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Cumberland Island Ferry

Georgia Round Trip Ferry Transportation

St. Marys | Cumberland Island

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Take a Relaxing Ferry Ride to Beautiful Cumberland Island

Cumberland Island is only accessible by boat and is located just seven miles east of St. Marys. Our short 45-minute ferry ride makes for a scenic and pleasant form of transportation to the island. Our concession-operated passenger ferry departs from downtown St. Marys throughout the day and provides round-trip transportation services to Cumberland Island year-round. Cumberland Island Ferry offers ferry services near Jacksonville, St. Mary’s, Fernandina, and Fernandina Beach.

New Reduced Pricing for Camden County Residents

Starting on December 1, 2020 – February 28, 2021, the Cumberland Island Ferry will have reduced tickets available to purchase for Camden County residents only. The tickets are first-come, first-serve at the Cumberland Island National Seashore Visitor Center (113 W St Marys Street). Advanced reservations cannot be made with the resident pricing. The tickets are non-refundable and non-transferable, they must be used for the day they are purchased. Only one adult/senior ticket and up to four youth tickets may be purchased per ID (or proof of residency) at a time. The Cumberland Island Ferry is excited to offer these special tickets to the residents of Camden County and thank the community for their continued support of our operations! For questions and more information about the pricing please give us a call!

The reduced price does not include the entrance fee or any additional fees for Cumberland Island, pricing is only for the ferry ride.

Adults 16-61 – $21.00  ($22.47 with tax)

Seniors 62+ – $19.00  ($20.33 with tax)

Youth 6-15 – $14.00  ($14.98 with tax)

5 and Under – Free Admission

New Safety Regulations

Due to the Corona Virus every guest will be required to wear a face covering for the duration of the ferry ride, since a six-foot distance between guests cannot be maintained at all times. Those who do not comply will be asked to leave the ferry. Guests are not required to wear a face covering to enter the Visitor Center, but are highly encouraged and only one person from each party may go inside to pick up tickets. We have limited the number of passengers on the ferry to 100 per ride, so please keep that in mind when booking. The Lands and Legacies Tour will not be operating at this time, only the ferry will be operating. The safety of our passengers is paramount to us, therefore we have created a plan to keep our employees and guests safe as they travel.
To learn more about our Adaptive Recovery Plan please click here.

Find Your Adventure

Cumberland Island is home to pristine maritime forests, undeveloped beaches and wide marshes that whisper the stories of both man and nature. Georgia’s largest and southernmost barrier island offers a rustic getaway with over 50 miles of trails and roads, as well as 18 miles of undeveloped beaches. You may find yourself hiking, biking, camping, and beachcombing after disembarking from the ferry.

About the Cumberland Region

Your journey begins in St Marys, Georgia. Here, you board the ferry bound for Cumberland Island National Seashore, visit our museum and Visitor Center and learn about the history and unique nature of the area.

St. Marys offers lodging, dining, and attractions within our National Historic District, and beyond that, offers a treasured visit. Adventure, history, nature, and fun await you on the Georgia coast.

Preserved and protected for future generations, Cumberland Island National Seashore includes a designated wilderness area, historic sites, cultural ruins, undeveloped beaches, critical habitat and nesting areas, as well as numerous plant and animal communities.

Interpretive and educational programs are available to teach you compelling stories of the many people who have shaped and been shaped by Cumberland Island. Take time to plan your visit and enjoy the vast experiences that Cumberland Island and the surrounding region have to offer.

Guests Rave About This "Scenic and Enjoyable" Ferry Ride


This National Seashore is a must see! Wild horses, armadillos, manatees, dolphins, marine life in the shallow water areas like blue crabs, small fish, hermit crabs. My littles collected shark teeth along the paths and waterside. We also enjoyed the ferry ride over. Pristine area.

– Millie K., TripAdvisor
Fun day trip!

Make sure you book your ferry tickets well in advance. Ferry to the island sells out fast and has limited spots! Overall, enjoyed the ferry ride and the island! Tons to do and see. Wear comfy shoes, bring bug spray, sunscreen and plenty of water & food. There’s no where to buy water or food on the island. Rent or bring your own bikes to get around faster!

– Saydee09, TripAdvisor
Wonderful day on a near desolate beach...

What can I say, beautiful water oaks, marvelous desolate beaches, warm ocean waters, sand and plenty of time to play. Wild horses, usually at Dungeness and absolutely great Rangers and a novel ferry ride . Enough reading , just go.

– Mog3, TripAdvisor
Incredibly beautiful

Went here to camp for a weekend. Gorgeous scenery and the history of the island is fascinating. Clean restrooms and after a couple of nights, even the cold showers are pretty good. Gorgeous beach, lovely sunsets, and great staff handling all aspects of the ferry ride over and back. If you haven't been there, you should definitely go.

– Nanabam, TripAdvisor
Day Trip

We came here without knowing much about the island and history. The ferry ride was a scenic trip through the salt marshes. After disembarking we met the ranger. We saw wild horses, turkeys, armadillos, deer and in the end- Manatees. The kids found several sharks teeth on the beach.

– drscottymc, TripAdvisor

Cancellation Policy

Refunds for a paid reservation must be made 10 days prior to sailing. A cancellation fee of 20% per ticket will be made. Cancellations within 10 days of sailing may not be refunded, however a one transfer can be made per customer. All transfers must be made 24 hours prior to the sailing date and may be made up to 6 months in advance. Once a booking has been transferred, it cannot be transferred again refund will not be issued. Sailings are subject to the vessel Captain’s discretion, including regular scheduled ferries and/or charters. Rarely are sailings cancelled for reasons other than mechanical problems with the vessel, severe weather and/or heavy seas. Should this occur a full refund will be made when sailings are cancelled by the Captain.  All cancellations and refunds must be requested in writing by email to [email protected] Reservations may be made up to 6 months in advance.