding area
Fort George Slip
  • Clean up of landscaping, trees, park, etc.
  • Painting of signage and buildings
  • Renovation of restroom facilities (until complete, nice portable restrooms will be available)
  • Restriping of queue lanes
  • Removal of obsolete building

The ferry is a car and passenger ferry that connects the north and south ends of Florida State Road A1A in Duval County, linking Mayport Village and Fort George Island via a pleasant sail across the St. Johns River. The 0.9 mile voyage crosses the St. Johns River 2.5 miles inland of the river’s mouth and departs every half hour.

Schedule

Real-time Tracking

FROM MAYPORT VILLAGE TO FT. GEORGE ISLAND

Monday to Friday: 6 a.m., 6:30 a.m. and continuing on the hour and half hour, with the final departure at 7:00 pm.

Saturday & Sunday: 7 a.m. and continuing on the hour and half hour, with the final departure at 8:30 pm.

FROM FT. GEORGE ISLAND TO MAYPORT VILLAGE

Monday to Friday: 6:15 a.m, 6:45 a.m. and continuing on the quarter after and quarter before the hour, with the final departure at 7:15 pm.

Saturday & Sunday: 7:15 am and continuing on the quarter after and the quarter before the hour, with the final departure at 8:45 pm.

COST

Purchase your fare using the MyJTAapp

Weekdays

Pedestrian/Bicycle $1.00

Motorcycle $5.00

Vehicles under 20-feet in length (Cars/Vans/Trucks) $6.00

Buses/RV’s $20.00

Vehicles 20-feet in length or longer $10.00

Coupon Book (20 Crossings; Vehicles under 20-feet in length) $85.00

Weekend

Additional vehicle occupants $1.00 each

Driver and children five and under free

Semi-Tractor/Trailer Prohibited

Directions

LOADING DOCK ADDRESS: 4610 Ocean Street, Atlantic Beach, FL 32233

From North of Jacksonville:

Travel South on I-95 to South I-295 East Beltway, Exit 362-A. Follow South I-295 East Beltway for approximately 6 miles to Zoo Parkway/Heckscher Drive (SR 105), Exit 41. Turn left (East) on Heckscher Drive (SR 105) and proceed for approximately 10 miles. Ferry entrance ramp will be located on the right at 9618 Heckscher Drive/SR A1A.

From Yulee/Fernandina Area:

From Fernandina Beach, travel South on SR A1A for approximately 16 miles. Ferry entrance ramp will be located on the left at 9618 Heckscher Drive/SR A1A.

From South of Jacksonville:

Travel North on I-95 to North I-295 East Beltway, Exit 337. Follow North I-295 East Beltway to Merrill Road/SR 116, Exit 46. From exit ramp, turn left on Merrill Road/SR 116. Follow Merrill Road/SR116 for approximately 8 miles to SR A1A. (Note: Merrill Road will become Ft. Caroline Road, then McCormick Road, then Wonderwood Expressway.) Turn left (North) on SR A1A and follow for approximately 3.25 miles into the Village of Mayport. Ferry entrance ramp will be located on the left at 4780 Ocean Street/SR A1A.

From West of Jacksonville:

Travel East on I-10 East (towards Jacksonville) to North I-295 West Beltway, Exit 356. Follow North I-295 West Beltway, crossing over I-95 whereby North I-295 West Beltway will become South I-295 East Beltway. Follow South I-295 East Beltway for approximately 6 miles to Zoo Parkway/Heckscher Drive (SR 105), Exit 41. Turn left (East) on Heckscher Drive (SR 105) and proceed for approximately 10 miles. Ferry entrance ramp will be located on the right at 9618 Heckscher Drive.

From the Beaches:

Travel North on SR A1A (SR A1A is 3rd Street in Jacksonville Beach and Neptune Beach) to Atlantic Boulevard. Turn left (West) on Atlantic Boulevard and continue for approximately 1.5 miles to Mayport Road/A1A. Turn right (North) on Mayport Road and continue for approximately 3.25 miles to the Mayport Road/SR A1A fork. Turn/veer left at the SR A1A fork and continue on SR A1A for approximately 4.5 miles into the Village of Mayport. Ferry entrance ramp will be located on the left at 4780 Ocean Street.

Security

These rules have been established to protect passengers and crew.

According to the MTSA Security Act, all vehicles and passengers are subject to search. Failure to consent to the search will result in denial to board the ferry.

Trash

There is no dumping of trash on the ferry decks or in the water. Discharging oil, trash or other debris into the water is prohibited by law.

Smoking

Smoking aboard the ferry is strictly prohibited.

BOARDING AND TRANSIT

At certain stages of the tide, not all vehicles can access the ferry. We have clearance issues with some makes and models of vehicles, as well as some RV’s, boats and trailers. You must check with our personnel prior to boarding to ensure there will not be a problem with loading onto the ferry.

  • Please drive on and off the ferry slowly. Vehicles should not exceed 3 mph.
  • Walk-on passengers: please remain in the staging areas until given the signal to board/depart.
  • Upon boarding the ferry, please pay close attention to the pre-departure safety orientation.
  • Please turn off your vehicle engine, set your parking brake and remain with your vehicle until your toll has been collected.
  • Do not tamper with any lifesaving or emergency equipment.
  • Do not enter areas marked “Crew Only” or “Restricted Areas”.
  • Small children must be accompanied by a parent/guardian while on ferry decks at all times.
  • Please use caution when walking around the ferry as deck areas may become slippery when wet.
  • Please use the handrails when on the stairs and boarding ramps.
  • Please keep your hands clear of the railings during arrival and departure.
  • Swimming, diving and fishing is strictly prohibited aboard the ferry.
  • Motorcycle riders are required to remain with their motorcycle during the trip.
  • During rough or severe weather, passengers should remain in their vehicles.
  • Please do not stand between vehicles when the ferry is entering the landings.
  • Do not sit or climb on the ramps, railing and bulwarks.
  • No dogs may exit vehicles and be on the deck, except service dogs. They must be held. Note: Pedestrians who walk up with a dog on a short leash may stand at the back of the ferry away from other passengers if space allows. Large dogs (in the back of trucks) must be restrained or accompanied by owner.
  • No other animals are allowed on deck.

The following items are prohibited aboard the St. Johns River Ferry:

  • Hazardous materials (Title 49 CFR, Parts 170-180)
  • Explosives or incendiary devices (Title 33 CFR, Part 6)
  • Chemical, Biological or Radiological Agents or Devices (Title 33 CFR, Part 6)
  • Unlawful or Illegally Possessed Firearms (9.41 RCW)
  • Illegal Fireworks (70.77 RCW)
  • Acetylene Tanks
SPECIAL NEEDS

Passengers with disabilities or special needs, should please contact the ferry in advance so vessel-parking accommodations can be made. For more information, please call (904) 241-9969.